By Sgt. Matthew CooleyJune 6, 2008
FORT HOOD, Texas - A Fort Sam Houston Soldier took top honors in a three-day Truck Rodeo here that ended May 21.
Cpl. Nathan Macon, a medical laboratory specialist, 440th Blood Support Detachment, 61st Multifunction Medical Battalion, 1st Medical Brigade, came from Fort Sam Houston to attain the Overall Soldier Award, the highest individual achievement in the competition. The Overall Soldier Award was determined by the overall score for each portion of the competition.
Macon was also the 1st place winner in the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle competition.
"It's great! I was really surprised. I wasn't expecting a trophy; I wasn't expecting to win," Macon said.
The Truck Rodeo, sponsored by the 180th Transportation Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), tested Soldiers' driving skills, vehicle safety upkeep and overall vehicle knowledge at the Fort Hood Deployment Ready Reaction Field.
Soldiers competed in either the HMMWV division or the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle division.
The divisions were broke into three portions: safety, written test and driving skills.
The safety portion was an inspection to ensure that the vehicle met all required safety standards.
The written test was 30 questions long and designed to test contestants' driving knowledge.
The third and most action-packed portion of the competition was the driving skills portion, which included parallel parking, a serpentine driving course, a tapered dimension clearance event, and an event requiring the driver to break and stop as close as possible to a barrier at 20 mph.
Winners were presented medals by Brig. Gen. Paul L. Wentz, commanding general, 13th ESC. Wentz presented the Overall Soldier and unit winners with trophies.