Spc. Benjamin M. Wentz From Amarillo was named 2014 Soldier of the Year

By Karl Wehmhoener | kwehmhoener@kamr.com

Published 03/12 2014 05:43PM

Updated 03/12 2014 09:55PM

CAMP BULLIS, TEXAS -- Spc. Benjamin M. Wentz, from the 974th Quartermaster Company in Amarillo, Texas, was named 2014 Soldier of the Year while Sgt. Damian N. Robinson, from the 356th Transportation Company in Las Cruces, N.M., earned the 2014 NCO of the Year honors at the completion of the 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) four-day event.

"My mindset was to give it everything I've got," said Wentz after putting in about 20 hours on the last day of the competition. "It didnt matter that on that final day I'd be completely exhausted as long as I gave it my all.

The competition allowed participants to showcase their basic soldier skills while competing against other top soldiers within the 4th ESC.

The competition included an Army Physical Fitness Test, evaluation on the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 small-arms simulation, the Dismounted Soldier Training System, live-fire weapons qualification, a Warrior tasks and battle drills assessment, an Army Combatives competition, land navigation, road march and a board assessment.

The winners will represent the 4th ESC at the 79th Sustainment Support Command Best Warrior Competition. 

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