Locken, Allen selected as NCO, Soldier of the Quarter

| October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Levon Locken, assigned to Charlie Company, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducts first aid on a simulated casualty as he uses a tourniquet on the arm of the casualty during the NCO/Soldier of the Quarter Competition, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 13, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)

Sgt. Levon Locken, assigned to Charlie Company, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducts first aid on a simulated casualty as he uses a tourniquet on the arm of the casualty during the NCO/Soldier of the Quarter Competition, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 13, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, demonstrated their Soldiering skills by conducting several individual Soldier tasks during the brigade’s Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) and Soldier of the Quarter Competition, Oct. 13-14.

The NCO and Soldier of the Quarter competitions are used to select the brigade’s most outstanding NCO and Soldiers.

“I think these competitions help Soldiers set themselves apart from their peers and shows their willingness to progress in the Army,” said Spc. Derek Allen, assigned to Bravo Company, 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

Starting at 6 a.m. on day one, candidates had to prove their physical fitness level by passing a Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), followed by height and weight screening to make sure they met Army standards. Not meeting the standards resulted in elimination from the competition.

Spc. Derek Allen, assigned to Bravo Company, 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, uses a radio to call in a SALUTE report during the NCO/Soldier of the Quarter Competition at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 13, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)

Spc. Derek Allen, assigned to Bravo Company, 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, uses a radio to call in a SALUTE report during the NCO/Soldier of the Quarter Competition at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 13, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)

After all the competitors passed their APFT, each NCO and Soldier was evaluated on five warrior skills. They were tested on requesting medical evacuation, submitting a SALUTE report, calling for fire, using a map to identify terrain features and evaluating a casualty.

Once they completed the warrior tasks, they drew weapons and headed over to the qualification range to show their marksmanship skills. Every candidate successfully qualified and earned their spot in the next obstacle.

The next obstacle the candidates faced was the Land Navigation Course on East Range. For some of the Soldiers, this task would be easier than the others.

Having dealt with land navigation during the three-month deployment he had just finished, Allen said most of it was still fresh in his memory.

Each Soldier had to successfully find four different points during daylight hours and then again, once it was dark, to prove each could navigate the terrain in both circumstances.

Following the land navigation, each candidate received a written exam. Those who passed moved on to the final event, the knowledge board.

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

Sgt. Levon Locken, assigned to Charlie Company, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd BCT, was named the NCO of the Quarter.

Spc. Derek Allen, assigned to B. Co., 29th BEB, 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.

“I am honored to be able to represent this brigade at the division level competition,” Locken said.

3rd BCT Honorees

  • NCO of Quarter is Sgt. Levon Locken, Company C, 325th Brigade Support Battalion
  • Soldier of Quarter is Spc. Derek Allen, Co. B, 29th Bde. Engineer Bn.

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