A West Virginia University professor of military science has been recognized as one of the best in the country.

WVU Army ROTC Commander Lt. Col. Daniel Albert was recently awarded a U.S. Army Cadet Command Incentive Award for excellence and named the 2008 Cadet Commands Professor of Military Science of the Year.

U.S. Army Cadet Command, the parent organization of the Army ROTC program, presents the Incentive Awards annually to the top officers, noncommissioned officer and civilians in the command from around the country. The Professor of Military Science of the Year award recipient is selected from among more than 270 universities nationwide with active ROTC programs.

This award is not only recognition of the work I do personally, but also recognition of the amazing team of professionals I am around every day,Albert said.This would not be possible without them.

Albert has been the WVU Professor of Military Science for the past two years. In that role, he acts as a department chair for a specific ROTC program. The Professor of Military Science is a nominated position.

Albert has an extensive 20-year military experience. Among other Army assignments, he has been a part of the 6th Ranger Training Battalion and the XVIII Airborne Corps. He has earned the Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, British Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service medals, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Albert was commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1988. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in geography and computer science and a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

The WVU Army ROTC program provides individuals with the tools, training and experiences they need to become officers in the U.S. Army. Students learn leadership and military skills and undergo adventure training.

For more information, visithttp://armyrotc.com/edu/wvauniv/index.htm.