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Spc. Oliver Thompson traveling from Anchorage to compete in Best Warrior

Posted by armypao75 on July 9, 2009

Spc. Oliver Thompson, 279th Engineer Company, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Spc. Oliver Thompson, 279th Engineer Company, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

An Anchorage, Ak., Soldier is competing in the Army Reserve’s prestigious “Best Warrior Competition” at Fort McCoy, Wis., 13-17 July.  Spc. Oliver C. Thompson, a mechanic with the 279th Engineer Company located at Ft. Richardson, Ak., is one of only 28 of the 206,000-strong Army Reserve to be selected to compete.  

Thompson was 2008’s Soldier of the Year for the 9th Military Support Command (MSC), the 3,300-person command covering a large part of the Pacific, including Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Japan and Korea.  

“He consistently distinguishes himself,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Botelho, Thompson’s platoon sergeant. “He is a team player, dedicated to the success of not only his unit, but the Army Reserve as a whole.”

“I am competing to prove to myself I can go farther and push harder than I thought possible,” said Thompson.  “I look forward to representing my command.

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“Real Soldiers doing what we love to do,” Spc. Chad Thomas

Posted by armypao75 on July 8, 2009

THOMAS_croppedA Newtown, Conn., Soldier is competing in the Army Reserve’s prestigious “Best Warrior Competition” at Fort McCoy, Wis., 13-17 July.  Spc. Chad E. Thomas, is a combat engineer with the Londonderry, N.H., 368th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command.  

Thomas is currently attending Northeastern University, where he is getting a degree in engineering.

“The Army Reserve provided me with a chance to educate myself and become a better person –I want to pay it back in some way,” said Thomas.

He is working on being promoted to sergeant within the year, and hopes to deploy overseas to support the current conflict.

Thomas entered the Best Warrior Competition for the “raw challenge” both physical and mental.

 “This competition is real Soldiers doing what we love to do,” said Thomas.  “I want to prove I am the best.”

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Sgt. Kovats: “This competition will test my warrior spirit.”

Posted by armypao75 on July 8, 2009

 

Staff Sgt. richard Kovats, 412th Theater Engineer Command

Sgt. Richard Kovats, 412th Theater Engineer Command

An Oakland, N.J., Soldier is competing in the Army Reserve’s prestigious “Best Warrior Competition” at Fort McCoy, Wis., from 13-17 July.  Sgt. Richard D. Kovats, a construction equipment repairer with the Northfield, N.J. 328th Engineer Company, part of the 412th Theater Engineer Command.

Kovats deployed to Baghdad with the 479th Engineer Battalion from 2007 – 8.  He was the lead truck driver on 31 missions to recover vehicles struck by IEDs, some in the dangerous center of Baghdad.  In addition, he performed critical maintenance on vehicles and equipment, enabling convoys to supply remote areas –and taught himself carpentry, constructing small buildings for the battalion.

 “This is the Best of the Best,” said Kovats.  “This competition will test my warrior spirit, but I believe in the Warrior Ethos and what it stands for.  I will succeed and never quit.”

Sgt. Richard Kovats, 328th Engineer Company, looks at the terrain through his compass to ensure he is headed in the right direction during the land navigation portion of the 412th's Best Warrior Competition held at Camp Smith, N.Y., April 14-17.

Sgt. Richard Kovats, 328th Engineer Company, looks at the terrain through his compass to ensure he is headed in the right direction during the land navigation portion of the 412th's Best Warrior Competition held at Camp Smith, N.Y., April 14-17.

Kovats is currently pursuing a degree in liberal arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. 

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Soldier Traveling over 7,000 Miles from Island of Guam to Compete in Best Warrior

Posted by armypao75 on July 8, 2009

Staff Sgt. Rodel Galila will be travelling 7,000 miles from the island of Guam to compete in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis.

Staff Sgt. Rodel Galila will be traveling 7,000 miles from the island of Guam to compete in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis.

Staff Sgt. Rodel T. Galila, a construction operator with Guam’s 797th Engineer Company, has by far the longest trip of any of the Army Reserve Best Warriors: over 7,000 miles from his hometown of Agat, Guam, to Fort McCoy, Wis.

