‘Durable’ Soldiers triumph as NCO, Soldier of Quarter

By Sgt. Dana E. Moen | 1stSustainmentBDE | October 23, 2013

Five Soldiers competed in the 1st Sustainment Brigade Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Quarter competition Sept. 24 to 27 at Fort Riley.

Sgt. Charles York, automated logistical specialist, 1st Support Maintenance Company, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sust. Bde., and Spc. Benjamin McPherson, explosive ordnance disposal specialist, 630th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, took the top spots as NCO and Soldier of the Quarter. They are now eligible to compete in the division competition Oct. 7 to 10 at Fort Riley.

"I think it was an eye-opening experience," said York. "It gives us an opportunity to learn some things we probably need to pass on during sergeant's time training."

Seven events were scored during the competition: An Army Physical Fitness Test, weapons qualification at the Engagement Skills Trainer, day-and-night land navigation, a knowledge exam, written essay and an evaluation board.

The three runners up were Sgt Raymond Baria, Stryker systems maintainer, 172nd Chemical Co., 84th EOD Bn.; Sgt. Randolph Clay, Nodal Network systems operator-maintainer, 267th Signal Co., 541st CSSB; and Spc. Juvenston Marseille, motor transport operator, 24th Transportation Co., 541st CSSB.

"It was a great competition," Marseille said. "They kind of put me to the test."