Platoon leader, 32nd Composite Truck Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Physical training (PT) is an integral aspect of readiness and camaraderie within Army units. It is one of the indicators of a hardworking leader. However, physical readiness training can become monotonous, causing Soldiers to lose interest.
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Savoy and 1st Lt. Kayla Brown with the 32nd Composite Truck Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, wanted to change that.
Savoy was born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana, and while participating in Pop Warner as a child, Savoy competed against Diontae Spencer. Their on-the-field rivalry also sparked the beginning of their friendship. Savoy and Spencer attended Westgate High School together, and continued to excel on the football field. While playing together, the two advanced to the state semi-finals, and Spencer went on to win a state championship in basketball.
“Growing up, we were always competitive,” Savoy said. “We played multiple sports throughout middle and high school like football, basketball and track. As we grew from children to adults, our love for sports fostered a lifelong friendship.”
Upon high school graduation, the two friends embarked on different career paths. Savoy graduated from high school in 2011, and enlisted in the Army. Spencer graduated from high school, and received a full-ride scholarship to McNeese University to continue his football career and pursue a collegiate education. The two remained friends over the years, as both quickly advanced in their careers. Savoy became an NCO in less than three years. Spencer graduated college and signed a contract to compete in the Canadian Football League.
As time went on, both Savoy and Spencers’ careers progressed, and Spencer eventually signed with the Denver Broncos in 2019, where he was chosen as a pro-bowl selectee.
As fate would have it, Savoy received orders to Fort Carson. Upon arrival to the 32nd Composite Truck Company, he immediately contacted Spencer to coordinate a PT session for his platoon. Savoy presented the idea to Brown, and the two began to plan the event.
On March 10, 2021, Spencer drove to Colorado Springs to conduct PT with the Soldiers. The PT consisted of a pacer run test, followed by a flag football game.
“Running every day on the tank trail has been very boring … but I actually had fun and enjoyed this,” said Spc. Jianhui Zhao, 32nd CTC, 68th CSSB, 4th SB.
Spencer was presented with a company coin as a token of appreciation for taking the time to attend the training session.
“It’s awesome that Staff Sgt. Savoy was able to bring him down for the platoon,” Brown said. “He’s an exceptional NCO who is always looking for ways to benefit the Soldiers. The platoon had a lot of fun playing football with an NFL player”
Looking ahead, Spencer plans on inviting his teammates to future physical readiness training.
“It was great to see Jeremy (Savoy) after almost 10 years,” Spencer said. “We grew up together, so he’s someone that has known me my entire life, and is one of my oldest friends. When he told me he was going to be stationed in Colorado, I wanted to link up as soon as possible”
Brown and Savoy plan on continuing to incorporate fun and challenging events during physical readiness training to keep Soldiers positively engaged.