• Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh (left) and Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson display their "Best Warrior" awards from the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at an awards breakfast held at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club June 26. Colflesh was selected as ASC's 2014 Soldier of the Year and Hopson as ASC's 2014 NCO of the Year. (Photo by Dawn Marie Barnett, ASC Public Affairs)

    Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh (left) and Staff Sgt...

    Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh (left) and Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson display their "Best Warrior" awards from the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at an awards breakfast held at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club June 26. Colflesh was selected as ASC's 2014...

  • U.S. Army Sustainment Command's Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer stands with Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh who displays his award for ASC's 2014 Best Warrior Soldier of the Year June 26 at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club. (Photo by Dawn Marie Barnett, ASC Public Affairs)

    U.S. Army Sustainment Command's Command Sgt...

    U.S. Army Sustainment Command's Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer stands with Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh who displays his award for ASC's 2014 Best Warrior Soldier of the Year June 26 at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club. (Photo by Dawn Marie Barnett...

  • Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, force protection NCO of U.S. Army Sustainment Command Headquarters, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., receives a Certificate of Commendation from Jeff Carr, president of the local AUSA, during the ASC Best Warrior award breakfast on June 26. (Photo by Dawn Marie Barnett, ASC Public Affairs)

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, force protection...

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, force protection NCO of U.S. Army Sustainment Command Headquarters, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., receives a Certificate of Commendation from Jeff Carr, president of the local AUSA, during the ASC Best Warrior award breakfast...

  • Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, force protection NCO of U.S. Army Sustainment Command Headquarters, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., gives direction after contact with the enemy during the ASC Best Warrior Competition on June 25. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, force protection...

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, force protection NCO of U.S. Army Sustainment Command Headquarters, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., gives direction after contact with the enemy during the ASC Best Warrior Competition on June 25. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor...

  • Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh, 403rd U.S. Army Field Support Brigade, Daegu, South Korea, inspects a vehicle for weapons and explosives during the ASC Best Warrior Competition on June 25. He serves as a transportation counselor with the 403rd AFSB. (Photo by Dawn Marie Barnett, ASC Public Affairs)

    Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh, 403rd U.S. Army Field...

    Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh, 403rd U.S. Army Field Support Brigade, Daegu, South Korea, inspects a vehicle for weapons and explosives during the ASC Best Warrior Competition on June 25. He serves as a transportation counselor with the 403rd AFSB. (Photo...

  • Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, force protection NCO of U.S. Army Sustainment Command Headquarters, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., crawls under barbed wire during the ASC Best Warrior Competition on June 25. Hopson, 27 years old, is a native of North Powder, Ore. (Photo by Dawn Marie Barnett, ASC Public Affairs)

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, force protection...

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, force protection NCO of U.S. Army Sustainment Command Headquarters, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., crawls under barbed wire during the ASC Best Warrior Competition on June 25. Hopson, 27 years old, is a native of North Powder...

  • Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, ASC Headquarters, fires an M4 carbine rifle early June 25 at an indoor firing range at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. Hopson serves as a force protection NCO. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, ASC Headquarters...

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, ASC Headquarters, fires an M4 carbine rifle early June 25 at an indoor firing range at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. Hopson serves as a force protection NCO. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Soldiers begin the 2-mile run as part of the Army Physical Fitness Test early June 24 near the shoreline of the Mississippi River. Finishing first was Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh (center in blue shoes), 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, Daegu, Korea. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Soldiers begin the 2-mile run as part of the...

    Soldiers begin the 2-mile run as part of the Army Physical Fitness Test early June 24 near the shoreline of the Mississippi River. Finishing first was Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh (center in blue shoes), 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, Daegu, Korea...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius J. Goodwin, maintenance management NCO, Material Integration Branch, Distribution Management Center, dons personal protective gear while competing in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear portion of the ASC Best Warrior Competition. (Photo by Kimberly Conrad, JMTC Public Affairs)

    Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius J. Goodwin...

    Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius J. Goodwin, maintenance management NCO, Material Integration Branch, Distribution Management Center, dons personal protective gear while competing in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear portion of the ASC Best...

  • Sgt. Ashley V. Collo, material supply NCO, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, Logistics Readiness Center, Yongsan, Korea, checks his protective mask while competing in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear portion of ASC's Best Warrior Competition. (Photo by Kimberly Conrad, JMTC Public Affairs)

    Sgt. Ashley V. Collo, material supply NCO...

