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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participating in the Soldier, NCO of the quarter and Audie Murphy board, get ready for the run portion of the Army Physical...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Spc. Sean C. Poole, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sits before the board members for Soldier of the Quarter...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Alexander Cerney, an infantryman with 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sits before the board members for Non-commissioned...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Pfc. Kevin Rivera, a cannon crewmember with 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires an M4A1 Carbine at a target while...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Spc. Christian Walker, a cavalry scout with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participating in the Soldier of the Quarter contest...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Spc. Peter Gonzalez, a combat engineer with 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participating in the Soldier of the Quarter contest...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Alexander Cerney, an infantryman with 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), places a tourniquet on a simulated casualty during a...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Alexander Cerney, an infantryman with 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gets ready to do pushups as Master Sgt. Theodore Cook...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle France, a cannon crewmember with 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sprints as he approaches the finish line of...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Spc. Peter Gonzalez, a combat engineer with 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participating in the Non-commissioned Officer of the...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. Alexander Cerney, an infantryman with 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participating in the Non-commissioned Officer of the...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee", 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participating in the Soldier, NCO of the quarter and Audie Murphy board, take a moment...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jessie H. Sanchez with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), observes a Soldier doing pushups, during an Army Physical Fitness Test for Currahees competing...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Spc. Sean C. Poole, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires an M9 at a target while competing for Soldier of...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jessie H. Sanchez with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), observes a Soldier doing pushups, during an Army Physical Fitness Test for Currahees competing...

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    Soldiers compete for NCO, Soldier of quarter

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participating in the Soldier, NCO of the quarter and Audie Murphy board, perform the sit-up portion of the Army Physical Fitness...

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Select Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in the Soldier, Non-commissioned Officer of the quarter board at forward operating base Salerno, Afghanistan.

"We still have to sharpen our skills, we can't just say 'I'm good at what I do'," said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, command sergeant major of the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., and president of the board for the Soldier and NCO of the Quarter. "Boards, and the way we set this one up, are a way to sharpen our skills both mentally and physically."

Putting their skills to the test, the twelve participants, an NCO and Soldier from each battalion, came from bases all over Khowst and Paktya Provinces, to FOB Salerno for this competition.

"Being in a combat zone, we are busy with daily operations and just to come here my guys had to put in a lot of hard work and extrat effort," said Sgt. Corey A. Slayton, a Cavalry Scout stationed at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., and native of Johnston City, Ill. "I'm really close to my squad, them just doing their job was a big help. They picked up my sector of fire."

The competition started at 4 a.m. on July 14, with the Army Physical Fitness Test.

They then moved in to a timed multi-task event where they ran in full kit (helmet, body armor, weapon, gloves, ammunition, eye protection and a filled medium rucksack) to a variety of stations.

One of the stations consisted of assembling an RT-1523F Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System, Advanced System Improvement Program model.

"It was my first time putting an ASIP radio together," said Pfc. Jeremiah Jayona, a dental assistant with the 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., first runner up for Soldier of the Quarter and native of Saipan, in The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Assessing and providing aid to a casualty, calling in a 9-line medical evacuation for that casualty, then dragging a simulated 200 pound casualty 150 yards, was another of the stations the Soldiers went through.

"Evaluating the casualty was the toughest (for me)," said Spc. Sean C. Poole, native of Phoenix, Ariz., and infantryman with India Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div. "There's a lot to it and there are things I know I missed."

Their last station was a live fire exercise where they fired their M4A1 Carbines from a variety of distances and firing positions, as well fired an M9 9mm Beretta at close range.

"My favorite part of this event was the shooting," Jayona said. He enjoyed the challenge of firing from different positions and it was the first time that he has ever fired an M9.

The following morning, the Soldiers had to sit through a board evaluation where they were asked, and graded on, questions ranging from unit history, current events, Army regulations and much more.

"I've got a track record for training Soldiers for Soldier of the Month boards and I've put a lot of effort in to that," expressed Slayton. "As far as (me going to) the board itself, I was way more prepared for it because of the training I provided for my Soldiers better their tactical and technical proficiencies."

The winner of the Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter was Sgt. Slayton; the winner for Soldier of the Quarter was Spc. Poole.

"I think the Soldier of the Quarter competition, in general, keeps you on your toes and keeps you learning," said Poole. "I had very good preparation and I owe it to my leadership for where I am right now."

"Even though there can only be one winner for the NCO and Soldier of the Quarter, we hope all of the competitors are now focused," said Sgt. 1st Class Leonard N. Taylor of 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div. "We want them to say 'hey, I was close, let me get my leaders to help me continue to prepare myself so maybe I can win the next one'."

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