Army Medics compete in Best Leader Competition at JBLM

By Spc. Richard CarlisiJune 22, 2021

Sgt. Zachariah Storm, a combat medic specialist assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity—Japan, receives ammunition prior to qualifying on the M4 Carbine, as part of the Regional Health Command—Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The competition included a variety of events over the course of four days, testing these Soldiers’ knowledge while assessing their physical and mental readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
1 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Zachariah Storm, a combat medic specialist assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity—Japan, receives ammunition prior to qualifying on the M4 Carbine, as part of the Regional Health Command—Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The competition included a variety of events over the course of four days, testing these Soldiers’ knowledge while assessing their physical and mental readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Steffen Kelly, a behavioral health specialist assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, left, gets his M4 Carbine cleared onto the firing range during the Regional Health Command—Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The competition included a variety of events over the course of four days, testing these Soldiers’ knowledge while assessing their physical and mental readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
2 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Steffen Kelly, a behavioral health specialist assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, left, gets his M4 Carbine cleared onto the firing range during the Regional Health Command—Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The competition included a variety of events over the course of four days, testing these Soldiers’ knowledge while assessing their physical and mental readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
Master Sgt. Christopher Windless, the non-commissioned officer in charge for the Deputy Commander for Patient Support at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, completes the Army Combat Fitness Test as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
3 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Master Sgt. Christopher Windless, the non-commissioned officer in charge for the Deputy Commander for Patient Support at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, completes the Army Combat Fitness Test as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Lt. Daniel Stephens, a medical surgical nurse with Madigan Army Medical Center, completes the deadlift portion of the Army Combat Fitness Test as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
4 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Lt. Daniel Stephens, a medical surgical nurse with Madigan Army Medical Center, completes the deadlift portion of the Army Combat Fitness Test as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Lt. Samuel Joo, a medical surgical nurse with U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea, attempts his first of two standing power throws during the Army Combat Fitness Test as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
5 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Lt. Samuel Joo, a medical surgical nurse with U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea, attempts his first of two standing power throws during the Army Combat Fitness Test as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
Participants in the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition perform the 2-mile run event as part of the Army Combat Fitness Test, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
6 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Participants in the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition perform the 2-mile run event as part of the Army Combat Fitness Test, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Zachariah Storm, a combat medic specialist assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Japan, performs multiple leg tucks during the Army Combat Fitness Test, as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
7 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Zachariah Storm, a combat medic specialist assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Japan, performs multiple leg tucks during the Army Combat Fitness Test, as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pfc. DeShawn Russell, a behavioral health specialist assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea, executes a set of hand-release pushups during the Army Combat Fitness Test, as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
8 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. DeShawn Russell, a behavioral health specialist assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea, executes a set of hand-release pushups during the Army Combat Fitness Test, as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Lt. Samuel Joo, a medical surgical nurse with U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea, assembles and performs a functions check on his M4 Carbine, as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
9 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Lt. Samuel Joo, a medical surgical nurse with U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea, assembles and performs a functions check on his M4 Carbine, as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
Capt. Jason Christman, an optometrist with the Desmond Doss Health Clinic in Hawaii, plots coordinates during the land navigation portion of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
10 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Capt. Jason Christman, an optometrist with the Desmond Doss Health Clinic in Hawaii, plots coordinates during the land navigation portion of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Christopher Goode, a Soldier with U.S. Army Health Services Command, constructs an individual fighting position during the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
11 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Christopher Goode, a Soldier with U.S. Army Health Services Command, constructs an individual fighting position during the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Lt. Sarah Davis, a medical surgical nurse with Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, prepares her rucksack for various field exercises, as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
12 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Lt. Sarah Davis, a medical surgical nurse with Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, prepares her rucksack for various field exercises, as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pfc. DeShawn Russell, a behavioral health specialist assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea, left, and Sgt. Sofia Guererro, an optician assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea, right, work as a team during the land navigation event as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
13 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. DeShawn Russell, a behavioral health specialist assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea, left, and Sgt. Sofia Guererro, an optician assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea, right, work as a team during the land navigation event as part of the Regional Health Command - Pacific best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The second full day of this four-day challenge also included land navigation exercises in addition to constructing individual fighting positions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
