‘TF Bronco’ hosts annual Soldier, NCO of the Quarter competitions downrange

| November 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
Cpl. Mark Roper (left), 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Spc. Joshua McGee, 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, stand in front of the “TF Bronco” emblem after winning the brigade’s most recent Soldier and NCO of the Quarter competitions, held at FOB Fenty, Oct. 21-22. (Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson, 3rd BCT Public Affairs, 25th ID)

Cpl. Mark Roper (left), 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Spc. Joshua McGee, 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, stand in front of the “TF Bronco” emblem after winning the brigade’s most recent Soldier and NCO of the Quarter competitions, held at FOB Fenty, Oct. 21-22. (Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson, 3rd BCT Public Affairs, 25th ID)

Combined Joint Task Force 1-Afghanistan
News Release

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from across the area of operations for 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Task Force Bronco,” 25th Infantry Division, gathered on Forward Operating Base Fenty, here, Oct. 21-22, to show their prowess during the Soldier and NCO of the Quarter competitions.

Fourteen Soldiers and NCOs competed in events that ranged from an Army physical fitness test, an M249 squad automatic weapon firing range and various basic warrior skill lanes.

Also, a mystery event was sprung on the Soldiers at almost midnight during the first day of competition. The twist was a three-mile run with an obstacle that involved a tire flip or sled pull to be conducted after each mile.

Each participant gave his or her best in each event, but every event offered each Soldier a moment to shine at what they were best at.

“I think the PT test set the tone for the rest of the competition for me,” said Sgt. Tessa Smith, administrative personnel, Company C, 325th Bde. Support Battalion.

Smith was the only female to participate, and she also achieved the highest PT score in the competition.

“I was a little intimidated before the PT test, but after that, I gained confidence,” she said.

The competition ended with a board, where Soldiers and NCOs had to answer a series of questions posed by the TF Bronco command sergeant major and other senior NCOs from the task force.

After the board, Soldiers gathered at the brigade’s tactical operations center for the announcement of the winners. Spc. Joshua McGee, 728th Military Police Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th Theater Sustainment Command, was named Soldier of the Quarter. Cpl. Mark Roper, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regiment was named NCO of the Quarter.

“I will have to say my leaders did a good job training me for this,” Roper said. “They pushed me to become more physically fit, and our unit medics also helped to teach me some things to make sure I was prepared for this competition.”

Winners will compete at the division level against winners from throughout Regional Command East-Afghanistan.

“Even during a deployment in Afghanistan, these Soldiers keep their edge of the bayonet sharp,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Spano, senior enlisted leader, 3rd BCT. “Watching these Soldiers and NCOs come together to compete, to show what they have, is inspiring. I watched them go for (more than) 24 hours throughout the night and into the next day. This tells me that these Soldiers have the strength, determination and drive to always excel.”

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