“Once I set a goal for myself, I will do everything in my power to achieve that goal.”
Sgt. Joshua C. Roberts is the 2014 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Soldier of the Year. Representing U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Roberts competed against the command’s top Soldiers in a weeklong competition packed with various physically and mentally challenging tasks, ranging from a 12-mile road march to a stress shoot. Congratulations and thank you for your service, SGT Roberts!
Name: Sgt. Joshua C. Roberts
Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence
Duty title/MOS: 31B/Military Police
Hometown: Lewiston, Minnesota
How do you feel about your nomination? I am very humbled to be recognized and have this opportunity to set the example for other Soldiers. By no means do I feel that this makes me better than any other Soldier in TRADOC; I feel every Soldier has the capability to compete at such a competition. With this nomination, I hope to motivate and inspire Soldiers throughout the Army to strive for the best and give everything they have to better themselves.
What motivated you through the TRADOC competition? Through the competition, I had a few different sources of motivation. The months leading up to competition, I trained with Sgt. Delaney and Drill Sergeant Miller. During these months, we worked out every morning and trained side by side on the different warrior tasks and battle drills. DS Miller was my sponsor, leading up to and during the competition, and he inspired and motivated me like any true leader would. Back home, I had my family, friends and unit’s support. All of their support meant a lot to me; I couldn’t let them down.
Time at TRADOC: I have been in TRADOC since April of 2014
Time in the Army: I have been in the Army since August of 2012
The thing I like most about my job: In my job, I love having the ability to train Soldiers. Being able to take everything I’ve learned in the process of training for competitions and then applying it to training Soldiers is rewarding. Watching a Soldier grow professionally is an amazing thing.
Best TRADOC (or Army) memory: Of course having the opportunity to represent TRADOC as the 2014 Soldier of the year is one of my top memories. Probably my favorite memory so far, is having the opportunity this year to attend the annual Association of the United States Army convention in Washington DC. Being able to talk to our senior leadership in the Army face to face and see where we are going is a unique experience I won’t forget.
Why did you join the Army? I joined the Army for professional development, to challenge myself, to serve this great country and to better my family.
Greatest accomplishment/proudest moment? My proudest moment was when my name was called as the TRADOC Soldier of the Year. Every Soldier who competed was an amazing representation of their respected organization. Any one of those Soldiers’ names who competed could have been called.
Career goals? A goal I’m currently pursuing, is to join the ranks of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard.” After that, my goal is to earn the title of Drill Sergeant. Being that first influence and key position in developing the future generation is a position I feel I would excel in. I am also currently attending college and pursuing my bachelor’s degree, and I hope to have that completed in the next few years.
Favorite quote/motto/ piece of advice? One of my favorite quotes is “Knowledge without application is useless.” In the Army, we are expected to learn a variety of tasks, but if you have all of that information stored in your head and are unable to apply it to the operational environment, that knowledge to me is technically useless.
What motivates you? I have many different sources of motivation. Of course my family, friends and mentors are a huge source of motivation. Another source is my refusal to accept defeat. Once I set a goal for myself, I will do everything in my power to achieve that goal.