780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition - Group
1 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition October 31 through November 2 at Fort Walker, Virginia.

“After a grueling 72 hours of competition at Fort Walker, Virginia, that tested the competitors physical and mental abilities while performing under some very challenging tactical scenarios the Squad from Delta Company, 782d MI Battalion earned the coveted title of Fiscal Year 2024 Best Squad,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Potter, the brigade’s senior enlisted leader. “The Squad consisted of Pfc. Joey Asmus, Spc. Alejandro Medina, Spc. Jayson Nwigwe, Sgt. Tate Parmenter, and was led by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Gillespie.

“During the competition the top scoring individual Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier were selected as the Brigades Best Warriors,” added Potter. “Sgt. Tate Parmenter, Delta Company, 782d was selected as the Brigades Best Warrior in the NCO Category; and Pfc. Sebastian Solberg, Bravo Company, 781st was selected as the Brigades Best Warrior in the Soldier Category.”

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition ACFT
2 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition October 31 through November 2, and it started with a Physical Fitness Assessment including a one-mile run; 30 dead stop push-ups; 100-meter sprint; 16 sand bag lifts; 50-meter farmer’s carry of two full water jugs; 25-meter high crawl; 25-meter three to five meter rush; and another one-mile run.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition Soldier Tasks
3 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition and following the Physical Fitness Assessment the two squads executed four Soldier Tasks including Grenade Identification; Transmit a SPOT Report with Tactical Radios; Search an Individual in a Tactical Environment; and Resection and Military Maps, October 31.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition
4 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad event and following the Physical Fitness Assessment and Soldier Tasks on day one the two squads conducted Day and Night Land Navigation, October 31.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition Obstacle Course
5 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition and day 2 began with an obstacle course, November 1.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition M4 Rifle Zero
6 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition and following the obstacle course the two squads went to the rifle range to zero and qualify with their M4 carbines, November 1.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition M17 Pistol Qualification
7 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition and following the M4 carbine qualification the two squads were off again to another event – the M17 SIG Sauer pistol qualification range, November 1.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition M4 Rifle Qualification
8 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition and following the M4 carbine qualification the two squads were off again to another event – the M17 SIG Sauer pistol qualification range, November 1.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition hand grenade qualification
9 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition and following the obstacle course, M4 carbine and SIG Sauer pistol qualification ranges, the day ended with hand grenade qualification; and M4/M17 assembly, disassembly and functions check, November 1.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition 12-Mile Ruck
10 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – The squad representing the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyber) is shown here completing a 12-mile ruck march during the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition on day 3 of the event, November 2.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition 12-Mile Ruck
11 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 782d Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyber) competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition and day 3 began with a 12-mile ruck march, November 2.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition Medical Tasks
12 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition and on day 3, following the 12-mile ruck march, the two squads negotiated a medical scenario involving providing care under fire and moving a casualty; providing first aid to restore breathing; evaluating a casualty for a heat injury; control bleeding; treating an abdominal wound and eye injuries; and requesting a MEDEVAC, November 2.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition Command Board
13 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – The final event of the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition on day 3 was the Command Board whereby the squad members had to address questions covering various military subjects and current event from the brigade command sergeants majors, November 2.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition Command Board
14 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – The final event of the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad competition on day 3 was the Command Board whereby the squad members had to address questions covering various military subjects and current event from the brigade command sergeants majors, November 2.

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780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition Pfc. Solberg SOY
15 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Pfc. Sebastian Solberg, a cyberspace operations specialist who hails from Katy, Texas, is assigned to Bravo Company, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, and was selected as the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Warrior in the Soldier Category following the brigade’s Best Squad Competition October 31 through November 2 at Fort Walker, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Steven Stover) VIEW ORIGINAL
780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition Pfc. Solberg SOY
16 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Pfc. Sebastian Solberg, a cyberspace operations specialist who hails from Katy, Texas, is assigned to Bravo Company, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, and was selected as the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Warrior in the Soldier Category following the brigade’s Best Squad Competition October 31 through November 2 at Fort Walker, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Steven Stover) VIEW ORIGINAL
780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition Sgt. Parmenter NCOY
17 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Sgt. Tate Parmenter, a joint targeting analyst (JTA) who hails from Eugene, Oregon, is assign to Delta Company, 782d Military Intelligence Battalion, and was selected as the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Warrior in the NCO Category following brigade’s Best Squad Competition October 31 through November 2 at Fort Walker, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Steven Stover) VIEW ORIGINAL
780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition Sgt. Parmenter NCOY
18 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – Sgt. Tate Parmenter, a joint targeting analyst (JTA) who hails from Eugene, Oregon, is assign to Delta Company, 782d Military Intelligence Battalion, and was selected as the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Warrior in the NCO Category following brigade’s Best Squad Competition October 31 through November 2 at Fort Walker, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Steven Stover) VIEW ORIGINAL
780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition - 781st MI BN Squad
19 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – The squad from the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyber), 780th MI Brigade (Cyber), was the runner-up from the brigade’s Best Squad Competition which took place here, October 31 through November 2. The 781st squad is shown here with Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Daniel (far left), senior enlisted leader, 781st MI Battalion, and 1st Sgt. Elizabeth Drayton (far right), Bravo Company, 781st MI BN, and consisted of (l. to r.) Pfc. Justin Brown, Staff Sgt. Phillip Rappe, Sgt. 1st Class James Elliott, Pfc. Sebastian Solberg, and Spc. Devon James. (Photo Credit: Steven Stover) VIEW ORIGINAL
780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition - 782d MI BN (BDE) Best Squad
20 / 20 Show Caption + Hide Caption – FORT WALKER, Va. – The squad from Delta Company, 782d Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyber), 780th MI Brigade (Cyber), earned the title of Fiscal Year 2024 Brigade Best Squad following Best Squad Competition which took place here, October 31 through November 2. The winning 782d MI BN squad is shown here with Command Sgt. Maj. Jamie Stargell (far left), senior enlisted leader, 782d MI Battalion, and 1st Sgt. Michael Olsen (far right), Delta Company, 782d MI BN, and consisted of (l. to r. ) Spc. Alejandro Medina, Sgt. Tate Parmenter, Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Gillespie, Spc. Jayson Nwigwe, and Pfc. Joey Asmus. (Photo Credit: Steven Stover) VIEW ORIGINAL

