A 2007 Carthage High School graduate was announced as the 2019 Military Instructor of the Year in the junior enlisted category for Naval Education and Training Command at a ceremony onboard Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida on Jan. 23.
Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Brittany A. Parker serves as an instructor at Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit in Great Lakes, Illinois, where she led 18 military and civilian instructors who delivered more than 5,000 hours of skillful instruction and mentorship to more than 1,300 students in two courses of instruction.
“I love being an instructor,” Parker said. “As instructors, we are shaping and guiding the future of our Navy. Our job is to not only teach but to inspire students and motivate them to go to the fleet with a positive attitude and thrive.”
Parker was one of 10 sailors who competed for the title of NETC MIOY, representing the top achievers from a pool of more than 8,000 military members in MyNavy HR Force Development that spans recruiting and training sailors in an increasingly competitive talent market. She received a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his achievements.
Parker is part of the team that takes sailors from “street to fleet” by transforming civilians into highly skilled, operational and combat-ready warfighters, as well as providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.
NETC Commander Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad congratulated the finalists for their roles in developing the Navy’s future force and for their contributions to the Force Development mission.
“As we recognize the outstanding contributions of these individuals, it is also fitting to reflect upon the critical role each of them plays in support of fleet readiness,” Cozad said. “Your hard work and professionalism produce the best sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen, and coast guardsmen in the world. I truly appreciate your personal commitment in meeting the continuous and evolving needs of our Navy and Marine Corps team.”
Parker earned an associate degree from Lon Morris Junior College and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in history.
Parker is also qualified as a master training specialist, which is a designation for demonstrating highly-effective teaching skills and a comprehensive understanding of schoolhouse management, as well as for taking a leadership role in mentoring, instructing and evaluating instructors and curriculum. As directorate master training specialist coordinator, she oversaw four master training specialist mentors, coordinated 38 hours of training and eight final qualification boards resulting in eight new qualifications.
“These outstanding sailors and marines were selected from an extremely talented field of candidates who epitomize the honor, courage, and commitment of military personnel throughout MyNavy HR Force Development,” NETC Force Master Chief Karim Cole said.
The NETC MIOY program recognize sailors throughout the NETC domain who exhibit attributes, such as sustained superior performance, leadership, mentorship, knowledge and teaching of military history and heritage, self-improvement, command and community involvement, and exemplary military bearing.