Army Reserve Command "Best Warriors"

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Formal Boards – Done. Up Next – Pre-Combat Checks.

Posted by geraldostlund on September 29, 2009

Competitors completed the Command Sergeants Major board yesterday here at Fort Lee. Staff Sgt. Butler was done by 11:00, but Spec. Becher had to wait until late afternoon. Both felt they did well – Becher even came out of the board room with a huge smile — confidence, or relief? Probably both.

Spc. Shiloh Becher a Reserve Soldier from the 416th Theater Engineer Command, Fargo N.D. enthusiastically "knocks" on the door to the Soldier of the Year Board. The board is presided over by Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Kenneth O. Preston.  The annual competition brings the best of the Army Soldiers together from all branches of the Army for the week long competition.

Spc. Shiloh Becher a Reserve Soldier from the 416th Theater Engineer Command, Fargo N.D. enthusiastically "knocks" on the door to the Soldier of the Year Board. The board is presided over by Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Kenneth O. Preston. The annual competition brings the best of the Army Soldiers together from all branches of the Army for the week long competition.

Becher, who is the oldest of the candidates in the hunt for Army Best Warrior honors, joined the Army Reserve at 29 years old soon after September 11, 2001 – which happens to be his birthday.

 He had to get waivers at the time due to his age, but perseverance paid off. At the board yesterday, Becher had the opportunity to thank one of the key leaders who made his enlistment possible. When given the chance, Becher thanked Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston for “allowing me to join the Army at 29.”  Preston smiled. Watch Becher explain what he’d do if he “had more time to prepare” and “why I want to be Army’s Best Warrior.”

For his part, Butler said yesterday’s experience was “the best board” he’d been to. Of course, he followed that up with “but I’ve been through 12 this year.” Watch Butler talk about “if I had one more day to prepare” and “why I want to be Army’s Best Warrior.”

Both Soldiers are representing the Army Reserve in the competition and were selected by Army Reserve Command as the Soldier and NCO Best Warriors this past summer to represent the 210,000 Army Reserve Soldiers world-wide.

Today the competitors draw their equipment from the Central Issue Facility and perform Pre-Combat Checks. In addition, they will be conducting interviews with television, radio, newspaper, and bloggers across the nation and in their hometowns. Tomorrow – the lull ends with a full day starting at 0500 with the Army Physical Fitness Test followed by a written exam, daytime Urban Warfare Orienteering Course and finally night Urban Warfare Orienteering Course – which should end around 1 in the morning Thursday.

Keep the well wishes coming – send a note to our Army Reserve Best Warriors. Click the link below to go to their profile page and add a comment.
Spec. Shiloh Becher
Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler

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