Fort Leonard Wood’s 58th Transportation Battalion’s heavy equipment operators finished in first place at the sixth-annual Joint Service Truck Rodeo at Training Area 228.
This was the first win for the Army since 2018. The team of Staff Sgts. Gilbert Briceno, Steven Burns, Ernest Haefner, Gabriel Ortiz and Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Kroon battled against their Sailor, Marine and Airmen vehicle operator counterparts for the title, “King of the Road,” as they competed in four events, each hosted by a different branch. Burns, an operations noncommissioned officer with Company C, also earned the Outstanding Individual Award.
According to 58th Transportation Battalion Command Sergeant Major Darron Wilson, the annual event serves as an opportunity for the services to come together, build morale and forge relationships – what he calls, “the three -ships: relationships, friendships and partnerships.”
Each member of the winning team received an Army Achievement Medal. All the other competitors received certificates of achievement from the 58th Transportation Battalion command team.