Archive for June, 2009
Posted by armypao75 on June 30, 2009
Posted by armypao75 on June 29, 2009
The Army Reserve’s “Best Warrior” Competition will be held at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 13-17, 2009.
Media are invited to witness first-hand the Army Reserve Warriors as they test their skills and knowledge against Army standards and each other.
The top NCO and Soldier will go on to represent the Army Reserve to the entire Army, active, reserve and National Guard, at the final ”Best Warrior” Competition to be held Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2009 at Fort Lee, Va.
Twenty-eight Army Reserve Warriors will face rigorous tests that challenge their Soldier skills, character and abilities in every aspect. Throughout the competition, Warriors will take the Army Physical Fitness Test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a two mile-run; a written examination on general military topics, a graded essay on an assigned topic, firing M-4 rifles for qualification, negotiating day and night Urban Warfighting Orienteering courses, evaluation in a number of critical Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, Army Combatives Tournament and a Mystery Event.
The Warriors will also face selection boards in front of their Army Reserve peers. The boards will evaluate each Soldier’s appearance, military bearing and knowledge in a number of key areas.
Their military backgrounds and experience are varied across the board. Half of the Warriors have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the Horn of Africa.
Their military occupations include infantry, military police, healthcare, mechanics, human resources, intelligence, engineers, paralegal, chaplain assistant, carpentry and masonry specialists.
They also represent a wide cross-section of America. This year’s Warriors hail from Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Guam.
The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on July 17 at the American Legion Post in Sparta, Wis. The awards dinner starts at 5 p.m. central time.
For more information, visit the “Best Warrior” website at http://www.usar.army.mil/arweb/bestwarrior/Pages/default.aspx or on our blog at http://bestwarrior.wordpress.com.
Media in the immediate Fort McCoy area should contact Fort McCoy Public Affairs for event coverage assistance at 608-388-2407.
Regional and national media should contact Capt. Corey Schultz, Office, Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR) Public Affairs Office at 703.601.0846 or via email at corey [dot] schultz[at] usar [dot] army [dot] mil.
Posted by armypao75 on June 26, 2009
Posted by armypao75 on June 12, 2009
BELTON, Mo.—Bodies were bruised, endurance and skills were tested, and minds were challenged as Soldiers from across the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) competed for the coveted title “Best Warrior.”
The competition brought together the top Soldiers from USACAPOC(A) subordinate units from a 31-state region and Puerto Rico. During the four days of competition, the best of the best were pushed to their limits, both physically and mentally.
When the dust settled and the sweat dried, two Soldiers bested the competition in the noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted categories, respectively—Sgt. 1st Class Justin Kime and Spc. Jeffrey-Tyler Eisner.
Obstacle courses, Army physical fitness tests, weapons qualifications, Army ground combatives and timed ruck-marches tested the physical toughness of each contender. Day and night land navigation, warrior training tasks, and a team building event consisting of Soldiers working together to clear a makeshift urban city complete with aggressors and paintballs, tested the combined physical and intellectual abilities of each competitor.
Posted by armypao75 on June 2, 2009
Soldiers from across the 359th Signal Brigade competed for the Best Warrior title, May 15-16.
To earn the title, seven Soldiers from the five subordinate units competed in rifle marksmanship, physical fitness, written essay, military-style board, land navigation and several Warrior Tasks.
“It made me think about what it takes to be an all-around Soldier. You have to be able to handle yourself in different situations.” –Spc. Matthew Hazzard, C Co., 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, winner of the Soldier-level Best Warrior title.
Posted by armypao75 on June 2, 2009