Soldiers compete, rally for NCO of the Year honors
Command Sgt. Maj. Bentura Fernandez, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, pushes Staff Sgt. Booker Jordan, contracting specialist, 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion, to finish the 12-mile forced road march. Jordan won the 409th NCO of the Year competition and now moves on to the Army Contracting Command - level competition at Camp Bullis in San Antonio, Texas.

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Staff Sgt. Booker Jordan battled it out with other noncommissioned officers and was selected the 409th Contracting Support Brigade's NCO of the Year during an intense three-day competition here March 28-30.

Jordan, a contracting specialist with the 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion's 606th Senior Contingency Contracting Team, will go forward and compete at the Army Contracting Command NCO of the Year competition May 21-23 at Camp Bullis, Texas.

"The 409th CSB's Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition was an outstanding event. It allowed me to get out of the office and literally, shoot, move and communicate like we're trained to do," Jordan said. "It felt great to compete against outstanding and knowledgeable Soldiers."

Soldiers competed in events that included urban orienteering, a formal board and essay, rifle marksmanship, land navigation and the Army Physical Fitness Test. The final event was a 12-mile road march with the NCOs carrying a 40-pound rucksack.

"All the hard work really paid off... the competitors did a bang up job," said Master Sgt. Gary Weir, NCOIC of mission operations, 409th CSB. The competitors were evaluated on
their knowledge of several subject areas as well as proper wear of the uniform, and drill and ceremony.

"The most difficult part of the whole competition was the formal board. You have your senior NCOs scrutinizing you and asking you anything and everything from the NCO study guide," Jordan said.

"After the board, the panel met with me immediately and gave me verbal feedback," he said. "The members were supportive enough to mentor me on my shortcomings and I've been working on them every night since."

This is the second year the 409th has conducted its NCO of the year competition.

"The 409th CSB is the only brigade within the Expeditionary Contracting Command that puts on an NCO competition of this magnitude," said Command Sgt. Major Bentura Fernandez, 409th CSB. "I want our Soldiers to represent the best that we have to offer."

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