By Kyle Jillson | July 31 2012 17:38
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John Howard and Andy Lander of the NRA Training Department traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska to conduct a Training Counselor Development Workshop last week. “We had 10 outstanding candidates successfully complete the workshop, reports John Howard, NRA’s National Instructor Trainer. “Not only did we have attendees from Alaska, some came from as far away as Puerto Rico, Virginia, Florida, Utah and California.”

It has been quite some time since a Training Counselor Workshop had been conducted in Alaska. A few years ago, the NRA Training Department created the Colonel Charles H. Mitchell Trainer of Distinction Award, and we asked Mitchell to personally select the first recipients of the award. Without hesitation, he chose Joe Nava, an NRA Training Counselor based in Fairbanks.

Joe Nava has been teaching firearm safety throughout Alaska as an NRA Certified Instructor for over 50 years. He has reached all corners of the state by piloting his own bush plane into remote locations. This has made him a living legend at the NRA.

The Training Department had made attempts to get Nava out here for a visit, while keeping the award a secret, but it never seemed to work out. But what better reason to go to Alaska to conduct a Training Counselor Development Workshop?

NRA Training Department's John Howard

“It was an absolute honor to meet Mr. Nava,” said NRA Training Counselor Coordinator Andy Lander. “Heck, you would run into folks in local establishments, and they would ask if we had met Joe Nava,” added John Howard.

The CCHM Trainer of Distinction award recognizes NRA Certified trainers who take an active part in their community focusing on training and education in the safe and efficient use of firearms, as well as participating in the many other programs the NRA has to offer. When NRA Director Col. Wayne Ross from Anchorage was unable to attend, NRA National Instructor Trainer John Howard had the supreme honor of presenting the award to the very humble – and surprised – Joseph A. Nava.

Congratulations to all the Training Counselor Development Workshop attendees, and especially Joe Nava!

NRA National Instructor Trainer presents the Colonel Charles H. Mitchell Trainer of Distinction Award to Joseph A Nava of Fairbanks, AK.
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