Pacific AAMDC Warriors show their mettle in competition

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Christopher Roberts
94th Army Air Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

Sgt. Raymundo Luis De Los Santos, combat medic, 1-1 Air Defense Artillery, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, performs the written test event during the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s Warrior Challenge Competition at Schofield Barracks last year. De Los Santos won the compeition’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Year category. (Courtesy Photo)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Put to the test, the finest Soldiers and noncommissioned officers in the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command from Hawaii and Japan rose to the challenge, demonstrating their considerable abilities at the 94th’s Warrior Challenge Competition, here, May 3-5. 

The 94th AAMDC has hosted this competition since its activation in 2005. 

“This annual competition allows for professional development, and we must seize every training opportunity presented,” said 1st Sgt. Oubrinyahn Stonewall, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 94th AAMDC. “The Soldiers who compete at this level are internally driven and self-motivated, professional warriors. 

“The intense training that they put themselves through, along with the help of their sponsors, only creates a better Soldier,” he continued. “The individual Soldier, the unit and the Army all benefit.” 

The competition also provides an opportunity for stellar warriors to match their skills against equally ambitious peers, Stonewall noted.

“A lot of the process involved publishing the operation orders in a timely manner, the initial planning reviews, terrain walk of the area on Schofield Barracks, where events will take place, and talking one-on-one with each person that had a hand in making this competition a reality,” Stonewall explained.

Such steps are critical to guaranteeing the success of any training event, said Master Sgt. Phillip Stewart, operations noncommissioned officer, 94th AAMDC. 

“This is a collective effort with people from all shops being tasked,” Stewart explained, “so just ensuring that everyone was on the same sheet has been difficult.”

“Master Sgt. Anthony Cook (G-3, plans and exercises noncommissioned officer in charge) and 1st Sgt. Stonewall were instrumental in bringing everyone together and ensuring everyone knew his or her responsibilities for the event,” Stewart added.

Soldiers and NCOs competed in the following events: the Army Physical Fitness Test, weapon qualifications, reflexive fire, pre-combat inspections of all their required gear, day and night land navigation, warrior tasks and drills, a verbal examination board, a written essay, a written test, and a mystery event that was revealed during the competition. 

This year, in addition to the basic rifle marksmanship portion of the competition, Soldiers received 32 rounds for reflexive fire, an event that demonstrated the candidates’ ability to react to, engage and hit a target. Those who achieved 32 hits received 50 points.

Day and night land navigation also proved to be challenging for participating Soldiers, once again. The event demonstrates the Soldiers’ ability to find points on the map and travel by foot to those locations within a given amount of time. 

Soldiers scored according to the places they located. There were five areas to be found, and Soldiers who successfully located all five received 50 points. The event was particularly difficult because the terrain is challenging. 

The exam portion of the event tested the contestants’ knowledge of various leadership and soldiering subjects. This exam was worth 25 points and was followed by a written essay, which required Soldiers to explain, in their own words, how they would react to different scenarios.

The verbal examination asked Soldiers to report to a board, made up of a panel of NCOs, and demonstrate their knowledge on a variety of subjects, as well as their respective job in the military. 

This tool was another to show how Soldiers conduct themselves under a different kind of pressure.

Following the challenge, winners in the Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year categories were determined. Those Soldiers will now move on to the U.S. Army-Pacific Command level. Winners then compete at the Army level competition.

“The victors will have learned to not fear competition, to respect their opponent, and they will have understood the blueprint necessary to duplicate great warriors,” Stonewall said.

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