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Rider, McDowell slosh through Day Urban Orienteering at DA Best Warrior

Posted by timothyhalephoto on October 20, 2010

Timothy L. Hale
Army Reserve Public Affairs

View images from Day Urban Orienteering

FORT LEE, Va. – Almost as if it was on cue, the skies opened up just as Army Reserve Sgt. David Rider and Spc. Joshua McDowell arrived and the other 22 Army Best Warriors arrived at the PT track on the Ordnance Center and School side of Fort Lee for the start of the Daytime Urban Warfighter Orienteering Course.

But as the old saying in the Army goes, ‘If it ain’t raining, we ain’t training’ goes, both Rider and McDowell donned their ‘battle rattle, grabbed their clipboards, maps, plotters and DAGRS and set off on the roads around the post.

Their goal, find four strategically placed points and return to the start point before their three hour time limit was up.

Later this evening, they will again repeat the process for the Night Urban Orienteering Course.

Let’s hope for a little drier weather.

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Rider, McDowell complete APFT at Army’s Best Warrior Competition

Posted by timothyhalephoto on October 19, 2010

Timothy L. Hale
Army Reserve Public Affairs

View images from today’s APFT

FORT LEE, Va. – Sgt. David Rider and Spc. Joshua McDowell completed the Army Physical Fitness Test phase of the 2010 Army Best Warrior Competition this morning.

As the fog hovered over Williams Stadium, bringing with it cooler temperatures, the action on the track heated up as Rider, McDowell and the other 22 NCOs and junior enlisted Soldiers were greeted with cheers and the ‘Wave’ around the stadium.

While both competitors said they felt they did well on the each phase of the test, they said the cheering crowds really helped to raise their enthusiasm.

“It was the most motivating PT test I’ve ever taken,” McDowell said afterwards.

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Rider, McDowell tackle day one of the Army’s Best Warrior Competition

Posted by timothyhalephoto on October 18, 2010

Timothy L. Hale
Army Reserve Public Affairs

View images from Day 1 Board Appearance

FORT LEE, Va. – Army Reserve Sgt. David Rider and Spc. Joshua McDowell had a good night sleep last night in preparation for this week’s Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

Today’s phase of the competition is an appearance board before a panel of Command Sgts. Majors chaired by Sgt. Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston.

Sgt. Rider appeared before the board at 11:18 a.m. After approximately 20 mins, he exited the room feeling somewhat relieved.

“Overall the performance was good as far as questions answered,” Rider said. “I hit my normal 70-80 percent questions correct which I feel like I do on just about every board.”

Spc. McDowell’s board appearance is this afternoon at 4:18 p.m. Check back this evening for photos and a wrap-up entry after his board.

EDITOR’s NOTE: Sgt. Rider, the Army Reserve NCO of the Year, is from the 807th MDSC. Spc. Rider, the Army Reserve Soldier of the Year, is from ARMEDCOM.


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Best Warrior Newlyweds? Ohio couple teams up for Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition

Posted by areadmorton on July 27, 2010

Who says Army training keeps Army families from spending quality time together?  Army Reserve Sgts David and Alicia Rider are making history this week here at Fort McCoy as the first Army Reserve Best Warrior husband/wife competitor/sponsor team. 

Sgt. David W. Rider, healthcare specialist and practical nurse from Bravo Co. 256th Combat Support Hospital, does some last minute studying with his sponsor and wife, Sgt. Alicia Rider, for the NCO Board portion for the U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition NCO, being held at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 26. (Photo by Spc. Erika Montano, Military Intelligence Readiness Command) /RELEASED

Sgt. David W. Rider, healthcare specialist and practical nurse from Bravo Co. 256th Combat Support Hospital, does some last minute studying with his sponsor and wife, Sgt. Alicia Rider, for the NCO Board portion for the U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition NCO, being held at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 26. (Photo by Spc. Erika Montano, Military Intelligence Readiness Command) /RELEASED

“Preparing for this was harder than preparing our wedding because when he goes out to complete I can only support him.  I can’t ruck march for him and I can’t help him run two seconds faster,” said Alicia, who is a healthcare specialist assigned to the 371st Minimal Care Detachment in Twinsburg, Ohio. 

As David prepared to embark on his night land nav at 3am this morning he talked about his preperation and training.  One thing is certain, he could not imagine having a better sponsor. 

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for her,” he said after leaving the boardroom. “It makes me very happy to have her as my sponsor.” 

The hardest thing they did leading up to the competition?  Perhaps finding the date for their wedding, which they moved a couple of times before marrying on June 3rd of this year.   It’s no wonder considering that both are also attending college to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing. 

These Soldiers and newlyweds share a lot to be sure and over the next few days that could include the title of Best Warrior team for the Army Reserve.

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