Men Bond Over Weapons
1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division
Thursday, November 4, 2010
by: PFC Jessica Luhrs

Section: 1-1 AD

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq— Pfc. Rosemarie Brown, a native of Houston, Texas, and a cook with F Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, also known as the "Ready First Combat Team," was named the Soldier of the Quarter for the "Bandit" battalion.
Pfc. Brown received this honor because of an outstanding performance at the Soldier board by demonstrating her abilities as a Soldier to the senior non-commissioned officers at Joint Service Station McHenry near Kirkuk, Iraq, according to Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Blakey, the command sergeant major of 1-37 Armored Regt., 1/1 AD, and a native of Washington, D.C. 
"It feels so good to be named the Soldier of the Quarter," said Brown. "It really makes me stand out. I went against all male Soldiers and still came out the winner, it is very powerful."
She is an outstanding Soldier, always willing to go above and beyond what is asked of her, according to Staff Sgt. Ashanta Smith of Buffalo, N.Y., and the ration non-commissioned officer in charge, 1-37 Armored Regt., 1/1 AD, and one of Pfc. Brown's non-commissioned officers. 
This is why I chose Pfc. Brown to represent F Company at the board. She has shown a lot of progression in her skills and was dedicated to her studies for the board, according to Smith.
Some of the topics Pfc. Brown was questioned on included, weapons knowledge, land navigation, code of conduct, first aid, customs and courtesies and physical training, according to Brown.
It was a lot to study but I just worked hard on my weak areas anytime I had a chance, according to Pfc. Brown. 

The studying is not over just yet for Pfc. Brown, she will be competing in the Ready First Combat Team brigade board Jan. 10 for Soldier of the Quarter for the brigade, according to Brown. 

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