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Soldier Traveling over 7,000 Miles from Island of Guam to Compete in Best Warrior

Posted by armypao75 on July 8, 2009

Staff Sgt. Rodel Galila will be travelling 7,000 miles from the island of Guam to compete in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis.

Staff Sgt. Rodel Galila will be traveling 7,000 miles from the island of Guam to compete in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis.

Staff Sgt. Rodel T. Galila, a construction operator with Guam’s 797th Engineer Company, has by far the longest trip of any of the Army Reserve Best Warriors: over 7,000 miles from his hometown of Agat, Guam, to Fort McCoy, Wis.

A 1997 graduate of Ocean View High School, Galila has been recognized for excellence many times in his Army Reserve Career.  He was chosen the USO’s Army Service Member for the Year 2008 –and also was 2008’s Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the year for the 9th Mission Support Command, the 3,300-person command covering a large part of the Pacific, including Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Japan and Korea.

Galila was deployed to Baghdad in 2004-5, where he served as a heavy equipment operator, team leader, and M-249 Gunner. 

“As a heavy equipment engineer, I helped construct many checkpoints, protecting the Iraqi nationals from blasts and explosions,” Galila said.  “Many times they were happy when they saw us rolling in because they knew we would provide some force protection for them. I was also successful in completing over 70 combat convoys.”

Galila, the first of his family to serve in the US Army Reserve, said he enlisted out of patriotic duty.  “I truly believe the US is a great county.  It is the land of opportunity and truly a free nation.  We should all be jumping to our feet to answer her call when she is distressed.” 

 “The Army Reserve has given me the opportunity to learn leadership from outstanding leaders,” said Galila.

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One Response to “Soldier Traveling over 7,000 Miles from Island of Guam to Compete in Best Warrior”

  1. Awesome!!!first I would like to congratulate Sgt. Rodel T. Galila, a construction operator with Guam’s 797th Engineer Company,for winning Best Warriors!this is a kind of training where to experienced the longest trip by around 7,000 miles in Guam.I am very much appreciated to your determination!

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