|FORT MCCOY, Wis. (Army Reserve Public Affairs) — The
Army Reserve’s Best Warrior Competition will be held here June 19-24.
The two winners will be selected as the Army Reserve’s Soldier and
noncommissioned officer (NCO) of the Year and will compete against the
entire Army in October at Fort Lee, Va.
Approximately 50 Soldiers from the 206,000-strong Army Reserve were
selected to compete at Fort McCoy.
The Soldiers will spend the week on a variety of challenges. They will
take the Army Physical Fitness Test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and
a two-mile run; complete a written examination on general military
topics; fire M-4 rifles; negotiate day and night Urban Warfighting
Orienteering courses; and prove their mettle in other tests of skill
such as hand-to-hand combat, first aid, and weapons assembly. Their
military backgrounds and experience represent the entire spectrum of the
Many have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Their career fields
include military police, health care, mechanics, human resources,
intelligence, chaplain assistant and engineering. They also represent a
wide cross-section of America, hailing from various states across the
The winners will be announced at an awards dinner June 24 at the
American Legion Post in Sparta, Wis.
The top NCO and Soldier will go on to represent Army Reserve at the
Department of the Army level of the competition.
In 2008, then Spc. David Obray, the Army Reserve Soldier of the Year,
went on to win the coveted Department of the Army title, besting 11
other junior enlisted Soldiers representing commands from across the
This year, the competitors include Staff Sgt. Conrad H. Nazar Jr., a
small-group leader for the Warrior Leader Course at the Staff Sgt. Todd
R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort McCoy.
For more information, visit the “Best Warrior” website at: