Soldier Combat Skills

Archive for January, 2012

Never Quit

More than most, Soldiers know about never quitting, it is in their ethos and creed – a code they have embedded in their hearts from the beginning of their military careers.

Sgt. 1st Class Pierce Williams, once a young infantry staff sergeant, has had moments in his life where quitting was given as an option, but instead, he chose the ethos.

Williams, a native of Sturgis, S.D., an intelligence noncommissioned officer for future operations for the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, now on his third deployment to Iraq, never thought he would be shuffling through intelligence reports-not after one fateful day in 2006. (continue reading…)

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Combat Skills Competition

Sixty U.S. troops deployed to Iraq were up before sunrise Nov. 7 to compete in Demon Fury, a unit competition testing the full spectrum of their combat skills.

The competition was hosted by the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, an aviation unit from Fort Riley, Kan. Members of the brigade from around Iraq travelled to Camp Taji for the competition.

Demon Fury, named after the brigade’s nickname, the “Demon Brigade,” began in the early morning hours with a six-mile road march. The march was followed by several events, including a weapons range, an obstacle course and an event in which participants provided medical care to simulated casualties. Demon Brigade troops also appeared before a board and faced a mystery challenge testing their land navigation skills.

“Today’s competition was put together to select the [noncommissioned officer] and the Soldier of the year for 2010 for the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Thomson, the senior NCO for the brigade. (continue reading…)

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