500th MI Bde Soldier named INSCOM NCO of Year

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Command Sgt. Maj. Dayron I. Vargas, senior enlisted adviser, INSCOM, pins an Army Commendation Medal on Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Crump, signals intelligence analyst, Company C, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, for winning the 2016 INSCOM’s NCO of the year Competition, June 22, Fort Belvoir, Va. Crump will go on to compete in the U.S. Army Cyber Command’s NCO of the year competitions slated for Aug. 22-25, Fort Belvoir, Va. (curtesy photo, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command)

Command Sgt. Maj. Dayron I. Vargas, senior enlisted adviser, INSCOM, pins an Army Commendation Medal on Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Crump, signals intelligence analyst, Company C, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, for winning the 2016 INSCOM’s NCO of the year Competition, June 22, Fort Belvoir, Va. Crump will go on to compete in the U.S. Army Cyber Command’s NCO of the year competitions slated for Aug. 22-25, Fort Belvoir, Va.


Sgt. 1st Class Thomas G. Collins
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Crump, distinguished himself from fellow noncommissioned officers during the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command’s NCO and Soldier of the Year Competition, recently held at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Crump, a Kansas City, Kan. native, signals intelligence Soldier, Company A, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, won the demanding INSCOM competition.

“It was challenging,” explained Crump. “There were a lot of good Soldiers competing.”

During the competition, Soldiers participated in a variety of tasks.

Day and night land navigation, M16 and M9 qualification and stress shoot, a physical fitness test, 12-mile ruck march, warrior tasks and battle drills, competition board, and also two mystery events rounded out the week long competition.

“Competitions and competing assists the Army with identifying the very best Soldiers and leaders our Army has to offer,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Shane M. Courchene, senior enlisted advisor, 715th MI Bn. “Any Soldier or NCO who goes through such a physically demanding and mentally tough competition cannot help but come out smarter, stronger and more resilient.”

Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Crump, a Kansas City, Kan., native, signals intelligence analyst, Company A, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, conducts first aid on a simulated casualty during the 2016 500th MI Bde., Best Warrior Competition, April, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. With his success during the brigade competition, Crump has went on to compete and win at the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command noncommissioned officer of the year competition held this June, he will go on to compete in the U.S. Army Cyber Command’s NCO of the year competitions slated for Aug. 22-25, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Crump conducts first aid on a simulated casualty during the 2016 500th MI Bde. Best Warrior Competition, April.

Crump had to use all of his skills to succeed in the competition.

“Land navigation was my most challenging event,” said the eight-year Army veteran. “Fort A.P. Hill, Va., was a tough course to do land navigation on due to dense forest cover.”

Successfully navigating the competition, Crump attributes his achievement to his mentors.

“Following the brigade competition in April and in preparation for the INSCOM competition, Courchene and Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas J. Clough, Company C 1st Sgt., 715th MI Bn., developed a comprehensive training plan for me,” said Crump.

The training plan consisted of dedicated ranges, physical conditioning, medical training, and warrior tasks training.

“I’ve been putting in a lot of range time working on weapons training, ruck marching, and doing PT twice a day,” said Crump. “I have been studying two to three hours a day to maintain a base of knowledge and build on it the best that I can.”

In addition to “range time” and studying, Crump had the opportunity to work with outside organizations to increase his competitive skill set.

“I went to the field with 1st Bn., 27th Infantry Division, to work on my battle drills,” said Crump. “It was a very unique training experience, being a military intelligence Soldier going out and conduct training with an infantry unit.”

Smart and consistently working to improve has helped Staff Sgt. Crump excel and move on to the next level competition.

“Staff Sgt. Crump possesses disciplined initiative in all that he does, and he constantly prepares himself… for success,” Courchene explained. “His ability to learn and never make the same mistake twice makes him a solid contender in whatever he does and an invaluable member of the team.”

Crump is planned to compete in the U.S. Army Cyber Command’s best warrior competition scheduled Aug. 22-25, Fort Belvoir, Va.

“I am excited to compete,” expressed Crump. “As the competition gets stiffer, everyone gets tougher. At this point it’s anyone’s game.”

If Crump wins at ARCYBER, he will continue on to represent his unit in the 2016 Department of the Army NCO of the Year competition, Sept. 26 – Oct. 3.

Courchene’s battalion is extremely proud of Crump’s accomplishments and wish him the best as he moves forward.

Moving on the next level competition, Crump said humbly, “I want to set the example that MI NCOs can compete and win against all other military occupational specialties in the Army”

 

 

 

 

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