Spcs. Daniel Wendorff and Matthew Winans at the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Fort Hood, Texas. Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
2 JULY 2014
Two biological science research specialists from the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR) earned spots on the Commandant’s List and one of them a distinguished award during the Warrior Leadership Course (WLC) at the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy in Fort Hood, Texas. Spcs. Matthew D. Winans and Daniel Wendorff were in the top 20 percent (grade point average) of the course to be placed on the Commandant’s List and Winans was also selected by his peers for the Distinguished Leadership Graduate Award. This award is earned by the Soldier who demonstrates the degree of leadership and ability throughout the course that is indicative of the NCO Corps.
“I was ecstatic when I learned that I was selected for the award,” said Winans who is assigned to the Dental and Trauma Research Detachment (DTRD) at the ISR.
Staff Sgt. Pablo Sierra, DTRD Dental Lab NCO said that he was not surprised of Winans’ accomplishment.
“He’s the Soldier that every NCO wants on their team,” he said. “He constantly amazes me with his performance because he always goes the extra mile. He’s deserving of this award.”
Winans also said that having a fellow Soldier helped him while attending the course.
“Wendorff and I motivated each other,” said Winans. “We worked together and helped each other out at the end of the day’s activities.”
Both Soldiers agreed that it was a challenging course and offer this advice to Soldiers who will be attending WLC in the future.
“Have a good attitude every day and take everything in stride,” said Wendorff.
“Stay focused and do your best,” added Winans.
WLC, formerly known as the Primary Leadership Development Course, is the first leadership course NCOs attend where they learn basic skills to lead small groups of Soldiers.