Spc. Ariana Cary
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — “Two canteens!” the sergeant first class called out to the six military police standing before him.
Twelve canteens were held up to be inspected by cadre holding clipboards.
This equipment inspection was just one each MP completed at the 25th Infantry Division Warfighter Competition, here, Sept. 4-6.
The MPs are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID.
Their three-day internal, preliminary competition would determine which of six MPs would attend the Armywide Military Police Warfighter Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Sept. 15-20.
“The Provost Marshal’s (Maj. Robert Barney, provost marshal, 25th ID) intent is to send the best MPs that the division has to offer to Fort Leonard Wood to represent the 25th ID and bring home the trophy,” said Sgt. 1st Class Calvin Newman, operations sergeant, Provost Marshal Office, 25th ID, and noncommissioned officer in charge of the competition.
The MP Warfighter Competition at Fort Leonard Wood is a grueling four-day competition for MPs to display their skills in their warrior tasks and battle drills.
Shortly after the layout inspection, candidates appeared before an oral board to be graded on general military knowledge. Later that evening, candidates participated in a 15-mile ruck march. This march was integrated with subtasks, such as disassembling and reassembling individual weapons, applying restraints and carrying an ammo can.
Two candidates were eliminated.
“We don’t really know how to feel,” said a tired Sgt. Thomas Goheen, MP, HHC, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT, and a competitor. “We don’t know what’s coming next.”
The next morning, after three hours of sleep, the remaining four candidates headed out for more tasks, such as simulating the set up of an M-18 claymore mine and then running six miles.
After a quick breakfast, candidates qualified with their M-4 carbine rifles. After weapons qualification, they were blindfolded and then disassembled and reassembled their M-9 pistols.
“When you get back to your units after this, you’ll be able to look anyone in the face and say ‘You’re weak; you didn’t even try!’” said Newman, in order to motivate candidates during physical training later that day.
On the third day, after completing more events, candidates ran to the 25th ID memorial, located at the division’s headquarters, here. The run signaled the completion of the competition.
After 72 hours of intense activity and only a few hours of sleep, three MPs were selected to represent the 25th ID at Fort Leonard Wood: Sgt. Thomas Goheen, Spc. Brandon Hernandez and Pfc. Daniel McNamara, all from HHC, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT.
The trio will compete at the MP Warfighter Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
MPs with HHC 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT, are representing the Tropic Lightning Division at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.:
•Sgt. Thomas Goheen
•Spc. Brandon Hernandez
•Pfc. Daniel McNamara