Fort Irwin's Soldier of the Quarter is Evelyn Scott
October 8, 2009
FORT IRWIN, Calif.- "She has a drive to always step ahead of her peers," said 1st Sgt. Benjamin Hollingsworth when describing Sgt. Evelyn Scott. "She's an outstanding Soldier."
The description fits her very well.
Sgt. Scott, who was recently promoted from specialist to sergeant, is the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the training room for Supply and Transportation, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. She took home the honor of being named Fort Irwin Soldier of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. She received the accolade after demonstrating her knowledge and abilities as an experienced Soldier to a board of Fort Irwin's most senior NCO's on Aug. 25.
Her dedication and motivation helped her win the board, said 1st Sgt. Hollingsworth, who is Sgt. Scott's unit first sergeant. He said that preparing for and presenting in front of a board is not as simple as memorizing and answering. Boards can ask multiple-part questions and ask Soldiers to apply knowledge in answering scenario questions.
"You're really having to study the Army field manuals, the Army regulations and be able to understand it rather than just going by 'tribal' wisdom," 1st Sgt. Hollingsworth said.
Sgt. Scott said her time dedicated to studying contributed to her success at the board.
"It wasn't a piece of cake," Sgt. Scott said. "I had to study a lot to actually win it. It was a challenge."
Just as challenging was the management of her time between studying and family, which includes a 1-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son, and her husband who is also a Soldier with the Regiment. And, she recently began classes at Barstow College to complete her bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Spending time away from family is not new to her.
Sgt. Scott is a veteran of two deployments to Iraq. As a motor transport operator, she drove tractor trucks for the 1st Armored Division and the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. With the 10th Mtn. Div., she also participated in patrols and performed searches of Iraqi women.
"It was a good experience for me," Sgt. Scott said about her deployments.
Sgt. Scott said she was motivated to compete in the board because she enjoys learning and wants to be a good NCO. She also believes in leading by example.
"I want to set the example for my Soldiers," Sgt. Scott said.
And that's a good thing for the military, since Sgt. Scott is planning on making the Army a career. After completing her criminal justice degree, she would like to reclassify to serve in the Army's Criminal Investigation Division. Her supervising sergeant said she has confidence that Sgt. Scott can reach her goals.
"She has plenty of potential to excel in anything she dedicates her mind to," said Staff Sgt. Isabel NuAfA+-ez, operations NCOIC for the orderly room with S & T, RSS, 11th ACR.