• Soldiers of 609th Forward Support Company brace for the blast of a CH 47 Chinook's rotor wash, in preparation to fasten a sling-load, during a competition between members of the 214th Fires Brigade's logistician corps.

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    Soldiers of 609th Forward Support Company brace for the blast of a CH 47 Chinook's rotor wash, in preparation to fasten a sling-load, during a competition between members of the 214th Fires Brigade's logistician corps.

  • Spc. Michael Hollaway moves a pallet of water containers during the forklift rodeo, part of a larger competition to determine the best logisticians in the 214th Fires Brigade.

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    Spc. Michael Hollaway moves a pallet of water containers during the forklift rodeo, part of a larger competition to determine the best logisticians in the 214th Fires Brigade.

  • Soldiers of the 214th Fires Brigade practice sling-loading techniques with the Oklahoma Army National Guard during a brigadewide competition to determine its best logisticians

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    Soldiers of the 214th Fires Brigade practice sling-loading techniques with the Oklahoma Army National Guard during a brigadewide competition to determine its best logisticians

FORT SILL, Okla. -- At the home of field artillery, things go boom. So much so -- in fact -- that one can eventually drown out the sounds of the ranges being shelled, mortared and engulfed in rocket fires.

In all that hustle and bustle, certain necessities can be taken for granted: food, water and repair services. Recently, however, the logisticians of the 214th Fires Brigade managed to do a little booming of their own.

The 2011 Best Logistician Competition, Oct. 4-6, combined individual and team events to evaluate the logistics Soldiers and units throughout the brigade.

Events included an Army Physical Fitness Test, a timed obstacle course, a ruck march, water purification, refueling operations, a culinary show-down, truck and fork-lift skills tests, vehicle recovery, ammunition operations and sling-load operations.

Each logistical element in the brigade was represented, and the competition culminated with an awards ceremony, crowning a best unit and recognizing the best individual Soldiers, overall.

Company B, 168th Brigade Support Battalion, took home bragging rights and an award fashioned in-house by the welders of the brigade.

The event is already being scheduled for next year, said Lt. Col. Dave Waddell, 168th BSB commander.

"It gives us a way to recognize the excellence of our Soldiers for the jobs they do every day," he said.

Page last updated Thu October 13th, 2011 at 15:54