‘Sea Dragons’ name Soldier/NCO of the Year

| May 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
FORT SHAFTER — Spc. Kia Mullins, intelligence analyst, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, attempts to put together a military radio in the dark during the command’s “Best Sea Dragon” Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Warrior Challenge, here, May 7. The contest was jam-packed with event after event, even into the wee hours of the night, as only two days were allotted to determine the winners.

Spc. Kia Mullins, intelligence analyst, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, attempts to put together a military radio in the dark during the command’s “Best Sea Dragon” Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Warrior Challenge, here, May 7. The contest was jam-packed with event after event, even into the wee hours of the night, as only two days were allotted to determine the winners.

Sgt. 1st Class Karry James
94th Army Air and Missile Defense
Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — Staff Sgt. Mark Giauque and Spc. Christina Williams, both information technologists, are the winners of the 2014 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command “Best Sea Dragon” Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier quarterly boards, respectively.
The annual competition, May 6-7, usually lasts about five days, but this year, it was cut to two because of the unit’s high operations tempo.
“This competition allows Soldiers to step outside of their comfort zone and show that they are the best and are committed to excellence,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Finis Dodson, senior enlisted leader, 94th AAMDC. “The Army needs Soldiers that are tactically and technically competent and resilient, as well as those who are constantly seeking ways to better not only themselves, but also those around them daily.”
The Soldiers’ knowledge and physical endurance were tested during the competition in events, ranging from the Army physical fitness test, night land navigation, warrior tasks and drills to interacting with the media, writing an essay and being questioned by a panel of sergeants major in an oral board.
“It’s all the things that I expected,” said Giauque.
Just a couple of hours into the competition, both Giauque and Williams remarked they had no doubt they were going to be declared the winners by the end of the contest.
“I felt confident that I had a good chance of winning. That has to be your attitude when you come into a competition like this,” Giaugue said.
“I have the will,” Williams said, smiling, as she pointed to the “will” in Williams on her uniform. “And, I have the heart and adaptability.”

FORT SHAFTER — Pfc. Breon Smith, signal support specialist, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, carries a “wounded“ Soldier to safety during the first aid testing portion of the command’s “Best Sea Dragon” Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Warrior Challenge, here, May 7. The two-day challenge tested the Soldiers' reactions under pressure, as they were kept in the dark about what event was next.

Pfc. Breon Smith, signal support specialist, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, carries a “wounded“ Soldier to safety during the first aid testing portion of the command’s “Best Sea Dragon” Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Warrior Challenge, here, May 7. The two-day challenge tested the Soldiers’ reactions under pressure, as they were kept in the dark about what event was next.

Brig. Gen. Dan Karbler, commander, 94th AAMDC, said, “My hat’s off to the leaders of the Soldiers in competition. Thank you for finding the time to give your Soldiers to prepare and participate in this year’s Warrior Challenge.”
Even though the Warrior Challenge lasted only two days, it was completely crammed with events, and Soldiers were always kept in suspense of what event would be happening next.
“The way the unit ran the competition — not having a set standard schedule for us to follow — they always kept us guessing as to what was coming next,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Bybee, operations plans and exercises NCO. “It really tested our reactions under pressure.”
Giauque and Williams will go on to compete in the U.S. Army-Pacific Command’s Warrior Challenge, commencing sometime in June. The USARPAC winners will then compete at the Army-level Warrior Challenge.
Williams said, “I’m not worried about the physical part, so I’m going to keep my nose in the books and prepare myself mentally for USARPAC.”

Staff Sgt. Mark Giauque, information technology noncommissioned officer, is the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s NCO of the Year.

Staff Sgt. Mark Giauque, information technology noncommissioned officer, is the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s NCO of the Year.

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  1. Aloha, I do not think this “competition” can qualify anybody for anything…there should be another competition for six months and see how they do…that to me if MORE fair…don’t you? Anybody can handle two days…even me…someone who is not adapted to these trials and tribulations to the US military personnel, has to go through but, I am sure I would survive…knowing it will be over in two days…what kind of challenge is that? I call for a recall and better planning to achieve the best for the people and our government systems that needs to be corrected.

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