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August 13, 2010

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Army Reserve Best Warrior winners
to compete at Army level

FORT McCOY, Wis. — The Army Reserve’s Best Warrior Competition was held at Fort McCoy July 25-30. The 30 competitors came from a total force of more than 206,000 and qualified with victories at preliminary competitions at commands across the country. 
PHOTO: Army Reserve Best Warrior candidates compete in the 2-mile run during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy. Photo by  Tim Hale
Army Reserve Best Warrior candidates compete in the 2-mile run during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Tim Hale)

They spent the week facing a variety of physical and mental challenges to test their skills, knowledge and endurance. 

On the last day, two competitors were selected as the Army Reserve’s Noncommissoned Officer (NCO) and Soldier of the Year: Sgt. David W. Rider, B Company, 256th Support Hospital, Twinsburg, Ohio, and Spc. Joshua McDowell, 7246th Installation Medical Support Unit, Omaha, Neb.

The runners-up were Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Fries, NCO Academy, Fort McCoy, and Spc. Robert A. Busch, 979th Engineer Company, Lexington, Ky.

The competitors represented diverse military and civilian backgrounds and experiences. They ranged in age from 19 to 43 years old. Many have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the Horn of Africa. Several have been decorated in combat with Bronze Star Medals and Combat Action Badges.

Their career fields included infantry, military police, health care, mechanics, human resources, intelligence, public affairs, civil affairs, and engineering.

PHOTO: Staff Sgt. Matthew Fries engages a target during the Reflexive Fire event at the 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy. Photo by Tim Hale
Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Fries engages a target during the Reflexive Fire event at the 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Tim Hale)
 

McCoy NCO runner-up in
Best Warrior Competition

A Fort McCoy noncommissioned officer (NCO) finished a close runner-up in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition for NCO of the Year.

Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Fries, a Warrior Leader Course (WLC) Small Group Leader assigned to the Fort McCoy NCO Academy, finished only a few points behind Sgt. David W. Rider, B Company, 256th Support Hospital, Twinsburg, Ohio. Fries would compete in the Army Best Warrior Competition in October if Rider is unable to attend.

Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois, NCO Academy Commandant, said Fries is a stellar NCO who truly cares for Soldiers. “He provides a positive role model, shares his vast knowledge and experience and mentors Soldiers attending WLC to ensure their success.”

“Staff Sgt. Fries used the opportunity to compete for the title to further develop his leadership skills and will pass on the information he learned to our students. I am very proud of Staff Sgt. Fries and his outstanding accomplishment,” Dubois said.


 

They have a variety of civilian careers — many times similar to their military assignments, but sometimes not.

These Citizen-Soldiers also represented a cross-section of America. They came from large and small communities, and have attended college or been assigned to units in dozens of other locations. 

Some were born or grew up outside the United States, and others are naturalized citizens, but all of them voluntarily serve to protect all Americans and the nation’s interests at home and abroad.

This year’s competition started with an early morning fitness test, written exam, and an interview before a board of senior NCOs where competitors were quizzed on “all things Army.” 

On subsequent days they moved to a remote training base with primitive living conditions.  There they tested their marksmanship and orienteering skills during day and night, proved their mettle in tests such as hand-to-hand combat, a grueling road march, and a variety of combat-related skills.

This year’s competition also included four “mystery events” announced only minutes before each event began.

The Army Reserve Soldier and NCO of the Year will go on to represent their fellow Citizen-Soldiers at the Department of the Army’s worldwide competition at Fort Lee, Va., in October.

For more information, visit the 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition websites at http://www.usar.army.mil/arweb/bestwarrior/Pages/default.aspx and http://bestwarrior.wordpress.com.

(Submitted by U.S. Army Reserve Command Public Affairs.)

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