• Staff Sgt. Talyia Williams, the material management supervisor with the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and Miami, Fla. native, records scores for a color guard during the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North Bullitt High School on Saturday, October 9. During the drill meet, the Sustainers judged Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps platoons, squads and color guards on the originality, difficulty, precision and variety of movements.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers judge drill meet

    Staff Sgt. Talyia Williams, the material management supervisor with the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and Miami, Fla. native, records scores for a color guard during the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North Bullitt High School on...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Arrick Jones, a platoon sergeant with the 233rd Transportation Company and Tampa, Fla. Native, judges a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard during the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North Bullitt High School on Oct. 9.  Jones, at times, said it was difficult to judge the JROTC cadets because "some of the participants were really good."  Jones said that some of the JROTC cadets who participated in the drill meet could hold their own against members of the Army's Old Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers judge drill meet

    Sgt. 1st Class Arrick Jones, a platoon sergeant with the 233rd Transportation Company and Tampa, Fla. Native, judges a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard during the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North Bullitt High School on...

  • Sgt. Trumaine Harrison, the enlisted aide for the 3d ESC's commanding general and Greenville, S.C. native, judges a group of cadets on precision and their attention to detail during the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North Bullitt High School on Oct. 9.  Harrison, along with several Soldiers from the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 233rd Transportation Company and 19th Engineer Battalion, volunteered to judge during the event. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers judge drill meet

    Sgt. Trumaine Harrison, the enlisted aide for the 3d ESC's commanding general and Greenville, S.C. native, judges a group of cadets on precision and their attention to detail during the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North Bullitt High School...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Arrick Jones, a platoon sergeant with the 233rd Transportation Company and Tampa, Fla. Native, judges a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard during the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North Bullitt High School on Saturday, October 9.  Jones, at times, said it was difficult to judge the JROTC cadets because "some of the participants were really good.  Jones said that some of the JROTC cadets who participated in the drill meet could hold their own against members of the Army's Old Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers judge drill meet

    Sgt. 1st Class Arrick Jones, a platoon sergeant with the 233rd Transportation Company and Tampa, Fla. Native, judges a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard during the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North Bullitt High School on...

  • Staff Sgt. Talyia Williams, the material management supervisor with the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and Miami, Fla. native, assists color guard members in uncasing the American Flag during the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North Bullitt High School on Oct. 9. Williams was one of several Soldiers from the 3d ESC, 233rd Transportation Company and 19th Engineer Battalion who volunteered to be a judge for the event. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainers judge drill meet

    Staff Sgt. Talyia Williams, the material management supervisor with the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and Miami, Fla. native, assists color guard members in uncasing the American Flag during the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North...

FORT KNOX, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2010) - Soldiers from the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 233rd Transportation Company and 19th Engineer Battalion volunteered to judge the 5th Annual Eagle Battalion Drill Meet at North Bullitt High in Shepherdsville, Ky. on Oct. 9.

The Sustainers judged Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps platoons, squads and color guards from five Kentucky schools on the originality, difficulty, precision and variety of movements.

Those who volunteered to participate in the event said they were extremely impressed by some of the drill team routines.

"With the precision and bearing that some of the kids displayed, I think that we could take them and place them with Old Guard Soldiers, and they could hold their own," said Sgt. 1st Class Arrick Jones, a Tampa, Fla. native and platoon sergeant with the 233rd Transportation Company.

He admitted that it was difficult to judge some of the more experienced drill teams that participated because they didn\'t do a lot wrong. Jones admitted to often having to restrain himself from showing emotion when a group performed superbly. He said many times he would just think to himself, "wow", when a team performed a maneuver really well.

"This competition was very difficult to judge at times because some of the groups were really good," said Jones.

The NBHS JROTC's leadership was pleased with the Sustainers professionalism and extended a welcome to attend and participate in events in the future.

"It was outstanding having these guys come out to judge our competition," said 1st Sgt. (Ret.) Mark Firestone, NBHS Army instructor and Shepherdsville, Ky. resident. "To have the level of noncommissioned officers in which we had there to evaluate was just super. The kids enjoyed having them here and they enjoyed being here as well."

The drill meet was the second event in which the 3d ESC's Soldiers have participated in at NBHS within the year. In April, ten Sustainers visited NBHS to share their Haiti deployment experiences with JROTC cadets during a community outreach event.

The 3d ESC has made a conscious effort to reach out to its surrounding communities since it stood up on Fort Knox. The command always seeks to thank the communities who took care of them during deployments to Iraq and Haiti.

Drill teams from NBHS, Bullitt Central, John Hardin, Grant and Pulaski County high schools participated in the event. The host school, NBHS, took 1st place overall for the entire event.

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