By From 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry RegimentJune 17, 2010
FORT JACKSON, SC -- The 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment pitted drill sergeant against drill sergeant in its Best Drill Sergeant Competition June 10.
Staff Sergeants Joshua Jones and Samantha Goscinski, both from Company E, came out on top in the mixed-gender competition, while Staff Sergeants Sean Nelson and Jesse Miller, Company B, won for same-gender team.
The purpose of the competition said, Lt. Col. Bryan Hernandez, battalion commander, was to "test the physical and mental toughness of our drill sergeants by focusing on the key competencies we expect of them to train our Soldiers on, as well as build camaraderie within the unit by finding out who is the best of the best."
The competition started with the Army Physical Fitness test followed by a 75-meter tire flip event. Competitors then moved to the Fit to Win obstacle course where teams negotiated the various obstacles, including cargo nets and barbed wire.
The drill sergeants then tested their medical skills by taking the Combat Lifesaver exam and treating various casualty injuries during medical trauma lanes. The teams then tested their marksmanship abilities by zeroing and qualifying on M4 rifles with a timed advanced combat shoot on Aachen Range.
The tired and tested drill sergeants then moved to St. Lo to conduct a grueling land navigation course. The competition ended with a 1.5 mile run, with equipment, to the finish line.