Salutes & Awards

June 21, 2012

NETCOM selects top NCO, Soldier of Year

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By Victoria Glover
NETCOM Public Affairs Office

During a ceremony Friday, Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick (center), representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), is congratulated by Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper (right), NETCOM commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Williams, NETCOM command sergeant major, after he was selected as the NETCOM 2012 NCO of the Year.

Representing five different Signal commands across the globe, five junior enlisted Soldiers and five noncommissioned officers competed for the chance to be the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command 2012 NCO of the Year and Soldier of the Year, June 12 – Friday. The competition is held each year during Signal Week, and these Soldiers undergo various events and tasks designed to test their knowledge, strength and leadership and to show they have what it takes to earn the title.

After a long, challenging week, the honor of being the 2012 NCO of the Year went to Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick, and the honor of being the 2012 Soldier of the Year went to Spec. Richard Wyce III, both representing the 311th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The announcement was made during an award ceremony at NETCOM Headquarters at Fort Huachuca, Friday.

Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, commanding general, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (left), prepares to award the Bronze Order of Mercury to Capt. Danny Thebeau II and 1st Sgt. Jimmie Sanders, Jr. Friday, during the Fort Huachuca Signal Ball at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. From left, their wives, Nikki Thebeau and Debbi Sanders, wait for their husbands to be recognized. The Bronze Order of Mercury recognizes people who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity, moral character, professional competence and selflessness, and who have contributed significantly to the promotion of the Army Signal Corps and the Signal Corps Regimental Association.

Before the competition began, one of the 10 Soldiers was not able to participate due to injury, leaving nine Soldiers to compete.

Throughout the week the Soldiers took part in a series of tasks and events which included the Army Physical Fitness Test, M4 rifle marksmanship, urban day/night orienteering, Army warrior tasks and battle drills, mystery task, essay writing and the sergeants major board. Each of these tasks tested the strength and mentality of the Soldiers.

The competition began June 12, and by the end of the day only five competitors were left. “The competition has been very challenging,” said Staff Sgt. Eric Hall, 335th Signal Command (Theater), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, during the Army Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.

The other competitors were: Staff Sgt. Erick Gavelan and Spec. Kenny Tyler representing the 5th Signal Command (Theater), Wiesbaden Germany; Sgt. Esteban Fernandez and Spec. Christopher Ludeking representing the 7th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Gordon, Ga.; Spec. Kyle Fowler, 335th Signal Command (Theater), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; and Sgt. Stephen Waters and Spec. Franklin Brozek III representing Headquarters, NETCOM, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Patrick and Wyce will be competing at the Army Forces Command Best Warrior Competition later this year.

Spc. Richard Wyce III, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), plots the points he must find on a military map June 12, during Urban Orienteering, part of the Network Enterprise Technology Command 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

A competitor treats a casualty June 13, during the Warrior Task at the Urban Operations Site, part of the Network Enterprise Technology Command 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year competition.

Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), with his supporting fire team prepare to engage the enemy June 13, during the Warrior Tasks at the Urban Operations Site at Fort Huachuca, part of the Network Enterprise Technology Command 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

Spc. Kenny Tyler, representing the 5th Signal Command (Theater), gets ready for inspection prior to the Sergeants Major Board, part of the NETCOM 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.

Spc. Kenny Tyler, representing the 5th Signal Command (Theater), takes aim downrange during familiarization with the M4 carbine, prior to the start of the Network Enterprise Technology Command 2012 Noncommissioned Officer/Soldier of the Year Competition.

Sgt. 1st Class Ty Patrick, representing 311th Signal Command (Theater), send a report via radio June 13, during the Warrior Tasks at the Urban Operations Site at Fort Huachuca, part of the Network Enterprise Technology Command 2012 NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition.




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