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Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler, the 2009 Army Reserve NCO of the Year, checks his position during the Urban Orienteering Course during the all-Army Best Warrior competition held at Ft. Lee, Va. in October 2009.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler, the 2009 Army Reserve NCO of the Year, checks his position during the Urban Orienteering Course during the all-Army Best Warrior competition held at Ft. Lee, Va. in October 2009.

Army Reserve’s Best Warriors Battle to be Named Top Soldier and NCO

FORT McCOY, Wis. — The Army Reserve’s Best Warrior Competition will be held here July 25-30, 2010.  The 29 competitors come from a total force of more than 206,000 and qualify with victories at preliminary competitions at commands across the country.  They will spend the week here facing a variety of physical and mental challenges to test their skills, knowledge and endurance.  On the last day, two competitors will be named the Army Reserve’s Soldier and NCO of the Year. 

The competitors – 28 men and one woman – represent diverse military and civilian backgrounds and experiences.  They range in age from 19 to 43 years old. Many have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the Horn of Africa.  Several have been decorated in combat with Bronze Star Medals and Combat Action Badges.  Their career fields include infantry, military police, healthcare, mechanics, human resources, intelligence, public affairs, civil affairs, and engineering.  They have a variety of civilian careers – many times similar to their military assignments, but sometimes not.

These Citizen-Soldiers also represent a cross-section of America. They come from large and small communities, and have attended college or been assigned to units in dozens of other locations.  Some were born or grew up outside the United States, and others are naturalized citizens, but all of them voluntarily serve to protect all Americans and our national interests home and abroad. 

This year’s competition will start with an early morning fitness test, written exam, and an interview before a board of senior NCOs where competitors can be quizzed on “all things Army.”  On subsequent days they will move to a remote training base with primitive living conditions.  There they will test their marksmanship and orienteering during day and night, prove their mettle in tests such as hand-to-hand combat, a grueling road march, and a variety of combat-related skills.  This year’s competition also includes four “mystery events” announced only minutes before they begin.  It is likely that not all who start the weeklong competition will finish, if past years’ results hold true.

The Army Reserve Soldier and NCO of the Year go on to represent their fellow Citizen-Soldiers at the Department of the Army’s worldwide competition at Fort Lee, Va., in October.

For more information, visit the 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition websites at http://www.usar.army.mil/arweb/bestwarrior/Pages/default.aspx and http://bestwarrior.wordpress.com.

MEDIA NOTES: 

Interviews with competitors and others via satellite and telephone, B-roll, still photos, competitor bios and other audio-visual products are available upon request for media organizations unable to visit Fort McCoy.  News media representatives also have the opportunity to embed and cover the Soldiers on the main post at Fort McCoy on 26 July or at the remote training base and competition locations July 27-29.  The winners will be announced at an awards dinner in Sparta, Wisc., at 5 p.m. Central time, July 30, which will be broadcast live online at www.dvidshub.netFor details and more information, interested media can contact Sgt. Maj. Troy Falardeau at 404-512-6140 or troy.falardeau@us.army.mil.

Read some of the news articles and watch some of the TV coverage so far:LaCrosse Tribune

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/article_ff6bd6c6-99f9-11df-8cdb-001cc4c002e0.html

Channel 8 – WKBT

http://video.wkbt.com/watch.php?id=15660

Channel 19 – WXOW

http://www.wxow.com/Global/category.asp?C=136118&nav=menu1366_6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 8, 2009 

FT. MCCOY TO HOST ARMY RESERVE BEST WARRIOR COMPETITION

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Army Reserve LogoThe U.S. Army Reserve Command Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year “Best Warrior” Competition will be held at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 13-17, 2009.

Media are invited to witness first-hand the Army Reserve Command Warriors as they test their skills and knowledge against Army standards and each other.

The top NCO and Soldier will go on to represent Army Reserve at the Department of the Army “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 every aspect of their Soldier skills, qualities and abilities. 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.

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.  Several have been decorated in combat with Bronze Star Medals, Purple Hearts, and Combat Action Badges.

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 as far away as 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.

Media interested in attending our Media Day (Wednesday, July 15, at 11:00 a.m.) please RSVP to Fort McCoy Public Affairs, Ms. Linda Fournier or Ms. Lou Ann Mittelstaedt at 608-388-2407.

Interviews via satellite, B-roll, still photos, stories and other audio-visual products will be made available upon request for those members of the media wishing to cover Best Warrior Competition but unable to visit Fort McCoy.   Please contact CPT Corey Schultz, (703) 601-0846 or corey.schultz [at] usar.army.mil to coordinate.

 

For more information, visit the “Best Warrior” website at http://www.usar.army.mil/arweb/bestwarrior/Pages/default.aspx and keep on checking the updates at http://bestwarrior.wordpress.com.

Army Reserve looking for the next “Best Warrior”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2009

ATLANTA - The Headquarters, U.S. Army Reserve Command Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year “Best Warrior” Competition will be held at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 13-17, 2009.

After Spc. David Obray won last year’s competition, he advanced to the Department of the Army level competition at Fort Lee, Va. and was named the nation’s top Army Soldier. In that competition, Obray bested 11 other major Army command junior enlisted Soldiers at the national competition enroute to winning the honor.

Media are invited to witness first-hand these Army Reserve Warriors as they test their skills and knowledge against Army standards and each other.

The Warriors will face rigorous tests that challenge their Soldier skills, qualities and abilities. 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, an Army Combatitives 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.

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on the evening of July 17 at Fort McCoy.

The top NCO and Soldier from the Fort McCoy competition will go on to represent the Army Reserve Command at the Department of the Army NCO & Soldier of the Year “Best Warrior” Competition to be held in late September 2009 at Fort Lee, Va.

Media in the immediate Fort McCoy area should contact Fort McCoy Public Affairs for event coverage assistance at 608-388-2407.

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