FORT McCOY, Wis. -- More than 40 Army Reserve Soldiers met the Chief of the Army Reserve, Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, at the Army Reserve’s Best Warrior Competition, held June 20-24, 2011 here at Fort McCoy.

Stultz attended the Best Warrior Competition combatives tournament on Thursday, then spent Friday with the competitors and cadre.

Stultz regularly attends the annual Best Warrior Competition and said he is more impressed with the event every year.

“It establishes that our Soldiers are at the same level and standard as any Soldier in the Army,” Stultz said. “As I said last night, somebody said of the Soldier who won the combatives, ‘He’s the best in the Army Reserve.’ I said, ‘No, he’s not. He’s the best in the Army.’

“This is one Army. This is the Army’s best. It just happens that they are competing here for us in the Army Reserve.”

The Soldiers competing this week at the Best Warrior Competition are drawn from among the 205,000 Soldiers in the U.S. Army Reserve. They beat back challengers at the local and regional level for the honor of competing in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy.

Stultz said he planned to tell all the competitors that he appreciates them for serving their nation, for what they have done and continue to do, and for being an inspiration to our country.

“They are all winners,” Stultz said. “We’ll pick the best, but we’ll pick the best winner. There are no losers in this group. You know I’d take any of them with me to battle any day and feel confident that I am going to be safe, and I’m going to have the best warrior defending me on the battlefield.”

The Soldiers competing at the Best Warrior Competition spent the week on a variety of Army challenges that tried 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 banquet June 24 at the American Legion Post in Sparta, Wis. The top NCO and Soldier will go on to represent the Army Reserve at the Department of the Army’s Best Warrior Competition in October at Fort Lee, Va.

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