214th Fires Brigade selects best logistician
July 5, 2012
The 214th Fires Brigade kicked off its 2nd Annual Best LOG Competition in the early morning June 26.
The competition consisted of three grueling days of individual and team events at several locations on Fort Sill. The objective of the competition was to test the technical and tactical skills of the Soldiers in a stressful environment.
The individual award for Men's Best LOG Warrior went to Spc. Alexey Verbitsy, 696th Forward Support Company. Pfc. Kathleen Root, A Company, 168th Brigade Support Battalion, was the Women's Best Log Warrior, and the Best LOG Company went to A-168th BSB commanded by Capt. Tonyelle Woody.
The first day of the competition consisted of individual events, and it began with a graded Army Physical Fitness Test. Soldiers went on to compete in small arms marksmanship and the Combat Obstacle Course.
"My favorite event was the Combat Obstacle Course," said Root. "It's like an adult playground."
Teams were broken down by military occupational specialties, or MOS. MOS categories were recovery, sling load, truck/forklift, water, fuel, maintenance and ammunitions. Each team was graded on a tactical event for their MOS.
The maintenance team event consisted of changing all four tires on a humvee.
"They gave us the least amount of tools for the maintenance event," said Staff Sgt. Roger Myers, 696th FSC.
The competition ended with an 8.1-mile team ruck march from Training Area 63 to Quinette Park. The maintenance team crossed the finish line first with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 30 seconds.
"The ruck march was my favorite event because we started and finished as a team, " said Pfc. Mackenzie Pirnat, 168th BSB.
The Postwide Best LOG Competition event is scheduled for October. The post event will not only foster competition, but will give the winning BSB bragging rights.
"I look forward to doing this again in October, so we can smoke the teams down the road and across the track," said Lt. Col. Mendel Waddell, 168th BSB commander.