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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 Warriors ready to showcase tools next month

Posted by timothyhalephoto on September 28, 2010

 

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By Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell
210th MPAD

FORT DIX, N.J. – Sgt. David Rider quickly ducked into a dense thicket of thorns and bushes. Moving deceptively fast while wearing body armor and a helmet, he stopped for a moment to shout back to his trainer.

            “I’m going to poke my head in here real quick,” he s aid. “That other point is a little too far off to be confident about it.”

            Rider, a combat medic practical nurse and 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition winner, quickly disappeared back into the dense forests of Fort Dix, N.J., to continue searching for his points during a land navigation course.

            The 2010 Army Reserve Best Warriors, enlisted and noncommissioned officer, are spending a week at Fort Dix training for the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition. There they will be pitted against their National Guard and Active Duty counterparts in Fort Lee, Va.

            The four-day competition is slated for Oct. 17 to 22 and will consist of multiple events to determine the enlisted and NCO 2010 Best Warrior. The events cover a variety of warrior tasks such as rifle marksmanship, combatives, ruck marches, and any other physical and mental tests of endurance.

            “At the Department of the Army competition we don’t know what they’re going to be throwing at us,” said Rider, a native of Strongsville, Ohio, assigned to the 256th Combat Support Hospital. “It could be anything, so you have to be well-rehearsed and confident. That’s what we’ve been doing and that’s our mission here, just to get more experience and build confidence at every aspect of being a Soldier.”

            The Soldiers mostly receive instruction from Army Reserve drill sergeants attached to Regional Training Center – East. These drill sergeants are experts at warrior tasks and train deploying troops at Fort Dix year-round, instilling confidence in their basic Soldier skills.

            “Confidence is really important at that level [Department of the Army],” continued Rider. “When you’re wandering through the woods, you don’t want to be questioning if that’s your point or this is your point. You want to be confident.”

            Rider emerged from the thicket with sweat on his face and a penetrating glare.

            “This is the right point over here,” he stated. “I just wanted to make absolute sure before we headed back.”

            After finishing the course, Rider said that there are a lot of people supporting him and that he wants to prove to them that he’s up for any task the judges might throw at him.

            “A lot of people associate the Reserves as weekend warriors,” said Rider. “They show up one weekend a month, two weeks a year and play Army. But that’s not the case. We’re as tactical and technical as active duty Soldiers and can be called up at anytime.”

            Spc. Joshua McDowell, a health care specialist from Omaha, Neb., assigned to the 7246th Installation Medical Support Unit and the enlisted USAR winner, agreed with Rider.

            “I hope to portray the Army Reserves as having Soldiers with integrity, a good work ethic and a high level of competence and confidence,” McDowell said after completing the land navigation course shortly after Rider.

            “There’s a mix of excitement that can be palpable sometimes because everybody’s watching you and your mistakes are really highlighted in an event like this,” explained McDowell. “In order to survive in a situation like this, you really have to take it minutes at a time.”

            Since the results of the USAR competition last month, these warriors have been using each minute to prepare their minds and bodies for the upcoming challenges. So far, they have been training on weapons, combatives, prepping each other with general military knowledge questions and this day’s land navigation course.

            “As far as today’s course, it went well,” said McDowell. “There were definitely some obstacles and it was definitely a little thick in there. I think the course attacked me more than I attacked it. You just stick with the training and you use all the tools you have.”

            Though their roads to the 2010 Best Warrior competition have been filled with similar obstacles, these Soldiers have lowered their shoulders pushed through the bramble to continually surprise their competition.

            “I wonder sometimes. I don’t know if they know what’s coming to them,” said Rider with a crooked smile on his face. “I think they’re going to have a bunch of outstanding NCOs coming to compete. I don’t know if they realize they got the best of the Army Reserves still training super hard to come kick some butt out there.”

            After completing the land navigation course with hours to spare, these Soldiers hard training will be evident next month. They’re getting ready for the Department of the Army competition, but is the competition going to be ready for these Army Reserve Soldiers? The world will find out next Oct. 22 at Fort Lee.

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Could YOU be a Best Warrior?

Posted by paorussell on July 28, 2010

Sgt. Daniel Acree completes the Night/Day Land Navigation event.

Sgt. Daniel Acree completes the Night/Day Land Navigation event.

Reflecting on the knowledge and skill required to compete in an event like this, I figure if I were to train for next year’s Best Warrior competition I might do okay. I could train to max a PT test, or maybe do well on the written essay. But it’s the sum of the knowledge, strength and dexterity required to compete that Best Warriors exemplify, that would (unfortunately) do me in.

Watch the Combatives competition  LIVE from 7:30-10:30 EST at www.dvidshub.net  – click on ‘upcoming live webcasts’

These Warriors are physically fit – marathon runners, martial artists, a triathlete, a four-time college conference pole vaulting champion and an Ultimate Frisbee player. They are also highly educated – among the competitors are a  Russian linguist, an aviation technician, nurse, and a pilot.

 It also doesn’t hurt that many of these elite competitors have seen combat – much of the competition mirrors real-life experiences: Sgt. Fiedler was awarded the Bronze Star; Staff Christopher Bender is Ranger and Drill Sergeant qualified; Spc. Mathew Parks is a combat lifesaver; and Staff Sgt. Eric White, part of a deployed engineer team that found 177 improvised explosive devices, was engaged by the enemy 19 times. Read the rest of this entry »

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Over the Hump – Half way point in the competition and only 28 remain.

Posted by geraldostlund on July 28, 2010

Sgt. 1st Class Martin J. Rodriguez, a military policeman and 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior competitor from Pueblo, Colo., assigned to 1st Battalion, 104th Regiment, gets his feet taped after finishing the land navigation course at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 27, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Army Reserve Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Martin J. Rodriguez, a military policeman and 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior competitor from Pueblo, Colo., assigned to 1st Battalion, 104th Regiment, gets his feet taped after finishing the land navigation course at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 27, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Army Reserve Public Affairs)

It’s Wednesday morning and half of the 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition is completed.  Twenty-eight of the original competitors are pushing themselves to be “the one”.  Already done are the board appearance, the fitness test, written essay, day and night land navigation, and 10K road march (see all the photos and videos on Flickr or DVIDS; follow along on Facebook or Twitter).  Still to come are day and night weapons qualification, two mystery events and a double-elimination Army combatives tournament.

Watch the awards banquet and Best Warrior announcement LIVE Friday night on our webcast from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. CENTRAL time. Click the “Upcoming Live Webcasts” icon on the bottom right. Read the rest of this entry »

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