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 1 / 6 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. VIEW ORIGINAL 2 / 6 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. VIEW ORIGINAL 3 / 6 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. VIEW ORIGINAL 4 / 6 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. VIEW ORIGINAL 5 / 6 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. VIEW ORIGINAL 6 / 6 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. VIEW ORIGINAL
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. RELATED STORIES August 14, 2017 101st CAB Soldiers compete to represent FORSCOM in Philip A. Connelly Program August 14, 2017 Children keep learning through Summer Reading Program August 10, 2017 10th Mountain Division selects teams to participate in small arms competition August 10, 2017 Foodies of the Fort: Fort Leonard Wood Soldier smokes it, spouse serves it August 4, 2017 KYNG Soldiers test working together during combined arms exercise August 2, 2017 Lifeliners host 'Not In My Sqaud' week August 2, 2017 30th ABCT warfighter ends at Bragg August 2, 2017 North Carolina Guard's Warfighter Exercise adapts to changing battlefield August 2, 2017 Army's new integrated head protection system test jumps from the sky August 1, 2017 New digital memorial wall honors fallen USASOC Soldiers August 1, 2017 Forces Command Leaders Prepare to be 'Ready Now' August 1, 2017 Army aims to field new weapon sight that wirelessly pairs with night vision goggles July 31, 2017 Engineers Celebrate Newly Promoted Noncommissioned Officers July 31, 2017 101st Human Resource Co. to support postal mission in Kosovo July 31, 2017 Sustainment Brigade conducts mass reenlistment July 31, 2017 Sustainment leaders, FedEx partner to enhance logistics readiness