|Five Soldiers competed in the third-annual Deployment
Support Command (DSC) Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy in
Staff Sgt. Julio Torrez explains
the first-aid procedures for treating a patient for shock during
one of the test phases of the Deployment Support Command Best
Warrior competition at Fort McCoy’s 88th Regional Support
Command Headquarters. The simulated patient is Sgt. Frank
Szymcak. The evaluator is Spc. Kristina Fleewor. Torrez is with
the 1150th Transportation Company, Granite City, Ill.
(Photo by Tom Michele)
Winners of this competition for Army Reserve surface transportation
Soldiers will compete at the next level of competition at the 377th
Theater Support Command at Camp Shelby, Miss., this spring. Winners at
that competition advance to the U.S. Army Reserve Command competition at
Fort McCoy this summer.
Soldier competitors earned the trip to McCoy in February by winning at
company and battalion levels of competition. Best Warrior competition is
for enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers.
Competition included tests of knowledge about military topics, such as
first aid, detainee operations, rules of engagement, radio protocol
procedures, weapons assembly, disassembly and live-fire qualification,
the Army’s physical fitness test, urban orienteering course, a written
essay and an evaluation board appearance.
Staff Sgt. Andrea Bachman won the noncommissioned officer group and Spc.
Kyle McLafferty won the junior enlisted group. Bachman is with the
1186th Deployment and Distribution Surface Battalion, Jacksonville, Fla.
McLafferty is being sponsored by his brother, Sgt. Sean McLafferty, who
won last year at the DSC level of competition. Both McLaffertys are in
the 1151st Transportation Company, Granite City, Ill.