JMRC Soldiers Honored as Best Warriors
May 23, 2013
Hohenfels, Germany- Three of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center's finest Soldiers proved recently that tough, real-world training prepared them to compete and win in the Joint Multinational Training Command's Best Warrior Competition.
Held at the Grafenwoehr Training Area on May 8-11, 2013, the four-day competition consisted of eighteen separate events specifically designed to challenge the contestants' Soldiering skills.
One winner in each category was selected including best Soldier, best NCO, and best Officer. Hohenfels Military Community brought home three titles, with SPC Cameron Hebel, Best Soldier; SFC Sergio Valezquez, Best NCO; and 1LT Carl Hill, Best Officer.
Motivated by a desire to challenge themselves while simultaneously representing their unit, the winners of this year's qualifier shared the drive to win by pushing themselves to their personal limit. "It was a test for me, to see where I am from the beginning of my Army career to where I am now." Hill said proudly.
A native of Bristol, Tennessee, the 1-4 Infantry Regiment Platoon Leader felt strongly that competition plays an important role in developing and maintaining Soldiering skills and that it is a healthy means for bettering yourself while representing your unit.
"Nobody wants to come in last place" said Hebel, a 1-4 infantryman. According to Hebel, this means assessing your personal strengths and weaknesses as a Soldier and improving your skills in order to come out on top.
For the four-year Army veteran from Denver, Colorado, Hebel's support came not only from his unit, but from his Family as well. Understandably, his wife missed him while he was competing in Grafenwoehr, "but she was happy we won," said Hebel.
"These kinds of competitions should really be held at the battalion level for every unit in order to determine everyone's strengths and weaknesses," said Velazquez, an eleven year Army veteran and native of Chino, California.
Currently serving as an Observer Coach Trainer with JMRC's maneuver task force team, Velazquez added, "They did a great job covering basic infantry skills."
Valezquez is now ruck marching and studying for the board in order to prepare for the next level of competition.
Soon each of these Soldiers will be competing in the US Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, whose winners will go on to compete at the Department of the Army level.