• Sgt. Gary Thomas paralegal for the Headquarter Headquarters detachment, 500th Military Intelligence brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command competes with fellow paralegals throughout the 8th TSC during the paralegal warrior competition Aliamanu Military Reservation, August 30, 2012.

    8th TSC paralegals train for USARPAC competition

    Sgt. Gary Thomas paralegal for the Headquarter Headquarters detachment, 500th Military Intelligence brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command competes with fellow paralegals throughout the 8th TSC during the paralegal warrior competition Aliamanu...

  • Sgt. Gary Thomas paralegal for the Headquarter Headquarters detachment, 500th Military Intelligence brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command competes with fellow paralegals throughout the 8th TSC during the paralegal warrior competition Aliamanu Military Reservation, August 30, 2012.

    8th TSC paralegals train for USARPAC competition

    Sgt. Gary Thomas paralegal for the Headquarter Headquarters detachment, 500th Military Intelligence brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command competes with fellow paralegals throughout the 8th TSC during the paralegal warrior competition Aliamanu...

  • Sgt. Rebecca Holland paralegal NCO for the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 8th Military police battalion knocks out pushups during the paralegal warrior competition physical fitness test on fort shafter flats August 30, 2012.

    8th TSC paralegals train for USARPAC competition

    Sgt. Rebecca Holland paralegal NCO for the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 8th Military police battalion knocks out pushups during the paralegal warrior competition physical fitness test on fort shafter flats August 30, 2012.

  • Paralegal soldiers from throughout the 8th Theater Sustainment Command begin their paralegal warrior competition ruck march on Aliamanu Military Reservation, competing to go on to the USARPAC paralegal warrior challenge in September.

    8th TSC paralegals train for USARPAC competition

    Paralegal soldiers from throughout the 8th Theater Sustainment Command begin their paralegal warrior competition ruck march on Aliamanu Military Reservation, competing to go on to the USARPAC paralegal warrior challenge in September.

  • Spc. Jessica Gaines, paralegal specialist for the 45th Sust. Bde. rear D, pushes through the final part of the physical fitness test during the paralegal warrior challenge held on Aliamanu Military Reservation, August 30, 2012.

    8th TSC paralegals train for USARPAC competition

    Spc. Jessica Gaines, paralegal specialist for the 45th Sust. Bde. rear D, pushes through the final part of the physical fitness test during the paralegal warrior challenge held on Aliamanu Military Reservation, August 30, 2012.

  • Sgt. Gary Thomas paralegal for the Headquarter Headquarters detachment, 500th Military Intelligence brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command competes with fellow paralegals throughout the 8th TSC during the paralegal warrior competition Aliamanu Military Reservation, August 30, 2012.

    8th TSC paralegals train for USARPAC competition

    Sgt. Gary Thomas paralegal for the Headquarter Headquarters detachment, 500th Military Intelligence brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command competes with fellow paralegals throughout the 8th TSC during the paralegal warrior competition Aliamanu...

  • Pfc. Nikidia White paralegal specialist for the Headquarters Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops battalion and Sgt. Thomas Sgt. Gary Thomas paralegal for the Headquarter Headquarters detachment, 500th Military Intelligence brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command stand for their award after winning the 8th Theater Sustainment Command paralegal warrior competition, August 30, 2012.

    8th TSC paralegals train for USARPAC competition

    Pfc. Nikidia White paralegal specialist for the Headquarters Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops battalion and Sgt. Thomas Sgt. Gary Thomas paralegal for the Headquarter Headquarters detachment, 500th Military Intelligence brigade, 8th Theater...

  • Pfc. Nikidia White paralegal specialist for the Headquarters Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops battalion and Sgt Thomas Sgt Gary Thomas paralegal for the Headquarter Headquarters detachment, 500th Military Intelligence brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command stand for their award after winning the 8th Theater Sustainment Command paralegal warrior competition, August 30, 2012.

    8th TSC paralegals train for USARPAC competition

    Pfc. Nikidia White paralegal specialist for the Headquarters Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops battalion and Sgt Thomas Sgt Gary Thomas paralegal for the Headquarter Headquarters detachment, 500th Military Intelligence brigade, 8th Theater...

ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii -- Paralegal Soldiers from throughout 8th Theater Sustainment Command came together, here, to ruck, board and test to prepare for the U.S. Army-Pacific paralegal competition, recently.

"The Paralegal Warrior Challenge is for all paralegal Soldiers to compete in and show what we're made of," said Sgt. Rebecca Holland, paralegal noncommissioned officer, 8th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th TSC.

"I think it's important for paralegals to participate in competitions like this because it showcases … things that we do on a daily basis for our command teams," Holland said. "It gives us the opportunity to show that we are not just 'office geeks'; we are also Soldiers."

As the sun beat down, the Soldiers first pushed their way through the physical training test and the ruck march.

Next, the Soldiers tested their military knowledge and skills by taking a written test.

Senior paralegal NCOs also tested candidates' knowledge by asking questions.

"They're all doing really well," said Master Sgt. Gerome Klein, chief paralegal NCO, 8th TSC. "They're not used to having a board process directly after physical challenges, so it's getting them prepared for the USARPAC challenge, which is actually a weeklong challenge.

"What this does is, it also lets the command elements -- whether it is a company first sergeant, company commander, brigade command sergeant major or commanders -- know that their paralegal is also a Soldier," Klein continued. "They are skillful and they're drilled in their common Soldier tasks. They bring that to the fight, as well as their legal expertise."

"We don't get to see each other a lot, but we are all friends and we maintain those friendships," said Spc. Jessica Gaines, paralegal specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Sust. Brigade, (Rear Detachment). "It's good to come out here, and it doesn't matter if we win or lose."

All candidates who participated in the 8th TSC event will represent their respective units in the USARPAC competition in late September.

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