By Staff Sgt. Felicia Jagdatt
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
FORT CARSON, Colo. — The “Ivy” Division’s NCO and Soldier of the Year are Sgt. Nathaniel Richard Wada and Spc. Julia C. Scott, respectively.
Wada, an information technology specialist with 404th Aviation Support Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, is the son of Ken and Laura Wada from San Jose, California.
“My Family has been a pillar of encouragement during my board competition journey and all my professional endeavors,” said Wada. “I am very thankful for them.”
Scott, a public affairs specialist with 14th Public Affairs Detachment, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf. Div., hails from Southfield, Michigan. Her drive comes from her husband Tom and children, Alison and Madison.
“My Family gives me so much support,” she said. “I don’t think I could have gotten to this point without them. My girls are my cheerleaders, and I want them to grow up knowing they can do and be anything they want. My husband is a prior-service Marine, and he is my biggest source of encouragement and motivation.”
Motivation is just one factor a Soldier must have to compete at a division-echelon event, as they must go against other highly driven Soldiers.
Wada said the two-day competition began June 2, 2021, with an Army Combat Fitness Test, 12-mile ruck march, a recitation of the chain of command and NCO support channel from the division to the commander-in-chief, and an enlisted board.
“I’m most proud of enduring the ruck march because I wanted to quit every step of the way, but I didn’t,” he added.
For Scott, this accomplishment further exposed how much farther she wants to take her life and how much more she needs to learn.
“Gaining knowledge is always fun and challenging,” she said.
The challenge is not only in the event itself but also in the preparation.
The way Wada studied for the board was reading the official Department of the Army and DOD publications, gleaning on major bullet points and being creative with the way he studied. He also found glossaries to be very helpful.
Scott agreed, having done many of the same things to get ready for the competition.
“I made a lot of flashcards, read a lot of study guides and books, and conducted a lot of PT (physical training) to prepare,” Scott said. “I had to balance studying with taking breaks. Probably, the biggest piece for me was learning to manage my own stress levels. It was important for me to focus on staying calm and confident, even when I didn’t feel confident at all.”
Additionally, Scott leaned on her military support system, and she thanked her “incredible leadership” within the PAD, HHBN and the Division PAO office.
Wada said he was thankful for the “steadfast dedication” of his leaders and teammates. The contributions of the CAB’s supply operations and sustainment and automation support management office teams cannot be measured, and he is extremely grateful for them.
Winning matters at the Ivy Division, and the two Soldiers went on to attend the III Corps competition board in late June 2021.