13th SC(E) Soldier & NCO of The Year Board

Story by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th SC(E) Public Affairs

Health care specialists swept the 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competitions culminating in a board at the 1st Medical Brigade classroom here Friday.

Spc. Columbus T. Nolen, with the 581st Area Support Medical Company, 36th Medical Evacuation Battalion, 13th SC(E), and Sgt. Jerome D. MacDonald, of the 566th ASMC, also a 36th company, took home the SC(E)s top honors after the 7-day competition.

The Soldiers and NCOs were tested in four key areas; rifle marksmanship, physical fitness, common task testing, and general knowledge and appearance.

Candidates participated in a standard rifle qualification range May 25. Nolen hit 35 of 40 targets, while MacDonald flirted with perfection, scoring 39 hits.

Senior NCOs in the SC(E) administered an Army Physical Fitness Test to all candidates May 31. Nolen scored a respectable 281, while MacDonald had to be scored on the extended scale, reaching 323 points.

Candidates participated in an evaluation of their knowledge from the Soldiers Manual of Common Tasks June 1. NCOs evaluated the candidates on; reacting to an ambush, communicating via a tactical radio in a secure net, performing self recovery of an M998 series HMMWV, and performing a function check on an M16A2 rifle. MacDonald scored a 99 out of a possible 100 points during the CTT section, while Nolen walked away with a total of 95.

The Soldier/NCO of the Year candidates participated in a board measuring their general Army knowledge, appearance, and military bearing Friday.

After the board, the Soldier and NCO with the highest total scores from all four events were selected to represent the SC(E) in the III Corps Soldier and NCO of the year board.


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Spc. Columbus T. Nolen

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Sgt. Jerome D. MacDonald