Recipient Named for MSG Triggs Award

The Army Public Affairs Association has selected SFC Tanya C. Green as the 2016 recipient of the MSG Marcia Triggs Award of Excellence. The award recognizes outstanding leadership and devotion to excellence and great potential for increased responsibility.

Green currently serves as a Drill Sergeant Leader at the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy at Fort Jackson, SC.

She will be honored at the APAA annual dinner, June 2, at the Hilton at Mark Center, Alexandria, VA.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are delighted to recognize SFC Green as the recipient of our 2016 MSG Marcia Triggs Award of Excellence," said Doug Coffey, APAA president. “Her accomplishments to date and the respect and confidence her peers and leaders have in her future potential make her the ideal NCO to represent the standard of excellence MSG Triggs established.”

“Selected as the first DSL in public affairs’ history, SFC Green has set an incredibly high bar for any PA NCO that follows her on the trail,” wrote SGM Mike Lavigne who nominated her. “Responsible for training the drill sergeant – widely recognized as the toughest job in the Army – SFC Green is heads and shoulders above her peers in both knowledge and experience.

“As a DSL, she has trained 80 future drill sergeants in the techniques that will make them effective trainers, leaders, and an unforgettable presence in their Soldiers’ lives. After only 5 months as a DSL, she was selected above all of her other DSLs to serve as a trainer for the Fire Department of New York City’s (FDNY) drill instructors, providing the baseline instruction on military discipline and physical training for prospective FDNY recruits. This additional duty not only leverages her experience as a trainer of trainers, but also exercises her community engagement skills as a PAO, strengthening the bonds and partnership between two venerable institutions.”

The Army Public Affairs Association recognizes one senior NCO each year since 2011. Triggs was an Army print journalist and public affairs noncommissioned officer, who remained on active duty until her death.  She deployed to Iraq twice with the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, and was working at the Office of Chief of Public Affairs at the Pentagon on 9/11, the day terrorists attacked the United States.