News: NCO, junior enlisted Soldier of the Year announced for the 518th Sustainment Bde Best Warrior Competition
Story by Sgt. Christina Dion
CAMP BUTNER, N.C. - After finishing an early-morning road march, land navigation course, combative training and a command sergeant major board Saturday evening, two soldiers proved they were the Best Warriors of the 518th Sustainment Brigade, 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) today.
Staff Sgt. Jennev A. Heng, a platoon leader with the 1006th Quartermaster Company of Knightdale, N.C., was named the noncommissioned Best Warrior of the brigade and Pfc. Nathan B. Jackson, a petroleum supply specialist with the 941st Transportation Company of Charleston, S.C., was named the junior enlisted Best Warrior. Both were awarded trophies and Army Achievement Medals for their accomplishments for their accomplishments during the final ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, Knightdale, N.C., Jan. 12.
“The overall goal is to determine the highest level of motivated soldier in this brigade,” said Sgt. Maj. Philip R. Vance, the noncommissioned officer in charge of operations for the 518th.
His sentiments were echoed by Command Sgt. Maj. Ciearro M. Faulk, command sergeant major of the 518th. “The Best Warrior Competition was designed to bring out the best in our junior enlisted and NCOs.”
Faulk said the competition is also a way to ensure soldiers are trained for the Army mission.
Although a competitor, Heng sees her win as a way to lead by example for her soldiers. “I knew it was a tight race, but coming out on top will bring the esprit de corps way up,” she said. “This will show others ‘hey look, my platoon sergeant, my NCO, somebody that I work with, she did it and I can to.’”
A junior soldier, Jackson said that he was shocked with his win, but that he wants to take the leadership skills he learned throughout the competition back to his unit.
He said he is going to encourage more of the soldiers and NCOs to compete in the BWC next year.
Heng and Jackson will compete in the 143rd ESC Best Warrior Competition at Camp Blanding, Fla., in March.
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