• Spc. Richard Wyce III, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), prepares to enter the range June 11, to conduct familiarization with the M4 Carbine, prior to the start of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

    NETCOM selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Spc. Richard Wyce III, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), prepares to enter the range June 11, to conduct familiarization with the M4 Carbine, prior to the start of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

  • Spc. Kenny Tyler, representing the 5th Signal Command (Theater), takes aim downrange during familiarization with the M4 Carbine, prior to the start of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

    NETCOM selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Spc. Kenny Tyler, representing the 5th Signal Command (Theater), takes aim downrange during familiarization with the M4 Carbine, prior to the start of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

  • Spc. Richard Wyce III, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), plots the points he must find on a military map June 12, during Urban Orienteering, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

    NETCOM selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Spc. Richard Wyce III, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), plots the points he must find on a military map June 12, during Urban Orienteering, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), with his supporting fire team prepare to engage the enemy June 13, during the Warrior Tasks at the Urban Operations Site at Fort Huachuca, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

    NETCOM selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), with his supporting fire team prepare to engage the enemy June 13, during the Warrior Tasks at the Urban Operations Site at Fort Huachuca, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), with one of his supporting fire team members react to sniper fire June 13, during the Warrior Tasks at the Urban Operations Site at Fort Huachuca, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

    NETCOM selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), with one of his supporting fire team members react to sniper fire June 13, during the Warrior Tasks at the Urban Operations Site at Fort Huachuca, part of the NETCOM 2012...

  • Staff Sgt. Eric Hall, representing the 335th Signal Command (Theater), does some last-minute studying prior to his appearance at the Sergeants Major Board, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

    NETCOM selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Staff Sgt. Eric Hall, representing the 335th Signal Command (Theater), does some last-minute studying prior to his appearance at the Sergeants Major Board, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

  • Spc Kyle Fowler, , representing the 335th Signal Command (Theater), presents his ID tags during an up-close inspection at the Sergeants Major Board, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

    NETCOM selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Spc Kyle Fowler, , representing the 335th Signal Command (Theater), presents his ID tags during an up-close inspection at the Sergeants Major Board, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

  • Spc. Kenny Tyler, representing the 5th Signal Command (Theater), is surrounded by command sergeants major during an up-close inspection at the Sergeants Major Board, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

    NETCOM selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Spc. Kenny Tyler, representing the 5th Signal Command (Theater), is surrounded by command sergeants major during an up-close inspection at the Sergeants Major Board, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick (center), representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), is congratulated by Maj. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald W. Williams, NETCOM commanding general and command sergeant major, after he was selected as the NETCOM 2012 NCO of the Year during a ceremony June 15.

    NETCOM selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick (center), representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), is congratulated by Maj. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald W. Williams, NETCOM commanding general and command sergeant major, after he was...

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (June 15, 2012) -- Representing five different Signal commands across the globe, five Soldiers and five noncommissioned officers competed for the chance to be the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command 2012 NCO of the Year and Soldier of the Year, June 12-15. The competition is held each year during Signal Week, and these Soldiers undergo various events and tasks designed to test their knowledge, strength and leadership and to show they have what it takes to earn the title.

After a long, challenging week, the honor of being the 2012 NCO of the Year went to Sgt. 1st Class Ty M. Patrick, and the honor of being the 2012 Soldier of the Year went to Spec. Richard L. Wyce III, both representing the 311th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The announcement was made during an award ceremony at NETCOM Headquarters at Fort Huachuca, June 15.

Before the competition began, one of the 10 soldiers was not able to participate due to injury, leaving nine Soldiers to compete.

Throughout the week the Soldiers took part in a series of tasks and events which included the Army Physical Fitness Test, M4 Rifle Marksmanship, Urban Day/Night Orienteering, Army Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, Mystery Task, essay writing and the Sergeants Major Board. Each of these tasks tested the strength and mentality of the Soldiers.

The competition began June 12, and by the end of the day only five competitors were left. "The competition has been very challenging," said Staff Sgt. Eric A. Hall, 335th Signal Command (Theater), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, during the Army Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.

The other competitors were: Staff Sgt. Erick K. Gavelan and Spec. Kenny L. Tyler representing the 5th Signal Command (Theater), Wiesbaden Germany; Sgt. Esteban L. Fernandez and Spec. Christopher A. Ludeking representing the 7th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Gordon, Ga.; Spec. Kyle V. Fowler, 335th Signal Command (Theater), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; and Sgt. Stephen D. Waters and Spec. Franklin M. Brozek III representing Headquarters, NETCOM, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Patrick and Wyce will be competing at the Army Forces Command Best Warrior Competition later this year.

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