Sgt. 1st Class Adam N. Phelps
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — From the first day of the recent Warrior Leadership Course, here, Spc. Roberto Maldonado knew he would have to give his absolute best effort while competing against his fellow peers.
Maldonado, senior early warning systems operator, Air Operation Cell, 94th Air and Missile Defense Command, competed against more than 150 fellow WLC graduates.
He won both the Distinguished Leadership and Iron Warrior awards and made the Commandant’s List.
“We’re all supposed to be putting the best effort forward and give our absolute best,” he said.
“People can say that you’re ‘high speed,’ that you’re a ‘great Soldier,’ but there is always going to be room for improvement,” he added. “You should never stop that learning process of becoming a much better leader.”
Maldonado received guidance and advice from his noncommissioned officers while preparing for the competition.
“My NCOs pushed me; they are the ones who always had this confidence and faith in me,” he said. “My strongest assets are a willingness to put in the amount of time and effort necessary to prepare for each task no matter what it is asked of me. No matter how long it is or how much effort it is, I always give that 110 percent and force myself to go and push myself past my limits and test those limits over and over again.”