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Staff Sgt. Ashley: Family Military Tradition Dates Back to the Civil War

Posted by armypao75 on July 7, 2009

Staff Sgt. Robert Ashley of Knoxville, Tenn., will be competing for the honor of the Army Reserve's Best Warrior.  He is an engineer with th 102nd Division.

Staff Sgt. Robert Ashley of Knoxville, Tenn., will be competing for the honor of the Army Reserve's Best Warrior. He is an engineer with the 102nd Division.

Knoxville, Tenn.,  Staff Sgt. Robert Ashley, a combat engineer with the 102nd Division, is one of only 28 Soldiers in the 206,000-strong Army Reserve competing in Best Warrior Competition.

Fort McCoy’s competition is the third of four competitions.  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.

Last year, an Army Reserve Soldier, Sgt. David Obray, was selected the Best Warrior in the entire Army.

The Best Warrior Competition measures how well Soldiers perform under stress.  It includes mentally and physically challenging exercises such as a road march, M-4 rifle qualification, urban warfare orienteering, an Army Combatives Tournament –and a Mystery Event. 

A 1996 graduate of Bearden High School in Knoxville, Ashley has a family tradition of military service dating back to the Civil War.  His father served with the 82nd Airborne, and his grandfather was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944.

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“I was always enamored with the military,” said Ashley.  “The Army Reserve gave me the training and opportunities to challenge myself.  I chose to compete in the Best Warrior Competition to better myself as a Soldier, an NCO, and a civilian.  The work ethic and determination seems at times more grueling than the competition itself.  It is a daunting task that tests the limits both physically and mentally.”


19 Responses to “Staff Sgt. Ashley: Family Military Tradition Dates Back to the Civil War”

  1. Sgt Greg Kasul said

    Staff Sergeant – It was a pleasure to attend Combat Life Saver Training with you in San Antonio. I wish for you, GodSpeed, Strength, and Warrior Wisdom in the “Best” competition.
    I will seek your advice, and will look forward to your comments on the competition when you are not so busy…..

    Sgt Greg Kasul
    377th Maintenence Detachment
    Lansing, Michigan

  2. Kerri Ashley said

    Good luck Baby!! The kids and I will be thinking about you and praying for we. We are all so proud of you!! I have no doubt you will do great!

  3. Kerri Ashley said

    Hey Baby I just wanted to wish you good luck and let you know that the kids and I will be thinking about you and praying for you. We are so proud of you and have no doubt you will do great! Love and miss you!

    Kerri, Addison, Chloe, Little Dave

  4. Kathy Rusell said

    David, I am really proud of you, glad to have you for a Son-In-Law and Love You. I will be keeping you in my prayers.


  5. kevin russell said

    David, I know you will do GREAT!!!! KEVIN.

  6. Diana "ASHLEY' Benante said

    Hi Dave, Sorry I missed your call Saturday. Thank you for wishing me Happy Birthday! I am bursting with Motherly pride for you. I know you will do great! I am praying for you and Kerry and girls. Be safe, I love you, Mom.

  7. Diana "ASHLEY" Benante said

    Hi David, Rich says congratulations! He wishes you the best and be safe. Love you,Mom

  8. chris landrus said

    Just wanted you to know that we wish you the best and we know that you will do well. Be strong and give it your all.
    Best of Luck,

  9. Diana "ASHLEY" Benante said

    Hi, I know you are doing great. Everyone is pulling and praying for you! God be with you! I love you, Mom

  10. Kerri Ashley said

    Good Luck David! We are all thinking about you and praying for you! Love you!


  11. judy said

    Hey Baby, Just wanted to say I am proud of al you have done. Just waiting for the day you will be home safe and sound. Robert David Ashley be safe, & I Love you. Yours only, Judy

    • judy said

      in chatting with some guy online more i have come to think he is using robert david ashley’s identity on the dating sites. sorry to him and his family that someone could use our military men this way. He is not the first to have this happen.

      • Kerri Ashley said

        Judy, you are correct in thinking that someone stole his identity….we contacted the proper authorities over a year ago about this and even had to change our home phone number due to the amount of women we were receiving calls from over this. I am sorry this happened to you as well. We are still trying to get the problem taken care of but the people doing it are using untraceable internet IP addresses. Robert is my husband and has been for almost 11 years!

        Kerri Ashley

      • Deborah Lovegrove said

        Is The Robert D Ashley shown in the picture, still married?

  12. Yes he is!!! Someone is pretending to be him to scam women out of money! Please do not chat with this person claiming to be Robert Ashley!

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