A 1997 graduate of Ocean View High School, Galila has been recognized for excellence many times in his Army Reserve Career.  He was chosen the USO’s Army Service Member for the Year 2008 –and also was 2008’s Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the year for the 9th Mission Support Command, the 3,300-person command covering a large part of the Pacific, including Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Japan and Korea.

Galila was deployed to Baghdad in 2004-5, where he served as a heavy equipment operator, team leader, and M-249 Gunner. 

“As a heavy equipment engineer, I helped construct many checkpoints, protecting the Iraqi nationals from blasts and explosions,” Galila said.  “Many times they were happy when they saw us rolling in because they knew we would provide some force protection for them. I was also successful in completing over 70 combat convoys.”

Galila, the first of his family to serve in the US Army Reserve, said he enlisted out of patriotic duty.  “I truly believe the US is a great county.  It is the land of opportunity and truly a free nation.  We should all be jumping to our feet to answer her call when she is distressed.” 

 “The Army Reserve has given me the opportunity to learn leadership from outstanding leaders,” said Galila.

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Iraq Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient to Compete in Best Warrior Competition

Posted by armypao75 on July 7, 2009

Though wounded during his tour in Iraq, for which he received the Purple Heart, Sgt. Cody Brunet is one of only 28 Army Reserve Soldiers to compete to be the Best Warrior.

Though wounded during his tour in Iraq, for which he received the Purple Heart, Sgt. Cody Brunet is one of only 28 Army Reserve Soldiers to compete to be the Best Warrior.

An Oshkosh, Wis., Soldier is competing in the Army Reserve’s prestigious “Best Warrior Competition” at Fort McCoy, Wis., 13-17 July.  Sgt. Cody Brunet, a carpentry/masonry specialist with the Pewaukee, Wis., 372nd Engineer Company, is one of only 28 Soldiers in the 206,000-strong Army Reserve chosen to compete.  

Brunet served in Iraq in 2004-5, where he built housing and escorted military and civilian convoys.  He was wounded and awarded both the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge.

Brunet is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and History at the University of Wisconsin — Oshkosh; he intends to continue his education through the doctoral level and work for Doctors without Borders. 

“The Army Reserve has made me strong in many ways, physically and mentally.  I owe everybody who got me here [to Best Warrior],” said Brunet.  “I am going to push myself to the limits and do my best.”purple heart

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Staff Sgt. Ashley: Family Military Tradition Dates Back to the Civil War

Posted by armypao75 on July 7, 2009

Staff Sgt. Robert Ashley of Knoxville, Tenn., will be competing for the honor of the Army Reserve's Best Warrior.  He is an engineer with th 102nd Division.

Staff Sgt. Robert Ashley of Knoxville, Tenn., will be competing for the honor of the Army Reserve's Best Warrior. He is an engineer with the 102nd Division.

Knoxville, Tenn.,  Staff Sgt. Robert Ashley, a combat engineer with the 102nd Division, is one of only 28 Soldiers in the 206,000-strong Army Reserve competing in Best Warrior Competition.

Fort McCoy’s competition is the third of four competitions.  The top NCO and Soldier from the Fort McCoy competition will go on to represent the Army Reserve Command at the Department of the Army NCO & Soldier of the Year “Best Warrior” Competition to be held in late September 2009 at Fort Lee, Va.

Last year, an Army Reserve Soldier, Sgt. David Obray, was selected the Best Warrior in the entire Army.

The Best Warrior Competition measures how well Soldiers perform under stress.  It includes mentally and physically challenging exercises such as a road march, M-4 rifle qualification, urban warfare orienteering, an Army Combatives Tournament –and a Mystery Event. 

A 1996 graduate of Bearden High School in Knoxville, Ashley has a family tradition of military service dating back to the Civil War.  His father served with the 82nd Airborne, and his grandfather was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944.

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“I was always enamored with the military,” said Ashley.  “The Army Reserve gave me the training and opportunities to challenge myself.  I chose to compete in the Best Warrior Competition to better myself as a Soldier, an NCO, and a civilian.  The work ethic and determination seems at times more grueling than the competition itself.  It is a daunting task that tests the limits both physically and mentally.”

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