Accreditation team bestows top honor on 298th Regiment unit

| April 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Daisy Bueno
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

TRADOC and sergeants major laud performance and issue unit its first-ever ”Excellence” rating

WAIMANALO — The 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit, Regional Training Institute, received the highest level of accreditation, the Institution of Excellence, for their Warrior Leader Course during a site visit from a Training and Doctrine Command accreditation team, March 16-19, here.

The accreditation team included members from TRADOC headquarters and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.

Part of the Warrior Leader Course, 298th Regiment Multi-Functional Training Unit, Regional Training Institute, Soldiers provide security for comrades attending to wounded during a combat training scenario in Waimanalo, March 18.During the accreditation team visit, here, members reviewed training sessions, administered student and instructor group discussions, interviewed leaders, and reviewed documents.

“They were impressed with our product, the caliber of our students, our instructors and the quality of training for our students,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Ednilao, commandant, 298th Regiment, MFTU RTI. “Our facilities and staff can’t be beat. Our facilities are also used by the Marines, Air Force, Navy, active and reserve component, as well as civilians.”

Ednilao said he is fortunate to have such a dedicated, hard-working staff.

“One of the most fulfilling things for me is when the students understand that we are learning from them, as well,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Taniguchi, an instructor at the school. “Every class, I learn a little bit about myself as an instructor, along with different approaches to leading and instructing.”

The accreditation certifies that an institution’s administration, operations and logistical support are adequate to support training to course standards. It verifies that training is following accurate training methods.

There are four levels of accreditation: Candidate for Accreditation, Conditional Candidate for Accreditation, Full Accreditation, and Institute of Excellence.

To be an Institution of Excellence, an institution has to be performing at the 95 percentile. Army training institutions are accredited every three years.

The honor is the first time the 298th Regiment RTI has earned the “Institution of Excellence” rating.

In July, the school’s 11B, Infantryman course will go through the accreditation process.

That visiting accreditation team will include infantry subject matters experts from Fort Benning, Ga.

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