Fort McCoy News May 09, 2014

412th, 416th TECs hold Best Warrior Competition

BY STAFF SGT. DEBRALEE BEST
412th Theater Engineer Command

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — The 412th and 416th Theater Engineer Commands (TECs) conducted a combined Best Warrior Competition (BWC) here from April 27 to May 1.

Photo 1 for BWC article
A safety officer briefs the competitors during the 412th and 416th Theater Engineer Commands' combined regional Best Warrior competition held Fort McCoy. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret

Twenty-seven Soldiers and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) from throughout the country competed for the chance at a spot in the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) Best Warrior competition slated for June.

One enlisted Soldier and one NCO from each TEC will be chosen to represent the engineers at that level.

"Last year at the USARC competition, it was decided to combine the events to one place with more integration throughout the engineers to provide more support for commands working together," said Master Sgt. Cory Chartier, operations NCO, 479th Engineer Battalion and one of the primary planners for the TECs' BWC.

Competitors participated in a variety of Soldier skill tasks including weapons marksmanship, an Army Physical Fitness Test, urban orienteering, a timed, six-mile foot march with a weighted rucksack, day and night land navigation courses, an exam and essay, Army Warrior Task stations, Army Combatives, an appearance in front of a sergeants major board and three mystery events.

Photo 2 for BWC article
Spc. Nathan Eilenfeldt, with the 463rd Engineer Battalion, plots points on a map at the start of the land navigation course during the 412th and 416th Theater Engineer Commands' combined regional Best Warrior competition at Fort McCoy. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret