• Sponsor Staff Sgt. Joshua Altice, Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth 2008 NCO of the Year, polishes and inspects Fort Leavenworth NCO of the Year competitor Sgt. Robert Hoogerhyde's uniform before his knowledge assessment board May 13 outside the Armed Forces Insurance conference room.

    Fort Leavenworth selects top Soldier, NCOAca,!E+of Year

    Sponsor Staff Sgt. Joshua Altice, Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth 2008 NCO of the Year, polishes and inspects Fort Leavenworth NCO of the Year competitor Sgt. Robert Hoogerhyde's uniform before his knowledge assessment board May 13 outside...

  • Spc. Joshua Cottrell, Sgt. Robert Hoogerhyde, Spc. Thomas Rincon, Spc. Bradley Benham, Sgt. Jovan Luna and Sgt. Paul Huston compete for Fort Leavenworth Soldier and NCO of the Year May 13 at Kinder Range. Competitors also performed warrior tasks, land navigation and went before a knowledge assessment board to earn the titles. Huston and Benham represented Medical Activity; Luna and Cottrell represented Combined Arms Center, Special Troops Battalion; and Hoogerhyde and Rincon represented the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and the 40th Military Police Internment and Resettlement Battalion.

    Fort Leavenworth selects top Soldier, NCOAca,!E+of Year

    Spc. Joshua Cottrell, Sgt. Robert Hoogerhyde, Spc. Thomas Rincon, Spc. Bradley Benham, Sgt. Jovan Luna and Sgt. Paul Huston compete for Fort Leavenworth Soldier and NCO of the Year May 13 at Kinder Range. Competitors also performed warrior tasks, land...

  • Staff Sgt. Charles Buford, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, asks Fort Leavenworth NCO of the Year competitor Sgt. Paul Huston, of Medical Activity, to perform hand, arm and flag signals for a warrior task station May 12 near Hunt Lodge. NCOs and Soldiers performed first aid and radio communications at other stations.

    Fort Leavenworth selects top Soldier, NCOAca,!E+of Year

    Staff Sgt. Charles Buford, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, asks Fort Leavenworth NCO of the Year competitor Sgt. Paul Huston, of Medical Activity, to perform hand, arm and flag signals for a warrior task station...

  • Sgt. Robert Hoogerhyde, Sgt. Paul Huston, Sgt. Jovan Luna, Spc. Bradley Benham, Spc. Joshua Cottrell and Spc. Thomas Rincon stand to be recognized for competing in the Fort Leavenworth NCO and Soldier of the Year competition during a ceremony announcing the top competitors May 15 at the Frontier Conference Center. Luna and Rincon were chosen to represent Fort Leavenworth at the Combined Arms Center competition next month.

    Fort Leavenworth selects top Soldier, NCOAca,!E+of Year

    Sgt. Robert Hoogerhyde, Sgt. Paul Huston, Sgt. Jovan Luna, Spc. Bradley Benham, Spc. Joshua Cottrell and Spc. Thomas Rincon stand to be recognized for competing in the Fort Leavenworth NCO and Soldier of the Year competition during a ceremony...

  • Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. John Cross II applauds Fort Leavenworth NCO of the Year Sgt. Jovan Luna, of the Special Troops Battalion, and Soldier of the Year Spc. Thomas Rincon, of the 40th Military Police Internment and Resettlement Battalion, during a ceremony announcing the top competitors May 15 at the Frontier Conference Center.

    Fort Leavenworth selects top Soldier, NCOAca,!E+of Year

    Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. John Cross II applauds Fort Leavenworth NCO of the Year Sgt. Jovan Luna, of the Special Troops Battalion, and Soldier of the Year Spc. Thomas Rincon, of the 40th Military Police Internment and Resettlement Battalion, during a...

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (May 21, 2009) - Sgt. Jovan Luna and Spc. Thomas Rincon were named the winners of the Fort Leavenworth 2009 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition in a ceremony May 15 at the Frontier Conference Center.

A total of six competitors, three NCOs and three Soldiers, demonstrated their abilities in the Army Physical Fitness Test, land navigation, weapons qualification and Warrior Training Tasks during the competition May 11-15. Each competitor was also required to complete a written examination and oral knowledge assessment board.

Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. John Cross II, president of the board, said the NCO and Soldier of the Year competition was about Soldiers demonstrating their knowledge, skills and abilities.

"I have four attributes that I expect of all Soldiers: I expect them to be skilled, I expect them to be fit, I expect them to be disciplined, and I expect them to be resolute. Those are the things that I'm specifically looking for in Soldiers," Cross said.

He said self-development is one of the key pillars to Soldier development and essential if NCOs and Soldiers want to reach the top of their profession and compete for Soldier and NCO of the Year.

"You're never going to get there unless you have the mindset that it's a profession. In order to be an expert in your profession, you have to be committed to the profession," Cross said.

Luna, of the Combined Arms Center Special Troops Battalion, is the noncommissioned officer in charge of Main Post Chapel. He said he competed in order to be an example and motivation to his Soldiers, and said it was a team effort studying and preparing for the competition. Luna said his girlfriend, a sergeant in the Army Reserve, even joined in to help him get ready for the competition
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All of the training and preparation paid off, as Luna said he aced the land navigation event and scored a 282 on his APFT. He said being named Fort Leavenworth NCO of the Year during the Year of the NCO was special, but that NCOs need to always train and lead their Soldiers.

"To win during the Year of the NCO, that's just icing on the cake," Luna said.

Rincon works at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and is assigned to the 256th Military Police Company, 40th MP Internment and Resettlement Battalion. He said he trained for two weeks with his team leader and platoon sergeant before the competition, focusing on land navigation and Soldier knowledge.

Rincon said the knowledge assessment board was the most difficult part of the competition because "it's the last thing you have to do before you find out the results."

He said the event he performed the best was weapons qualification, where he knocked down 37 of 40 targets. Rincon offered advice for Soldiers who want to compete to be Soldier of the Year.

"Make sure you go at it 100 percent. Put the time in to train and prepare for it," Rincon said.

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commander of CAC and Fort Leavenworth, said all of the NCO and Soldier of the Year competitors "represent the very best of the United States Army."

The other competitors were Munson Army Health Center NCO of the Year Sgt. Paul Huston, 40th MP Battalion NCO of the Year Sgt. Robert Hoogerhyde, MAHC Soldier of the Year Spc. Bradley Benham and CAC STB Soldier of the Year Spc. Joshua Cottrell.

Luna and Rincon will compete next month in the CAC NCO and Soldier of the Year competition.

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