1SG Patricia A. Obey,
SFC Lonnie Powell Jr,
SFC Pleshette D. Greggs
1SG Patricia A. Obey, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, is a 2008 recipient of the SGM Larry L. Strickland Educational Leadership Award for her unwavering commitment to higher education for Soldiers. 1SG Obey’s firm belief, mentorship, and ability to inculcate a culture of education within her battery, is reflected in the sheer number of Soldiers within her unit currently enrolled in college courses. Forty-seven out of 92 Soldiers, NCOs, and Sergeant First Class and below, within HHB, 94th AAMDC are utilizing the Army’s resources in order to broaden their horizons and better themselves as Soldiers and leaders through college education. As a Drill Sergeant, she made it a point to impart the importance of education on to her students and its ability to create more individual opportunities and stronger Soldiering and leadership skills. 1SG Obey instills education through her leadership by example and her belief that a culture of education is created one Soldier at a time. By creating educational opportunities for her Soldiers, 1SG Obey ensures they have the skills to succeed in the Army and in life. One Soldier at a time, 1SG Obey is building our Army Strong.
SFC Lonnie Powell Jr, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is a 2008 recipient of the SGM Larry L. Strickland Educational Leadership Award for his remarkable vision and initiative for contributing countless hours of his time to establish aTraining and Mentoring Program designed to prepare Soldiers and others for future success. SFC Powell’s program directed service members to utilize the education tuition assistance program which saved over $250,000 in course costs and additional fees. His sincere concern for Soldiers inspired the development of online databases and training courses that were utilized by more than 4,000 service members and contractors. His incredible ability to influence others resulted in the enrollment of over 3,000 Soldiers and contractors. More than 500 courses were taken during his assignment as the Brigade Educational Advisor. His commitment to training and educating Soldiers has without a doubt influenced the growth and production of future leaders. SFC Powell’s unwavering efforts and determination ensured that Soldiers and contractors have the best opportunity possible for educational progression and career planning.
SFC Pleshette D. Greggs, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, is a 2008 recipient of the SGM Larry L. Strickland Educational Leadership Award for her leadership posture that has empowered over 1,500 Soldiers across the United States, the Republic of South Korea and Iraq to continue to advance their educational careers while serving in the United States Army. SFC Greggs performed the role of a field liaison for the education centers located in Myrtle Beach, Fort Stewart, and Arifjan, Kuwait in which she shared veteran’s educational benefits information with over 1,000 Soldiers during their deployments and after they returned to home station. The “Team Success” model was created by SFC Greggs as a springboard from the US Army’s model of espirt de corps which is founded on the concept that if the morale of the team of Soldiers is strengthened, the groundwork for empowering Soldiers to learn, grow, and thrive becomes optimum. Without a doubt, SFC Greggs has been a strong and positive influence on today’s war fighter and the entire U. S. Army. Her contributions will provide lasting effects to our Armed Forces and both its educational and mentoring posture for decades to come.