    Sgt. Ashley V. Collo, material supply NCO, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, Logistics Readiness Center, Yongsan, Korea, checks his protective mask while competing in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear portion of ASC's Best Warrior...

  • Staff Sgt.  Kevin A. Hopson, Force Protection NCO, ASC headquarters, reads directions for the air quality test during the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear portion of the ASC Best Warrior Competition. (Photo by Kimberly Conrad, JMTC Public Affairs)

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, Force Protection...

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, Force Protection NCO, ASC headquarters, reads directions for the air quality test during the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear portion of the ASC Best Warrior Competition. (Photo by Kimberly Conrad, JMTC Public...

  • Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh, transportation counselor, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, Daegu, Korea, assembles a rifle during the weapons portion of the ASC Best Warrior Competition.  (Photo by Kimberly Conrad, JMTC Public Affairs)

    Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh, transportation...

    Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh, transportation counselor, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, Daegu, Korea, assembles a rifle during the weapons portion of the ASC Best Warrior Competition. (Photo by Kimberly Conrad, JMTC Public Affairs)

  • U.S. Army Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competitors and their sponsors stand in front of the board to receive final instructions prior to competition. Competitors in front row from left: Pfc. Davonta Colflesh, Sgt. Ashley Collo, Staff Sgt. Kevin Hopson and Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius Goodwin. Sponsors in the back row from left: Staff Sgt. Mills, Staff Sgt. Wendel, Staff Sgt. Wells and Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin. (Photo by Tony Lopez, JMC Public Affairs)

    U.S. Army Sustainment Command Best Warrior...

    U.S. Army Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competitors and their sponsors stand in front of the board to receive final instructions prior to competition. Competitors in front row from left: Pfc. Davonta Colflesh, Sgt. Ashley Collo, Staff Sgt. Kevin...

  • Sgt. Ashley V. Collo stands at attention as board members take notes during the ASC Best Warrior Competition held at the Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., June 24. (Photo by Tony Lopez, JMC Public Affairs)

    Sgt. Ashley V. Collo stands at attention as...

    Sgt. Ashley V. Collo stands at attention as board members take notes during the ASC Best Warrior Competition held at the Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., June 24. (Photo by Tony Lopez, JMC Public Affairs)

  • Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius J. Goodwin, maintenance management NCO, Material Integration Branch, Distribution Management Center, checks his map during the urban orienteering portion of the ASC Best Warrior Competition. (Photo by Rhys Fullerlove, JMTC Public Affairs)

    Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius J. Goodwin...

    Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius J. Goodwin, maintenance management NCO, Material Integration Branch, Distribution Management Center, checks his map during the urban orienteering portion of the ASC Best Warrior Competition. (Photo by Rhys Fullerlove, JMTC...

  • Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson takes his written exam during the ASC Best Warrior Competition held at the Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., June 24. (Photo by Tony Lopez, JMC Public Affairs)

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson takes his written...

    Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson takes his written exam during the ASC Best Warrior Competition held at the Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., June 24. (Photo by Tony Lopez, JMC Public Affairs)

  • Sgt. Ashley V. Collo, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, Korea, shares a light moment with Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, ASC headquarters, before competing in marksmanship early June 25 at the Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., indoor firing range. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Sgt. Ashley V. Collo, 403rd Army Field Support...

    Sgt. Ashley V. Collo, 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, Korea, shares a light moment with Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, ASC headquarters, before competing in marksmanship early June 25 at the Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., indoor firing range. (Photo by Jon...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius J. Goodwin, ASC's Distribution Management Center, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., refuses an angry local national entry into a restricted area during the ASC Best Warrior Competition on June 25. (Photo by Dawn Marie Barnett, ASC Public Affairs)

    Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius J. Goodwin, ASC's...

    Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius J. Goodwin, ASC's Distribution Management Center, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., refuses an angry local national entry into a restricted area during the ASC Best Warrior Competition on June 25. (Photo by Dawn Marie Barnett, ASC...

  • The 2014 ASC "Best Warriors" competitors (front row) and their sponsors enjoy a light moment after the closing awards ceremony outside of the Rock Island Golf Club on June 26. (Photo by Dawn Marie Barnett, ASC Public Affairs)

    The 2014 ASC "Best Warriors" competitors (front...

