• U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's 2014 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Sgt. 1st Class David Smith, representing U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky. Smith is a military science instructor at the University of North Georgia, 1st Brigade, Cadet Command. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Nicolas)

    TRADOC names NCO, Soldier of the year

    U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's 2014 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Sgt. 1st Class David Smith, representing U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky. Smith is a military science instructor at the University of North Georgia, 1st...

  • U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's 2014 Soldier of the Year, Spc. Joshua Roberts, representing the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Roberts currently serves as the executive assistant for the MSCoE command sergeant major. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Nicolas)

    TRADOC names NCO, Soldier of the year

    U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's 2014 Soldier of the Year, Spc. Joshua Roberts, representing the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Roberts currently serves as the executive assistant for the MSCoE command...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Michael McQuality, representing the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, attends to a simulated casualty during the "stress shoot" event of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command NCO and Soldier of the Year competition Aug. 5. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Maj. Jose Velazquez)

    TRADOC NCO and Soldier of the Year competition

    Sgt. 1st Class Michael McQuality, representing the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, attends to a simulated casualty during the "stress shoot" event of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command NCO and Soldier of the Year...

  • Staff Sgt. Christina Stentiford, representing U.S. Army Training Center at
Fort Jackson, South Carolina, checks her target during the M4 qualification
zeroing event of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command NCO and Soldier of the Year competition Aug. 5. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Maj. Jose
Velazquez)

    TRADOC NCO and Soldier of the Year competition

    Staff Sgt. Christina Stentiford, representing U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, checks her target during the M4 qualification zeroing event of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command NCO and Soldier of the Year competition...

  • Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, took some time to talk with TRADOC NCO and Soldier of the Year competitors Aug. 6. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Maj. Antonio Velazquez)

    TRADOC NCO and Soldier of the Year competition

    Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, took some time to talk with TRADOC NCO and Soldier of the Year competitors Aug. 6. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Maj. Antonio Velazquez)

FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- After a week of challenging competition, the command responsible for training the Army chose its best Soldiers during the 2014 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year ceremony here, Aug. 8.

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command named Sgt. 1st Class David Smith, representing U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky, as TRADOC's 2014 NCO of the Year and Spc. Joshua Roberts, representing the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, was named TRADOC's Soldier of the year.

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, TRADOC's command sergeant major and ceremony host, said the competition provided an opportunity to spend time with the best of the best.

"It is an absolute pleasure to spend time with the quality we have in this room … you truly represent your commands, and I am extremely proud to have spent a week with you and watch you perform," he said.

The performance, a weeklong competition packed with various tasks, ranging from a 12-mile road march to a "stress shoot," was physically and mentally challenging, day in and day out, according to TRADOC's NCO of the Year.

"You were physically pushed to your limits, and mentally --having all of the steps to your warrior tasks and battle drills while you're being physically challenged -- it was tough, absolutely tough," said Smith, a senior military instructor at the University of North Georgia.

Roberts, who currently serves as the executive assistant for the MSCoE command sergeant major, said the variety of events -- including an unexpected "stress shoot," where competitors had to practice field medical aid on a simulated casualty, dragging it 200 meters to safety all while under fire, kept competitors on their toes.

"It was a complete surprise for us," Roberts said. "We just thought we were going to a zero range and we were going to qualify with pop-ups."

TRADOC's Soldier of the Year said the broad range of tasks made the competition interesting.
"We went from shooting to a stress shoot going straight into (nuclear, biological, chemical) operations, and then we got thrown into teaching a foreign national how to tear apart and put together a weapons system that they had never seen before," Roberts said.

Although the days were challenging, Smith said the NCOs displayed exceptional professionalism and teamwork during the competition.

"We had such a great group of NCOs," he said. "At night, we all would just help each other before the next day's events, so the competitors were working with each other to help each other."
In addition to helping one another, Smith said the NCOs and Soldiers within the competition provided something even more valuable.

"Coming here and competing with these noncommissioned officers and Soldiers -- it reenergizes you and motivates you to be the best Soldier you can possibly be."

Smith and Roberts will represent TRADOC at the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition in October at Fort Lee, Virginia.

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