Fort Polk Guardian 01-10-2020

Guardian Jan. 10, 2020 /3 “Why did you attend Ranger or Sapper School?” 1st Lt. Mark Barrie (left), 46th En- gineer Battalion, (Sapper) “To improve my Soldier skills and leadership ability for my Soldiers. I’m bringing back what I learned to hopefully improve my team.” 1st Lt. Matthew McPoyle (right), Dog Troop, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, (Ranger) “I wanted to set myself apart from my peers and as an artillery officer learn more about the foundation of the infantry. Also, I wanted to learn how to lead as a peer instead of based on rank — they teach you that in Ranger School.” Capt. Terry Chapman (right), 1st Bat- talion, 509th Infantry Regiment, (Ranger) “To be challenged. A lot of Soldiers in my branch (90A, Logistics) don’t get the chance to go to Ranger School so this will help my team and fellow commanders.” 2nd Lt. Michael Zeringue (right), 46th Engineer Battalion, (Sapper) “So I’ll be better prepared to lead Soldiers and it’s a great opportuni- ty to learn more about being a combat engineer.” Spc. Bryan Marquez (left), 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Moun- tain Division, (Ranger) “I wasn’t able to catch the deploy- ment and Ranger School was the most realistic experience I could get. For me it was nothing to lose and everything to gain.” 2nd Lt. Jonathan Wong (left), 46th Engineer Battalion, (Sapper) “For the challenge and to see if I could compete with the best engi- neers in the regiment.” 1st Lt. Stephan O’Brien (right), 317th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, (Ranger) “I wanted to test myself and see if I could live up the tab’s high stan- dards.” Staff Sgt. Dylan Tinkey (left), 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, (Ranger) “I wanted to show my men that I’m a competent leader that can achieve re- sults. Ranger School absolutely pre- pared me for that.” 1st Lt. Travis Meservy (left), 2nd Bat- talionn, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, (Ranger) “So I would be more competent in leading Soldiers in combat.” 1st Lt. Walter Metcalfe (right), 46th Engineer Battalion, (Sapper) “I wanted to tackle the toughest training offered, push my body to its limits and improve my leadership skills.”

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