• Soldier competitors of the XVIII Airborne Corps vie for top standing to win the title of NCO and Soldier of the Year 2014, June 17.  Competitors pushed themselves to the limits of physical and mental endurance to prove who among them was the most tactically and technically proficient from, June 16-20.

    Racing to the top

    Soldier competitors of the XVIII Airborne Corps vie for top standing to win the title of NCO and Soldier of the Year 2014, June 17. Competitors pushed themselves to the limits of physical and mental endurance to prove who among them was the most...

  • Spc. Nicole Faure treats a simulated casualty under the constant din and clamor of explosions and screams in a smoke filled room, June 18. Remaining calm and focused under continual physical and mental pressure is one of the qualities that helped Faure distinguish herself as the XVIII Airborne Corps Soldier of the Year runner up.

    Calm under pressure

    Spc. Nicole Faure treats a simulated casualty under the constant din and clamor of explosions and screams in a smoke filled room, June 18. Remaining calm and focused under continual physical and mental pressure is one of the qualities that helped Faure...

  • Sgt. Kendrick Gardner prepares to execute medley of songs and spoken creeds as his final task of the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year competition, June 19. Representing the 44th Medical Brigade, Gardner left the panel of senior noncommissioned officers from such storied units at the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division and 3rd Infantry Division, highly impressed with his poise and knowledge. The board was just one event of many that competitors faced in an effort to prove themselves the most tactically and technically proficient in the Corps.

    Sing for us

    Sgt. Kendrick Gardner prepares to execute medley of songs and spoken creeds as his final task of the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year competition, June 19. Representing the 44th Medical Brigade, Gardner left the panel of senior...

  • Spc. Michael McCollett fires from the prone unsupported position while competing for the title of XVIII Airborne Corps Soldier of the Year 2014. McCollett, representing the 16th Military Police Brigade, distinguished himself through a myriad of events to go on to represent the Corps at the Forces Command level competition later this summer.

    Basic rifle marksmanship

    Spc. Michael McCollett fires from the prone unsupported position while competing for the title of XVIII Airborne Corps Soldier of the Year 2014. McCollett, representing the 16th Military Police Brigade, distinguished himself through a myriad of events...

  • Sgt. Christopher Lord wipes sweat from his eyes as the pressure builds during the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the year competition, June 16-20. Competitors were continually challenged through a continual array of tactical and technical proficiency tests to determine the ultimate winners who will represent the Corps at the Forces Command competition later this summer.

    No time to rest

    Sgt. Christopher Lord wipes sweat from his eyes as the pressure builds during the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the year competition, June 16-20. Competitors were continually challenged through a continual array of tactical and technical...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Abbott (center left) and Spc. Michael McCollett (center right), both representing 16th Military Police Brigade, are recognized by retired Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Andrew McFowler (left) and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews (right) are recognized as the XVIII Airborne Corps Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year 2014, at McKellar's Lodge, June 20. Selected from field of 20 top competitors from across the XVIII Abn. Corps, Abbott and McCollett will now go on to compete at the Army Forces Command level completion later this summer.

    A cut above the rest

    Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Abbott (center left) and Spc. Michael McCollett (center right), both representing 16th Military Police Brigade, are recognized by retired Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Andrew McFowler (left) and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews (right) are...

MPs swept the top titles of Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year after a week of grueling non-stop completion in record-breaking summer heat at Fort Bragg, June 20.

Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Abbott and Spc. Michael McCollett, both representing 16th Military Police Brigade, were recognized as the XVIII Airborne Corps Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year 2014, at McKellar's Lodge.

Twenty noncommissioned officers and Soldiers from across XVIII Abn. Corps competed in the NCOY/SOY competition at Fort Bragg June 16-20.

Up next, Abbott and McCollett will move on to compete in the FORSCOM competition, where they will once again be tested to see if they will advance to the final Department of the Army level, with prospects of becoming the Army's 2014 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.

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