FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 3, 2018) — U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s top instructors of 2017 were recently announced by David Paschal, TRADOC assistant deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7.

“Each instructor demonstrated a keen understanding of the Army Learning Concept, superior ability and adaptability,” Paschal said in the announcement. “Their professionalism as instructors, facilitators, leaders and mentors ensures the Army’s preparedness for future challenges,” he said.

More than 64 instructors from centers and schools throughout TRADOC, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve competed. Seven instructors were awarded excellence in the following categories:

Officer Instructor of the Year: Maj. Vincent Myers, U.S. Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia

Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Truman Ward, U.S. Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia

Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Year: Staff Sgt. Alex Rababah, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California

James Benton, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, is U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Civilian Instructor of the Year. The announcement was made April 27, by TRADOC Public Affairs, Fort Eustis, Virginia.

Civilian Instructor of the Year: James Benton, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

National Guard Instructor of the Year: Staff Sgt. Shane Searle, Headquarters, 640th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), Riverton, Utah

Army Reserve Instructor of the Year: Sgt. 1st Class Martin Rhoades, 80th Training Command (The Army School System), North Chesterfield, Virginia

Educator of the Year: Rafael Novaes, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Georgia.

Gen. Stephen Townsend, TRADOC commanding general, is scheduled to present each winner with a commander’s four-star note, certificate of achievement and a plaque during the 2017 Instructor of the Year ceremony in August. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the TRADOC Commanders Forum.

The winners were selected after two rounds of judging, based on performance in technical knowledge, communication skills and classroom management techniques. Founded in 1988, TRADOC’s Instructor of the Year recognition ceremony was created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of instructors, celebrating the accomplishments of the “best and brightest” instructors that TRADOC and the Army has to offer.

(Editor’s note: Provided by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Public Affairs Office.)


About Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 75 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains about 80,000 military and civilians each year.

Home to the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood now trains and educates service members and develops doctrine and capabilities for the Training and Doctrine Command’s U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School, U.S. Army Engineer School, and U.S. Army Military Police School, three gender integrated Initial Military Training brigades, and the Army’s largest Noncommissioned Officers Academy. 

Over the past several years, Fort Leonard Wood has received numerous additional responsibilities to include supporting a colonel-commanded Marine Corps Detachment and an Air Force Detachment, which are both the largest on any Army installation, a large Navy Seabee Detachment and elements of the Coast Guard train here as well.