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Wranglers ‘just get it done’ for postwide soldier competition

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:30 am

Soldiers of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, hosted the Fort Hood Best Team Competition on Oct. 8-9.

The contest consisted of multiple teams of four soldiers, with each Fort Hood brigade allowed one team to represent them.

The first scenario consisted of a 1-mile run in full combat gear, and then transitioned into firing a 9 mm pistol at various targets, distances and positions.

In the next scenario, soldiers had to plot and find land navigation points during the day and also at night. They were scored based on finding the proper location and how quickly they completed the course.

As competitors were transported to the 1-mile starting point, Wrangler soldiers were already preparing the shooting range which had to be moved at the last minute. But they were still able to have it ready before the competitors arrived.

“We had a few hiccups but we adjusted and still completed the mission,” said 2nd Lt. Tetriana Grant, the executive officer for the brigade’s 207th Signal Company, 4th Special Troops Battalion. “Our soldiers are always motivated. Always. Anytime you can take them out of the traditional company activities, their morale is always high.”

Preparing a range for the competitors consisted of loading more than 140 pistol magazines with ammo and collecting them after the competitors fired.

The unit also provided the safeties who were tasked with assisting the competitors with the order needed to fire at each target and overall safety procedures on the range.

On the second day, the competitors assembled under the III Corps flagpole waiting for Command Sgt. Maj. Terry E. Parham to announce the winners.

Parham addressed the competitors and gave credit to the Wrangler Brigade for making the competition happen.

“I would like to thank the 4th Sustainment (Brigade) for actually being part of the competition, putting on the land navigation and stress shoot for the soldiers,” Parham said.

Winners were the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment team consisting of 2nd Lt. Joshua Mathews, Staff Sgt. Christopher Dubois, Sgt. Jesse Boelk and Spc. Dwight Donahue. Each team member received an Army Achievement Medal and certificate for winning the Fort Hood Best Team Competition.

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