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    Army Logistics University officers earn instructor badges

    Army Logistics University officers earn instructor badges

    Photo By Terrance Bell | Col. James J. Godfrey, commandant, Army Logistics University, presents the Senior Army...... read more read more

    FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 5, 2019) -- An Army Logistics University instructor here has become the first captain in the logistics community to earn the Senior Army Instructor Badge.

    Capt. Travis H. Rogillio, assigned to the Captains Career Training Department, Logistics Leader College, reached the pinnacle of his distinctive achievement during a badge presentation ceremony Jan. 30 in Green Auditorium, Bunker Hall. He was the first of two CCTD instructors to earn the senior badge.Thirteen others, including one noncommissioned officer, attained basic instructor badges.

    ALU Commandant Col. James Godfrey presented the awards and said afterward the instructors demonstrated stellar performance in order to earn the recognition.

    “I will tell you this is very well-deserved,” he said from the auditorium stage. “I know it’s a lot of hard work, but it’s well worth the effort from what I’ve seen in my opportunities to observe the classrooms.”

    Speaking directly to the recipients, Godfrey continued, “As you build the future -- logistics leadership starts here; sustainment leadership starts here – what you do will influence future generations. Believe it or not, they (students) will remember you.”

    Rogillio, an instructor for the past two years, downplayed his achievement, noting it was not his intention to achieve a “first” but to pursue excellence.

    “At one time, I had a battalion commander whose big thing was ‘Be a master of your war-fighting trade,’” said the 20-year Soldier. “I’m an instructor, so I want to be the best I can possibly be in that capacity. That was the motivation for me to get this done.”

    To earn the SAIB, instructors must meet the requirements for the basic badge, and they must complete an additional 400 hours as a primary instructor. Furthermore, they must undergo evaluations and complete additional courses, said Maj. David Sanchez, course director.

    “One of the hardest things I had to do was take the Instruction Design Basic Course,” said Rogillio, a former infantryman. “It was a very difficult to complete, but I did it. I also had to re-write a block of instruction.”

    The latter project was accomplished after Rogillio completed the Mortuary Affairs Officer Course. He used the newly instilled knowledge to rewrite an associated block of ALU instruction. That accomplishment also set him apart as the department’s only Mortuary Affairs-qualified instructor.

    While his time on the teaching platform has been a challenge, Rogillio noted, it has been critical to career progression.

    “I believe this is the best assignment I could have had to prepare me to be a major because of all the work (I had) to do on the side to be able to instruct,” he said. “It intensifies your focus on doctrine and forces you to know what you’re teaching. That makes students better but also makes me more professional.”

    Among the BAIB awardees, three individuals became the first Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers to earn the award. Small group instructor Capt. Scott Curtice said earning the badge and wearing it proudly should promote and inspire.

    “It’s a great opportunity to showcase the EOD officers here at the schoolhouse,” he said. “We have our own course for EOD students specifically, and it shows the work we’re doing to prepare those students for future commands and staff jobs.”

    Instructors are required to complete at least 80 hours of primary platform time to earn the BAIB among other requirements.

    The Master Army Instructor Badge is the highest of the three awards. It requires an additional 400 hours above the senior-level requirement, additional courses and other achievements.

    Army instructor badges were first awarded in 2014 to NCOs only. A regulation change last year allowed officers and warrant officers to earn the distinctions. Since late last year, CCTD has ramped up a campaign to push its 46 officers to pursue the badges, said Capt. Michael Maternick, CCTD small group leader.

    “This voluntary program is a way to encourage our Small Group Leaders to pursue excellence and continue to refine their instructor competencies,” he said.

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    Date Taken: 02.05.2019
    Date Posted: 02.05.2019 09:18
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