IMCOM troops compete at Bragg for title of 'Best Warrior'
May 13, 2011
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Some Soldiers are motivated to be airborne. Spc. Paige Plumlee, a military police officer assigned to U.S. Army Garrison, West Point, is motivated to take on the challenge of winning the Army Soldier of the Year competition. Then she plans to conquer Airborne School.
Plumlee started her quest by winning the Installation Management Command Northeast and Southeast regions' Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, May 6 after four days of physical fitness tests, written exams, weapons qualifications and evaluations of general Soldier skills.
Sergeant Dane T. Jordan, an infantryman who serves as Fort Benning, Ga.'s substance abuse prevention noncommissioned officer, won the competition in the noncommissioned officer category.
Both Jordan and Plumlee will go on to compete at the Installation Management Command best warrior competition in San Antonio, Texas, May 23 to 27. The winners of the IMCOM competition go on to compete at the Army level.
"If you win at Army, you get your choice of duty stations," Plumlee said. "I want to come to Fort Bragg so I can be airborne."
This year's competition pitted competitors from IMCOM's Northeast and Southeast regions, which is fitting, said Davis D. Tindoll, the current Southeast region director, who will assume responsibilities as the IMCOM Atlantic region director July 21. The region will be a combination of the current Northeast and Southeast regions.
"Seeing you, and being here today, makes me take a quicker step," Tindoll said, congratulating the winners during the ceremony.
The Soldiers said the competition was tough.
"It was hard, we were competing against the best and it was neck and neck the whole way," Jordan said.