The warriors of Company R can claim bragging rights for winning first and third place in the 262nd Quartermaster Battalion Soldier Stakes Competition, but everyone goes home a winner.

“You’ve honed your skills in warrior tasks and battle drills which will prepare you to survive in the battle field,” said Col. Paul Fortuné, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade commander, to the competitors.

Eight teams of 10 advanced individual training Soldiers, led by their drill sergeants, competed against time through various warrior tasks including reacting to indirect fire, clearing a building, applying first aid and assembling weapons.

The competition also tested the drill sergeants who had to plot grid points on a map and motivate their Soldiers to keep moving, said Staff Sgt. Leroy Shelvin, who led a team from Company V.

The competition began with a physical fitness test and concluded with a relay race. Teams were graded on execution of tasks and overall time.

Even though Shelvin’s team did not place overall, he said the competition teaches the Soldiers an important combat lesson.

“In war, you don’t know what’s going to happen next, so (this competition) keeps them alert and on their toes for what’s next,” Shelvin said.

Sgt. 1st Class Michelle Rodriguez, Company R, said she trained her Soldiers about two weeks before the competition.

“The toughest part was running between the points,” Rodriguez said. Points were spread across the installation and Soldiers had to keep their team members together as they race against the clock.

“But the Soldiers knew what to do and they executed their tasks well,” she said.


First place: Company R team led by Sgt.1st Class Michelle Rodriguez.

Second place: Company C team led by Staff Sgt. Jennyanne Canlas.

Third place: Company R team led by Sgt. 1st Class Juan Nieves.

Fourth place: Company V team led by Sgt. 1st Class William Burris.