94th AAMDC names winners of Warrior Challenge

| June 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Spc. Joshua Efthimiades (center), a G3 assistant operations specialist, 94th AAMDC, stands with Dickinson (left) and Pritchard after winning the Soldier Challenge. (Sgt. Louis Lamar | 94th Army Air and Missle Defense Command Public Affairs)

Spc. Joshua Efthimiades (center), a G3 assistant operations specialist, 94th AAMDC, stands with Dickinson (left) and Pritchard after winning the Soldier Challenge. (Sgt. Louis Lamar | 94th Army Air and Missle Defense Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Adam Phelps
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Warriors from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command announced the winners of its Warrior Challenge competition, here, recently.

Sgt. Patrick Naugle has been name Noncommissioned Officer of the Year; Spc. Joshua Efthimiades has been named the Soldier of the Year.

“I prepared by working with my other noncommissioned officers who have a large amount of experience, and they offered their help to me,” Naugle said. “Everyone worked as a group and offered advice and what to focus on.”

Sgt. Patrick Naugle (second from left), operations intel analyst, 5th BCD, 94th AAMDC, and his spouse celebrate with Brig. Gen. James Dickinson (left), commander, 94th AAMDC, and Sgt. Maj. Tedd Pritchard, senior enlisted leader, 94th AAMDC, after winning the NCO Challenge at Aliamanu Military Reservation, recently. (Sgt. Louis Lamar | 94th Army Air and Missle Defense Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. Patrick Naugle (second from left), operations intel analyst, 5th BCD, 94th AAMDC, and his spouse celebrate with Brig. Gen. James Dickinson (left), commander, 94th AAMDC, and Sgt. Maj. Tedd Pritchard, senior enlisted leader, 94th AAMDC, after winning the NCO Challenge at Aliamanu Military Reservation, recently. (Sgt. Louis Lamar | 94th Army Air and Missle Defense Command Public Affairs)

“The most challenging event for me would have to be the day-time land navigation, because you obviously have to know how to do your land navigation,” Efthimiades said. “You never know how the area is going to look or be like and you have to lug all of your equipment around with you.”

Through the challenge, all warriors had one thing they could always count on to push them to win warrior of the year: “I overcame the challenges by my will to win and my sponsor behind me. He was cheering me and pushing me on,” Efthimiadis said. “It was important for me to win this to see how efficient I was at this point in my career and to show my leadership and my peers that I am ready to the next level. I am ready to lead and train Soldiers.”

Echoed Naugle: “My sponsor was there to back me up and give me support whenever I needed it. He was my fall guy; he helped me out when I needed anything. That was the most motivational thing.

”My next goal is already in sight,” Naugle said. “I am going to hit the books again, do a little bit more rucking — use the resources that I have inside my unit like my NCOs to prepare for the U.S. Army-Pacific Warrior Challenge.”

“They will go on to compete in the USARPAC Warrior Challenge, which will commence on June 11,” said Master Sgt. Jay Hart, noncommissioned officer for the 94th AAMDC Warrior Challenge. USARPAC winners then compete at the Army-level Warrior Challenge.

“It is important to have these types of events not only for the competitive side or bragging rights, but the right to continue to hone your skills and bring out the very best in our Soldiers and NCOs,” Hart said.

 

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