    The 2014 ASC "Best Warriors" competitors (front row) and their sponsors enjoy a light moment after the closing awards ceremony outside of the Rock Island Golf Club on June 26. (Photo by Dawn Marie Barnett, ASC Public Affairs)

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Four Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Sustainment Command put their skills, stamina and knowledge to the test this week during ASC's 2014 Best Warrior Competition.

The competition was held at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., home to ASC Headquarters. It began when competitors checked in at 5 a.m. on Monday morning, June 23, and ended with an awards breakfast held at the RIA Golf Club on June 26.

At the breakfast, two Best Warrior winners were announced. Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson was named as ASC'S NCO of the Year, a competition that was open to all ASC Soldiers in grades / ranks E-4 (Corporal) through E-7 (Sergeant First Class). A native of North Powder, Ore., Hopson has served in the Army since 2005 and has been deployed both to Iraq and Afghanistan. He presently serves as the Force Protection NCO at ASC Headquarters.

Pfc. Davonta T. Colflesh of the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade in Daegu, Korea, was named as ASC's Soldier of the Year, a competition that was open to all ASC Soldiers in grades / ranks E-1 (Private) through E-4 (Specialist). A native of Lufkin, Texas, Colflesh has been in the Army since January 2013 and presently serves with the brigade as a transportation counselor.

The two other competitors were Sgt. Ashley V. Collo, also of the 403rd AFSB, and Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius J. Goodwin, a Materiel Management NCO in ASC's Distribution Management Center on Rock Island Arsenal.

Colflesh and Hopson will go on to the Best Warrior Competition held by the U.S. Army Materiel Command, ASC's higher headquarters. Rock Island Arsenal will be the site of AMC's competition, which takes place July 28-31.

Winners at the AMC level will go on to compete at the Army-wide Best Warrior competition, scheduled for October.

Along with being presented an Army Commendation Medal and award plaque, Colflesh and Hopson were presented with certificates of commendation and $200 gift certificates to the Post Exchange by Jeff Carr, president of the Rock Island Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army. Carr also presented the winners with free AUSA memberships.

Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, ASC's top-ranking NCO, presided at the awards breakfast. Spencer remarked that the four Soldiers had been "fully engaged" during the competition.

"These past 48 hours were pretty intense," he said. "We challenged them constantly, and prepared them to compete at the next level.

"These two great Soldiers are going to represent our Command well," Spencer said.

The ASC Best Warrior competition began with a weigh-in and check-in at the Arsenal's orderly room, where the Soldiers received all the gear they would need during the next three days. The Soldiers and their sponsors learned more about the competition at a kick-off reception held that afternoon at the RIA Golf Club.

Bright and early the next morning, the four competitors completed the Army Physical Fitness Test, which includes two minutes of push-ups and two minutes of sit-ups, followed immediately by a two-mile run.

The Soldiers then changed into the Army Service Uniform for an appearance before a board headed by Spencer. The morning also included a 50-question exam testing general military knowledge, and completion of an essay on a topic unknown to the competitors until they sat down for the test.

Later that day, the Soldiers competed in urban orienteering, where they were required to find various checkpoints on the Arsenal using only a map. Competitors were tested in both day and night orienteering, and the night-time phase did not conclude until almost midnight.

At 5 a.m. the following day, the competitors reported to RIA's indoor rifle range for a test of marksmanship. For the remainder of Wednesday, they were tested on various Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.

Competitors were taken through a realistic Situational Training Exercise which included moving under direct fire; moving through and around obstacles; encountering civilians and searching vehicles while staffing a checkpoint; hand-to-hand combat; and evaluating, administering aid to, and evacuating casualties.

The event also included a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear station, where the competitors donned protective gear and decontaminated themselves and their equipment, and a station where competitors were tested on their ability to reassemble weapons that had been taken apart.

Since the modern battlefield includes the information sphere, the four competitors were tested at a media station, where they did live interviews with media role players. This took place on a day when local media were invited to cover the Best Warrior competition.

Additional photos of the ASC BWC are available for viewing and downloading at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/army_sustainment_command/collections/72157645343865384/

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