FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (May 19, 2017) -- After a grueling week of competition, two Soldiers were chosen as the Network Enterprise Technology Command 2017 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year during an awards and recognition ceremony held today in the Greely Hall Auditorium.

Staff Sgt. Brian Randall, assigned to the U.S. Army Signal Activity at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and representing the 7th Signal Command (Theater), was announced as the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Spc. Stephen Calderone, assigned to U.S. Army Signal Activity at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, representing the 160th Signal Brigade, was announced as the Soldier of the Year.

The winners received the Army Commendation Medal, a "Soaring Eagle" statue, and gift certificates from local community sponsors. They will represent NETCOM at the Army Cyber Command level of competition in August.

"These are the absolute best Soldiers from across NETCOM," said Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, NETCOM's command sergeant major.

Throughout the week, the Soldiers took part in a series of tasks and events which included the Army Physical Fitness Test, Obstacle Course, M4 Rifle Marksmanship, Day and Night Land Navigation, Army Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, Mystery Tasks, essay writing and the formal Sergeants Major Board. Each of these tasks tested the strength, endurance and mental agility of the Soldiers.

Runners-up for the competition were: (Soldier) Spc. Justin Carter, assigned to the 275th Signal Company at Camp Coiner, South Korea, representing the 311th Signal Command (Theater), and; (NCO) Sgt. Angel Ortiz, assigned to U.S. Army Signal Activity at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, representing the 160th Signal Brigade.

Runners-up received the Army Achievement Medal and gift certificates from local community sponsors. Responsibilities of the runners-up include representing NETCOM at the next level of competition should the winners not be able to compete.

"You represent every competitor here when you go to the next level," said Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Latter, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, who was the guest speaker. "Take this back with you. Develop the next generation of competitors."