Col. Linda Bode, regiment commander of the institute, said Winkler
helped both the battalion and the institute as a whole to excel.
"Lt. Col. Winkler provided superior leadership as commander of the General Studies Battalion and as the full-time executive officer for the 140th Regional Training Institute
," Bode said.
leadership and dedicated service, Training Doctrine Command school standards were enforced."
Bode said Bunch was the right person to carry on the high standards set by Winkler
Winkler, who lives in Jefferson City, has been commander of the 2nd Battalion for 22 months and a member for the institute for more than four years.
"It's been fantastic - one of the best experiences of my life," Winkler
Helping with the recent accreditation process, Winkler
said it has been his
biggest contribution to the institute.
The 140th was recognized as a "Learning Institute of Excellence" by the U.S. Army Infantry School and Training
and Doctrine Command in 2012.
was presented with a Meritorious Service Medal during the ceremony.
"To me, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the officers and noncommissioned officers with whom I worked with at the Regional Training Institute
, who has served for 33 years in the Missouri Guard, is now headed to Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City where he'll be the plans and program manager at the facilities office.
"I hope to be able to help support our Soldiers and their units the best I can from my new position," Winkler
In 2005, Winkler
deployed for a year as a staff engineer with a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan.
A 1979 graduate of Perryville High School, Winkler earned a Bachelor's of Science in Economics from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1986.
added a Master's Degree in Business from Touro University California in 2002.
is supported in his military career by his wife, Becky, his deceased father, Eugene Winkler
, and his father in-law, Clyde Brown, who lives in Perryville
and Brown both served in the Missouri Guard.