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Goldbar Leader April 2006 Digital Extra 1

Goldbar Leader April 2006 Digital Extra 1

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April 2006Western Region Cadet CommandFort Lewis, Washington
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Cadet Command selectsNCO of the Year
Representing the Command ...
Sergeant 1st Class Erick Macher (right) is applauded at Western Region Head-quarters April 6 as Command Sgt. Major Major Washington announces Mach-er’s selection as Cadet Command’s NCO of the Year. Macher and Sgt. 1st ClassRobert Lilly (pictured next to Macher) competed in the two-day event.
By Jeremy O’Bryan
Western Region Public Affairs
FORT LEWIS, Wash. – The two bestnoncommissioned officers in Cadet Commandcompeted here in the organization’s NCO of theYear Competition, which concluded April 6 with aceremony announcing the top selectee.Sgt. 1st Class Erick Macher, a military scienceinstructor from the 14th Brigade assigned to theUniversity of California-Davis, will represent CadetCommand as the NCO of the Year for 2006. The 31year-old Soldier has been in the Army 13 years.The No. 2 selected NCO, or runner up, is Sgt. 1stClass Robert Lilly, a 42 year-old military scienceinstructor from the 4th Brigade assigned to VirginiaState University. Lilly has served 15 years in theArmy.The Soldiers endured many hours of skill evaluationand testing – including competitions within their ownregions – to reveal the best of the best from amongthe hundreds of Warriors in the command.“These guys are both great NCOs,” said CommandSgt. Maj. Major Washington, Cadet Command’sCommand Sergeant Major. “It takes a lot to make itthis far in a NCO of the Year competition.”The board members included Command Sgt. Maj.Washington; Command Sgt. Major Victor Mercado,Western Region; Command Sgt. Major MichaelPeters, Eastern Region; and the Cadet CommandG-3 Sergeant Major, Sgt. Maj. Randal Meyer.The competition consisted of a weigh-in, Army physical fitness test, weapons qualification, day andnight land navigation, a written essay, a written examand appearance in front of a board of senior NCOswho assessed the contestants’ leadership knowledge.In the mix of the trials, event organizers placed two“mystery tasks.”Washington thanked Master Sgt. ThomasHenderson, Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Bechtold, Sgt.1st Class Brian Koder, Sgt. 1st Class Porfirio Prieto,Marlin Gutierrez and Douglas Phillips, all fromWestern Region, who supported and helped plan thecompetition.
April 2006Goldbar Leader
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lilly, runner-up in the Cadet CommandNCO of the Year competition, responds to tasks presented tohim by those evaluating the candidates.From Top Left, Clockwise: Lilly administers first aid to a simu-lated fallen platoon member, played by Sgt. 1st Class PorfirioPrieto, Western Region training division. Lilly takes cover, pro-tects his fellow Soldier, and returns fire. Lilly takes the weaponof a simulated surrendering enemy combatant, played by Sgt.1st Class Brian Koder, Western Region training division. Lilly car-ries the “wounded” Prieto to an evacuation point.
April 2006Goldbar Leader
Sgt. 1st Class Erick Macher, Cadet Command’s NCO of the Year, responds to tasks presented to him by those evaluating the competition candidates.Above, Macher rushes to the aid of a fellow Soldier who pretends to be shot while on patrol in a combat zone, while Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Bechtold looks on.Below, Clockwise: Macher meets the board of senior NCOs evaluating the candidates. Macher pats down a simulated enemy combatant who has surrendered, after (nextphoto) telling him to drop his weapon and kneel on the ground. Macher drags a fallen Soldier to safety under enemy fire.

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