Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Heroes of the Week features military and civilian individuals every week and highlights their contributions to Training and Doctrine Command, the U.S. Army and the nation.
Staff Sgt. Travis Linden, a senior drill sergeant in Company D, 554th Engineer Battalion, ensured that our units leaders are prepared/certified to grade the Army Combat Fitness Test. For six months, he has run certification courses twice a month for personnel in his battalion, the brigade, and post-wide. With the ACFT’s implementation as the test of record in initial entry training, he has also become a subject matter expert others turn to for advice.
He constantly gives back to his community; he works very closely with Plato-county school district. Recently, he taught the 4-H robotics club about hydraulic systems and how they apply to engineering systems. We are very proud of Linden and his efforts to support our team of teams, including our local community.
Kenton Pember has made a dramatic positive impact upon his recent arrival as the 1st Engineer Brigade S4. He quickly established access to key logistics/budget-related systems and significantly improved transparency of funds earning and expenditure.
He quickly and thoroughly conducted an analysis of historic brigade spending trends in support of developing a data-based forecast for the brigade’s projected FY20 budget.
Pember’s analysis is critical to the brigade as we conduct risk analysis associated with possible resource shortages due to a projected 40 percent reduction in the brigade budget in FY20. Pember’s work also resulted in the 1st Engr. Bde. being postured and ready to execute available FY19 end-of-year funds.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON from MSCoE).