Army Contracting Command will select its Noncommissioned Officer of the year during three days of competition, May 21-23, at Camp Bullis, Texas.

"The ultimate goal for this competition is to select the best NCO to represent ACC and win the Army Material Command's noncommissioned officer of the year competition," said Command Sgt. Maj. John Murray, ACC command sergeant major.

The AMC NCO of the Year competition is scheduled for July 15-20 at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

This year's competition is open to all NCOs regardless of their military occupational specialty as long as they are assigned to an ACC subordinate unit. Brigades are not limited to the number of NCOs they can send to this event and are encouraged to send several to the competition.

"That is really what it is about: it's about competing, it's about being victorious. It's about saying 'no one is more professional than I," Murray said.

This competition will measure NCOs against their peers in several events, said Sgt. Maj. Darryl Melvin, ACC deputy chief of staff, Mission Operations sergeant major. The tests will consist of a broad range of Army skills to include physical fitness and agility, day and night land navigation, weapons familiarization, weapons qualification, and oral and written communication.

This competition will allow NCOs the opportunity to trust their military training, gain valuable experience, sharpen their individual skills and become better leaders of Soldiers, Melvin said.

NCOs will also appear before a formal board and write an essay during the competition.

"The purpose of the NCO of the Year competition is to find an NCO who embodies the 'be, know, do, lead by example' type of NCO in our brigades," said Command Sgt. Maj. Angel Clark-Davis, Expeditionary Contracting Command command sergeant major.

"I want to solicit every noncommissioned officer's support in making our competition successful. It's our inherent responsibility to teach and mentor our subordinates to be all they can be. The best indication on how well you are doing as a leader is by measuring the performance of your NCOs. You're on the right track if your NCOs are physically fit, mentally tough, technically competent and proficient in their warrior tasks and drills."

All the senior NCOs agree that units have to properly select the NCOs and test them prior to arriving at the competition.

"Pride in knowing they represented their command is another benefit gained from this competition," said Melvin.

"The NCO's supervisor and chain of command can be proud in knowing that one of their very own was selected as the best and brightest NCO that the ACC has in its formation."

Clark said NCOs who would like to compete should contact their chain of command to complete the enrollment packet and begin training to win the competition.

"Above all, be a role model, set the example and lead from the front" she said. "The rate of the pack is determined by the speed of the leader."

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