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Best Warriors Compete to Hone Combat Skills and Honor fellow Soldiers

Posted by areadmorton on July 28, 2010

Command Sgt. Maj. of the U.S. Army Reserve, Michael D. Schultz (Center), visits with Soldiers prior to the warrior tasks portion of the 2010 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition.

We are at war – and have been for almost a decade.  As a nation at war, the Army Reserve has transitioned from a strategic to an operational force, bringing combat ready Soldiers and units to the fight.  The quality, intensity and realism of this year’s competition is a testament to the knowledge and skills Reserve Soldiers bring to the table.

As Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Schultz, the Command Sgt Major of the Army Reserve, visited with this year’s competitors, he emphasized the link between the war fight and the combat readiness of today’s Army Reserve.   

“We’re not the strategic Reserve prior to 9-11.  We’re moving forward,” said Schultz, who has traveled to five continents visiting with forward deployed Army Reserve Soldiers since taking over as the Command Sergeant Major in March of this year.  He emphasized that Soldiers want to maintain their high level of training readiness they gain from deployments and take what they’ve learned from this experience back to their units.

Army Resere Sgt. Adam Kourelis waits for the start of the 2-mile run during Army Physical Fitness Test at the 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy

“They’re going back to their units and train their Soldiers up, train the whole organization up, and then be ready for combat.”

The realism and relevancy of the training resounds all too well with competitor Sgt. Adam Kourelis. He joined active duty immediately following 9-11 and deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq.  Now, as an Army Reserve Soldier, he’s competing to honor the memory of a fallen comrade who was killed in action in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The passion, dedication and relevancy are hard miss. These Soldiers are patriots, and they are the future of our organization. When all is said and done, regardless of the outcome, these are all “Best Warriors.”  

2 Responses to “Best Warriors Compete to Hone Combat Skills and Honor fellow Soldiers”

  1. skyla lutz said

    i think everyone that is participating is doing a fantastic job. reserves or active..

  2. Michelle Myers said

    You all are doing an awesome job! I am enjoying watching you from home each day as you progress through the competition.

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