FORT HOOD, Texas – The start of a New Year brings many changes -
usually people trying to obtain personal goals - hence the elusive
New Year's resolution.
According to usatoday.com, many
Americans resolution is to get in shape, in which, sets new gym
membership at an unprecedented 12 percent in January alone. But do
the resolutions become a reality; do people actual meet their goals?
One Brave Rifles Trooper sets his sights on something he knows
he will obtain with mentorship and guidance from his leadership.
Spc. Tamarkion Britton's, a construction equipment repairer with
3rd Cavalry Regiment, New Year's resolution is self-improvement, not
just in his personal life, but in his military career.
Spc. Tamarkion Britton, a construction equipment repairer with 3rd Cavalry Regiment, arranges the Cav Hat worn by Col. John Richardson, the 74th colonel of the regiment, January 5,
2016 inside 3rd CR's headquarters building at Fort Hood, Texas. Britton built the display case for the items. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tomora Clark, 3rd Cav. Regt. Public Affairs NCOIC)
He wants to become a noncommissioned officer and take on
more responsibility as a Soldier.
“I definitely want
to make the next rank,” said Britton as he looked over his
promotion point worksheet. “I've been in the Army for four
years, and I'm realizing the importance of working hard to
achieve a promotion.”
Britton serves as the regiment's repair
and utilities NCO in charge. In that position, he is
responsible for all of the unit's work orders and area
beatification, to include the museum and club 67.
Taking pride in his work, the Hattiesburg, Mississippi
native said “All of the display cases and wooden fixtures in
the hallways at the regimental headquarters building ... I've
Although he serves as the R and U NCOIC,
he currently works in the regiment's supply section.
“When I arrived here, I didn't know that Britton wasn't
a 92Y [unit supply specialist]; he just knew the supply
realm so well,” said Master Sgt. Tracy Cervantes-Scott, the
regimental supply NCOIC.
After being in the regiment
for only three months, Cervantes-Scott noticed his
“I noticed Britton takes on so much
because he just wants to ensure everyone else is OK, and
that's the leadership quality I wished others would have,”
said Cervantes-Scott. “Then I thought why Spc. Britton isn't
a NCO yet; he's one of those Soldiers that is a born
So, she sat down with Britton and together
they devised a plan that would help him reach his goals —
his New Year's resolution. That plan consisted of going to
the board, the education center and getting him enrolled in
“My supervisor walked me through
the steps to ensure I get everything accomplished,” said
Britton. “We went to the education center to see what class
dates where available and made sure that mandatory training
didn't interfere with me getting ahead; they've even
lightened up my workload some to help me obtain my goals.”
“We just took it step-by-step, so that it wasn't
completely overwhelming,” said Cervantes-Scott.
continued, “I believe his work ethics surpasses that of his
peers and this year is his year; not only to put his goals
in motion, but to also achieve them — to achieve his
So, where does Britton see himself by
the end of 2016?
“I'm always going to be a work in
progress, but I'm motivated and my leadership is helping me
every step of the way,” said Britton. “I see myself
promoted, a sergeant, with more civilian and military
education under my belt, and working toward the next level;
and, my New Year's resolution for 2016 met.”
By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomora Clark
3rd Cav. Regt. Public
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