Top NCOs change at 238th Regimental Training Institute

Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Anderson, with additional  photos by Sgt. Datarra Ignacio-Hooper, Headquarters 238th Regiment Unit Public Affairs Historian Representatives.

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With 11 full-time and 54 part-time staff members on board at the 10,000 acre Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, the 238th Regimental Training Institute is the Kentucky National Guard’s flagship “schoolhouse.” It recently received Institute of Excellence status, authorizing the training of reserve component and active duty troops. (238th RTI photo)

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GREENVILLE, Ky. — On 6 April 2013, the 238th Regimental Training Institute conducted a change of responsibility ceremony at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Greenville, Ky.  Incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Southard is taking over for Master Sgt. Timothy Goad.

During Goad’s tenure the 238th Regiment received the highest accreditation by the United States Army Training and Doctrination Command of “Institute of Excellence” in December 2012.

“During my 32 years of service in my various assignments in transportation, field artillery and military police, I am most thankful for my assignment with the 238th Regiment,” he said.  “The dedication and support from the 238th‘s NCO corps ensured not only my success but yours as well.  Our first accreditation through TRADOC was not only a success, but through your hard work and perseverance we received the highest rating possible, as an Institute of Excellence.”

‘This is a bittersweet moment for me,” he added.  “The sweet is the opportunity to lead such an outstanding group of NCOs as yourselves.  The bitter portion is having to step down.”

Click here to read about the 238th RTI’s status as an “Institution of Excellence.”

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“A bittersweet moment.” 238th Regimental Training Institute outgoing top NCO, Command Timothy Goad, addresses the troops.

Goad is now assigned as senior operations NCO for the regiment.  He served in the military since 1980 and in the active guard and reserve since 1997.  He deployed on multiple occasions including Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom II and Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09.  Goad’s many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.  He has three children and two grandchildren.

Regimental commander Col. William A. Denny expressed gratitude for Goad’s contributions, saying that, ‘We’ve had a great year and the highlight of that year being accreditation.  Thank you for stepping up and thank you for the tremendous job you’ve done.”

Denny also expressed his confidence that Southard would lead the regiment in continued excellence in training Soldiers.

“We are continuing to head in the right direction and with Command Sgt. Maj. Southard’s leadership we will continue to make great strides,” he said.

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238th Regimental Training Institute incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Southard is taking over responsibilities for Master Sgt. Timothy Goad.

 

“I do thank the Kentucky Army National Guard, State Sergeant Major and of course COL Denny for having confidence in me to come back to the 238th to serve as Commandant here,” said Southard. “I appreciate and thank Master Sgt. Goad for the job he has done.  I hope you show me that support and confidence too.  And I know I will work well with each and every one of you.”

Southard most recently served as the 149th Brigade Support Battalion command sergeant major.  Southard has served since on active duty from 1983 to 1988 and has served in the National Guard  since 1988.  He also has served on several deployments from Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  Southard is a graduate of Weber State University.  Southard’s awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal w/”V” device, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and others.  Southard is married and has a daughter.

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