Competitiors in the Regional Health Command - Pacific’s best leader competition complete 50 multiple choice questions, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 15, 2021. This competition will test Army medical personnel as Soldiers and as medics through a variety of events, including an Army Combat Fitness Test, an oral board, and a mystery event during this four-day challenge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
14 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Competitiors in the Regional Health Command - Pacific’s best leader competition complete 50 multiple choice questions, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 15, 2021. This competition will test Army medical personnel as Soldiers and as medics through a variety of events, including an Army Combat Fitness Test, an oral board, and a mystery event during this four-day challenge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Justin Reichenbach, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the written examinations and oral board, right, administers the essay portion of the Regional Health Command - Pacific’s best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 15, 2021. This competition will test Army medical personnel as Soldiers and as medics through a variety of events, including an Army Combat Fitness Test, an oral board, and a mystery event during this four-day challenge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)
15 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Justin Reichenbach, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the written examinations and oral board, right, administers the essay portion of the Regional Health Command - Pacific’s best leader competition, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 15, 2021. This competition will test Army medical personnel as Soldiers and as medics through a variety of events, including an Army Combat Fitness Test, an oral board, and a mystery event during this four-day challenge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Richard Carlisi) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Lt. Sarah Davis, center, assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, congratulates Capt. Jason Christman, left, after Christman's team victory in the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., June 18, 2021. Davis, assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, was part of the team that took second place in the competition.
16 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Lt. Sarah Davis, center, assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, congratulates Capt. Jason Christman, left, after Christman's team victory in the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., June 18, 2021. Davis, assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, was part of the team that took second place in the competition. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Steffen Kelly, a medic assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, zeroes his M-4 carbine during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
17 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Steffen Kelly, a medic assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, zeroes his M-4 carbine during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Zachariah Storm, right, gives advice on shot grouping to Pfc. Joshua Yi during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, June 16, 2021, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Storm and Yi are both assigned to U.S. Army Medical Activity-Japan. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
18 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Zachariah Storm, right, gives advice on shot grouping to Pfc. Joshua Yi during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, June 16, 2021, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Storm and Yi are both assigned to U.S. Army Medical Activity-Japan. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pfc. Joshua Yi, a radiology specialist assigned to U.S Army Medical Activity-Japan, adjusts the sights on his M-4 carbine during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, June 16, 2021, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
19 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. Joshua Yi, a radiology specialist assigned to U.S Army Medical Activity-Japan, adjusts the sights on his M-4 carbine during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, June 16, 2021, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Sofia Guerrero, assigned to Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital, Camp Humphreys, South Korea, checks her target on the M-4 carbine zero range during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
20 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Sofia Guerrero, assigned to Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital, Camp Humphreys, South Korea, checks her target on the M-4 carbine zero range during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. Israel Rivera, an Army medic assigned to Desmond Doss Army Health Clinic, Hawaii, checks his zero target during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
21 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Israel Rivera, an Army medic assigned to Desmond Doss Army Health Clinic, Hawaii, checks his zero target during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Lt. Samuel Joo, an Army nurse assigned to U.S. Medical Department Activity-Korea, moves toward Army Warrior Tasks lanes during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
22 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Lt. Samuel Joo, an Army nurse assigned to U.S. Medical Department Activity-Korea, moves toward Army Warrior Tasks lanes during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Zachery Smith, an Army medic assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, moves out with members of his team during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
23 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Zachery Smith, an Army medic assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, moves out with members of his team during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Best Leader competitors on the zero range during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. From left: Sgt. Zachariah Storm, Pfc. Joshua Yi, MEDDAC-Japan; Sgt. Zachery Smith, Sgt. Steffen Kelly, Tripler Army Medical Center; and Spc. Jarrett Rodriguez, Desmond Doss Army Health Clinic. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
24 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Best Leader competitors on the zero range during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 16, 2021. From left: Sgt. Zachariah Storm, Pfc. Joshua Yi, MEDDAC-Japan; Sgt. Zachery Smith, Sgt. Steffen Kelly, Tripler Army Medical Center; and Spc. Jarrett Rodriguez, Desmond Doss Army Health Clinic. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Soldier watches for contact during a security halt during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
25 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier watches for contact during a security halt during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Lt. Sarah Davis, an Army nurse assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, snaps on her helmet during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
