302nd seeks best trucker in town
April 4, 2007
CAMP MOBILE, Korea -- The Truck Rodeo, a challenge to determine 302nd Brigade Support Battalion's best truck driver, was held on Camp Mobile, Korea's airfield March 27.
Twelve two-man teams competed in the event, which included 12 challenges, graded by time and accuracy.
"We have a variety of challenges," said Capt. Don Mozer, Co. A, 302nd BSB company commander. "We have driving portions such as serpentine or a straight-line backing with a Lowboy trailer. We also have PMCS, tow-bar relay, .50-cal. weapon mount, written test and P.T. test."
At the tow-bar relay, the competitors had to properly assemble and hook-up a tow bar to a truck with two crescent wrenches. It was the first station of the day for Sgt. Michael Cosentino and Pfc. Kevin Snell from Co. B, 302nd BSB.
"The strategy today is to take our time and not to rush anything," said Cosentino. "We practiced all the challenges got our signals together. We are very excited about today."
On the other side of the field, Spc. Ieginard Desamours and Pfc. Timothy Lettermann from Co. F, 302nd BSB, changed a tire almost as big as themselves from a five-ton truck.
"It's the stuff we usually do at work," said Lettermann. "This event is a good chance to show off the skills of very talented drivers who don't get a chance to prove themselves."
Staff Sgt. Paul Harris and Spc. Robert Towler from Co. B, 302nd BSB, won first prize, bragging rights and a four-day pass.
"Everyone did an absolutely outstanding job," said Mozer. "Driving a big truck is not as easy as it looks. The competitors here are the best from their units."
Mozer added that he hopes to see more competitors in the Truck Rodeo next year.
"We would like to see an entire division competition or 8th Army-wide competition even," said Mozer. "That's the overall goal we're aiming for."