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September 12, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858

KU Army ROTC staff member named best in the nation as supply technician of year

LAWRENCE --The U.S. Army Cadet Command has named a University of Kansas Army ROTC Jayhawk Battalion staff member as the 2005 Supply Technician of the Year in a worldwide competition.

Cindy R. Simley Brinkley was recently honored as a winner of the Cadet Command's Incentive Award for excellence. Cadet Command is the parent organization of the Army ROTC program. The command presents the Incentive Awards annually to recognize top performers in the command from around the country.

" This award says to me that I must be doing my job right," said Brinkley, a Mayville, N.D. native. "But my true reward is seeing our cadets grow and mature to become the best commissioned officers in the U.S. Army."

Brinkley, a retired Army supply staff sergeant from Fort Riley, has been working with the KU Army ROTC Program for the past two years. Army ROTC is a leadership development program taken by college students as an elective course. Upon graduation and successful completion of ROTC, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. Approximately 70 cadets are enrolled in the KU Army ROTC program and are members of the Jayhawk Battalion.

Students from KU, Baker University in Baldwin City, Washburn University in Topeka, Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth and MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe participate in KU's ROTC program.

Brinkley's road to the top began when her commanders nominated her to compete for the 2005 Supply Excellence Award. She initially won the competition in her Major Command (MACOM), the United States Army Cadet Command, which consists of more than 270 other supply operations serving 1,500 universities throughout the United States. As the cadet command's "Best of the Best," she moved to the next level of competition with the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Victorious again, she then competed with other major commands throughout the world.

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