June 2, 2007

Virginia Soldier takes 1st place in Region II NCO of the Year competition

From staff sources

Command Sgt. Maj. Bob Huffman, senior enlisted advisor for the Virginia National Guard, congratulates Staff Sgt. Maurice Brown of the Maneuver Training Center for being recognized as the Army National Guard NCO of the Year for Region II. Brown will now compete at the national-level competition in August. (Photo by 1st Sgt. Charles E. Judy, Jr., HHC, 429th BSB)

FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia Army National Guard is a member of the First U.S. Army Region II for the Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the year competition. During the weekend of May 18-20, Fort Pickett hosted this competition for the fourth consecutive year. Soldiers from Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia competed and Command Sgt. Maj. Bob Huffman, the Virginia National Guard’s senior enlisted advisor, served as the region chairman.

Soldiers from the 183rd Regional Training Institute and the Maneuver Training Center served as testers/evaluators and did an outstanding job conducting the weekend events.

The Soldiers competed in the Army physical fitness test, marksmanship, common task testing; land navigation and a personal appearance board. The weather was great and the Soldiers provided the “Warrior Spirit” which made the competition extremely close.

What stood out throughout the weekend was how the competitors bonded, spent time encouraging their peers and even inspecting each others’ Class A uniform prior to the personal appearance board. This truly indicates that no matter what part of the country or what ethic group we come from, Soldiers have a common bond and that’s what makes our enlisted corps so great.

Virginia’s Staff Sgt. Maurice Brown from Maneuver Training Center won the NCO division and will representative the Region II at the National Guard Bureau competition in August.

Spc. Erik Nowak, a Virginia Tech graduate from West Virginia, won the Soldier of the Year competition. Spc. Jeremiah Finch from the 429th Brigade Support Battalion finished second and is the alternate in this division.

Virginia should be very proud of its two Soldiers who represented us so well and the Virginia National Guard wishes Staff Sgt. Brown success at the next level.

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