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“Real Soldiers doing what we love to do,” Spc. Chad Thomas

Posted by armypao75 on July 8, 2009

THOMAS_croppedA Newtown, Conn., Soldier is competing in the Army Reserve’s prestigious “Best Warrior Competition” at Fort McCoy, Wis., 13-17 July.  Spc. Chad E. Thomas, is a combat engineer with the Londonderry, N.H., 368th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command.  

Thomas is currently attending Northeastern University, where he is getting a degree in engineering.

“The Army Reserve provided me with a chance to educate myself and become a better person –I want to pay it back in some way,” said Thomas.

He is working on being promoted to sergeant within the year, and hopes to deploy overseas to support the current conflict.

Thomas entered the Best Warrior Competition for the “raw challenge” both physical and mental.

 “This competition is real Soldiers doing what we love to do,” said Thomas.  “I want to prove I am the best.”

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Sgt. Kovats: “This competition will test my warrior spirit.”

Posted by armypao75 on July 8, 2009

 

Staff Sgt. richard Kovats, 412th Theater Engineer Command

Sgt. Richard Kovats, 412th Theater Engineer Command

An Oakland, N.J., Soldier is competing in the Army Reserve’s prestigious “Best Warrior Competition” at Fort McCoy, Wis., from 13-17 July.  Sgt. Richard D. Kovats, a construction equipment repairer with the Northfield, N.J. 328th Engineer Company, part of the 412th Theater Engineer Command.

Kovats deployed to Baghdad with the 479th Engineer Battalion from 2007 – 8.  He was the lead truck driver on 31 missions to recover vehicles struck by IEDs, some in the dangerous center of Baghdad.  In addition, he performed critical maintenance on vehicles and equipment, enabling convoys to supply remote areas –and taught himself carpentry, constructing small buildings for the battalion.

 “This is the Best of the Best,” said Kovats.  “This competition will test my warrior spirit, but I believe in the Warrior Ethos and what it stands for.  I will succeed and never quit.”

Sgt. Richard Kovats, 328th Engineer Company, looks at the terrain through his compass to ensure he is headed in the right direction during the land navigation portion of the 412th's Best Warrior Competition held at Camp Smith, N.Y., April 14-17.

Sgt. Richard Kovats, 328th Engineer Company, looks at the terrain through his compass to ensure he is headed in the right direction during the land navigation portion of the 412th's Best Warrior Competition held at Camp Smith, N.Y., April 14-17.

Kovats is currently pursuing a degree in liberal arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. 

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