By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class John Suits
Defense Information School
Army Staff Sgt. Esteban Sanchez, an instructor in the Basic Television Electronics Maintenance Course at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Md., powers up the vector scope on a test equipment rack Oct. 5, 2015. Originally from San Jose, Calif., Sanchez was chosen as the DINFOS Warrior of the Quarter in September. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Suits)
To students in the Basic Television Electronics Maintenance Course at the Defense Information School on Fort Meade, Army Staff Sgt. Esteban Sanchez Jr. is an instructor who provides leadership and motivation every day.
“He’s very hooah,” said Army Pvt. Amanda Daugherty, using a soldiers’ term that indicates enthusiasm, among other qualities. “He cares about us as individuals and not as privates. If we have questions for him, he has answers based on his experience in the field.”
Daugherty thinks so highly of Sanchez as a noncommissioned officer that she will remember him long after she leaves DINFOS.
“I will use him as an example of how to be a non-commissioned officer in the future,” she said.
DINFOS leaders think highly of Sanchez, too.
On Sept. 10, he was chosen as the school’s Warrior of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.
The Warrior of the Quarter award is a competition from the public affairs, visual communications and broadcast operations maintenance departments at DINFOS.
Candidates for the recognition are nominated by their academic departments and compete by responding to military-related questions posed by senior staff and faculty members.
Sanchez said he studied for the board by studying each service’s rules and regulations, Fort Meade history and the DINFOS policies and procedures manual.
“At this point in my career, I have done these boards before,” Sanchez said. “I was not overly stressed. I had to cram for the test as much as I could.”
In fiscal 2015, three representatives from BOMD and one representative from VCOMM won the award.
“It’s been a great honor to have been selected,” Sanchez said.
Those who are closely associated with Sanchez feel his award
nomination ties in with his work ethic and manner while in uniform.
“Everything I’ve seen from him professionally, he seems to be on point,” said Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Carmony, a video skills instructor at DINFOS and Sanchez’s sponsor for the competition. “He knows his job and he’s got a strong military bearing. He carries himself with the utmost professionalism.”
Although he had very little time to study, Sanchez did very well on the board, Carmony said.
“I think it’s a well-deserved award for him,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win it again during his time here.”
Sanchez, from San Jose, California, has been in the Army for nearly nine years and has been teaching camera, video tape recorder and transmitter maintenance in the Basic Television Electronics Maintenance Course, which is designed for initial-entry Army soldiers, since early 2014.
Along with his duties as a soldier, instructor and a husband, Sanchez is also a member of the DINFOS Joint Color Guard.
“Being at a joint environment is really unique,” he said. “It’s definitely a change of pace from big Army. It’s really a pleasurable experience because I get to learn the different terms other services use.”
His various responsibilities and study habits help him better instruct his students, Sanchez said. Doing that well makes him proud.
“The highlight of my teaching experience is watching them complete the course and see them happily move on to their next assignment,” he said. “I can teach them to study just as much as we require them to study for their tests. I can show them studying and preparation on my part go a long way.”
Sanchez recently helped Army Pvt. Ricky Moser understand the camera and video tape recorder portion of his course in a way he could understand.
“He wants his soldiers to reach their full potential,” Moser said. “He told me that it wasn’t about my grade. It was about learning what was being taught so I could apply it in the field.”