Dr Aileen Tobin served the Ordnance Corps and its Soldiers beginning in March of 1982 as an Educational Specialist in the Directorate of Evaluation and Standardization, US Army Ordnance Center and School. In a career filled with progressively increasing supervisory responsibilities – all of which served to directly and positively impact literally tens of thousands of Ordnance Soldiers over three decades - Dr. Tobin quickly established herself as a talented and insightful leader at the Home of Ordnance at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
One of Dr Tobin's more significant accomplishments was the Multicapable Maintainer initiative. This initiative entailed collapsing the skills, knowledge and abilities associated with hull and turret maintenance tasks associated with the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, into a systems maintainer for each platform. This initiative, originally began in 1992, became a reality as a direct result of Dr Tobin's detailed management of the program. As the program manager, Dr Tobin personally managed and coordinated all of the DOTMLPF aspects associated with making systems maintainers a reality. As a direct result of her work on this program, we now maintain high readiness rates for our Abrams and Bradley platforms.
From May of 2005 until her retirement from federal service on 3 September 2010, Dr. Tobin served as Deputy to the Commander, US Army Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School and the 61 st Ordnance Brigade. Through her attention to detail and keen oversight, she led the brigade's effort to achieve the Training and Doctrine Command's (TRADOC) first ever “Institute of Excellence” rating during the 2009 TRADOC Accreditation inspection. Dr. Tobin rallied team members and employed innovative solutions, resulting in exceeding TRADOC standards in every area. Dr Tobin was actively involved in ensuring the curriculum for each of the Military Occupational Specialties, Functional Courses and Leader Development courses was relevant, effective, and provided the skills necessary to support our Army at war.
The program is open to all Ordnance Soldiers, members of the Ordnance Corps Association and their dependents. Each academic year, monetary grants are awarded based on essays articulating the spirit, traditions, heritage, and history of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and the premise of lifelong learning.
1. All Ordnance soldiers (active and reserve), OCA members and their immediate family are eligible for the Dr Aileen W. Tobin Scholarship Program.
2. All applications must be submitted to the OCA business office, not later than 30 June. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
3. Scholarship grants will be awarded to fund books and tuition expenses at the associate degree and baccalaureate degree level only.
4. Grants will be awarded based on the whole person concept, without putting undue emphasis on any particular asset; e.g., grades.
5. Each applicant must write two essays. Essays will be prepared in a basic writing manual format and will be judged on their content, originality and the individual's research effort.
◦The first essay will be 300 to 500 words describing your educational and career goals.
◦The second essay will be 1,000 to 1,500 words on lifelong learning as it applies to the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps.
6. The OCA Scholarship Committee will convene in mid-summer to evaluate all applications submitted.
7. All applicants will be notified of the board results, in writing, not later than the first of August. Those awarded grants will receive their scholarship funds just prior to the start of the academic school year. The award will be in the form of a check made payable to both the student
and the academic institution.
8. Upon acceptance of a scholarship, the student must agree to satisfactorily complete the term or be subject to full repayment of all funds awarded. Any scholarship grants not used by the student/University/College will be returned to OCA.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the application and all supporting documentation is complete, legible and arrives in the OCA business office not later than the 30 June deadline.