Earlier this month, the North Dakota Army National Guard's 164th Regional Training Institute completed its final portion of accreditation review by the Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood.
The 164th RTI has achieved success in all evaluated areas every year and again scored in the highest percentile for U.S. Army training standards, receiving a "Fully Accredited" rating.
A team of four from Fort Leonard Wood began their vigorous inspection by reviewing records and training in mid July. Team leader Robert Havlicek commended the RTI for its test standards and presented a commemorative coin to Staff Sgt. Jonnie Schmaltz, RTI instructor, to recognize her exemplary performance.
"The test control was outstanding," Havlicek said.
He also noted that the team atmosphere at North Dakota's training center was unlike others.
"Instructors help each other. Instructors talk to each other," he said. "In turn, students get consistent answers to questions."
Col. Bill Seekins, 164th RTI commandant, commented on the numerous personnel changes at the RTI in the past two years due to soldiers mobilizing and others temporarily filling those slots.
“There are very few organizations that could go through the organizational changes we have these last two years and yet still meet the top of every standard,” Seekins said to his staff after the results were announced. "To come out — after all the changes we've gone through — as ‘fully accredited,’ that's a really big deal.”
Every organization always has some room for improvement. Havlicek said that during the review the team had suggested that the RTI add an on-site sexual assault prevention response coordinator to work with the state's full-time response coordinator. Before the review concluded, the RTI had provided paperwork detailing efforts made in this area along with an expected completion date within 10 days.