MPs win top honors at XVIII Abn. Corps NCO/SOY Competition
By Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Charles Crail, XVIII Airborne Corps Public Affairs
June 24, 2014
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Soldier competitors of the XVIII Airborne Corps vie for top standing to win the title of NCO and Soldier of the Year 2014, June 17. Competitors pushed themselves to the limits of physical and mental endurance to prove who among them was the most tactically and technically proficient from, June 16-20.
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Spc. Nicole Faure treats a simulated casualty under the constant din and clamor of explosions and screams in a smoke filled room, June 18. Remaining calm and focused under continual physical and mental pressure is one of the qualities that helped Faure distinguish herself as the XVIII Airborne Corps Soldier of the Year runner up.
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Sgt. Kendrick Gardner prepares to execute medley of songs and spoken creeds as his final task of the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the Year competition, June 19. Representing the 44th Medical Brigade, Gardner left the panel of senior noncommissioned officers from such storied units at the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division and 3rd Infantry Division, highly impressed with his poise and knowledge. The board was just one event of many that competitors faced in an effort to prove themselves the most tactically and technically proficient in the Corps.
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Spc. Michael McCollett fires from the prone unsupported position while competing for the title of XVIII Airborne Corps Soldier of the Year 2014. McCollett, representing the 16th Military Police Brigade, distinguished himself through a myriad of events to go on to represent the Corps at the Forces Command level competition later this summer.
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Sgt. Christopher Lord wipes sweat from his eyes as the pressure builds during the XVIII Airborne Corps NCO and Soldier of the year competition, June 16-20. Competitors were continually challenged through a continual array of tactical and technical proficiency tests to determine the ultimate winners who will represent the Corps at the Forces Command competition later this summer.
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Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Abbott (center left) and Spc. Michael McCollett (center right), both representing 16th Military Police Brigade, are recognized by retired Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Andrew McFowler (left) and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews (right) are recognized as the XVIII Airborne Corps Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year 2014, at McKellar's Lodge, June 20. Selected from field of 20 top competitors from across the XVIII Abn. Corps, Abbott and McCollett will now go on to compete at the Army Forces Command level completion later this summer.
MPs swept the top titles of Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year after a week of grueling non-stop completion in record-breaking summer heat at Fort Bragg, June 20.
Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Abbott and Spc. Michael McCollett, both representing 16th Military Police Brigade, were recognized as the XVIII Airborne Corps Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year 2014, at McKellar's Lodge.
Twenty noncommissioned officers and Soldiers from across XVIII Abn. Corps competed in the NCOY/SOY competition at Fort Bragg June 16-20.
Up next, Abbott and McCollett will move on to compete in the FORSCOM competition, where they will once again be tested to see if they will advance to the final Department of the Army level, with prospects of becoming the Army's 2014 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.
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