FLW earns DSoY title 4th consecutive year

By Joe Lacdan
Special to GUIDON

For hours he had walked alone in darkness, navigating his way through the uneven terrain of the Ozark wilderness. Before dawn, on a crisp late summer morning, Staff Sgt. Chad Hickey and his fellow competitors had completed combat readiness exercises, performed drills and marched along rocky trails at the western edge of the Mark Twain National Forest.

The staff sergeant had pushed his body to its limits until he felt weary and exhausted. The day before, he had gone 20 hours without sleep while engaging in fitness exercises and performing drills that could save lives in combat.

As he sat in the bleachers of Fort Leonard Wood’s Gammon Field Sept. 15 awaiting the Drill Sergeant of the Year contest results, he didn't think he had much chance of winning.

When Hickey looked back over the competition last week,…     Read More...