Benning team wins best medic competition
By Michelle Tan - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Nov 8, 2011 11:11:17 EST
CAMP BULLIS, Texas – The two-man team from 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, won the inaugural Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. Best Medic Competition here Nov. 6.
In all, 31 two-soldier teams competed in the grueling 72-hour competition. The competition began Nov. 4 and included M-9 and M-4 stress shoots, land navigation, day and night combat medic lanes, a written test and a buddy run.
The winners, Sgt. 1st Class John Maitha and Staff Sgt. Christopher Whitaker, each received a Meritorious Service Medal, the combat medic statue and other gifts.
The pair, who have 14 combat tours between them, said they were surprised when they were named the winning team.
“Throughout the entire course we had no idea how we were doing, we had no idea where we placed, so we just kept going as fast as we could,” said Maitha, who is the senior medic for 3rd Battalion.
In second place was the team from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, represented by Staff Sgt. Gabriel Mendoza and Staff Sgt. Gabriel Valdez.
Spc. Austin Kreutzfeld and Spc. Allen Klingsporn, from the 82nd Airborne Division, came in third.
The Nov. 6 awards ceremony was led by Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, the Army surgeon general.
“This competition is intended to test the skills of our medics,” he said during his remarks to the competitors. “As far as I’m concerned, … every one of you has challenged yourselves and your units to deliver the very best performance, and you’ve made us a stronger Army.”