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Sgt. Cole Joines, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, checks the head space and timing of his weapon during a mystery event at the Best Warrior Competition.
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Sgt. Cole Joines, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, checks the head space and timing of his weapon during a mystery event at the Best Warrior Competition.

500th MI linguist earns Best Warrior title at INSCOM, NCR

By 2nd LT. Julianne Barcia 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

     SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sgt. Cole Joines of the 732nd Military Intelligence Battalion beat out 14 competitors from seven direct reporting units to be named the National Capital Region Best Warrior.
     Joines had traveled to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., last month, for the 2009 Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) and the National Capital Region (NCR) Best Warrior Competition. Once there, his winning streak earned him the title of NCO of the Year for all of INSCOM.
     The National Capital Region competition was comprised of four days of grueling events, which gave noncommissioned officers (NCOs) the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to Soldier flawlessly in all areas.
     The daily challenges included written tests and essays, an Army Physical Fitness Test and board appearance, as well as day and night urban orienteering at nearby Fort Belvoir, Va., weapons qualifications, a team mission exercise requiring land navigation, and an assault on a mock-up town.
     Events were interspersed with Army warrior tasks testing stations, requiring Joines to be fully prepared and completely knowledgeable of the Soldiers Manual of Common Tasks.
     Overall, Joines’ wins have resulted in several distinctions: NCO of the Quarter for the 732nd MI Bn., NCO of the Year (732nd Bn.), NCO of the Year for the 500th MI Brigade, and NCO of the Year for INSCOM Pacific Region.
     Joines, a Chinese-Mandarin linguist, is well-spoken, exceedingly polite and thoroughly knowledgeable at his trade. He is the epitome of the professional Soldier and the pride of the 732nd MI Bn. and the 500th MI Bde., said Maj. Jay Haley, operations officer, 732nd Bn.
     Joines remains humble in his demeanor, despite his phenomenal accomplishments. A demonstrated leader, he’s held various leadership positions ranging from squad leader to battlion training NCOIC.
     Joines is active in diverse extracurricular activities outside of the Army: volunteering at his church and lending a hand at Special Olympics, to name a few.
     Hiking and camping in the Koolau mountains, shooting at the Puuloa Gun Club in Ewa Beach, and perfecting his surfing techniques at White Plains or Rock Piles surfing beaches on Oahu are other leisure activities he enjoys.
     What motivates me, he said, is “Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior; my family; and the opportunity to serve my country to the best of my ability.”
     “Sgt. Joines is mature beyond his years,” said Haley. “He is one of those NCOs to whom you can give a task and he’ll execute. He takes a task and runs with it — ‘fire and forget,’ if you will.”
     Joines heads back to Virginia for the Department of the Army (DA) Best Warrior Competition, in late September. There, he hopes to capture the title of NCO of the Year for DA.
     A continent and ocean away, back at Schofield Barracks, Joines very well may have the biggest group of fans and well-wishers cheering him on to this ultimate honor.