|Story & photo By Sgt. 1st Class Chris Farley, 88th Regional
Support Command Public Affairs Office
Summer always marks the
onslaught of summer big-budget movies and sequels.
One action-packed sequel that played exclusively at Fort McCoy and won’t
be shown at the local cineplex because it isn’t a movie, but rather is a
sequel to last year’s successful warrior challenge — the 2010 Regional
Best Warrior Competition (RBWC).
Staff Sgt. Eric Bailey, with the
84th Regional Training Center, strains to force out a few more
push-ups with a couple of seconds left during the event in the
Army Physical Fitness Test during the 2010 Regional Best Warrior
Competition held at Fort McCoy.
Twenty Army Reserve Warrior-Citizens were cast for the 2010 RBWC from
the 416th Theater Engineer Command, the 84th Training Support Command
and the 88th Regional Support Command. For a second time, the three
commands merged resources to host one spectacular competition using more
resources, logistics and personnel to top last year’s competition.
This year’s competition was wrenched up a couple notches with more
surprises and more physically demanding events. Social media web-sites
were used for fans to follow their favorite candidate.
Sgt. Maj. Kevin K. Greene, 2010 RBWC cadre, said during the planning
stage they didn’t want to create a competition where the book-smart
Soldiers had the advantage over Soldiers who were physical beasts and
Greene said, “We want a true best warrior. We want somebody who not only
can think on their feet but also is physically capable. It’s the whole
A few events returning from last year were the Army Physical Fitness
Test, the appearance board, weapons qualifications and Warrior Training
Tasks. New this year were an approximately 10-kilometer road march with
candidates carrying more-than 100 pounds of gear, Army modern combatives
and three mystery events.
The Fort McCoy Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) had a
supporting role in the competition. Candidates entered a dark, foggy
confined room, with flashing lights and blaring heavy metal music. On
the floor was an Emergency Care Simulator (mannequin) that’s programmed
to bleed, breathe, go into convulsions and blink. These horror film-like
special effects simulated real-world combat conditions. Once candidates
were inside the room, they had to evaluate the casualty and administer
“Most times in your unit you get a very simulated kind of environment
for these tasks but here you really get a bit more feel for the sense of
urgency of the task,” said a tired Army Staff Sgt. Jason R. Fiedler,
2010 RBWC candidate, after he finished going through the MSTC.
The three mystery tasks were reflexive fire, route clearance and the
physical-conditioning course. The physical-conditioning course was on
the final day before the combatives tournament, and all candidates were
pushed to their physical limits to overcome every obstacle as fast as
they could. Each candidate received 50 points if they finished the
course in four minutes or less.
Spc. Anthony T. Lindell, 2010 RBWC candidate, finished the course in
three minutes and twenty seconds with a five-point penalty for not
successfully completing the rope crawl. Like a stunt seen in an action
movie, Lindell quickly scaled a wall, dropped, did a combat roll back on
to his feet and ran off to the next obstacle.
“I kind of ran and jumped. You know when you jump from a high distance
you’re suppose to roll with it. So I kind of planted my feet and rolled
with it and kept on going,” said Lindell.
Tired from the course and other events from the week, candidates pushed
themselves and each other one last time to compete in combatives.
“The key to success in any combatives match is to have the ‘Top Gun’
soundtrack in your head going into the match and through the match. You
can’t lose,” said Sgt. Marcus P. Caruso, 2010 RBWC candidate.
“The thing I noticed in the scoring is was that there was no run-away
winner. It was down to the last event on the last day to determine the
winners,” said Greene.
A different direction and advantage for candidates this year was Public
Affairs, nicknamed the A-Team, which used social media sites to post
daily images and videos of the RBWC.
Sgt. 1st Class Eric B. Wilcoxson said, “It’s pretty crazy that one
minute you’re doing it and the next minute it’s published on the web.”
Wilcoxson said this gives candidates’ Family and friends the advantage
of keeping in touch while the candidates are in the competition.
To see all the action-packed daily video, end of exercise video and
pictures of the Warrior Citizen A-list stars check out the following
1) 416th TEC FACEBOOK:
3) USARC FLICKR:
Finally at a luncheon, came the moment all candidates were waiting for —
who would go on to the U.S. Army Reserve Command Basic Warrior
The winning Soldiers for the 2010 RBWC were Spc. Kevin P. Looney of the
84th Training Support Command and Spc. Joshua Ahn of the 416th Theater
The winning noncommissioned officers (NCO) of the 2010 RBWC were Staff
Sgt. Christopher L. Bender of the 84th Training Support Command, Staff
Sgt. Matthew J. Fries of the 88th Regional Support Command and Staff
Sgt. Matthew J. Hall of the 416th Theater Engineer Command. Each winning
Soldier and NCO will compete at the U.S. Army Reserve Command Best
Warrior Competition held at Fort McCoy in late July.
Like James Bond, the RBWC will return to McCoy next year so it will
officially be a trilogy.