• SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Spc. ScottJordan Garcia, a radio transmission operator with the 829th Signal Company, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, fires an M4 carbine, during the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, here, May 7. Garcia, from Wahiawa, is one of nine participants competing for the Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year titles. The winners of the weeklong event will go on to compete in the U.S. Army Reserve Command Best Warrior Competition, scheduled for July 14-21, at Fort McCoy, Wis.

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    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Spc. ScottJordan Garcia, a radio transmission operator with the 829th Signal Company, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, fires an M4 carbine, during the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Army Reserve Soldiers of the 9th Mission Support Command eagerly wait for the start of the two-mile run portion of the Army Physical Fitness Test during the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, here, May 7. With five days left in the competition, the participants will face additional mentally and physically challenging events including combat life-saving, armed combat and Army combatives to determine the Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

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    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Army Reserve Soldiers of the 9th Mission Support Command eagerly wait for the start of the two-mile run portion of the Army Physical Fitness Test during the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, here, May 7. With...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Sgt. Joseph Clark, pharmacy technician, 1984th U.S. Army Hospital, 9th Mission Support Command, sprints across the finish line during a timed, two-mile run as part of the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, here, May 7. Clark, one of nine Army Reserve Soldiers competing in the six-day competition, traveled from Anchorage, Alaska to represent his unit in hopes of walking away with the coveted title of Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

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    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Sgt. Joseph Clark, pharmacy technician, 1984th U.S. Army Hospital, 9th Mission Support Command, sprints across the finish line during a timed, two-mile run as part of the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, here...

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.

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