By Sgt. 1st Class Karry JamesFebruary 5, 2014
HICKAM AFB, Hawaii - Soldiers from the 10th Missile Defense Detachment, 100th Missile Defense Brigade, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Sensor Management Cell (SMC), participated in a unit annual sensor manager "best crew" competition at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, Jan. 27 through Jan. 31.
The contest tested five three-person crews to get the top overall score in a multi-event challenge. The events in the competition included "table-eights", oral boards, written tests, briefs to leadership, and a physical challenge 10th MDD calls "PT Olympics".
"We are using the total Soldier concept to determine who is the best crew," said Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Sharp, SMC noncommissioned officer in charge, 10th MDD. "The technical aspects carry the heaviest weight in scoring with the tactical carrying a lighter weight, but they still matter because the smaller points are usually what ends up deciding it because they are all very good at their jobs."
The officers and senior noncommissioned officer of the unit observed, discussed, and scored each category to determine the winner.
"Our unit is a small, tight knit group," said Sgt. John Foxworth, sensor manager and crew 5 member. "Everyone in the unit had something to do for the competition, whether it was competing, scoring, or just giving encouragement."
The competition is held each year, not only for performance recognition, but also to improve camaraderie and unit cohesion.
"It's just a great morale booster for the entire team," said Sharp.
"This competition is very competitive and serious," said Foxworth. "But, at the end of the day, we're all good friends and still love each other and able to let go of any leftover competitive animosity and hang out with each other."
Crew 5, comprised of Foxworth, Sgt. 1st Class Robin Parker, and Sgt. Joe Chacon, all sensor managers of 10th MDD, took home the title "Sensor Manager Best Crew for 2014".
The three winning Soldiers will each receive an Army Achievement Medal, recognition throughout the unit's parent commands, including U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and 94th AAMDC, and bragging rights until next year's competition.
"There's not a regional or national competition for them to move on to, but we've been working to make it world-wide and would like to see this contest bloom into something like that," said Sharp.