Army Reserve best warriors put marksmanship on display
June 23, 2011
FORT MCCOY, Wis. " More than 40 Army Reserve Soldiers competing at the Army Reserve’s Best Warrior competition were tested on their M4 rifle accuracy during both day and night conditions on Wednesday.
The M4 competition tested the Soldiers on their target accuracy from 50 to 300 meters.
Sunny afternoon conditions evolved into a rainy and windy evening, and in an effort to simulate an urban environment, the range also featured pyrotechnics and music.
For Pfc. Justin Arrington from Bethesda, Md., this was a new experience.
“That was my first experience with a night fire, and it’s challenging,” Arrington said.
The difficult conditions did not stop Spc. Aurelio Hernandez from Hollister, Calif., from taking a step back to enjoy the competition.
“It was cool to be a spectator,” said Hernandez. “I stepped back to watch.”
The Soldiers competing this week at the Best Warrior Competition, held this week (June 20-24) at Fort McCoy, Wis., represent 205,000 Soldiers in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Two winners will be selected at the end of the week as the Army Reserve’s Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the year and will represent the Army Reserve at the Army’s Best Warrior Competition in October at Fort Lee, Va.
The Soldiers are spending a week on a variety of Army challenges that test their mettle in tests of skill such as weapons qualification, a ruck march, land navigation, Army combatives, first aid, and weapons assembly.
Their military backgrounds and experience represent the entire spectrum of the Army Reserve. Many have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Their career fields include military police, healthcare, mechanics, human resources, intelligence, chaplain assistant and engineering. They represent a wide cross-section of America, hailing from various states across the United States.
The winners will be announced at an awards dinner at 5 p.m. Central time, June 24, at the American Legion Post in Sparta, Wis. The top NCO and Soldier will go on to represent Army Reserve at the Department of the Army “Best Warrior” Competition, to be held in October at Fort Lee, Va.