Soldiers compete for top honors

Specialist Jimmy Toun
Specialist Jimmy Toun
Specialist Jimmy Toun
Specialist Jimmy Toun

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (KHNL) - The bravest and brightest fight for our freedom and now the Army's best are battling it out amongst themselves to see who will take top honors.

Alaska and Japan to right here in Hawaii, the Army's best of the pacific are down to the final day of competition, where soldiers say forget about the guts, it's all about the glory.

Preparation, concentration, execution.

It's a battle to be the best, and for Specialist Jimmy Toun it means going non-stop to get to the top.

"I'm here to win there's nothing more to it," said Toun. "All that work I'm not going to let it go to waste all that training. I'm here for the win."

Competing in events throughout the week, soldiers and ranked sergeants are tested in five of the nearly 250-skills soldiers must be certified in.

"You're out on a patrol and something goes wrong with your weapon, you got to be able to fix it quickly and get back into the fight," said Jason Shepherd, public affairs specialist.

"Right when you get it you're going to clear the weapon after you clear the weapon you drop the magazine."

Gun barrels and bandaging casualties, to combat fighting, for Specialist Toun the events are intense.

"Once my mind clicks, I just get hot, there's no stopping me I just get crazy with it."

Maneuvers, M-4 guns, mapping, Specialist Toun says it's a mission to leaving his legacy.

"I got a lot of nieces and nephews that look up to me and back when I was young I didn't have no one to look up to," said Toun.

A gauntlet of grueling events, for these soldiers this road to reward the best of the best paved with months of blood, sweat, and tears.

Each competitor's points will be tabulated from the week's events which culminate with the crowning of the winners at the army ball tomorrow night.

The soldier and nco of the year will go on to represent the pacific in the national competition in Virginia this fall.

Big shoes to fill because last year's pacific representative placed 2nd overall in the country.