• Spc. Mitchel Dolan, right, with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 378th Military Intelligence Battalion, is declared the overall winner in the combatives event of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command's 2011 Best Warrior competition, held at Fort Dix, N.J.  Dolan competed against Soldiers from both the MIRC and the 99th Regional Support Command.  Spc. Dolan was named Best Warrior Soldier.  (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Maj. Annmarie Daneker/Released)

    MIRC Soldiers Compete for Best Warrior

    Spc. Mitchel Dolan, right, with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 378th Military Intelligence Battalion, is declared the overall winner in the combatives event of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command's 2011 Best Warrior competition, held...

  • Spc. Mitchel Dolan, right, with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 378th Military Intelligence Battalion, takes notes in preparation for the Military Operations in Urban Terrain event of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command's 2011 Best Warrior competition, held at Fort Dix, N.J.  Competitors were required to lead a squad through buildings to find an injured Soldier and request medical evacuation.  Spc. Dolan was named Best Warrior Soldier.  (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Maj. Annmarie Daneker/Released)

    Soldiers Compete for MIRC Best Warrior

    Spc. Mitchel Dolan, right, with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 378th Military Intelligence Battalion, takes notes in preparation for the Military Operations in Urban Terrain event of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command's 2011 Best...

  • Sgt. Matthew Bledsoe, with Detachment 6, 3100th Strategic Intelligence Group, prepares to cross an alley as part of the Military Operations in Urban Terrain event of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command's 2011 Best Warrior competition, held at Fort Dix, N.J.  Competitors were required to lead a squad through buildings to find an injured Soldier and request medical evacuation.  Sgt. Bledsoe was named Best Warrior NCO.  (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Maj. Annmarie Daneker/Released)

    Soldiers Compete for MIRC Best Warrior

    Sgt. Matthew Bledsoe, with Detachment 6, 3100th Strategic Intelligence Group, prepares to cross an alley as part of the Military Operations in Urban Terrain event of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command's 2011 Best Warrior competition, held at...

  • Sgt. Matthew Bledsoe, with Detachment 6, 3100th Strategic Intelligence Group, carries an injured "Soldier" out of harm's way as part of the Military Operations in Urban Terrain event of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command's 2011 Best Warrior competition, held at Fort Dix, N.J.  Competitors were required to lead a squad through buildings to find the injured Soldier and request medical evacuation.  Sgt. Bledsoe was named Best Warrior NCO.  (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Maj. Annmarie Daneker/Released)

    Soldiers Compete for MIRC Best Warrior

    Sgt. Matthew Bledsoe, with Detachment 6, 3100th Strategic Intelligence Group, carries an injured "Soldier" out of harm's way as part of the Military Operations in Urban Terrain event of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command's 2011 Best Warrior...

Four Soldiers and three Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) with the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC) recently competed in the command's annual Best Warrior Competition (BWC), held recently at Fort Dix, N.J.

Spc. Mitchel Dolan, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 378th Military Intelligence Battalion, earned Best Warrior Soldier and Sgt. Matthew Bledsoe, with Detachment 6, 3100th Strategic Intelligence Group, earned Best Warrior NCO.

The week-long competition tested the skills, knowledge of Warrior Tasks, and fitness levels of the competitors with a variety of events, including the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), weapons qualification with an M16A2 rifle, combatives, a 7-mile rucksack march, and daytime and nighttime land navigation. Soldiers were also required to lead a squad through a Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) situation to find an injured Soldier in a house and request a medical evacuation, all while dealing with enemy sniper and indirect fire.

On the final day, competitors appeared before a board to answer multiple questions on topics ranging from communications and leadership to security and counterterrorism procedures. Soldiers were also questioned on several current events topics.

Spc. Dolan was competing in honor of his first sergeant, who had guided and coached him through the Best Warrior process.

"He is retiring in May, so for me to win this would be a good last hurrah for him," he said.
Dolan placed first in the combatives event, sparring with Soldiers from both the MIRC and the 99th Regional Support Command.

To prepare for the first event, an early-morning APFT, Sgt. Bledsoe followed a stringent fitness program.

"I have a gym partner back home and we work out regularly with weights," said Bledsoe.
"We also go for runs and do different core exercises, all to work on specific areas for the APFT," he said.

After letting their blisters and sore muscles heal, the next step for both of these Soldiers is the US Army Reserve Command BWC, to be held at Fort McCoy, Wis., in July.

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