USARPAC announces Soldier, NCO of the Year

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mary Mack, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs Spc. Thomas Boyd (center), HHD, 500th MI Bde., and the 2014 USARPAC Soldier of the Year, receives the Army Achievement Medal from Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, USARPAC, as Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, senior enlisted leader, USARPAC, looks on, during the Army Birthday Commemoration, June 13.

Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mary Mack, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs
Spc. Thomas Boyd (center), HHD, 500th MI Bde., and the 2014 USARPAC Soldier of the Year, receives the Army Achievement Medal from Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, USARPAC, as Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, senior enlisted leader, USARPAC, looks on, during the Army Birthday Commemoration, June 13.

U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

WAIKIKI — The U.S. Army-Pacific announced the names of the top two Soldiers in the Pacific, Friday, during the 239th Army Birthday Commemoration at Hilton Hawaiian Village, here.

Staff Sgt. Adam White, scout team leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Brigade 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska, won the USARPAC Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition, selected among seven other Pacific unit competitors.

Spc. Thomas C. Boyd, brigade operations specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th Military Intelligence Bde., won the USARPAC Soldier of the Year competition, selected among seven other Pacific unit competitors.

“Winning this competition is a great testament to the leaders I’ve had that invested so much in me,” said White about being named the USARPAC NCO of the Year. “The Soldiers I’ve led taught me what it was to be a good leader.”

Staff Sgt. Adam White, USARPAC's 2014 NCO of the Year

Staff Sgt. Adam White, USARPAC’s 2014 NCO of the Year

The Warrior Challenge is a USARPAC competition designed to find the best NCO and junior enlisted in the Pacific. Soldiers came from Korea, Japan and Alaska to vie for the coveted title of best.

Competition consists of scored events, to include a written examination, an appearance in front of a command sergeants major board, M4 carbine qualification, pre-combat inspections, a physical fitness test, day/night land navigation, Army Combatives and a variety of demanding warrior tasks. Points are tallied and the highest scoring NCO and Soldier are chosen.

“A great deal of honor comes with being named the best Soldier in the Pacific,” said Boyd. “It is a great opportunity to go on and compete at the Department of Army level.”

Boyd and White move on to the competition in October to determine the Army’s NCO and Soldier of the Year winners.

USARPAC competition planners looked closely at the DA contest to best prepare their contenders for the next level of competition.

“This competition is about being more than just a good Soldier in your job,” said White. “It’s about being well-rounded and mastering the tasks it takes to be a complete Soldier and being resilient.”

White has been in the Army for seven years. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree with plans to make the Army a career and retire as a command sergeant major.

“I want to bring this training that I received at the competition back to my unit,” said Boyd. “I want to use what I learned to help others be great well-rounded Soldiers.”

Boyd, who has been a Soldier for almost three years, has already completed a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, a master’s degree in war studies, and is working on another degree in Chinese-Mandarin. He plans to attend Air Assault School while reaching his primary goal of becoming an NCO.

“I wouldn’t mind coming back to the competition to compete as an NCO, once I earn that rank,” said Boyd. “But I think I would prefer to be a trainer who gets young Soldiers ready for the rigors of this competition.”

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