Medical commands name best warriors

| February 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jan Clark
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Paul Walker low crawls through an obstacle course on his way to winning the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition for the Pacific Regional Medical Command. Walker is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Medical Specialty Clinic at Tripler Army Medical Center. (Spc. Randall Koch | Tripler Army Medical Center)

Staff Sgt. Paul Walker low crawls through an obstacle course on his way to winning the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition for the Pacific Regional Medical Command. Walker is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Medical Specialty Clinic at Tripler Army Medical Center. (Spc. Randall Koch | Tripler Army Medical Center)

TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER — Early February found Pacific Regional Medical, Veterinary and Dental Command Soldiers competing in the Soldier and Noncommissioned Officers of the Year (Best Warrior) competitions here in Hawaii.

Tripler Army Medical Center’s Staff Sgt. Paul Walker and Spc. Emanuel Browsky bested their peers from the 18th Medical Deployable Support Command, MEDDAC Japan and the 65th Medical Brigade Korea, to take the mantle of NCO and Soldier of the Year for the Pacific Regional Medical Command.

The annual event brought NCOs and Soldiers together for three days of intense competition, Feb. 2-4. During that time, challengers endured a physical fitness test, weapons qualification, modern Army combatives tournament, urban orienteering, Army Warrior task lane, timed egress from a Humvee simulating a rollover accident, a confidence course and written exam. The culmination of the competition involved a live interview before the command’s senior enlisted members.

Spc. Emanuel Browsky carries a casualty during one of the Army Warrior Task Lane events in the Pacific Regional Medical, Veterinary and Dental Commands’ Soldier and Noncommissioned Officers of the Year competition, Browsky is a laboratory technician at Schofield Barracks’ Health Clinic. (Spc. Randall Koch | Tripler Army Medical Center)

Spc. Emanuel Browsky carries a casualty during one of the Army Warrior Task Lane events in the Pacific Regional Medical, Veterinary and Dental Commands’ Soldier and Noncommissioned Officers of the Year competition, Browsky is a laboratory technician at Schofield Barracks’ Health Clinic. (Spc. Randall Koch | Tripler Army Medical Center)

“This competition focused on testing the abilities of the Army’s most valuable assets, its Soldiers and NCOs,” said PRMC Command Sgt. Maj Tuileama Nua. “The winners and all of the participants have made us proud.”
Walker, a five-year veteran and combat medic, is the NCO in charge of the Medical Specialty Clinic, here.

Energized by the land navigation pre-ranger course, the native of Lockport, N.Y., found the three-day event to be a great learning experience, one he hopes to share with the Soldiers in his charge.

“I love to lead Soldiers,” said Walker who, along with Browsky, met and exceeded the challenge of peers from the the 18th Medical Deployable Support Command, MEDDAC Japan, and the 65th Medical Brigade Korea.

“I love to be involved in the training of Soldiers,” he continued. “The satisfaction and self-pride you feel in training Soldiers, and being at the level where you can influence them in a positive way to succeed, is fulfilling. It is where I want to be.”

Browsky is a laboratory technician at Schofield Barracks’ Health Clinic. Like Walker, he found the land navigation portion of the competition to be the toughest.

“You have to get out there and try. People think something is too difficult, but if you want to get promoted and set yourself apart from your peers, you have to get out and just do it,” Browsky said.

Besides Walker’s and Browsky’s victories, honors went out to Sgt. Juan Arias of Yadkinville, N.C., who captured the Pacific Regional Veterinary Command’s Best Warrior NCO award; and Spc. Noe Codova of Ramona, Calif., who earned the PRVC’s Best Warrior Soldier award.

Arias, who has served five years in the Army’s Veterinary Command, said he looked forward to appearing before the promotion board for staff sergeant, as well as earning his bachelor’s degree in food science.

Meanwhile, Cordova has set his immediate sights on becoming an NCO. His long-term goal, however, is to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Finally, Sgt. Edward Hunting and Spc. Denise Childs were recognized as the Pacific Regional Dental Command’s Best Warrior NCO and Soldier, respectively.

Due to an injury, however, Childs has been replaced by runner-up Spc. Christel Hornstra.

At press time, both Soldiers were participating in the Dental Command competition at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The next challenge is the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Warrior competition, which will be held for the first time in the islands, March 13-19.

Competitors will represent all five medical regions — PRMC, Western Regional Medical Command, Northern Regional Medical Command, Europe Regional Medical Command, Southern Regional Medical Command — as well as the U.S. Dental Command and the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine.

At the end of the competition, an award ceremony will be held March 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Hickam Air Force Base Officers Club.
 

 

 

 

 

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