Army Reserve Command "Best Warriors"

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The Road to Best Warrior…

Posted by armypao75 on May 14, 2009

Though Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition does not kick off till mid July, the Soldiers who make it to Fort McCoy have already spent months training and preparing to compete.

In the last week of April, five USAR commands conducted a joint Best Warrior Competition… only a third of the competitors were selected to continue…

The Road to Best Warrior...

Photo: Spc. Shiloh Becher checks the head space and time on a M2 .50 caliber machine gun during the mystery event at the Divisional 2009 Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis. The head space and timing is checked on the weapon to make sure there the weapons was put together correctly. An improper functioning of the weapon can damage the parts or cause injury to personnel. Photo by Spc. Jerimiah Richardson, 416th Theater Engineer Command Public Affairs.



Wanted: 2009 Best Warrior Candidates
by Sgt. First Class Chris Farley, 88th Regional Readiness Command PAO

Who wants to be the Best Warrior of the Year?

Seventeen Army Reserve Soldiers volunteered and took the 2009 Best Warrior Competition (BWC) challenge.
The 88th Regional Support Command (RSC), the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC), the 84th Training Division, the 85th Army Reserve Support Command, the 70th Division (Functional Training) and Fort McCoy Garrison Support collectively merged resources to host one large Divisional BWC for their competing Warriors.

The BWC candidates were tested on a variety of events, including physical fitness, shooting pop-up targets at the qualification range, day and night land navigation, a written test and Army Warrior Training (AWT).

The BWC cadre kept the AWT events secret from candidates. It wasn’t until the candidates entered through a door and were given their briefing that they knew what was expected.
Behind door number 1 candidates found a neatly folded pile of Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology gear and had to go through the steps of protecting themselves from nuclear, biological, or chemical injury or contamination. Behind door number 2, Soldiers had to deploy a claymore mine or receive a “No Go” with zero points going to their score. Few successfully completed this task.
“People were keeping the secret. I didn’t hear any hints before hand. The task we had to do was perform first aid on a casualty with an abdominal wound and that I did fine. Now that I’m going to school for nursing, I would have been kicking myself if I messed something like that up,” said Sgt. Cody Brunet, Alpha Company of 961st Engineer Battalion from Pewaukee, Wisc.
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) James E. Williams, 88th RSC , came up with two mystery events and unveiled them on the designated testing day to the cadre and candidates. Candidates were met by a table covered with springs, barrels, firing pins and other weapon parts. Candidates had to take the parts and successfully put them together to make a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon and a M2 .50 caliber machine gun in a designated time. Also, candidates had to perform a function check on each weapon to show if they successfully put the weapon together correctly to fire.
“The mystery task is a task I’ve used in previous competitions –there are different variations of it,” said Williams. He added that knowing weapon systems are relevant for Army Reserve Warriors because there are many units and Soldiers going off to theater and they need to be familiar with these weapons. Also, Williams said the secrecy kept the playing field fair for all commands and no one would have any advantages over the other.


The competition never did wind down for the candidates. On the final day, the competitors took to the streets of Fort McCoy equipped with a Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR), a protractor, a compass, a map and a number 2 pencil. It was up to the competitors to come up with a strategy on finding their points among the barracks, shops and other buildings in the Fort McCoy cantonment area.
“It’s so real in any operation whether you’re in peace keeping or a war time scenario in Afghanistan or Iraq,” said Imhoff. He added that Soldiers on patrol might only have a grid coordinate, building number or address where the hostiles are and it’s important that Soldiers be versed in orientation to complete their mission.
After the Urban Orientation event, BWC candidates went before the appearance board to answer questions on current events, Army programs, Army skills and more.

“Either way, if I was here any other year I’d be just as happy. But because I’m
competing as an NCO of the year in the Year of the NCO, it’s really nice and
it’s kind of given me motivation to keep going and see how far I can go. It’s
nice. It gives me more of a proud feeling,” said Brunet.

The BWC winners were Sgt. Timothy McBride, 88th RSC Best NCO, Sgt. Cody Brunet, 416th TEC Best NCO, Specialist Shiloh Becher, 416th TEC Best Soldier, Staff Sgt. Devin Hackler, 84th Training Division Best NCO and Specialist Christopher Nelson, 84th Training Division Best Soldier.

These six Soldiers will continue on to the Army Reserve-wide competition in July, also at Fort McCoy.

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