Boyd named as 2014 U.S. Army and USARPAC Soldier of the Year

| November 7, 2014 | 2 Comments
Staff Sgt. Steve Cortez Spc. Thomas Boyd, 500th MI, receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Oct. 16,  as Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III looks on. Boyd is the 2014 Soldier of the Year after coming in first  at urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests, written exams and warrior tasks/battle drills.

Staff Sgt. Steve Cortez
Spc. Thomas Boyd, 500th MI, receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Oct. 16, as Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III looks on. Boyd is the 2014 Soldier of the Year after coming in first at urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests, written exams and warrior tasks/battle drills.

 

Sgt. Maj. Cisco Johnson
500th Military Intelligence Brigade

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — U.S. Army Pacific Command and the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade is now home to the 2014 U.S. Army Soldier of the Year.

Spc. Thomas C. Boyd earned the title and honor after competing at the weeklong Army Best Warrior Competition in Fort Lee, Virginia.

Boyd competed against 13 other competitors from across various Army commands. He competed in a 12-mile ruck march, reacted to hand-to-hand contact during a riot, evacuated a casualty while wearing restrictive chemical protection gear and various weapons systems assembly, fired the M9 pistol stress fire, fired the M203, wrote an essay and presented himself to a panel board that judged his competitor appearance, military bearing and knowledge of critical Army topics.

The panel of judges consisted of six senior command sergeants major and was chaired by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III.

Boyd is a cryptologic linguist (35P) with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th MI Bde. He holds a master’s degree in war studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science.

There were a number of events, supporting agencies and personnel that contributed to his successful track, which began in May and culminated in the Army Best Warrior Competition, Oct. 6-9.

Schofield Barracks’ Central Issue Facility, Range Control, Training Audiovisual and Support Center, and its Installation Quartermaster Clothing and Equipment Wash Facility all provided support.

Boyd says that his sponsors, Sgt. 1st Class Demetric Williams and Staff Sgt. Chang Zhang, were instrumental in this achievement. They kept him grounded and focused throughout the competition.

“It is an honor to be named the Soldier of the Year,” Boyd said. “The training that was provided by the 500th MI Bde. NCOs (noncommissioned officers) prior to departing for competition really assisted me in honing my skills, bearing and preparation to compete.

“I also would like to thank the following people stationed at INSCOM (Intelligence and Security Command) for their support and hard work training me to be a more effective Soldier and leader: Staff Sgt. Shelia Benoit, Spc. Matthew Benoit and Spc. Benjamin Haar,” Boyd added.

He continued, “I was fortunate enough to be in this position to compete, but many Soldiers who are deployed or carrying out their respective daily missions would have achieved these same accolades if they were afforded this same opportunity. The competition is a great way to improve yourself as a Soldier, and the learning opportunities it creates for the Soldiers who help you at each level cannot be understated. I would encourage every Soldier to take the opportunity if they get it to compete, not just for the pride of winning, but for what it brings back to the unit.”

Boyd looks forward to attending Warrior Leader Course, getting back to work in his military occupational specialty and training with his colleagues. He has future plans to work within the Special Operations Community.

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  1. Elke Nicoletta says:

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    Regards
    Elke Nicoletta

    • haw says:

      Hello, Elke — Thanks for contacting the Hawaii Army Weekly. Note, I’ve deleted names in your comments, and I’ve also forwarded your comments to the Criminal Investigation Department, which will contact that Soldier. Aloha, HAW Staff.

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