ORD Honors Instructors for Excellence

FORT LEE, Va (March 24, 2011) -In a ceremony at Cohen Hall's Ball Auditorium, Col. (P) Clark W. LeMasters, Ordnance School commandant, honored Ordnance Corps instructors who earned Master Instructor, Instructor of the Year and Instructor of the Quarter titles.

Sgt. 1st Class David H. Kerr and William J. Killian Jr. earned the distinction of master instructor. They spent at least 18 months as instructors and logged a minimum of 1000 hours of instruction as part of their pursuit of elite instructor status. Currently, only about 10 percent of ordnance instructors have achieved the master instructor level.

"I wanted to achieve the highest level I could attain to be among the best," Kerr said. "I want to ensure the students constantly receive the best education they can."

Killian obtained the status to ensure training is always improving.

"I am dedicated to both the development of students and peers and the improvement of our training system," he said. "To me, this is the most distinguished award that I have earned over my career of training Soldiers and peers."

Sgt. 1st Class Timothy C. Fox and Kelly J. Bieschke were honored with Instructor of the Year titles. The Ord. School's top instructors will compete against other instructors of the year for the title of Training and Doctrine Command Instructor of the Year.

Staff Sgt. Orlando E. Carter and Truzell DeRamus Jr. earned Instructor of the Quarter honors. DeRamus worked through lunch and after hours to refine his training skills. He was named instructor of the year for Ordnance Munitions and Electronic Maintenance School in 2007.

"Earning recognition as instructor of the quarter is a great honor, and I encourage all instructors to go for it," he said. "The process is a great challenge but well worth the rewards."

LeMasters challenged all ordnance instructors to be the next example of excellence.

"These are the kinds of people that set the standards," the chief of ordnance said. "These instructors have taken the extra step to make themselves better and the Army better."