14th Combat Support Hospital Soldiers compete for best logistician title

The winners of the Best Logistician Competition pose for a photo June 29. First place went to Spc. Austin McNeil (middle), second to Spc. Luis Galindo (left) and third to Spc. Phillip Bishop (right). (Photos by Staff Sgt. Joey Goyette)

The winners of the Best Logistician Competition pose for a photo June 29. First place went to Spc. Austin McNeil (middle), second to Spc. Luis Galindo (left) and third to Spc. Phillip Bishop (right). (Photos by Staff Sgt. Joey Goyette)

By Lindsay Marchello, Bayonet & Saber /

Soldiers from the 14th Combat Support Hospital got the chance to demonstrate their technical and physical skills June 28-29 during the unit’s Best Logistician Competition.

“They’re competing for who’s the best,” said Capt. Matthew Woods, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment commander, 14th Combat Support Hospital. “In the end, each of them is a representative of their different corps, whether that’s Signal, Ordnance or Logistics.”

“This event gives these Soldiers a chance to set themselves apart,” said Staff Sgt. Joey Goyette, HHD, 14th Combat Support Hospital.

The first day of the competition included a written test and a hands-on portion that challenged Soldiers to demonstrate their technical expertise. Soldiers who excelled at the written and practical portion moved forward to the second day.

The second day included a 4-mile ruck march, obstacle course, equipment layout demonstration and a nontraditional military board.

“The climbing rope knocked people out because it was the last part of the obstacle course,” said Goyette. “Only two out of nine were able to complete the climbing rope.”

During the nontraditional military board, Soldiers had to answer Army history questions while following marching orders.

The winners were announced later that day. Spc. Austin McNeil won first place, Spc. Luis Galindo took second and third place went to Spc. Phillip Bishop.

Spc. Luis Galindo takes a water break after the 4-mile ruck march for the Best Logistician competition. Galindo won second place. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joey Goyette)

Spc. Luis Galindo takes a water break after the 4-mile ruck march for the Best Logistician competition. Galindo won second place.

Spc. Phillip Bishop pushes through the 4-mile ruck march for the Best Logistician competition. Bishop won third place. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joey Goyette)

Spc. Phillip Bishop pushes through the 4-mile ruck march for the Best Logistician competition. Bishop won third place.

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