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    Breaking out of Rank and File during Provider Stakes

    Breaking out of Rank and File during Provider Stakes

    Photo By Sgt. Elizabeth Clark | 1st Sgt. Ronaldo Branch, the 414th Signal Company first sergeant, Special Troops...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Elizabeth Clark 

    3rd Sustainment Brigade

    You can find them at the front or back of physical training formations, sitting in meetings or in their offices before everyone comes to work and long after everyone goes home. It’s not often that a commander or a first sergeants gets to break out of their daily grind, but when the opportunity presents itself to take on intense field training, they jump in with both feet.

    Provider Stakes is a yearly event for 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade command teams to foster esprit de corps through competition as well as refresh their basic Soldier skills such as land navigation and marksmanship.

    “I think it was great motivation to get all the command teams together, we don’t really get to see each other at that level,” said Capt. Michelle Liggitt, the Bravo Detachment Commander, 24th Financial Management Support Unit, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Inf. Div. Sust. Bde. “We see each other in meetings or in passing but getting out to the field and doing these challenges pushed us to work in different groups and get to know each other.”

    The two-day event began early on an unseasonably cold April morning with the Army Combat Fitness Test. After two-hours of muscle-failure inducing workouts, the Sustainment Brigade “Providers” kept rolling into events that would last until late night and early into the next morning.

    “They started out with the ACFT, went to a stress shoot, sling load class, flight to the land navigation sight, day and night land navigation and finished with a 12 mile ruck march,” said Sgt. Maj. Jon Noyes, the operations sergeant major with the brigade.

    The competition also gave these leaders a chance to work together towards a common goal and learn more about the people they work alongside each day.

    “You get to meet them more personally and learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” said Liggitt. “When you’re going to these meetings you hear the stats and their readiness, the basic black-and-white picture, you don’t actually get to see who they are as a Soldier, a leader or a person.”



    Date Taken: 04.08.2019
    Date Posted: 04.17.2019 09:57
    Story ID: 318456
    Location: FORT STEWART, GA, US 

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