• Sgt. Bryan Cyr, a mechanic with the 149th Seaport Operations Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, plots points during the land navigation event of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s NCO and Soldier of the Year competition April 19. Cyr felt land navigation was his strongest event and he went on to win the competition as the NCO of the Year. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sgt. Bryan Cyr, a mechanic with the 149th...

    Sgt. Bryan Cyr, a mechanic with the 149th Seaport Operations Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, plots points during the land navigation event of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s NCO and Soldier of the Year...

  • Sgt. Darell Parker, a fueler with the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, fires the M16 rifle during the weapon qualification event of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s NCO and Soldier of the Year competition April 20. The competitors were required to take a rifle they had never used, zero it and qualify to Army standards. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain)

    Sgt. Darell Parker, a fueler with the 530th...

    Sgt. Darell Parker, a fueler with the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, fires the M16 rifle during the weapon qualification event of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s NCO and Soldier of the Year competition April 20. The...

  • Spc. Brandon Laspe, a diver with the 74th Engineer Dive Team, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sus. Bde., takes a written test on map reading April 19 during the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s NCO and Soldier of the Year competition. Laspe was selected as the 3d ESC's Soldier of the Year for his performance during the competition. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain)

    Spc. Brandon Laspe, a diver with the 74th...

    Spc. Brandon Laspe, a diver with the 74th Engineer Dive Team, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sus. Bde., takes a written test on map reading April 19 during the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s NCO and Soldier of the Year competition. Laspe was...

  • Spc. Jere Cerdenio, a fueler with the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, reports to the president of the board April 18 during the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition. The board was just one event which tested them on military knowledge and Soldier skills during the competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Spc. Jere Cerdenio, a fueler with the 530th...

    Spc. Jere Cerdenio, a fueler with the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, reports to the president of the board April 18 during the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition. The board...

FORT KNOX, Ky. (April 21, 2011) - Eleven Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from across the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) competed for the NCO and Soldier of the Year title during a competition here April 18-21.

The competition was a compilation of multiple events, including an Army Physical Fitness Test, a board, land navigation, a mystery event, M16 rifle qualification and a selection of Warrior Tasks, designed to test the competitors on their military knowledge and basic Soldier skills, said Command Sgt. Maj. Willie Tennant, the 3d ESC's senior noncommissioned officer.

Sgt. Bryan Cyr, a mechanic with the 149th Seaport Operations Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, was selected as the command's best NCO and Spc. Brandon Laspe, a diver with the 74th Engineer Dive Team, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sus. Bde., was selected as the best Soldier.

Both Cyr and Laspe are scheduled to compete in the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year competition in June, Tennant said.

Going into the competition, Cyr said he was going to give it his all.

"I feel great," Cyr said. "I can't wait to see what they throw at us."

At the start of the competition, Cyr looked forward to the land navigation portion, since he felt it was his strongest event.

At the end of the week, however, his favorite test was the mystery event, which included a four-mile ruck march, hand-to-hand combat, search of a detainee and recover remains, because it was so realistic.

"You're going to be tired, you're going to be drained, but you're going to have to fight," Cyr said.

For Laspe, the mystery event was an extreme challenge, but in the end, he was able to overcome the challenge.

The Warrior Tasks were the hardest part of the competition for Laspe, and it came down to actually knowing the tasks.

"I was so drained," Laspe said. "Either you know it or you don't."

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