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368th TRS: leading by example

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  • By Senior Airman Katie McKee
  • 82nd TRW Public Affairs

The 368th Training Squadron, a detachment at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., has won instructor of the quarter 14 times in the last 16 quarters and has won the last two Annual Joint Service Non-Commissioned Officer Awards. The Joint Service NCO of the Quarter award is a quarterly competition between NCOs from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, where they are questioned and inspected by a board of Senior Enlisted members from each service. Those senior members then select the most deserving candidate. Questions from the board can include each service’s creed, history, symbology and general military knowledge.

“Winning these awards not only showcases the professionalism of our squadron, but of the Air Force’s NCO corps,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Carlson, 368th Commander. “When our squadron makes up less than 2% of the permanent party population on Fort Leonard Wood, but wins 90% of the joint awards, it makes a statement.”

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Evans, 368th TRS pavements and equipment master instructor, was the most recent award winner. 

“I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to compete against all branches of service and I’m proud to have represented the 368th TRS with honor,” said Evans. No matter the task, challenge or situation, our squadron will continue to exceed the expectations. I am fortunate to have been able to contribute to our success.”

On top of the awards, Tech. Sgt. Erik Chapman, 368th TRS ground transportation instructor, was recognized in the Guidon, a base news source. Chapman’s career began 12 years ago at Fort Leonard Wood, when he attended the same 30-day course he now instructs.

“This momentum that we’ve created drives high morale and compels our NCOs like Tech Sgt. Evans and Tech. Sgt. Chapman to work together to better themselves and each other,” said Carlson. Our NCOs are highly motivated. Their work ethic and ability to think big in terms of joint training and operations is a force multiplier as we strive to produce mission ready Airmen for logistics readiness and civil engineering squadrons across the Air Force.”