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NEWS | Sept. 10, 2015

AMEDDC&S, HRCoE selects 2015 Best Medic team


First Sgt. Robert Brannock and Sgt. 1st Class Steven Sic from the Academy Brigade, U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, U.S. Army Health Readiness Center of Excellence, were among the nine candidates who competed as a team in the AMEDDC&S, HRCoE 2015 Best Medic Competition held at Camp Bullis Sept. 2. 

As the top performing team, Brannock and Sic will represent the AMEDDC&S, HRCoE, in the upcoming Command Sergeant Major Jack L. Clark, Jr. Best Medic Competition Oct. 27-30 at Camp Bullis to earn the title of  the “Army’s Best Medics.”

During an awards ceremony held Sept. 3 in Blesse Auditorium, Willis Hall, at AMEDDC&S, HRCoE, Maj. Gen. Steve Jones, commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Rhoades presented Brannock and Sic with the Army Commendation Medal.

Sgt. 1st Class Antwan Williams, Academy Brigade, AMEDDC&S, HRCoE, was recognized as the top overall winner, or scorer, and was presented with the Army Commendation Medal.

“The competition was hard,” Williams said. “I enjoyed the competition and I encourage other noncommissioned officers to compete.”

The six other competitors included 1st Sgt. Neil Mulvaney and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Williams, Noncommissioned Officers Academy; and Staff Sgt. Stephen Johnson, Staff Sgt. Edward Noring, Staff Sgt. Jovan Salazar, and Staff Sgt. Kenneth Simmons, with 32nd Medical Brigade. Jones and Rhoades presented each candidate with a Certificate of Achievement for participation in the competition.

The competition test the competitor’s mental and physical challenge that began at 1 a.m. with a 12-mile road march and included land navigation, a written exam, weapons qualification on an M16 rifle, the obstacle course, the physical fitness challenge and warrior task and battle drills.

The competitors not only battled fatigue but the heat as the competition continued late into the afternoon.

“The competition was physically and mentally tough, it was well put together and pushed all of us to our limits,” said first-time competitor Brannock, first sergeant for Company C, 187th Medical Battalion.

“I had the opportunity to compete and I jumped on it,” Sic said. “I enjoy doing things like this and makes me feel like when I was a specialist again. Anytime I have the opportunity to be one of those line guys again, I would gladly take it.”