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Sgt. Jose Sanchez, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 41st Signal Battalion, makes notes on the stock of rubber boots in his supply room Wednesday at Camp Coiner. Sanchez runs the supply room that recently won a Supply Excellence Award at the major command level of competition. His unit will go on to compete at the Department of the Army level of competition.

Sgt. Jose Sanchez, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 41st Signal Battalion, makes notes on the stock of rubber boots in his supply room Wednesday at Camp Coiner. Sanchez runs the supply room that recently won a Supply Excellence Award at the major command level of competition. His unit will go on to compete at the Department of the Army level of competition. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea -- A group of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 41st Signal Battalion soldiers recently proved that experience isn't necessarily needed for success when they won their command's Supply Excellence Award.

Unit members learned last week that they won the award, beating others within the Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command.

The unit earned the award after a two-day inspection of their supply room, arms room, records and procedures in mid-July.

"It was a lot of hard work," said Sgt. Jose Sanchez, a former combat engineer who until March had no experience working in a supply room.

"A lot of extra hours and weekends."

Detachment commander Capt. Rob Heatherly estimates Sanchez and his staff -- including two junior enlisted soldiers with less than four months each working in supply, a Korean Augmentee to the U.S. Army and a Korean civilian -- spent more than 200 hours in addition to their normal daily duties preparing for the competition.

Heatherly said this is the first time his unit has won a Supply Excellence Award.

Winning the award at the NETCOM level secured the detachment a place in the Department of the Army level of competition.

Sgt. Jose Sanchez, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 41st Signal Battalion, makes notes on the stock of rubber boots in his supply room Wednesday at Camp Coiner. Sanchez runs the supply room that recently won a Supply Excellence Award at the major command level of competition. His unit will go on to compete at the Department of the Army level of competition.


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