Local

August 2, 2013

Local DENTAC Soldier brings home Best Warrior title for DENTCOM

Tags:
Maranda Flynn
Staff Writer

Spc. Kevin Gailey, a supply technician with the Dental Command at Fort Huachuca, starts the air assault obstacle course at Fort Bliss, Texas, July 15. Gailey beat out 11 other Soldiers to become the DENTCOM Best Warrior for 2013 and was awarded an Army Commendation Medal and certificate of achievement as a result of his win.

A local Fort Huachuca Soldier gained the title of “Best Warrior” by winning the 2013 Dental Command, or DENTCOM, Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Bliss, Texas, July 15 – 18.

Spc. Kevin Gailey, a supply technician at the Fort Huachuca Dental Clinic, competed against 11 Soldiers from various DENTCOMs throughout the Army. The noncommissioned officer, or NCO, winner was Sgt. Zac Teel from Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

The competition consisted of both mental and physical challenges, to include a written exam, an oral board, a physical fitness test, an obstacle course and a road march.

“Besides the oral board, which is always the hardest one for me because it is nerve-racking, the most difficult part was that there weren’t a lot of breaks between each event. This made it hard to keep up with my endurance,” Gailey said, as he reminisced on the competition.

His favorite event was the air assault obstacle course, consisting of many different “mini-events.”

“It is the most fun for me. It’s a challenge, but I don’t worry about the competition as much because I enjoy it more,” the Soldier said.

According to a Fort Bliss Public Affairs news article, a series of “mystery” events was implemented to evaluate contestants’ basic soldiering skills. These included drill-and-ceremony demonstrations, knowledge of the physical readiness training and dental charting.

“We wanted to take it back to the basics,” said Sgt. 1st Class Willie Henard, a Fort Bliss Dental Activity operations NCO and event coordinator for the competition. “We just tried to keep it as lane-driven and scenario-driven as possible.”

“The altitude is slightly higher,” Gailey said, as he explained how the environment and weather proved to be an added difficulty. “It’s a different kind of ‘dry,’and this time around, it was very humid, which is rare.”

Gailey explained that in his particular career field, meeting the required amount of points for promotion can be difficult so he decided to push as far as he could to accumulate as many points as possible; however, that was not the only reason he competed. Turning 31 in September, Gailey is about 10 years older than most of his competitors.

“I wanted to win awards, but I also wanted to put myself out there and show that I could beat most of those guys,” he said.

Gailey received a certificate of achievement and an Army Commendation Medal, signed by Col. Thomas Tempel, commander, U.S. Army Dental Command.

In order to participate in the DENTCOM Best Warrior Competition, Gailey had to first win the local Soldier of the Quarter board, Soldier of the Year board and Western Region Soldier of the Year board.

Gailey dedicated his achievement to his mentor, Sgt. Christian LaVelle, Fort Huachuca’s DENTAC training NCO. LaVelle took Gailey under his wing and prepared him for each competition.

Representing Fort Huachuca, in August Gailey is slated to compete in the Medical Command Best Warrior Competition at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Jolene Cooper, MVC

Homes await military Families: MVC has available housing in most post neighborhoods

Jolene Cooper, MVC A currently unoccupied home in Miles Manor 1 is available to a Family of a Service member E1 through E-6. Unlike most homes in that housing area, it is a single unit. All nearby homes are located less than a ...
 
 

Presidential Proclamation — National Native American Heritage Month, 2014

NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Every year, our Nation pauses to reflect on the profound ways the First Americans have shaped our country’s character and culture. The first stewards of our environment, early voices for the values that define our Nation, and models...
 
 

Garrison commander conducts Ebola Awareness Town Halls

The Fort Huachuca U.S. Army Garrison commander conducted two Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Awareness Town Halls Nov. 13 at Murr Community Center to ensure all Installation Management Command (IMCOM) personnel are knowledgeable about the disease, its origins and spread. Col. Thomas A. Boone addressed attendees about the mandatory IMCOM Ebola training requirement, and said the...
 

 

IMCOM unveils plan for 2025 and beyond

SAN ANTONIO — The U.S. Army Installation Management Command released “IMCOM 2025 and Beyond,” a new campaign plan operationalizing the commanding general’s vision for the organization. This plan provides a roadmap for IMCOM’s future and serves as a change management document that focuses the command’s collective efforts, prioritizes resources and continues the exchange of informatio...
 
 

Recycle cooking oil, grease after Thanksgiving Day

After you’re done with the turkey and stuffing next week, take cooking oil and grease to be recycled at one of the two City of Sierra Vista year-round grease collection sites, free of charge. In previous years, Sierra Vista has set up a special grease collection site on the day after Thanksgiving. “This year, we’re...
 
 
Gary Sheftick

Native Americans place special honor in military service

Gary Sheftick Mary Hudetz, editor-in-chief of Native Peoples Magazine and president of the Native American Journalists Association, speaks to reporters and students at the Defense Information School, during the Defense Media Ac...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin