8th TSC names victors in Warrior Challenge

| June 3, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spc. Clarissa Wood, FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130 Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, maintains her professionalism and bearing before a board at the NCO and Soldier of the Year competition, held May 23-25, at Schofield Barracks. Woods took home the title of Soldier of the Year.

Spc. Clarissa Wood, FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130 Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, maintains her professionalism and bearing before a board at the NCO and Soldier of the Year competition, held May 23-25, at Schofield Barracks. Woods took home the title of Soldier of the Year.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Chosen Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command competed for the title of 8th TSC’s 2011 Soldier and NCO of the Year during a three-day Warrior Challenge, here, May 23-25. The Soldiers showed their knowledge and physical strength during land navigation, weapons qualifications, night urban orienteering, Warrior Task Training, an Army physical fitness test and a board.

“The competition has been pretty challenging, but the main objective is to do your best and still have fun,” said Spc. Jacob Schatz, mechanic, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC.

The Soldiers were pushed to the point of fatigue during the event, to make sure they put forth their best efforts and to prepare the winners for the next step of competing in the 2011 U.S. Army-Pacific Warrior Challenge.

“This has been a great opportunity to represent the 8th STB. I would like to take this time and thank all of my NCOs that have helped me train for this event,” Schatz said.

The competitors were put to the test during the three-day event, racing against time and battling heat and exhaustion, while trying to retain everything that they have been training for.

“The competition has given people the opportunity to get out and be active with land navigation and physical training, and (it) has made me feel like a real ‘hooah, hooah’ Soldier,” said Sgt. Jesse Singleton, visual information operations maintainer, HHC, 8th STB.

“This competition has also given me the opportunity to establish some camaraderie with my competition in the other units,” Singleton added.

At the end of the final day of competition, the board was a defining factor in determining which Soldiers and NCOs personified the values and characteristics that 8th TSC was looking for in the competition.

Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Ward, senior enlisted leader, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th TSC, and fellow command sergeants major presided over the board and made the final decisions.

“I want to personally thank all organizations for setting up, executing and evaluating these events. It was a pleasure working with these professional noncommissioned officers and Soldiers,” Ward said. “The success of the event was purely due to their hard work and dedication.”

The operations section of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th STB, had been preparing for the event since April to ensure the competition went off without any major problems or situations. All of the planning and rehearsals were done to make sure the event ran smoothly and Soldiers could focus on their tasks with a minimum of delays.

“This is my first event. It has been challenging, but I am looking forward to doing many more,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ernest Smith, event coordinator, HHC, 8th STB. “We’ve had some issues — nothing major, but as NCOs, we do what we have to do to overcome any obstacles to make sure that the mission happens.”

In the end, Spc. Clarissa Wood was named the 2011 8th TSC Warrior Challenge Soldier of the Year, and Sgt. Kyle Thomas was named NCO of the Year. Wood is with the the Forward Support Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. Thomas is with the 70th Geospatial Company, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

These two Soldiers will compete in the USARPAC 2011 Warrior Challenge, June 6-10, here.

NCO of the Year

 

  • Sgt. Kyle Thomas, FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC

 

Soldier of the Year

 

  • Spc. Clarissa Wood, FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC

(Editor’s Note: This article was updated to reflect an error in Sgt. Kyle Thomas’ unit.)

 

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