Specialist Lund, food inspector & Soldier of the Year
A soldier with Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Branch of US Army Veterinary Service, Japan, won Soldier of the Year for the Public Health Command District, Japan, Oct. 25, 2012.
“It’s not like you get nominated and you win,” said Spc. Evan Lund, food inspection noncommissioned officer and Soldier of the Year for Public Health Command District. “You actually have to work for it.”
Lund competed against another soldier from United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, in a three-day competition from Oct. 22 - 25 at Camp Zama, Japan, for the award.
Day one consisted of an Army physical fitness test, combative tournament, and a timed march with a weighted pack and a weapons qualification. Day two presented an oral knowledge board. The final day offered a series of graded live field exercises in the categories of first-aid, weapons, nuclear biological chemicals and IEDs. When finished, officials added scores from all three days and declared a victor.
“I’m glad I was able to represent my unit,” said Lund. “We want to have the best unit out of all the units.”
Lund also said competitors need athleticism and knowledge, not just one or the other.
Lund’s accomplishment adds to his list of career achievements, including the South Atlantic District Soldier of the Year in 2010 at Fort Stewart, Ga. Aside from competitions,
Lund’s primary job is to be a food inspection specialist. He inspects the food that goes to every facility here.
“We are in charge of food safety and food defense,” said Lund. “Food safety is protection against unintentional contamination and food defense is protection against intentional contamination.”
As a junior soldier, Lund accepted the duties of an NCO and completes tasks to the best of his abilities.
“Lund is very proactive,” said Army Staff Sgt. Oscar J. Galeano, MCAS Iwakuni Branch of US Army Veterinary Service, Japan noncommissioned officer in charge.“He’s taken a
lot of responsibility. He’s going to school and also helped the other junior soldiers enroll in college.”
Lund plans to compete in the Soldier of the Pacific region competition in Hawaii Dec. 2, 2012.