FORT MONROE — A Soldier formerly assigned to the Quartermaster Center and School earned the title of 2007 Drill Sergeant of the Year for the Reserve Component.
Staff Sgt. Steven A.K. Malubay, who was assigned to Company W, 244th QM Battalion, 23rd QM Brigade, as recently as May, competed with 17 other drill sergeants from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
The competition was held June 17-22 at Fort Eustis.
Malubay won the 2006 QMC&S competition as an Active Reservist. He had served at Fort Lee since 2005, called up to support personnel shortages within the 23rd QM Brigade.
Malubay sought to represent the QMC&S in the competition but couldn’t because his time obligation had expired. Malubay entered the competition representing his parent unit, the 104th Division (Institutional Training) based in Washington state.
As a Reservist, it was difficult for Malubay to find the time to train for the competition.
“For most Reservists, they’re maintaining two jobs: to maintain the skills they are required for the Army, as well as their civilian job and taking care of their family,” he said.
Malubay is also a branch manager of a bank. “As a Reservist, you really have to put in that extra time to make sure you are doing the correct training and to make sure you’re ready for competition,” he said.
Sgt. 1st Class Delfin Romani of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., was named Active Duty Drill Sergeant of the Year.
“I was real surprised,” Romani said about being selected. “Those 13 guys I competed against - they are all pretty professional and if any of them were selected to win, I would be happy to shake their hand.”
After serving as a basic combat training drill sergeant, he said it was difficult to be under the observation of other professional drill sergeants.
“It’s a whole different perspective when you put yourself in that position. It makes you humble; it makes you realize your shortcomings,” he said. “I know I have a lot to do when I go back to Fort Leonard Wood to keep myself sharp so I can represent the drill sergeants well around the Army.”
Competitors were judged based on their results in such challenges as a physical fitness test, land navigation, day and night rifle qualifications and a written essay.
On being named the top two drill sergeants, these two will now assume the yearlong duty of representing TRADOC and providing their expertise in training issues.