Soldiers earn honors for teaching others
By Pfc. Abel Trevino
28th Public Affairs Detachment
LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq — The Education Awards Ceremony was held Oct. 29 at the Sustainer Theater to honor the men and women who selflessly devoted their time to assisting others in furthering their education. On hand to present the awards was Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, Multi-National Corps-Iraq command sergeant major.
"What I saw today was a bunch of warriors that took time out to train other Soldiers to better themselves. Those are true warriors," Gainey said.
Among those honored was Staff Sgt. Marcus Glasgow, 277th Engineer Company.
Glasgow has been preparing 16 students to take the English College Level Examination Program tests.
"It's been really rewarding for me," Glasgow said. "Not only do I get to help other people to, but it also solidifies [my] education too."
The instructors drew on their own knowledge, many times having to teach a preparation classes, or CLEP class without textbooks, Maj. Kristi Hilton, education services OIC, said.
Spc. Roderick McMiller, 185th Aviation Group, passed along his knowledge in Microsoft Certification to his class of eight students.
"We're [certifying] them here," he said enthusiastically about the expanding education program he took part in. "It just feels really great that I can do something to help everybody out here."
The students have all worked toward different levels of education.
"I have one guy right now that I'm trying to help get his bachelor's [degree]," said 1st Lt. Julian Manalo, 181st Medical Battalion.
"I have several people working on their (General Equivalency Diploma)," Hilton said. "Two of the guys, they're almost 50 years old."
Gainey could not stress the importance of education enough during his speech to the audience.
"I admire what you are doing. I admire those young men and women trying to get their education," Gainey said. "You folks coming up here on stage, you make a difference. I believe that anybody that makes a difference in one of my warriors is a hero."
Education can make the difference in a Soldier's career and life, said Chief Warrant Officer David Michael Simms, 185th Aviation Group, who is the head of the Anaconda education center's Information Technology department.
"I've always thought that smarter Soldiers fight smarter and the wars end quicker," Simms said.
The volunteers who gave their time instructing others did not see the impact their efforts made.
"A lot of [the volunteers] think they only gave a little, but they made a huge difference in peoples lives," Hilton said.
Beyond recognizing the volunteers, Hilton also stressed the importance of education to Soldiers.
"Education is something that a Soldier has control over in their life," Hilton said.
(LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq) - Staff Sgt. Andrew Long, 4th Corps Materiel Management Center, recieves thanks, recognition, and an award from Command Sgt. Major William J. Gainey, Multi-National Corps-Iraq command sergeant major, at the Education Awards Ceremony held at the Sustainer Theater Oct 29. (Photo by Pfc. Abel Trevino, 28th Public Affairs Detachement)