Seven continue quest for U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year

By Patrick BuffettJune 23, 2009

Staff Sgt. James Barrett demonstrates his ability to teach a group of young Soldiers how to clear a room during warrior skills testing at Fort Eustis, Va., June 23, as part of the 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition. Barrett is representing Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., at the event.
1 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. James Barrett demonstrates his ability to teach a group of young Soldiers how to clear a room during warrior skills testing at Fort Eustis, Va., June 23, as part of the 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition. Barrett is representing Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., at the event. (Photo Credit: Mr. Patrick Buffett (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Kevin Wildman sets up an M18 Claymore Mine during warrior task testing, June 23, at Fort Eustis, Va. Representing Fort Knox, Ky., Wildman is one of five active-duty and two U.S. Army Reserve drill sergeants competing for the top Army title. Thus far, the competition has included an APFT, weapons qualification ranges, combatives, a land navigation test, written essays and warrior tasks - ranging from combat first aid to room-clearing procedures.
2 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Kevin Wildman sets up an M18 Claymore Mine during warrior task testing, June 23, at Fort Eustis, Va. Representing Fort Knox, Ky., Wildman is one of five active-duty and two U.S. Army Reserve drill sergeants competing for the top Army title. Thus far, the competition has included an APFT, weapons qualification ranges, combatives, a land navigation test, written essays and warrior tasks - ranging from combat first aid to room-clearing procedures. (Photo Credit: Mr. Patrick Buffett (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Arron Barnes moves a Soldier with simulated injuries out of the line of direct fire during warrior skills testing on June 23, at Fort Eustis, Va. The event was part of the 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition. Barnes is representing Fort Sill, Okla.
3 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Arron Barnes moves a Soldier with simulated injuries out of the line of direct fire during warrior skills testing on June 23, at Fort Eustis, Va. The event was part of the 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition. Barnes is representing Fort Sill, Okla. (Photo Credit: Mr. Patrick Buffett (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Cavezza, representing Fort Jackson, S.C., plots his grid coordinates for the land navigation course that was one of the 60-plus testing events for the ongoing 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition. While the candidates prepared for the map-reading journey on the evening of June 22, they didn't actually start the course until 4 a.m. on June 23. They were given four hours to find their assigned markers in the heavily-wooded training area at Fort Eustis, Va.
4 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Michael Cavezza, representing Fort Jackson, S.C., plots his grid coordinates for the land navigation course that was one of the 60-plus testing events for the ongoing 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition. While the candidates prepared for the map-reading journey on the evening of June 22, they didn't actually start the course until 4 a.m. on June 23. They were given four hours to find their assigned markers in the heavily-wooded training area at Fort Eustis, Va. (Photo Credit: Mr. Patrick Buffett (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Joshua Marshall - representing the 100th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve - plots grid coordinates for the land navigation course that was one of the 60-plus testing events for the ongoing 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition.
5 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Joshua Marshall - representing the 100th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve - plots grid coordinates for the land navigation course that was one of the 60-plus testing events for the ongoing 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition. (Photo Credit: Mr. Patrick Buffett (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. James Barrett - representing Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., during the 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition - jots down any deficiencies he can find on a female Soldier's uniform at a testing station on Fort Eustis, Va., on June
6 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. James Barrett - representing Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., during the 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition - jots down any deficiencies he can find on a female Soldier's uniform at a testing station on Fort Eustis, Va., on June (Photo Credit: Mr. Patrick Buffett (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Arron Barnes, front, representing Fort Sill, Okla., and the remaining 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competitors make their way on foot to the M-16 qualification range at Fort Eustis, Va., on June 22. Road marches are a popular form of "transportation" during the annual competition. By the second day, the DSOY candidates had hiked well over 12 miles ... and counting.
7 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Arron Barnes, front, representing Fort Sill, Okla., and the remaining 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competitors make their way on foot to the M-16 qualification range at Fort Eustis, Va., on June 22. Road marches are a popular form of "transportation" during the annual competition. By the second day, the DSOY candidates had hiked well over 12 miles ... and counting. (Photo Credit: Mr. Patrick Buffett (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Michael Johnston works his way out of a leg scissor hold administered by Spc. Killeen Mitchell during a June 22 combatives event that was part of the 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition. The DSOY candidates had to demonstrate their ability to teach and perform basic hand-to-hand combat skills, to include an actual opponent throwing punches while wearing boxing gloves.
8 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Michael Johnston works his way out of a leg scissor hold administered by Spc. Killeen Mitchell during a June 22 combatives event that was part of the 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition. The DSOY candidates had to demonstrate their ability to teach and perform basic hand-to-hand combat skills, to include an actual opponent throwing punches while wearing boxing gloves. (Photo Credit: Mr. Patrick Buffett (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL