8th TSC’s best compete for titles, honor

| May 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Mena instructs Soldiers on the day land navigation event during the 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competitions, May 4. (Pfc. Darnell Collins | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — For three long days, the best and brightest 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers put it all on the line as they jockeyed for this year’s 8th TSC Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year honors. 

Challenging as it was for participants, they agreed that the competition was well worth the effort.

“The competition has been pretty stressful at times, physically demanding, with long hours,” said Sgt. Jerry Bullock, 25th Transportation Company, 8th TSC. “But it was a fun time.”

The first day tested the Soldiers’ endurance, starting with an early morning Physical Fitness Test and continuing with daytime land navigation and warrior tasks. It ended more than 12 hours later with an urban orienteering course that some participants found particularly difficult.

“It was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be,” admitted Staff Sgt. Anthony Ferguson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th TSC. “I sponsored a Soldier last year, and the course was only a mile or two. Ours was closer to 10 miles.”

The last two days of the challenge required Soldiers and officers to report to an M16 range, as well as appear before a military board. 

Command Sgt. Maj. George Duncan, command sergeant major, 8th TSC, said the competition turned out to be a great way to gauge the skills of the command’s Soldiers, regardless of their career field. 

“This is an opportunity,” Duncan said. “Our Soldiers work at such diverse career fields, and they work under the flag of the 8th TSC. This is an opportunity for our Soldiers to step forward and become the best of the best, and be recognized by their leadership.”

The winners of the competition will be announced May 25 at a ceremony at Sgt. Smith Theater, here. The 8th TSC Soldier and NCO of the Year go on to compete in the U.S. Army-Pacific competition scheduled for later this year.

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