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of land navigation, pass a written test, and complete the timed 12-mile road march. Although the candidates will be given two opportunities to pass the written test, if they receive a no go on any of the lanes or fail to pass the land navigation portion or the road march, they are immediately disqualified from earning the EFMB. “It’s not difficult tasks. It’s tediousness that you have to do everything in a specific sequence, and if you miss one tiny step – one task could have 160 sub tasks – you miss the whole thing,” said Spc. Dayna Taylor, a medic with the 529th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st TSC. Despite the grueling ordeal, the right to wear the EFMB is something that all of the
www.bamberg.army.mil Soldiers felt was worth it. “I already have good faith in my medicals skills, but with the EFMB I can put faith in other people that I will be there when they need me the most,” said Pvt. James Hogan, a medic with the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, who has only been in the Army for about a year and a half. “This just proves that I can be their medic.” For Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Hardiak, the medical operations noncommissioned officer for 16th Sustainment Brigade and NCOIC at EFMB Testing Lane 3, it reminded him of how he felt when he earned his badge. “When I received it I was a private first class at the time. I think people looked at me differently and I felt different about myself,” he said. “I think for these medics it’s the same
thing. I think that they have gone through a lot. It’s tough. It’s a lot of hard work and to actually get something – that’s pretty prestigious. It says a lot about your character. It means a lot about who you are as a person, as a Soldier and as a medic.” Soldiers who met all the challenges of EFMB received their badges in a ceremony June 12 at Smith Barracks in Baumholder after completing the 12-mile ruck march. Six 21st TSC Soldiers met the challenge and earned the coveted badge. “They are part of something bigger than themselves. They are associating themselves with excellence,” said Binosa. “I’m extremely proud of them for all of their hard work and dedication to come out here and their unit that supported them coming out here.”
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Spc. Christopher Brown, an automated logistical specialist with the 240th Quartermaster Supply Company, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade in Bamberg, Germany, and a WOY competitor, talked about why he took this competition personally. “It makes me stronger. Everything I do I do it for my son, so he will have somebody to look up to. That is my push,” said Brown. The competition was capped off with an exhausting situational training exercise course filled with multiple collective tasks to see how the participants fared in a crisis situation. The sequence of events concluded with a board appearance, which was presided over by Command Sgt. Maj. James Spencer, the command sergeant major of the 21st TSC. After the Soldiers completed the competition, the warriors headed to Panzer Kaserne parade field in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where they were reunited with Families and Soldiers from their home units to enjoy a barbeque in celebration of making it through the arduous three-day competition. After commending all the Soldiers for their hard work, Maj. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, the commanding general for the 21st TSC, announced before a large audience that Sgt. Richard Hunter, the communications noncommissioned officer for the 240th QM Co., 391st CSSB, 16th Sust. Bde. was the 21st TSC Warrior Leader of the Year. McQuistion then announced Spc. Michael Freas Jr., a human resources specialist for the 7th Warrior Training Brigade, 7th Civil Support Command from Grafenwoehr, Germany, as the 21st TSC Warrior of the Year. Hunter said it was the culmination of several things that helped him to achieve the top Warrior Leader honors for the 21st TSC. “Determination, dedication, and a lot of hard work, sweat and tears were poured into the preparation for the outcome of this competition,” said Hunter. Freas said the assistance he received from his leadership was significant in his winning the competition. “I have been receiving a lot of support from my unit. They have been very helpful and my NCO support channel has backed me up the whole way,” said Freas. Hunter and Freas will represent the 21st TSC at the U.S. Army Europe Warrior and Warrior Leader of the Year competition later this year.
After Hours Emergency Care For emergency medical care outside of the Bamberg Health Clinic’s business hours, dial 114 on a German phone line or call the Bamberg Military Police at 0951-300-8700. For emergency dental care outside of the dental facility’s business hours, a dentist is on call and can be contacted by dialing 0951-3007492.
Published on Jun 24, 2010