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NEWS | April 3, 2020

NMFSC announces Instructor of the Year awards

By Petty Officer 1st Class David Kolmel Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command Public Affairs

Four Sailors assigned to the Naval Medical Forces Support Command, or NMFSC, were selected the Navy’s Instructors of the Year March 27.

The instructors were selected from four categories: Officer Instructor of the Year, Senior Instructor of the Year, Mid-Grade Instructor of the Year, and Junior Instructor of the Year.

Each echelon four command could only nominate one Sailor from hundreds of instructors eligible to compete for the award.

Selectees included Lt. Cmdr. David Berlin, an instructor at Naval Undersea Medical Institute, a Navy Medicine Operational Training Center; Chief Petty Officer Baodi Ngo, an instructor at Navy Medicine Training Support Center, or NMTSC; Petty Officer 1st Class Rey Victor Chua, an instructor at NMTSC; and Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Wickersham, an instructor at Aviation Survival Training Center Jacksonville.

“The competition was tough and reflects the high caliber of Sailors serving throughout our NMFSC commands,” said Rear Adm. Tina A. Davidson, NMFSC commander. “All the finalists represented their detachments and commands with the highest distinction and we are honored to have them as shipmates in this command.”

The candidates submitted packages with a video of themselves teaching and their achievements throughout the year as an instructor. A board of officers and enlisted members reviewed each package and watch the video to determine a winner for each category.

“All of these candidates have been selected by their commands as the example of what it means to be an instructor,” according to Chief Petty Officer Erik Marker, a board member for NMFSC. “It shouldn't be understated the honor it means to even be competing at the NMFSC level.

“Selection as one of the NMFSC Instructors of the Year means that these Sailors are leading the charge in providing Navy Medicine with world-class training,” Marker said. “Additionally, it means that these Sailors have gone above and beyond throughout the year to display their dedication to instructing and developing students and to meeting the mission.”