• CAMP BULLIS, Texas – Sgt. John Putman, 512th Engineer Detachment, places a mock M18 Claymore anti-personnel mine in position during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here Jun 14. (Photo by 1st Sgt. Javier Rosa, U.S. Army South)

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas – Sgt. John Putman, 512th Engineer Detachment, places a mock M18 Claymore anti-personnel mine in position during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here Jun 14. (Photo by 1st Sgt...

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas – Staff Sgt. Joseph C. Hansen (top), and Sgt. Ashley L. Chandler, both from the 525th Military Police Battalion, perform flutter kicks during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here Jun 14. (Photo by 1st Sgt. Javier Rosa, U.S. Army South)

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas – Staff Sgt. Joseph C. Hansen (top), and Sgt. Ashley L. Chandler, both from the 525th Military Police Battalion, perform flutter kicks during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here...

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas – Sgt. Jose Rosa, 717th Military Intelligence Battalion, moves a mock casualty during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here Jun 14. (Photo by 1st Sgt. Javier Rosa, U.S. Army South)

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas – Sgt. Jose Rosa, 717th Military Intelligence Battalion, moves a mock casualty during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here Jun 14. (Photo by 1st Sgt. Javier Rosa, U.S. Army South)

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas – Sgt. John Putman, 512th Engineer Detachment, carries a mock casualty during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here Jun 14. (Photo by 1st Sgt. Javier Rosa, U.S. Army South)

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas – Sgt. John Putman, 512th Engineer Detachment, carries a mock casualty during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here Jun 14. (Photo by 1st Sgt. Javier Rosa, U.S. Army South)

  • FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Spc. Ethan J. Berry, 56th Signal Battalion, stands before a formal board of five sergeants major during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here Jun 14. (Photo by Robert R. Ramon, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

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    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Spc. Ethan J. Berry, 56th Signal Battalion, stands before a formal board of five sergeants major during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here Jun 14. (Photo by Robert R...

  • FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas (left) U.S. Army South commanding general, congratulates Staff Sgt. Joseph C. Hansen, 525th Military Police Battalion, for being named noncommissioned officers of the year during the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition here Jun 14. (Photo by Robert R. Ramon, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

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    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas (left) U.S. Army South commanding general, congratulates Staff Sgt. Joseph C. Hansen, 525th Military Police Battalion, for being named noncommissioned officers of the year during the U.S. Army...

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas " One Soldier and one noncommissioned officer distinguished themselves during a five-day competition to identify the U.S. Army South 2011 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Spc. Ethan J. Berry, 56th Signal Battalion, was named Soldier of the Year while Staff Sgt. Joseph C. Hansen, 525th Military Police Battalion, was named NCO of the Year.

“We really challenged the Soldiers participating in the competition and they performed very well,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Luis Gonzalez, U.S. Army South Special Troops Battalion command sergeant major. “It was very impressive to see them in action.”

The competition included an Army physical fitness test, land navigation exercise, weapons qualification, various Warrior tasks, a written examination, drill and ceremony and face-to-face time with a formal military board.

“The competition was great,” said Hansen. “My fellow competitors were on their game. They seemed to give it all their effort and it made things very challenging.”

Berry and Hansen will represent U.S. Army South during the United States Army Forces Command NCO and Soldier of the Year “Best Warrior” competition to be held this summer at Fort Hood, Texas.

“I’m looking forward to competing in FORSCOM since there will be many more participants from throughout the Army,” said Hansen. “It will be a tougher challenge.”

Gonzalez, who served on the board during the formal interviews, said he was especially impressed with each Soldier’s ability to remain calm under pressure.

“It’s not easy to be on a board with five sergeants major throwing questions at you,” said Gonzalez. “They did very well. It was remarkable.”

Hansen said the competition helped him to improve his performance during stressful situations.

“Participating in the competition taught me to relax under pressure,” said Hansen. “I found that while I was in a stressful situation all of my training came to me without having to think about it.”

Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, U.S. Army South commanding general, said he’s confident that Berry and Hansen will perform well during the FORSCOM competition.

“Throughout my career, I have never seen the caliber of Soldiers and NCOs that we have today,” said Trombitas. “I think our competition winners are a fine testimony to what our Army produces and are in fact the best of the best.”

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