Broncos award new NCO, Soldier of Quarter

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
An NCO writes down land navigation points on his map during the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, NCO and Soldier of the Quarter Competition at Area X-Ray, Feb. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

An NCO writes down land navigation points on his map during the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, NCO and Soldier of the Quarter Competition at Area X-Ray, Feb. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — “Broncos” from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, showed their exceptional Soldiering skills by conducting several individual Soldier tasks during the brigade’s Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) and Soldier of the Quarter Board, Feb. 17-19.

The NCO and Soldier of the quarter competitions are utilized in order to select the brigade’s most outstanding NCO and Soldiers.

A Soldier checks his compass during the Land Navigation portion of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, NCO and Soldier of the Quarter Competition at East Range on Feb. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

A Soldier checks his compass during the Land Navigation portion of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, NCO and Soldier of the Quarter Competition at East Range on Feb. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

On the first day of the competition, all the candidates had to go through height and weight screening to make sure they met the Army standards. If anyone was out of regulation they were eliminated from competition.

The majority of the tasks the Soldiers would face fell on the second day of competition. Starting at 6 a.m., all candidates began their Army Physical Fitness Test on Stoneman Field. Only eight of the nine would make it to the next event.

For the eight competitors who passed their APFT, they drew weapons and headed over to the qualification range to show their marksmanship skills.

In order to move on to land navigation, each candidate had to qualify with an M16A2 rifle, using the traditional iron sites on the weapon.

According to one of the observers, Staff Sgt. Selexter Jones, each Soldier qualified sharpshooter or better, which he said was a first time for the NCO and Soldier competition.

The next obstacle the candidates faced was the Land Navigation Course on East Range. For most of the Soldiers, this task came easy.

Also on East Range, each NCO and Soldier was evaluated on five warrior skills. The NCOs were tested on requesting medical evacuation, submitting a chemical report, adjusting indirect fire, using a map overlay, and supervising preventive maintenance checks and services.

Each Soldier had to decontaminate himself and his individual equipment, using visual signaling techniques, operating a SINGAR radio, evaluating a casualty and reporting intelligence.

Following the warrior tasks, each candidate was given a written exam consisting of 50 questions. Those who passed moved on to the final event of the day, Night Land Navigation.

A Soldier aims an M16A2 rifle at a target range on Area X-Ray as part of the marksmanship portion of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, NCO and Soldier of the Quarter Competition, Feb. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

A Soldier aims an M16A2 rifle at a target range on Area X-Ray as part of the marksmanship portion of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, NCO and Soldier of the Quarter Competition, Feb. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

On the final day of competition, the remaining four Soldiers faced the Knowledge Board. By the end of the day, only one NCO and one Soldier would walk away the winner.

When the board ended, Sgt. Joshua D. Mellinger, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, was named the NCO of the Quarter.

Pfc. William J. Hull, assigned to 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, was named the Soldier of the Quarter.

By winning the competition, each Soldier has earned the honor to represent 3rd BCT in the 25th ID NCO and Soldier of the Quarter competition in March.

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