No Bull at 180th Transportation Truck Rodeo

By Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley

The 180th Transportation Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) concluded a three day Truck Rodeo May 21 awarding the winners medals and trophies.

The Truck Rodeo tested contestant Soldier’s driving skills, vehicle safety upkeep, and overall vehicle knowledge, at the Fort Hood Deployment Ready Reaction Field here.

Contestant Soldier’s competed in either the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) division or the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle division.

The divisions were broke into three portions: safety, written test, and driving skills.

The safety portion was an inspection to ensure that the vehicle met all required safety standards.

The written test was 30 questions long and designed to test contestants’ driving knowledge.

The third and most action-packed portion of the competition was the driving skills portion, which included parallel parking, a serpentine driving course, a tapered dimension clearance event, and an event requiring the driver to break and stop as close as possible to a barrier at 20 miles an hour.

Cpl. Nathan Macon, a Medical Laboratory Specialist 440th Blood Support Detachment, 61st Multifunction Medical Battalion, 1st Medical Brigade came from Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to attain the Overall Soldier Award, the highest individual achievement in the competition.  The Overall Soldier Award was determined by the overall score for each portion of the competition.

Macon was also the 1st place winner in the HMMWV competition.

“It’s great!  I was really surprised. I wasn’t expecting a trophy; I wasn’t expecting to win!” Macon exclaimed. 

53rd Quartermaster, 180th Trans, 15th SB, was the recipient of the Overall Unit Award, which was determined by the combined highest point total from Soldiers of the same unit that competed in both the HMMWV and LMTV categories.

The winners of the HMMWV portion of the Truck Rodeo were:

1st place Cpl. Nathan Macon, 440th BSD, 61st MMB.

2nd place Spc. Jake Cusipag, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 180th Trans. Battalion.

3rd place Spc. Verdell Brown, 53rd QM, 180th Trans. Battalion.

The winners of the LMTV portion were:

1st place Pfc. Dj Chambers, 154 Transportation Company, 180th Trans. Battalion.

2nd place Spc. Richard Heubach, 53rd QM, 180th Trans. Battalion.

3rd place Sgt. Jose Colon, 263rd Maintenance Company, 49th Transportation Battalion.

Winners were presented with medals from Brigadier Gen. Paul L. Wentz, Commanding General 13th SC(E).  Wentz presented the Overall Soldier and Unit winner with a trophy.