77th Army Band Supply Team Wins DA Honors

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From left to right are 1SG Donald Meyers, SFC Michael Goetz, SGT Terrell Henkel, SSG Daniel Kursinsky and CW2 Glen Nardin.
The 77th Army Band’s supply team was honored in ceremonies held in Washington D.C. on September 5, 2002. After winning the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Supply of Excellence Award, the team went on to compete for the Department of the Army (DA) level in their respective category. In July the 77th’s team was named the DA Runner-Up for Category A-MTOE unit (property book).

The 77th Army Band’s supply team consists of all musicians and no supply military occupational specialty (MOS) trained soldiers. SFC Goetz, a tuba player, heads up the team as the S4; SSG Kursinsky, a saxophone player, is the Noncommisioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC); and SGT Henckel, a French horn player, is the supply clerk. These NCOs and the unit competed with logisticians all over the United States Army to win the runner-up honors. They spent almost a year preparing for the competition.

1SG Meyers, the Band’s First Sergeant said, “I have never seen such an effort by a team. These soldiers spent endless hours of their own time to prepare.” Meyers also commented, “The families of this team should be commended as well for the extra effort they put in at home while their soldier stayed after duty hours day and night.”

CW2 Nardin, the Commander of the Band, commented on the excellent support of the P&SB (Personnel & Support Battalion) Commander, LTC Jones, and the garrison staff. “Mr. Whartley and the DOL staff were key to our success; the installation support was extraordinary.”

The team also garnished some individual awards winning the supply NCOIC and supply clerk “Best of Best” award at the DA level. SSG Kursinsky was named the NCOIC “Best of Best” for his knowledge of supply as well as questions on Army values and soldiering. SGT Henckel was named the supply clerk “Best of Best” for his knowledge as well. These soldiers received Army Achievement Medals and other honors at a banquet held in Washington D.C. Kursinsky and Henckel were the only non-supply MOS soldiers to be honored. 1SG Meyers said, “This is an incredible honor for these soldiers and a tribute to their hard work and dedication to the unit and Fort Sill.”

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