Army Reserve unit tests skills in drivers rodeo

Army Reserve unit tests skills in drivers rodeo

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Army Reservists showed off their basic driving skills in a friendly competition in Hattiesburg Wednesday morning.

Eighteen members of the 296th Transportation Company participated in a drivers rodeo at the Chain Airport.

It's part of the unit's annual training at nearby Camp Shelby.

Drivers were tested on three types of vehicles and trophies were presented for the top three finishers.

"It boosts the morale, the motivation and everything when everybody comes together and has fun and enjoys the competition," said Spc. Anthony Gravitt, a member of the 296th from Gulfport.

"After all the training is done, now we can relax and kind of joke around just a little bit and put our skill set to the test against one another," said Spc. Sasha Thurmond-Brown, another unit member from Jackson.

The competition was divided into six parts, and tested the drivers' abilities in turning, stopping and backing up for loading.

"The overall goal of the rodeo is to basically make the soldiers aware of safety and know their capabilities," said Master Sgt. Robert Young, senior truckmaster and non-commissioned officer in charge for the unit.

The 296th Transportation Company is headquartered in Brookhaven and has a detachment in Hattiesburg.

It's primary mission is to deliver fuel.