26 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Lt. Sarah Davis, an Army nurse assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, snaps on her helmet during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Capt. Laura Benz, right, helps Spc. Colin Hoffmann with his protective mask during a simulated gas attack, Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. Both are assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Alaska. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
27 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Capt. Laura Benz, right, helps Spc. Colin Hoffmann with his protective mask during a simulated gas attack, Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. Both are assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Alaska. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Patrick Cook, followed by Capt. Laura Benz and other members of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Alaska team, move across a simulated contaminated area during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. Both are assigned to U.S> Army Medical Department Activity-Alaska. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
28 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Patrick Cook, followed by Capt. Laura Benz and other members of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Alaska team, move across a simulated contaminated area during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. Both are assigned to U.S> Army Medical Department Activity-Alaska. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers react to a simulated ambush during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
29 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers react to a simulated ambush during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Patrick Cook, assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Alaska, smiles as he moves out towards the Army Warrior Tasks lanes during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii.
30 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Patrick Cook, assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Alaska, smiles as he moves out towards the Army Warrior Tasks lanes during the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 17, 2021. The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps across the Army, while recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate the Army Values and embody the Warrior Ethos. The competition recognizes those Soldiers who possess superb military bearing and communication skills, in-depth knowledge of military subjects, and the ability to perform Soldier and warrior skills at levels above those of their peers. The winners of the competition will represent Regional Health Command-Pacific at the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, July 25-30, in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
The winning team of the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition came from Desmond Doss Army Health Clinic, Hawaii. The team was comprised of Capt. Jason Christman, second from left; Staff Sgt. Israel Rivera, center; and Spc. Jarrett Rodriguez, second from right. The DDHC team is seen here with Command Sgt. Maj. Abuoh Neufville, far left, and Col. Thomas Rawlings, far right. The team will compete in the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, being held in July.
31 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The winning team of the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition came from Desmond Doss Army Health Clinic, Hawaii. The team was comprised of Capt. Jason Christman, second from left; Staff Sgt. Israel Rivera, center; and Spc. Jarrett Rodriguez, second from right. The DDHC team is seen here with Command Sgt. Maj. Abuoh Neufville, far left, and Col. Thomas Rawlings, far right. The team will compete in the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, being held in July. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
The team advancing to the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, being held in Hawaii next month, is made up of the top scorers from each category: officer, senior NCO, junior NCO, and junior enlisted. The team representing Regional Health Command-Pacific is comprised of Capt. Jason Christman, Staff Sgt. Israel Rivera, and Spc. Jarrett Rodriguez, all from Desmond Doss Army Health Clinic, and Master Sgt. Andrew Ruff, from Madigan Army Medical Center. The team is seen here with Command Sgt. Maj. Abuoh Neufville, far left, and Col. Thomas Rawlings, far right.
32 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The team advancing to the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, being held in Hawaii next month, is made up of the top scorers from each category: officer, senior NCO, junior NCO, and junior enlisted. The team representing Regional Health Command-Pacific is comprised of Capt. Jason Christman, Staff Sgt. Israel Rivera, and Spc. Jarrett Rodriguez, all from Desmond Doss Army Health Clinic, and Master Sgt. Andrew Ruff, from Madigan Army Medical Center. The team is seen here with Command Sgt. Maj. Abuoh Neufville, far left, and Col. Thomas Rawlings, far right. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
The third place team consisted of Spc. Carin Hemshorn, Sgt. Phadrian Burnett, Master Sgt. Andrew Ruff, and 1st Lt. Daniel Stephens of Madigan Army Medical Center. The MAMC team is seen here with Command Sgt. Maj. Abuoh Neufville, far left, and Col. Thomas Rawlings, far right.
33 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The third place team consisted of Spc. Carin Hemshorn, Sgt. Phadrian Burnett, Master Sgt. Andrew Ruff, and 1st Lt. Daniel Stephens of Madigan Army Medical Center. The MAMC team is seen here with Command Sgt. Maj. Abuoh Neufville, far left, and Col. Thomas Rawlings, far right. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Capt. Jason Christman, left, congratulates his teammate, Staff Sgt. Israel Rivera, on their top finish in the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, June 18, 2021. Both are assigned to Desmond Doss Army Health Clinic. The two are half of the team that will represent RHC-P in the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, being held next month in Hawaii.
34 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Capt. Jason Christman, left, congratulates his teammate, Staff Sgt. Israel Rivera, on their top finish in the Regional Health Command-Pacific Best Leader Competition, June 18, 2021. Both are assigned to Desmond Doss Army Health Clinic. The two are half of the team that will represent RHC-P in the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition, being held next month in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL
The second place team consisted of Sgt. Zachery Smith, Sgt. Steffen Kelly, Master Sgt. Christopher Windless, and 1st Lt. Sarah Davis, of Tripler Army Medical Center. The TAMC team is seen here with Command Sgt. Maj. Abuoh Neufville, far left, and Col. Thomas Rawlings, far right.
35 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The second place team consisted of Sgt. Zachery Smith, Sgt. Steffen Kelly, Master Sgt. Christopher Windless, and 1st Lt. Sarah Davis, of Tripler Army Medical Center. The TAMC team is seen here with Command Sgt. Maj. Abuoh Neufville, far left, and Col. Thomas Rawlings, far right. (Photo Credit: Christopher Larsen) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Stethoscopes and hospital beds were replaced with rifles and sleeping bags, as Army medical professionals from various military installations competed in Regional Health Command-Pacific's Best Leader Competition here last week.

