Just in case you hadn’t heard, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Best Warrior Competition is just days away.
Set to begin Sunday, Aug. 28, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, those selected as the Best Warrior Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Sept. 1 will move on to compete in the Army Best Warrior Competition in late September.
Really? Who doesn’t enjoy seeing highly trained and motivated Soldiers fight to the finish, baring their true strengths and weaknesses? If you have ever heard the term “blood, sweat and tears,” it’s a term to be taken literally for an event like this. Absolutely no joke. Not only will it require physical and mental strength and ability, but it will also require a ton of heart.
Give or take about 20 Soldiers from across TRADOC have competed in various events to prepare — and prove themselves to be the best contenders. The event is open to active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers.
And for the first time, the competition will host participants from the Army Medical Department Center and School out of Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Spc. Matthew Seh, assigned to the Training Support Activity, said he is extremely honored to represent the AMEDD community.
“I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a little pressure knowing myself and Staff Sgt. Champion-Harris are the first to ever compete within our organization,” Seh said. “I want to bring pride not only to my unit, but also to my family; they are everything to me. They have motivated me to want more for myself and to want more for them.”
It’s no secret that the challenges that lay before these Soldiers may be something they have never seen before. Their skills and abilities as “Total Soldiers” are going to be highlighted.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Champion-Harris, Charlie Company, 264th Medical Battalion, has already accepted what it takes to be prepared for a competition such as this.
“We can’t possibly know everything,” Harris said. “In all reality, the best way to go into this competition is to know a little bit about a lot. Having the ability to adapt to whatever is thrown our way is what is really going to be the driving force to our success.”
TRADOC would like to congratulate not only these fine AMEDD Soldiers, but also all those competing in this year’s TRADOC Best Warrior Competition. Your hard work and dedication has put you one step closer to being just that — the Best Warrior.
“Victory Starts Here!”