Korean rodeo determines "King of the Road"
May 30, 2014
CAMP STANLEY, South Korea -- The 46th Transportation Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted their Annual Sustainment Truck Rodeo allowing Soldiers to demonstrate driving skills and warrior tasks and battle drills in the spirit of a friendly competition from May 28 -- 29.
This peninsula wide event pitted the best drivers from across Korea. It tested their knowledge and proficiency while giving them the opportunity to prove they are ready to "Fight Tonight."
This sentiment was echoed by the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command commanding general, Brig. Gen. Stephen E. Farmen, while he visited the competitors and encouraged them to strive to be the very best.
Lt. Col. Juanita R. Clarke, 194th CSSB commander said the event is a healthy competition between teammates across the peninsula that may have never met.
"Soldiers compete to hone their driving skills and win the bragging rights for their organization and to be named the 'King of the Road'," Clarke added.
13 transportation teams including the Republic of Korea Army, participated in 12 challenging events. Soldiers attempted tactical and traditional transportation performances which included tire changes, recovering vehicles, alley docking, Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services and more.
During one event, Soldiers were dressed in Army Combat Helmets and eye protection carrying out an accurate PMCS by keenly detecting faults on their vehicles despite the scorching hot weather.
Pfc. Michael P. Daniel, Motor Transportation operator from the 46th Transportation Company, 194th CSSB was chosen from his company to represent the battalion and shared his excitement of the Truck Rodeo after successfully finishing his PMCS.
"I went through a few trainings at Camp Casey and this is fun, challenging and a little harder than the company level but I love the friendly competition," said Daniel.
Between the 13 teams in the field wearing the U.S. Army Combat Uniform, there was a group of Soldiers that was noticeably different. Wearing their green ROKA uniform, Soldiers from the 605th Transportation Battalion, 2nd Logistic Command also engaged in the grueling two day competition.
"It is rare for Soldiers from the ROKA to work with the U.S. counterparts, but friendly competition like the Truck Rodeo helps both sides to understand each other's military culture and equipment," said Sgt. You Sang-won, a ROKA transportation operator. "I wish there were more military exchanges with the U.S. Army."
Ultimately, the home team won out as the 15th Korean Service Corps Company based at Camp Stanley came out on top, leaving the other competitors looking towards next year's rodeo for their shot at redemption.