History of the Personal Sergeant. Noshoba Davis
256th Brigade Combat Team, Louisiana Army National Guard
Erbil Air Force Base, Iraq – The combat equipment of the 256th Louisiana National Guard Infantry Brigade, Tiger Brigade, is currently deployed in support of operations United States Central Command (CENTCOM) Inherent Resolution and Spartan Shield.
When deployed with approximately 2,000 more soldiers, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd and be recognized as the best of the best. National Guard soldiers bring not only their experience in the army, but also their civilian skills.
Spc. Vanessa Taylor, a native of Crowley, La., Recently stood out from the crowd by winning a gold badge in German competition, known as Schutzenschnur. This aiming badge is awarded at a level of bronze, silver or gold depending on a soldier’s shooting skills.
Spc. Taylor was one of four soldiers at the company’s headquarters and headquarters, the 256th IBCT based in Lafayette, La. for German soldiers.
Soldiers had to shoot and hit the target five out of five rounds with the pistol and 13 out of 16 rounds with the rifle to get the gold aiming badge.
“Spc. Taylor is a soldier with an enthusiastic and outgoing personality who brightens everyone’s day at the brigade headquarters, and I personally chose her for her ability to shoot the M4. I wanted to give him a chance to shoot for the German competition badge, which for some soldiers is a unique opportunity in life, “said the sergeant in command. Maj. Gerald Comeaux, senior adviser to 256 IBCT.” I felt he deserved to compete because of his work and performance for the brigade and for the brigade’s communications section. “
Spc. Taylor hit 13 of 16 shots with the rifle, but what made her stand out while winning a golden aim was her performance as she fired the gun.
Spc. Taylor, before attempting to win the Schutzenschur, had never fired or wielded a pistol. When it came time to fire the gun, he placed all five laps on his target.
“I was really looking forward to jumping for joy after hitting the five rounds with the gun, but I had to stay calm as I was around a group of people I didn’t really know,” Spc said. Taylor. “I just had that feeling of pride in myself, along with wow, I did. I had a huge weight on my shoulders before I had to fire the rifle.”
Taylor has not only performed well on the shooting range, but has also shown excellence in the signal section of the Tiger Brigade as an information technology (IT) specialist.
Before marching to the deployment, Spc. Taylor obtained her security and certification and completed all the training necessary to have high rights as an IT specialist. These high fees allow you to perform computer tasks that are typically assigned to a local IT service and reduce the amount of time required to resolve issues related to being in a deployed environment.
Taylor has also played a key role in establishing team trackers and maintaining TF Tiger’s contact list.
“Spc. Taylor’s passion for performing all the functions assigned above the norm demonstrates a solid work ethic. His ability to perform any assigned task in a timely and effective manner is clearly evident to the leadership and staff of HHC 256 IBCT, ”said Master Sergeant Jon Mount, Tiger Brigade’s head of signal systems management. “Mr. Taylor never backs down from a challenge. He continues to develop his skill set as an information technology specialist along with cross-training in order to expand the functionality within the communications section ”.
When not uniform, Spc. Taylor works for Global Data Systems as an administrative assistant. Taylor recently earned her associate degree in business management from South Louisiana Community College. Taylor plans to start online courses after deployment to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
“I love math and I enjoy accounting,” Taylor said. “My goal is to earn my CPA and get to the point where I can work for myself and provide for my family.”
According to a message from the US Army, the Schützenschnur has origins dating back to the 18th century in the Kingdom of Prussia, now Germany, and was awarded for its aim. Although weapons and firing tables for qualification vary, depending on the Military Labor Specialty, a combination of light fire and heavy weapons is required for the award.