COSCOM Soldier wins Fort Hood Military Idol

Story by Pvt. Crystal D. Eldridge
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

For the 13th Corps Support Command's 602nd Maintenance Company - and one of its Soldiers in particular - the Military Idol competition was more than just a talent show. It was the source of unexpected funds and excitement as well.

"I feel good about it," said Spc. Lucky Tagaloa, a native of American Samoa and Fort Hood's Idol winner. "I'm glad to share [the prize money] with [the 602nd]."

The prize money totaled one thousand dollars - five hundred for Tagaloa and the same for his unit - and was awarded during a ceremony at the 602nd motor pool on Tuesday.

There was no entrance fee for the competition, so the prize money was provided by Fort Hood's Morale, Welfare and Recreation and sponsors, said BOSS Program Coordinator Lincoln Brevard.

Winning here enables Tagaloa to move on to the next level of competition. He now will travel to Fort Gordon, Georgia, for the Army-wide segment scheduled to take place Oct. 17-22.

Competing at Fort Hood may give him a slight edge over the other contestants, however. Fort Hood had the most participants in the competition, said Brevard.

Tagaloa began singing approximately eight years ago, he said. He has had no formal training, but does not let that get in his way.

"I just like to sing," he said.

When Tagaloa approached the company's first sergeant with his desire to compete, the first sergeant was surprised.

"At first, I was kind of shocked," said 602nd 1st Sgt. Rachele Gamblin.

That was only before she heard him sing. Her reaction after hearing him was quite different.

"I [said] yeah, definitely," she said excitedly. "I was pleased. I supported him."

One of the Idol judges had a very similar reaction to Tagaloa's voice and ability.

"Looking at him, didn't look like he could sing what he sang," admitted Spring Sullivan. "But [Tagaloa's performance] was wonderful. It was excellent!"

An excellent performance was exactly what was required for Tagaloa to come out on top at the competition.

"We had some really talented people," said Tracy Thomas of MWR marketing. "I took [a pain killer] - thought I would have a headache. But when I got there . . . they're good!"

Tagaloa was somewhat amazed as well.

"It hasn't struck me yet," he admitted. "I'm dumbfounded. I know I won, it just hasn't hit me yet!"

Tagaloa's winning performance featured a rendition of the Luther Vandross song "So Amazing." Since this song carried him to victory at the Fort Hood level, he has no intentions to stray too far from this style.

"Oldies but goodies," he grinned, explaining his strategy for the upcoming event in Georgia.

He expects this strategy to help him win.

"I'm ready. [The other contestants] should be ready, too."


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From left, Lincoln Brevard, BOSS Program Coordinator, Spc. Lucky Tagaloa, Fort Hood's Military Idol winner, 1st Sgt. Rachele Gamblin, 602nd Maintenance Company's first sergeant, Capt. Latorois Williams, 602nd company commander and Sgt. Maj. Darlene Hagood, USAG MWR sergeant major hold up the 500 dollar check the 602nd received as part of Tagaloa's prize for winning the Military Idol competition at Fort Hood. Photo by Pvt. Crystal D. Eldridge, 13th COSCOM Public Affairs Specialist