• Pfc. Joshua Corey, Military Police Officer, 49th Missile Defense Bn., struggles to the top of the pull-up bar during the final seconds of the event. As a competitor in the 2009 Fort Greely "AC" Best Warrior Competition last week at Fort Greely, Alaska Corey along with four other Soldiers competed to be named the Best Warrior in the battalion.

    Struggling Up

    Pfc. Joshua Corey, Military Police Officer, 49th Missile Defense Bn., struggles to the top of the pull-up bar during the final seconds of the event. As a competitor in the 2009 Fort Greely "AC" Best Warrior Competition last week at Fort Greely, Alaska...

  • Staff Sgt. Duane Ostrowski, "RC" NCO of the Year, encourages the competition's runners-up to continue to train and work on warrior skills to ensure themselves success not just in future competitions but also in their military careers.

    Keep it up!

    Staff Sgt. Duane Ostrowski, "RC" NCO of the Year, encourages the competition's runners-up to continue to train and work on warrior skills to ensure themselves success not just in future competitions but also in their military careers.

  • Sgt. Brandon Amarone applies a choke hold to Pfc. Joshua Corey, both Military Police Officers, 49th Missile Defense Bn., during the 2009 Fort Greely "AC" Best Warrior Competition. Amarone went on to win the title of the 49th Missile Defense Bn. "AC" NCO of the Year.

    Amarone with a winning move

    Sgt. Brandon Amarone applies a choke hold to Pfc. Joshua Corey, both Military Police Officers, 49th Missile Defense Bn., during the 2009 Fort Greely "AC" Best Warrior Competition. Amarone went on to win the title of the 49th Missile Defense Bn. "AC"...

  • Spc. James Bates (far left), counts the repetitions of Spc. James Kempner (pushing),   both Military Police Officers, 49th Missile Defense Bn.,  during the 2009 Fort Greely "AC" Best Warrior Competition  as the battalion's top enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Bradford Quigley observes the push-up event.

    Best Warrior Competition

    Spc. James Bates (far left), counts the repetitions of Spc. James Kempner (pushing), both Military Police Officers, 49th Missile Defense Bn., during the 2009 Fort Greely "AC" Best Warrior Competition as the battalion's top enlisted leader, Command...

  • Surrounded by some of his battalion's most senior leaders, Command Sgt. Maj. Bradford Quigley,49th Missile Defense Bn., directs a question to one of the competitors of the 2009 Fort Greely "AC" Best Warrior Competition. The command sponsored event culminated with an intense sergeants' major board challenging the Soldiers' minds after two grueling days of competition.

    Senior Leaders prepare to question

    Surrounded by some of his battalion's most senior leaders, Command Sgt. Maj. Bradford Quigley,49th Missile Defense Bn., directs a question to one of the competitors of the 2009 Fort Greely "AC" Best Warrior Competition. The command sponsored event...

  • Staff Sgt. Duane Ostrowski, "RC" NCO of the Year, practices water survival skills at the Fort Greely pool during the recent 2009 Fort Greely "AC" Best Warrior Competition. Ostrowski goes on to compete at the state level representing the 49th Missile Defense Bn. at the next Best Warrior Competition.

    Ostrowski's Water Survival Skills

    Staff Sgt. Duane Ostrowski, "RC" NCO of the Year, practices water survival skills at the Fort Greely pool during the recent 2009 Fort Greely "AC" Best Warrior Competition. Ostrowski goes on to compete at the state level representing the 49th Missile...

  • Command Sgt. Maj.Bradford Quigley,  49th Missile Defense Bn., holds the feet of a Best Warrior competitor during the sit-up portion of the Army Physical Fitness Test. Soldiers competing for the Best Warrior title are challenged both physically and mentally during the two-day event.

    Best Warrior Competition

    Command Sgt. Maj.Bradford Quigley, 49th Missile Defense Bn., holds the feet of a Best Warrior competitor during the sit-up portion of the Army Physical Fitness Test. Soldiers competing for the Best Warrior title are challenged both physically and...

FORT GREELY, Alaska- Three very challenging weeks have passed for a select few "Best Warriors" from the 49th Missile Defense Battalion., 100th Missile Defense Brigade (Ground-based Midcourse Defense) who have been competing for the titles of Soldier/NCO of the Year.

"By having both Reserve and Active Component chain of command, the battalion has a unique opportunity to showcase our Soldiers abilities at both competitions; the pool of talent our battalion possesses is really immense," said Command Sgt. Maj. Bradford Quigley, Command Sergeant Major 49th MDBn. (GMD).

Both local Active and Reserve Component Best Warrior competitions took place this month here. Just this weekend the Alaska Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Fort Richardson named the top Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer in the Alaska Army National Guard.

Representing the 49th MDBn. at the state "RC" competition were Staff Sgt. Duane Ostrowski and Spc. James Bates, both military police officers with the GBI Military Police Security Company here. Ostrowski went on to win the title of NCO of the Year for the Alaska Army National Guard, and will represent the state during the Army National Guard Region 6 Competition at Fort Lewis later in the month.

Prior to competing in the state board, the Reserve Component winners spent most of their free time studying and training to prepare themselves to compete at the next level.

"We spent a lot of time preparing for board questions, learning Army doctrine, and improving our physical endurance. Being able to sit in on the Active Component competition was really helpful and provided insight into some areas where I can improve," said Ostrowski.

While assisting in the execution of the local Active Component competition, Bates and Ostrowski motivated the local competitors while still being able to study the intricacies in competing against some of the best warriors the Army has to offer.

"Each and every event tested us mentally and physically, some more than others. The Land Navigation course while carrying a ruck stands out as being a great way to show our physical as well as our mental abilities. This particular event gave each individual Soldier a chance to conduct something that our full time mission does not," said Sgt. Brandon Amarone, who won Fort Greely Active Component NCO of the Year.

The Soldiers who won in these competitions represent one of the battalion's missions--to secure and defend the Missile Defense Complex as Military Police Officers. The requirements necessary to excel in this and future competitions require long hours of training and preparation as well as commitment to leading others.

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