311th Sig. Command warriors compete to be the best

| June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Cayton (left), 311th Sig. Command, leads competitors during the urban orienteering portion of the 311th Sig. Command’s 2012 NCO and Soldier of the Year competition.

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Cayton (left), 311th Sig. Command, leads competitors during the urban orienteering portion of the 311th Sig. Command’s 2012 NCO and Soldier of the Year competition.

Story and Photos by
Crista Mary Mack
311th Signal Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Competitors representing Signal units throughout Asia and the Pacific convened, here, to tackle four days of challenging events during the 2012 311th Signal Command Best Warrior Competition, May 19-23. Ten competing Soldiers and noncommissioned officers flew from as far as Alaska and Korea to compete in the annual competition.

The 2012 Soldier of the Year winner is Spc. Richard Wyce, Company B, 307th Expeditionary Sig. Battalion, 516th Sig. Brigade, 311th Sig. Command. The 2012 NCO of the Year winner is Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 59th Sig. Battalion, 516th Sig. Bde.

“To reach this level of competition, these warriors demonstrated dedication to duty and a thirst for excellence,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Thompson, senior enlisted leader, 311th Sig. Command.

Competitors prepare for the urban orienteering portion of the 311th Sig. Command’s 2012 NCO and Soldier of the Year competition.

Competitors prepare for the urban orienteering portion of the 311th Sig. Command’s 2012 NCO and Soldier of the Year competition.

“Each year, we try to out do what we did the year prior, so when you look at the quality of events — how they are set up, the equipment, the effort, and how it’s put together — I’m very proud of the 311th’s participating Soldiers and NCOs; and it was an honor and privilege to witness their hard work and perseverance.”

Thompson said one of the factors that makes the 311th Sig. Command’s Best Warrior Competition so unique among other Army warrior challenges is the 311th Sig. Command is a multi-component unit.

The unit has active, Reserve and Department of the Army civilians all under the same command, and therefore accepts competing Soldiers from both active and Army Reserve components.

Brig. Gen. William Scott, commander, 311th Sig. Command, and Thompson, together with fellow senior leaders of the 311th Sig. Command, welcomed competing Soldiers with an icebreaker luncheon at the Hale Ikena, here. Immediately following the luncheon, the competition kicked-off with a written exam and an essay.

In addition to the written portion, competitors began day two with an Army physical fitness test followed by a morning filled with a variety of Army warrior tasks such as evaluating and evacuating a casualty and reacting to indirect fire.

Several mystery tasks during the AWT portion of the competition included disassembling and reassembling an M249 machine gun, performing a functions check with a 9mm beretta pistol, maintenance checks, performing tactical communications,and identifying wear and appearance of military uniform malfunctions.

After completing these events, participating Soldiers engaged in an afternoon of modern Army combatives.

Additional challenges included a ruck march, both day and night urban orienteering and a formal board with a panel of sergeant majors.

“Best of the best means you have all the qualities in all the areas and you really are the Soldier that everyone expects to see, you’re not just awesome at one thing and then get by on something else,” said Sgt. Christian Riley, 275th Sig. Co., 41st Sig. Bn., who flew from Camp Humphreys, Korea, to compete and was runner-up NCO of the Year. “I think everyone should strive to make it to this level and past, you really find out a lot about yourself and you really improve yourself.”

The 311th Sig. Command winners will go on to compete in the Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army) competition in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., as well as in the U.S. Army-Pacific and U.S. Army Reserve Command competitions this summer.

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