USARPAC names winners of 2014 Warrior Challenge

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spc. Thomas Boyd, 500th MI Bde., makes his way to the next training event location during the U.S. Army-Pacific Warrior Challenge, June 11.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spc. Thomas Boyd, 500th MI Bde., makes his way to the next training event location during the U.S. Army-Pacific Warrior Challenge, June 11.

Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal
Defense Media Activity-Hawaii News Bureau

WAIKIKI — The U.S. Army-Pacific Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year were announced during the Army Birthday Commemoration, here, Friday.

Spc. Thomas Boyd, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, was named Soldier of the Year and Staff Sgt. Adam White, 4th Bde., 25th Infantry Division, was named NCO of the Year.

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Seventeen Soldiers competed to earn the titles during the 2014 USARPAC Best Warrior Competition, June 9-13. They were tested while performing tasks based on Army knowledge, physical fitness and mental stamina to determine who amongst them is the most well-rounded Soldier/NCO in the Pacific.

Tasks included challenges testing the Soldiers’ weapons proficiency, night orienteering, inspections and a variety of mystery events.

On the fourth day of competition, the competitors tackled five stations of evaluation during Warrior Task Testing that challenged them at different stations to accomplish different skill level obstacles.

“(Junior enlisted) are completing skill level-1 Army warrior tasks to demonstrate their proficiency in basic Soldier skills,” explained Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Jones, 205th MI Battalion, 500 MI Bde., strategic debriefing platoon sergeant.

The junior enlisted competitors felt that the Warrior Task Testing was challenging.

“It makes you think, because you roll from one event to the next. It doesn’t give you a lot of time to prep,” said Spc. Nickolaus King, command driver, 70th Brigade Support Battalion, 210th Field Artillery Bde. 2nd ID. “You walk up, you do it and then you move on to the next task, so it was definitely a learning curve. It was definitely good training.”

Navigating through each day of challenges toward striving to be named Soldier of the Year was King’s goal, but in the process, he found the competition taught him valuable lessons.

“I think I’ve learned a lot from the other competitors, and I also think I’ve contributed in adding to their knowledge,” King said. “We don’t talk about the competition, but we talk about our experiences in the military. You have some of the best NCOs in the Pacific here, and we’re able to talk to them and get their feedback on how to better ourselves as Soldiers. One day, I want to be where they’re at.”

Boyd and White will continue on to compete at the Department of the Army level Best Warrior Competition.

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