3rd BCT battalions battle for top awards

| March 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Dominic Prankienas, 3rd Bn., 4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, double checks his answers during the land navigation portion of the Soldier and NCO of the Year competitions, Feb. 22.

Staff Sgt. Dominic Prankienas, 3rd Bn., 4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, double checks his answers during the land navigation portion of the Soldier and NCO of the Year competitions, Feb. 22.

Story and Photo by
Spc. Hillary Rustine
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Some of the best and brightest Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, competed in the Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year contests, here, Feb. 22-23.

The competitions tested each candidate on basic Soldiering skills, such as land navigation, physical fitness and knowledge of Army field manuals and Army regulations. Soldiers performed required skills or were tested via a written exam.

“This competition lends unity, with a competitive edge, in the battalions,” said Spc. Alexander Cerney, 3rd Battalion, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd BCT.

Candidates were selected based on a combination of skills and strengths. Some candidates competed at company- and battalion-level boards, while others were picked because of their capacity for leadership.

Participants represented each of 3rd BCT’s battalions, including 3rd Bn., 4th Cavalry Regt.; 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt.; 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt.; 3rd Bn., 7th Field Artillery Regt.; 3rd Bde., 25th Bde. Support Bn.; and 3rd Bde. Special Troops Bn.

Contestants were comprised of five noncommissioned officers and five Soldiers, one NCO and one Soldier from each battalion.

Participants began the competition with an Army physical fitness test, followed by a written map reading test; a day, land-navigation course; and a hands-on common tasks training test.

Winners of the board were Cpl. Cory Harris and Sgt. Robert Caton, both of Co. C, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., “Cacti,” 3rd BCT.

Both received an Army Commendation Medal, a brigade coin and the potential to represent the “Bronco Brigade” at the 1st Cav. Div. Soldier/NCO of the Year boards in Afghanistan, where the 3rd BCT is deploying to in April.

“I’m glad I was able to represent (2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt.) and bring this prestigious award back to the battalion,” Harris said.

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