8th TSC warriors demonstrate adaptability, resiliency

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Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Spc. Kelsi New, human resources specialist, with 8th Special Troops Battalion,  dons her protective mask before an event to determines the Best Warrior,  May 6.  The winners will go on to compete in the U.S. Army-Pacific competition.

Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
Spc. Kelsi New, human resources specialist, with 8th Special Troops Battalion, dons her protective mask before an event to determines the Best Warrior, May 6. The winners will go on to compete in the U.S. Army-Pacific competition.

Story and photos by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers in today’s Army have to be agile and adaptable to the changes they may encounter as warriors and leaders.

Seven Soldiers of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command demonstrated these characteristics, here, May 4-8, by competing in various events to include an Army physical fitness test, day and night land navigation, zero and qualification with their M16s, and a formal board, written exam and essay.

Sgt. Michael Hooks, a horizontal construction engineer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, and Spc. Jonathan Renterian, a geospatial engineer with HHC, 130th Eng. Bde., won the unit’s 2015 Best Warrior Competition, earning the title of the 8th TSC’s noncommissioned officer and Soldier of the Year, respectively.

“It changes what parts of the basic fundamentals as a troop you learn growing up,” Hooks said. “As an NCO, you get to draw parts of your skills and hone them; that way you get to go back to your unit and refine your Soldiers.”

Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command 8th TSC warriors begin a two-mile run for the 2015 Best Warrior Competition, May 5, at Area X-Ray. The Best Warrior Competition determines the NCO and Soldier of the Year.

Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
8th TSC warriors begin a two-mile run for the 2015 Best Warrior Competition, May 5, at Area X-Ray. The Best Warrior Competition determines the NCO and Soldier of the Year.

Both Soldiers put their best effort into each event to demonstrate their competency, tactically and technically.

“It was a complete 180 switch to go from driving the sergeant major every day to having to put on a ruck, moving around, running around the land nav course and shooting and all that,” Hooks said. “But that’s part of being an NCO and a Soldier – being able to adapt and overcome any situation.”

The Best Warriors were awarded the Army Commendation Medal, a trophy and other gifts for their accomplishments, Friday, at the 45th Sustainment Bde., 8th TSC dining facility, here.

“Whether you know it or not, competitors, you have built readiness over the week, and you have really tested yourselves across the five dimensions of strength: physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially and family,” said Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, 8th TSC commanding general. “We have to be able to face challenges that we’ve never seen before. We have to be able to think on our feet and adjust to the unknown, develop the right solution and bring it to bear, so we can execute the mission.”

Hooks and Renterian will go on to compete against 26 Pacific theater winners in the U.S. Army-Pacific’s Best Warrior Competition in early June.

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