Pacific Army Reserve kicks off Best Warrior Competition
May 9, 2012
- The 9th Mission Support Command kicked off the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Schofield Barracks.
- The participants represent the best Soldiers and NCOs from major subordinate units within the Pacific Army Reserve.
- The Pacific Army Reserve encompasses Alaska, American Samoa, Japan, Korea, Saipan, Guam and the Islands of Hawaii.
FORT SHAFTER FLATS, Hawaii -- The 9th Mission Support Command kicked off the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition May 7 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, pitting nine Reservists in a head-to-head battle for coveted titles of Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.
The participants represent the best Soldiers and NCOs from major subordinate units within the Pacific Army Reserve, which encompasses Alaska, American Samoa, Japan, South Korea, Saipan, Guam and the Islands of Hawaii.
In today's first event, the Reservists pushed themselves to the limit by competing for the highest possible scores in an Army Physical Fitness Test. Throughout the afternoon, the Soldiers showcased their marksmanship abilities by firing pistols and rifles in timed events. The day ended with a detailed, written exam to determine the Soldiers' expertise in land navigation.
This regionally-significant event is far from over. With day one complete, the Soldiers will now face five additional days of physically and mentally-demanding challenges to include combat life-saving, armed combat, and even modern Army combatives.
"This competition pulls out the cream of the crop from the Pacific Army Reserve," said Command Sgt. Maj. David Yamamoto, command sergeant major for the 9th MSC. "What makes it so unique and different from the active component is that these Soldiers have full-time civilian jobs, families and outside responsibilities. The fact that they would take time out of their busy schedules to take part in this competition speaks volumes about their heart and dedication."
It's been a long road to the BWC for the Soldiers contending this week. For many, having to face off against their peers in order to qualify was no easy feat.
Sgt. Edward Martinez, a carpentry and masonry specialist for the 797th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Battalion, was selected to participate in this year's event after he fought his way through several company and battalion-level contests.
"It was extremely tough to get this far in the competition, but I'm grateful because it has been really great practice for what I have ahead of me," said Martinez.
Sgt. Joseph L. Clark, pharmacy technician, 1984th U.S. Army Hospital, is optimistic and proud to be where he is today.
"I know that all I can do is give 100 percent and hope I come out on top," said Clark.
The top Soldier and NCO will be honored at an awards ceremony here, which is scheduled for May 12.
These "best warriors" will go on to represent the Pacific Army Reserve at the U.S. Army Reserve Command BWC scheduled for July 14-21, at Fort McCoy, Wis.