By Maranda FlynnDecember 13, 2012
Fort Huachuca, AZ. - The 2012 United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence Instructor of the Year Award will be presented to Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Kroviak, Company D, 2-13th Aviation, common core instructor, on Friday at Fort Rucker, Ala.
Kroviak has been an instructor/writer here at Fort Huachuca for two years, with 14 years total in the Army. As an instructor, his duties include teaching students about subjects concerning unmanned aerial vehicles. These subjects include sensor exploitation, map reading, combat identification and reporting.
In the third quarter of 2012, Kroviak was awarded Instructor of the Quarter, based on a video that was created of him instructing a class on sensor exploitation. This placed him in the running for Instructor of the Year. He explained that with assistance from his coworkers, his video was done in such a professional manner, that he stood out from the rest.
Kroviak said, "Captain Brooks [my commander] called me and asked if I knew where I needed to be on the 27th of this month. I said 'No' and he said 'You are going to Alabama because you were selected as Instructor of the Year.' I was shocked because I didn't expect to win Instructor of the Quarter, let alone Instructor of the Year."
Along with instructing, Kroviak is the equal opportunity leader, the victim advocate/ sexual harassment assault response and prevention coordinator, and the unit prevention leader. Outside of being an instructor, Kroviak enjoys hanging out with his friends, hiking, playing video games, and is currently enrolled as a student at Post University. He has an educational goal to complete his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management.
"I would like to thank Scott Vasey, Duane Ayers, and the students for this accomplishment. Not just the students that participated in the video, but all the students I have had. I'm normally a shy person and when I got here [to Fort Huachuca] I was deathly afraid of talking in front of people but through interacting with students all the time, I've grown. Every student I have had before this [award] led me to be the instructor that I am," Kroviak said. "It's a great accomplishment for the 2-13th. It's the first time that we have ever really been recognized for our instruction within the aviation community."
Kroviak will travel to Fort Rucker on Friday to receive his award.