Tammy Simmons: Former teacher still committed to excellence
by BETTIE MARLOWE
Feb 29, 2012 | 1773 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TAMMY AND TERRY SIMMONS are stationed in Fort Benning, Ga., where he serves as garrison chaplain. He attended the Church of God School of Theology and was an instructor/counselor for the Hiwassee Mental Health Center while living in Cleveland.
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After 26 years of teaching — 12 years in Bradley County — Cleveland native Tammy Simmons moved into a new career in 2011.

Simmons is a product of the Cleveland City Schools system and continued her education at Lee University. She married Terry Simmons, an Army chaplain endorsed by the Church of God.

Before being currently stationed in Fort Benning, Ga., her husband was stationed at many places around the country and was deployed also to Korea, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

During that time, Simmons said, “I taught elementary school across the country — raising our four sons.”

At Fort Benning, Simmons started working with the 199th Infantry Brigade as an instructional systems specialist. “Our brigade trains infantrymen,” she said. “We have three battalions under us who train officers in various leadership skills.” She said her primary job function is to analyze, evaluate and sometimes develop curriculum and training methods for the Officer Candidate School and Infantry Basic Office Course.

“It is proving to be a very rewarding position and I’m glad to be using my psychology degree earned from Lee University, my instruction and curriculum master degree — and, of course, my 26 years of actually teaching.”

In January, Simmons was honored with the Commander’s Award of Excellence. This award is given to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to excellence by performing on a project that supports the Infantry’s mission and goals and has proven to exhibit qualities that are productive, efficient and effective.

At the Excellence Breakfast in her honor, the presentation read: “Mrs. Tammy Simmons has devoted tremendous time and effort to create a tailored Critical and Creative Thinking class aimed at the junior leadership level (Lieutenants and Officer Candidates). She conducted numerous hours of tedious research, using her educational background and excellent writing and planning skills to create a comprehensive program which is professionally organized and packaged.

Colonel Lance E. Davis, Infantry Commander of the 199th Infantry Brigade Maneuver Center of Excellence, said, “Her drive and energy have been extremely valuable in this effort and this program has already been acknowledged by the Commanding General of the Maneuver Center of Excellence as probably one of the very most relevant courses for our Junior Leaders in existence today. She is currently working to develop it as a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and Army Level approved Training Support Package. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize her efforts.”