By Mr. Larry D Mccaskill (ACC)June 8, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - After three days of intense competition, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Scheil, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, was named the 2012 U.S. Army Contracting Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Year during a ceremony here June 8.
ACC Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols and Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Murray congratulated and praised Scheil and the other NCOs who competed in the event here June 6-8.
"It is awesome to see our warrior contracting spirit reflected in the eyes of these Soldiers," Nichols said. "I thank you for coming forward and going above and beyond what was asked of you. You truly exemplify the warrior ethos."
Scheil, an acquisition, logistics, and technology contracting NCO with the 413th CSB's 715th Contingency Contracting Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, outscored his fellow NCOs with consistent scores in 13 events that challenged the Soldiers' mental and physical skills.
"I guess I did better than I imagined," Scheil said. "Competitions like this keep you up to date on things and keep you motivated to do what you need to do as a Soldier. Yes, we are contracting specialists, but we are Soldiers first."
Scheil finished with 2,657 points out of a possible 3,540.
"Events like this help to prepare a Soldier to be a better leader. Coming down here and meeting all these great NCOs has given me the chance to learn even more from them," said Scheil. "I haven't done most of the tasks in a while so I have been practicing with my team and Soldiers back at Fort Wainwright."
Murray was impressed with how each of the NCOs pushed forward and gave each challenge their best effort.
"Over the past three days, each of these competitors has endured long hours and demonstrated great stamina, technical and tactical skills in completing 13 different tasks," Murray said. "I am very proud of each one of them. Throughout this competition I could see that warrior spirit in each of the competitors as they gave 110 percent effort in each event. They have represented their units well. Each one of the brigade representatives demonstrated that they are the best within their units for their technical and tactical knowledge, competence, and execution of Army tasks."
The NCOs competing this year were: Scheil, Staff Sgt. Booker Jordan, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, Kaiserslautern, Germany (first runner-up); Sgt. 1st Class Lachad Jefferson, 408th Contracting Support Brigade, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (second runner-up); Staff Sgt. Desmond Culler; 410th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Staff Sgt. Deaquennet Thomas, 411th Contracting Support Brigade, Camp Humphries, Republic of Korea; and Staff Sgt. Brandon Carroll, 412th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Sam Houston.
The annual event included a formal board, an urban orienteer course, day and night land navigation, weapon qualification and a challenging foot march up one of the mountains at Redstone Arsenal's Vincent Park, complete with 40-pound rucksack.
Each of the NCOs received a certificate of achievement, a box of Army chocolates, an ACC lanyard and various coins of excellence from the ACC leadership. Jeffers, the second runner-up, also received a mini ACC football signed by Nichols and Murray. Jordan, the first runner-up, received a trophy and a signed mini football.
In addition to the items listed above, Scheil received an Army Commendation Medal, an NCO of the Year trophy, and a full-size signed ACC football.
Scheil will represent ACC at the Army Materiel Command's NCO of the Year competition in July.
"Being here will help me to better prepare the next Soldier from our unit who participates next year," Scheil said.