Seven instructors, representing more than 10,000 instructors, facilitators and educators from Army and Multi-component schools, institutions and organizations, were recognized here, 1 Aug., as the 2017 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Instructors of the Year.

The seven winners were selected from the top 67 contenders from each of the Army, TRADOC, National Guard, and Army Reserves schools were judged on tactical and technical knowledge, communication skills, classroom management, and their contributions to training and education, including curriculum development, research and article publication. (U.S. Army photo by Michael Vernon Voss)

Staff Sgt. Joseph Hansen and Pfc. David Cox, from Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, pose with their command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. John Stanley, after winning the TRADOC Best Warrior Competition, Fort Gordon, Georgia, July 20, 2018. The Best Warrior Competition recognizes TRADOC NCOs and Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army Values, embody the Warrior Ethos, and represent the force of the future by testing them with physical fitness assessments, written exams, urban warfare simulations, and other warrior tasks and battle drills. 

The competitors in this year's Best Warrior Competition come from nearly every TRADOC Center of Excellence and activity across the Army. These 20 Soldiers and NCOs represent the best of the best for 2018.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Luksan)

SFC Joshua Rolfes and SFC Anthony Allen of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. These U.S. Army Soldiers finished first in the 2018 Best Ranger Competition with a cumulative score of 4,673 from various events throughout the 3-day competition.

During the Best Ranger Competition, competitors are scored on many events, including a buddy run, a body armor run, obstacle courses, weighted carries, a swim, weapon ranges, and more on the first day. After a night of marching, the teams were cut to 24, and those remaining teams competed in night stakes, the Spartan Run at Dekkar Strip, and in day stakes at Todd Field for the second day April 14.

Congratulations to Sergeant Devin Crawford, the 2018 Drill Sergeant of the Year.   

The event is conducted over a four-day period and consists of the same tasks being taught at Basic Training. Subject areas include rifle marksmanship, physical readiness training, first aid, hand grenade training, land navigation, and confidence course. Competitors are required to show proficiency at performing selected Soldier skills as well as teaching those tasks to trainees in a simulated environment.

TRADOC News Features
The Secretary of the Army attends the annual AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C., Oct. 8-10, 2018. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. B. Nicole Mejia)
Senior leaders tackle Army Family concerns in town hall
By Sean Kimmons | Oct. 15, 2018
The Army's top leaders held a town hall meeting Tuesday to address issues voiced by Family members, including substandard moving companies, jobs for spouses and possible health concerns in older on-base homes.

Army astronauts promoted while underwater
By Dottie K. White | Oct. 15, 2018
The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's two Army astronauts received their new rank in a unique way Sept. 27.

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley gives the keynote speech at the Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition's Eisenhower Luncheon, Oct. 9, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by David Vergun)
Army readiness, lethality increasing amid troubled world, says chief of staff
By David Vergun | Oct. 15, 2018
"War is very expensive, but the only thing more expensive than fighting a war is losing a war," said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley. "War has not gone away," he continued. "It's clear that the faint clouds of a coming storm are on the horizon. It's our duty to be ready today, more lethal tomorrow."

Karen Pence, the second lady speaks to an audience at the Military Family Forum about Military Spouse Employment and Financial Readiness Initiatives at the 2018 Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 9, 2018, in Washington D.C. (Photo Credit: Devon L. Suits)
Spouse employment tied to Soldier lethality
By Devon L. Suits | Oct. 12, 2018
Since taking on her role as the second lady, Karen Pence has made a concerted effort to listen and learn from the military spouse community, seeking an opportunity to make a difference. "Military spouses play a significant role in defense of our country, and that's something I want to bring attention to. I can say without a doubt, the strength of our nation does not just come from the people in uniform who fight to protect our freedoms, but the spouses and the families who serve alongside them also make tremendous sacrifices to the greater benefit of our country," Pence said.

Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper delivers the keynote address at the opening Ceremony of the Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting & Exposition, Oct. 8, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by David Vergun)
Army entering 'renaissance' period of opportunity, says Esper
By David Vergun | Oct. 11, 2018
The U.S. Army is the greatest fighting forces the world has ever known, but to maintain that excellence and overmatch will "require hard work and a disciplined focus on our priorities," said Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper.

Airman 1st Class Melissa Mantilla  ( in white suit) and Senior airman Hopeton Gordon, members of the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air Natonal Guard prep an HC-130 search and rescue aircraft for departure at Gabreski Air Natonal Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. on Oct. 10, 2018 as the unit prepared to deploy a team to Gulfport, Mississippi as part of the response to Hurricane Michael. The 106th  was preparing to deploy up to 75 personnel, an HC-130, and HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopter and two rescue boats as part of the National Guard response. ( U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Michael O'Hagan)
N. Y. Guard deploys Army, Air assets for Michael response
By Eric Durr | Oct. 11, 2018
The New York National Guard was preparing to deploy 75 Airmen and 11 Soldiers to Hurricane Michael response missions as the storm came ashore in the Florida panhandle on Wednesday. "New York is ready, willing and able to help states impacted by Hurricane Michael because as we all know too well, no one is immune to the new normal of extreme weather," New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. "New York State is committed to providing personnel, equipment and teams to help our southern neighbors recover as quickly as possible."
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TRADOC also oversees 32 Army schools organized under eight Centers of Excellence, each focused on a separate area of expertise within the Army. These centers train over 500,000 Soldiers and service members each year.

TRADOC was born of innovation and agility, and quickly adapts to shifting world, national, and institutional situations, in both peace and war. TRADOC's adaptive character and culture ensures our Army remains the nation's "force of decisive action."

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