2006 Larry L. Strickland Educational Leadership Award  


CSM David S. Davenport
1SG Gilbert Sutton, Jr.
1SG Judith Jones

Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport, 1st Squadron,1st U.S. Cavalry Budingen Germany, has not only sought to develop himself as a noncommissioned officer through earning a college education, he has also provided the same opportunity for his soldiers through various educational programs, such as EArmyU and “Blackhawk University.”

Several of his educational achievements for his unit include FAST Training, giving soldiers an opportunity to raise their GT scores, renovating an empty building on his small post into an EArmyU distance learning center, and establishing a working relationship with all the universities’ field representatives.

Command Sgt. Maj. Davenport is currently enrolled in Norwich University’s Master in Business Administration Program maintaining a GPA of 3.95.


1st Sgt. Gilbert Sutton, Jr. was assigned to Delta Company, 369th Adjutant General Battalion in August 2005. Within a month of his arrival, he developed and implemented a program to increase the civilian education level of cadre and drill sergeants within his unit.

As a result of Sutton’s commitment to look for additional opportunities for soldiers to enhance their education level, 100 percent of the company’s NCOs are currently enrolled in college courses working towards college degrees. His significant contributions resulted in several honors and recognitions being achieved by subordinate leaders under his tutelage. These results are largely due to his superb leadership and relentless desire for sharing knowledge.


1st Sgt. Judith Jones assumed her current duty position in Alpha Company, 31st Combat Support Hospital and immediately began making improvements in the area of education.

Since taking over as first sergeant, she established a CPhT class for all pharmacy technicians. These classes were conducted during off duty time, mostly on Saturdays. Since this program was implemented, 1st Sgt. Jones has helped over 100 soldiers and NCOs pass their certification.