Four instructors were selected as the Maneuver Center of Excellence Instructor of the Quarter for the last quarter of fiscal 2011.
For an instructor, receiving such a prestigious honor over thousands of other instructors was a “direct reflection of themselves, their units and their leadership — they are the best of the best,” said Charlie Beard, deputy chief, MCoE staff and faculty.
The Instructors of the Quarter are Chief Warrant Officer Robert Bartlett as Officer Instructor of the Quarter, Neill Fuller as Civilian Instructor of the Quarter, Sgt. 1st Class Stuart Sword as Senior Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Quarter and Staff Sgt. Eric O’Brien as Junior Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Quarter.
Bartlett, a flight instructor pilot for Flight Company, 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, has been teaching Black Hawk pilots at Fort Benning for almost four months.
He said instructing others was gratifying because he enjoyed passing on what he learns to others and making his students into better pilots. Prior to becoming an instructor at Fort Benning, he took a six-week Instructor Pilot Course.
Bartlett said being the Officer Instructor of the Quarter was humbling and an honor to receive because “there are so many other people out there who are really good at what they do.”
“I strive for excellence and when you do that things will fall into place,” he said.
Bartlett will be outprocessing to Germany this month, where he will work as a flight instructor pilot.
O’Brien, an advanced rifle marksmanship instructor of two years, said he was surprised but excited about receiving the Junior Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Quarter.
“We just got here from Fort Knox,” he said. “It’s good to represent the Armor School.”
For Fuller, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and now an Air Force representative teaching Air Force doctrine and close-air support planning and procedures, he said instructing captains and lieutenants under his charge was an honor and privilege.
Fuller spent 14 years in the military flying B-52s and five years as an air liaison officer supporting the 3rd Brigade and 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning.
“I’m just really excited about the job I do here and helping Fort Benning train their Soldiers and providing the best capabilities we can for them, especially as a former Air Force officer,” he said. “We are here to support the Army and these young folks as they go out and do their mission. It’s all about supporting the Soldier.”
Sword, the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Quarter, is a Ranger instructor with 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade.
“It’s a great recognition not only for myself but the unit,” he said.
Sword said the honor represented all of the “top notch” instructors and that he was eager to go on to compete for Instructor of the Year.
The Training and Doctrine Command-directed competition selects the best instructors each quarter, Beard said. At the end of the fiscal year, the chosen instructors go on to compete for Instructor of the Year for Fort Benning.
Fort Benning instructors of the year will then represent the MCoE at the TRADOC Instructor of the Year competition.
At 7:30 a.m. Friday, Fort Benning’s Instructors of the Year will be recognized during the Commanding General’s Award Breakfast at the Benning Conference Center.