Three days of intense competition that brought more than 20 Soldiers from across RHC-P – some coming from as far away as South Korea, Japan, Alaska, and Hawaii – ended in a ceremony June 18, where the team representing Desmond T. Doss Army Health Clinic came away winners.

The DDHC team consisted of Capt. Jason Christman, Staff Sgt. Israel Rivera, and Spc. Jarrett Rodriguez.

RHC-P’s senior enlisted advisor said the BLC provided competitors with challenges different from those they usually experience.

“Soldiers in the medical profession don’t see the field very often,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Abuoh E. Neufville, the RHC-P command sergeant major. “The competition is important because this is an opportunity to demonstrate their Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, while also showcasing their esprit de corps.”

The competitors tackled a variety of events over the course of their week in Washington.

A written test and essay on basic Army knowledge kick-started Day Zero, followed by a confidence course and oral knowledge board, where participants were peppered with a series of questions from sergeants major and senior NCOs, while having to maintain a professional demeanor.

Competitors arose early the next day for the Army’s new Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), which measured upper and lower body strength through the deadlift, standing power throw, sprint, drag and carry, hand release pushups, leg tucks, and a two-mile run.

“The ACFT was wonderful," said 1st Sgt. Amy Davis, assigned to U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Korea. “It's much better than the old test because it's a real workout, giving you more of an idea of where your weak areas are.”

Soldiers saw little sleep for the remainder of the competition. Land navigation obstacles during the daytime were immediately followed by land navigation in the dark, followed by M-4 carbine qualification.

The participants were then surprised with a mystery event, where they were split into paintball teams. Their task was to make their way into a building and assist in evacuating a simulated casualty.

The final event was a road march around Gray Army Airfield, in full equipment and rucksack, which started at 2:00 a.m.

The competition concluded on June 18 with a ceremony honoring the winning team.

“It felt really satisfying,” said Capt. Jason Christman, of the winning team, an optometrist at DDHC. “I am grateful to the people who put on such a great competition. It gave us a run for our money.”

Second place went to the team from Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, consisting of 1st Lt. Sarah Davis, Master Sgt. Christopher Windless, Sgt. Zachery Smith, and Sgt. Steffen Kelly.

The third-place team, from Madigan Army Medical Center, JBLM, was 1st Lt. Daniel Stephens, Master Sgt. Andrew Ruff, Sgt. Phadrian Burnett, and Spc. Carin Hemshorn.

Additionally, Ruff earned the most points in the senior NCO category and joins the winning DDHC team that will represent RHC-P in the U.S. Army Medical Command Best Leader Competition in Hawaii next month.