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Citadel News Service
23 Apr 2009

Army ROTC instructor named Brigade NCO of the Year

Sergeant First Class Michael Wilkins of The Citadel’s Army ROTC unit has been named the 2009 Senior Military College Brigade NCO of the Year.

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Sergeant First Class Michael Wilkins, left, and Col. Richard Townes, right, commanding officer of the Army ROTC unit, pose after Wilkins was named the 2009 Senior Military College Brigade NCO of the Year in March.

The award, which is presented by the U.S. Army and the Senior Military College Brigade commander, is in recognition of Wilkins’ consistent, outstanding performance in service to the Army and The Citadel from September 2006 to March 2009. The award was presented in March during the Senior Military College Conference at Texas A&M University. Wilkins is credited with being an outstanding motivator, organizer and leader who “consistently proved to be one of the finest Noncommissioned Officers (NCO) in the United States Army.”

“As a NCO instructor, SFC Wilkins’s performance was, in every case, outstanding,” said Col. Richard C. Townes, commanding officer and professor of military science in The Citadel Army ROTC Department. “He exceeded every measurable standard, and his dynamic leadership style had a lasting impact on every cadet in his charge.”

Wilkins served as the operations sergeant and senior military science Instructor for The Citadel’s Army ROTC detachment, one of the largest and most productive in cadet command. During this assignment, he was responsible for planning, preparing, and executing all Leader Development Assessment Course training and the battalions physical fitness program.

“SFC Wilkins has had an enormous impact on the Army and its future; he gives 110 percent daily,” said Sgt. Maj. Timothy M. Mickens, battalion sergeant major in Army ROTC. “He is exceptional at training, coaching and mentoring more than 1,000 Army ROTC cadets to be future leaders wherever they may be.”

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