News: 'Dragons' burn up the competition at Paralegal of the Year Board
Story by Sgt. Richard Colletta
FORT RILEY, Kan. – Two soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, swept the Big Red One’s 2011 paralegal boards, taking home the prestigious title of Paralegals of the Year.
Spc. Liane Darrow and Sgt. Joshua Starr competed and earned the honor after previously winning at the Paralegal of the Quarter boards.
Starr, who is a native of LaGrange, Ga., said he did a lot of studying for the Paralegal of the Year board and also did several practice boards before competing in the real one.
“It was a great honor and it was definitely exciting being able to compete for it,” Starr said.
Darrow, who hails from Redmond, Ore., attributed her success to her knowledge of the Army regulations and her previous experience as a civilian paralegal.
“You have to know your job,” she said.
“Either the answer comes to you, you ask someone or you look it up in the regulation,” Darrow said.
Staff Sgt. Sonja Perrault, the paralegal non-commissioned officer in charge for the 4th IBCT, said she wasn’t surprised both of her Soldiers won the board.
“Both soldiers are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to legal affairs, and I’m very proud of their performance at the board,” she said.
Darrow said the Paralegal of the Year board was one of the most challenging boards she has ever competed in.
“It’s such a big event,” she said.
“It’s not like a soldier of the Month board. You only get to compete for it once a year,” Darrow said.
The board is over now and it’s back to work for these soldiers, but they still have goals to accomplish.
Darrow, who is currently taking college courses in criminal justice, said her first goal is to get promoted.
“After that, I want to finish my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and go to law school,” she said.
Starr said he wants to train his other soldiers so they can compete at the same level.
“It’s all about training hard, maintaining your skills, keeping the total soldier mindset and striving to be the best,” Starr said.