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FORT WALKER, Va. – Soldiers representing the 781st and 782d Military Intelligence Battalions competed in the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) Best Squad Competition here, October 31 through November 2.

According to the U.S. Army’s official Best Squad Competition (BSC) website, the most influential level of leadership is at the Squad. “Squad” extends beyond a traditional infantry squad to any small-unit group of Soldiers, connected by a squad leader, who has the most direct impact on their lives. Soldiers never fight alone, the unbreakable bonds forged through shared hardship and unending support for one another are the hallmark of our most successful small units.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Potter, the senior enlisted leader for the 780th MI Brigade (Cyber) decided to move the brigade competition to the beginning of the fiscal year to allow the organization to send the squad to advanced military schools, including heavy weapons, Air Assault and Airborne, to better prepare for the next level of competition.

“Even though our Soldiers serve at the strategic level supporting U.S. Cyber Command, they are still Soldiers at the end of the day,” said Potter. “The ability in times of crisis and future near-peer conflict for cyber and military intelligence Soldiers to execute their technical expertise will be critical. They must be able to defeat our adversaries in a forward-deployed contested environment. This competition tests these Soldier's tactical abilities not normally exercised in a traditional training cycle.”

This year’s brigade BSC was held at Fort Walker and day one started off with a physical fitness assessment including a one-mile run; 30 dead stop push-ups; a 100-meter sprint; 16 sandbag lifts over a six-foot barrier; 50-meter farmer’s carry of two full water jugs; 25-meter-high crawl; 25-meter three-to-five-meter rush; and another one-mile run. The day continued with four Soldier Tasks, including grenade identification; transmit a SPOT report with tactical radios; search individual in a tactical environment; and resection and military maps; and concluded with the competing squads completing the Day and Night Land Navigation event.

Day two started off with an obstacle course, then the Soldiers zeroed and qualified with their M4 Rifles and M17 Pistols; and the day ended with a grenade qualification, and M17/M4 disassemble, assemble, and functions check station.

The brigade BSC third day started with a 12-mile ruck, followed by six medical tasks; and a command board.

“After a grueling 72 hours of competition at Fort Walker, Virginia, that tested the competitors physical and mental abilities while performing under some very challenging tactical scenarios the squad from Delta Company, 782d MI Battalion has earned the coveted title of Fiscal Year 2024 Best Squad. The Squad consisted of Sgt. Tate Parmenter, Spc. Alejandro Medina, Spc. Jayson Nwigwe, Pfc. Joey Asmus and led by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Gillespie,” said Potter.

Gillespie, the noncommissioned-officer-in-charge (NCOIC) of a Combat Mission Team assigned to D Company, 782nd MI Battalion (Cyber), dedicated time blocks in the afternoon of each workday to review and discuss the tasks outlined in TRADOC Pamphlet 672-9, the Expert Soldier Badge.

“The focus was to execute these tasks in a timely manner and increase the repetitions and create muscle memory,” said Gillespie, whose future goal is to become a first sergeant and command sergeant major. “I also want to train, prepare, and motivate future Soldiers for competitions like the Best Squad Competition and Army schools.”

The 2024 Brigade’s Best Warrior in the Soldier category, and brigade Soldier of the Year is Pfc. Sebastian Solberg, a cyberspace operations specialist assigned to A Company, 781st MI Battalion (Cyber), and hails from Katy, Texas. Solberg joined the Army because it offered him a smooth transition out of high school into the field of work that he knew he wanted to pursue – computer science.

“I hope to finish my CompTIA Network+ certification and earn the Air Assault Badge,” said Solberg. “Long term, I will earn my position as a non-commissioned officer, complete my computer science degree, and establish myself in the 75th Ranger Regiment.”

The 2024 Brigade’s Best Warrior in the NCO category, and brigade NCO of the Year is Sgt. Tate Parmenter, a joint targeting analyst (JTA) assigned to D Company, 782nd MI Battalion (Cyber), and hails from Eugene, Oregon.

Parmenter joined the Army to be a part of a team and feel a sense of belonging and purpose. He said, “The training, knowledge, experience, and opportunities that the Army provides motivated me to join.”

Parmenter’s goal is to become a staff sergeant and complete more military schools and training to include Air Assault, Expert Soldier Badge, Advanced Rifle Marksmanship, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge so that he will be better equipped to train and motivate soldiers for future competitions and training.

“The wining Best Squad and Best Warriors will be recognized and presented with the King Leonidas Award during the Brigade Holiday Ball on December 7,” said Potter.

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