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They’ve Arrived…It all starts tomorrow

Posted by paorussell on July 25, 2010

Staff Sgt. Martin J. Rodriguez, a military policeman from Pueblo, Colo., assigned to 1st Battalion, 104th Regiment, prepares to leave the La Crosse Municipal Airport at Fort McCoy, Wis., 25 July, 2010. Rodriguez is a competing for the Army Reserve 2010 Best Warrior competition throughout the week. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell)

Staff Sgt. Martin J. Rodriguez, a military policeman from Pueblo, Colo., assigned to 1st Battalion, 104th Regiment, prepares to leave the La Crosse Municipal Airport at Fort McCoy, Wis., 25 July, 2010. Rodriguez is a competing for the Army Reserve 2010 Best Warrior competition throughout the week. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell)

My name is Sgt. First Class Melissa Russell. I have spent most of my years in the military telling stories about Army Reserve Soldiers, usually singling out one particular Soldier or unit at a time. After reviewing the bios of this year’s 2010’s Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition is going to be trying to decide which of the 28 highly qualified competitors to highlight.

There is no question in my mind, or the minds of the Soldiers who serve alongside Citizen-Soldiers, that the days of the ‘weekend warrior’ are over. Two reservists,  Spec. Obray of the Army Reserve, and Staff Sgt. Noyce- Merino of the National Guard blew through that perception two years ago by competing, and winning against the Army’s elite at the Department of the Army’s worldwide competition. The playing field is now even, and if the credentials of this year’s competitors are any indication, this year will be one to watch!

Tomorrow morning will kick off with the Army Physical Fitness Test and written essays. The competitors will then move on to Land Navigation plotting. I have been promised that the pace is brutal and I’m looking forward to what Sgt. Maj. Robert J. Ireland, the USARC G-3/7 has put together for the Army Reserve’s top competitors.

I will be up early to get an up-close look and share their stories with you during this 6-day event.

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5 Responses to “They’ve Arrived…It all starts tomorrow”

  1. SFC Craig, Is already the best warrior out there, all the other competitors should beware!!!

  2. Nichol said

    Sgt. Rodriguez is the best warrior hands down. He is already the NCO of the year, so all others should beware.

  3. Liz Crespo said

    Let the fun begin…we’ll see who does what each day!!!

  4. Dianaahoo.com said

    Let’s go SGT Kourelis…you might be small but we know your going to win hands down!!!woohooo!!!When you get to Jersey we’ll celebrate!!!

  5. LT Knoer said

    Congratulations to all of you, you are all Best Warriors and represent the Best from the Army Reserve! Good luck to all and may the Best Warrior win!!!

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