Pahoa Graduate in Army Crowned Heavyweight Champion in Army Combatives Championship Tournament

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Sgt. Brandon Sayles, 24, left and Sgt. Steven Glatfelter, 27, leave a home with 1st Platoon, Alpha Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division as they search for clues about a roadside bomb attack in the village of Al Majahreen, 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, April 22, 2007. The 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division is back in Iraq for the third time since rolling into Baghdad in 2003.

Sgt. Brandon Sayles, 24, left and Sgt. Steven Glatfelter, 27, leave a home with 1st Platoon, Alpha Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division as they search for clues about a roadside bomb attack in the village of Al Majahreen, 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, April 22, 2007. The 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division is back in Iraq for the third time since rolling into Baghdad in 2003.

…Sgt. Brandon Sayles, a 2000 Pahoa High School graduate, was crowned heavyweight champion for the second time Oct. 5 at the fourth annual Army Combatives Championship Tournament conducted at Fort Benning, Ga. He defeated Staff Sgt. Benzell Vereen, of Fort Sill, Okla., for the 2008 heavyweight crown. Sayles, who is from Puna on the Big Island, won the heavyweight title at the 2006 competition, but could not defend his title in 2007 because he was deployed to Iraq. Sayles is assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. He joined the Army in 2002 and was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and in 2007…

One Response

  1. I was an e-5 in his platoon when he first got out of basic training. This guy was hilarious, he did the BEST Arnold Swartzanegger impression I’ve ever heard. It really cracked us up during PT when he’d yell out certain things like Ahnold.

    I remember him saying that he had rented Pumping Iron just so that he could practice since it was such a hit with the platoon.

    I’m glad to see he’s doing well.

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