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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • FLW recognizes top instructors for 2012

  • Fort Leonard Wood's top Instructors and Educator of the Year received honors in an award ceremony held June 24 in Lincoln Hall Auditorium.
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  • Fort Leonard Wood's top Instructors and Educator of the Year received honors in an award ceremony held June 24 in Lincoln Hall Auditorium.
    Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Faulk, Fort Leonard Wood Garrison command sergeant major, recognized 14 of Fort Leonard Wood's top fiscal year 2012 instructors and educator.
    Those recognized from the MSCoE Non-proponent group include: Staff Sgt. Erin Rios, Training and Doctrine Command Enlisted Instructor of the Year; Scott Rocker, MSCoE Non-Proponent Group Civilian Instructor of the Year; and Lynetta Powell, MSCoE Educator of the Year.
    Instructors from the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School who were recognized include: Maj. Peter Zappala, USACBRNS Officer Instructor of the Year; Staff Sgt. Gregory Lowe, USACBRNS Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Year; and Michael Reed, USACBRNS Civilian Instructor of the Year.
    Instructors from the U.S. Army Engineer School, who were recognized include: Capt. Ryan Hintz, USAES Officer Instructor of the Year; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Anderson, USAES Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year; Tech. Sgt. David Carr, USAES Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Year; and Rodney Ancell, USAES Civilian Instructor of the Year.
    Instructors from the U.S. Army Military Police School, who were recognized include: Capt. Andrew Hoeprich, USAMPS Officer Instructor of the Year; Staff Sgt. Evan Due, USAMPS Noncommissioned Officer of the Year; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Paul Broner, USAMPS Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year; and Tony McCarty, USAMPS Civilian Instructor of the Year.
    Immediately following the awards presentation, Smith recognized Rios for being formally recognized at both the MSCoE and TRADOC levels.
    He then took a few moments to share the significance of the work that these instructors perform and the credit that it brings to themselves, their units and the military profession.
    Every time you talk to someone, you make a difference, he said.
    "We are a product of the people who have helped train us, and that shows how critical your task is," Smith said.
    "If we don't take time to train, we cannot accomplish the mission and be safe," he said.
    Smith said Fort Leonard Wood has recognized instructors whose knowledge and leadership ability contribute to the mission-essential task of producing a trained and ready force since 1988.
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