• FORT SHAFTER FLATS, Hawaii - Sgt. 1st Class Dallas Pocaigue, 9th Mission Support Command noncommissioned officer of the year (center left), and Spc. Chung Lee, 9th MSC Soldier of the year (center right), proudly display their awards at the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition awards ceremony, here, May 12. The awards were presented by Col. John Ellis, deputy commander, 9th MSC (far left), and Command Sgt. Maj. David Yamamoto, CSM, 9th MSC (far right). Pocaigue and Lee will go on to represent the 9th MSC in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., scheduled for July. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Edward Daileg, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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    FORT SHAFTER FLATS, Hawaii - Sgt. 1st Class Dallas Pocaigue, 9th Mission Support Command noncommissioned officer of the year (center left), and Spc. Chung Lee, 9th MSC Soldier of the year (center right), proudly display their awards at the Pacific Army...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Spc. Chung Lee (right), 797th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Battalion, 9th Mission Support Command, assesses a leg wound of a simulated casualty here, May 8. Lee garnered the 9th MSC BWC Soldier of the year award and will go on to represent the Pacific Army Reserve in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., scheduled for July. (Photo by Sgt. James Kennedy Benjamin, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Spc. Chung Lee (right), 797th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Battalion, 9th Mission Support Command, assesses a leg wound of a simulated casualty here, May 8. Lee garnered the 9th MSC BWC Soldier of the year award and...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Spc. Chung Lee, carpentry and masonry specialist, 797th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Battalion, 9th Mission Support Command, clears the chamber of a .50-caliber machine gun during the Army Warrior Tasks event in the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, here, May 11. Lee garnered the 9th MSC Soldier of the year award and will go on to represent the command in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., scheduled for July. (Photo by Sgt. Elizabeth Cole, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Spc. Chung Lee, carpentry and masonry specialist, 797th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Battalion, 9th Mission Support Command, clears the chamber of a .50-caliber machine gun during the Army Warrior Tasks event in the...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Sgt. 1st Class Dallas Pocaigue, a senior food service instructor with the 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, performs a systems check on a M240B machine gun during the Army Warrior Tasks event for the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, here, May 11. Pocaigue garnered the 9th MSC noncommissioned officer of the year award and will go on to represent the 9th MSC in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., scheduled for July. (Photo by Sgt. Elizabeth Cole, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Sgt. 1st Class Dallas Pocaigue, a senior food service instructor with the 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, performs a systems check on a M240B machine gun during the Army Warrior Tasks...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Sgt. 1st Class Dallas Pocaigue, a senior food service instructor with the 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, checks his compass during the land navigation event of the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, here, May 8. Pocaigue garnered the 9th MSC noncommissioned officer of the year award and will go on to represent the 9th MSC in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., scheduled for July. (Photo by Sgt. Joseph Vine, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii " Sgt. 1st Class Dallas Pocaigue, a senior food service instructor with the 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, checks his compass during the land navigation event of the Pacific Army...

FORT SHAFTER FLATS, Hawaii -- The 9th Mission Support Command announced the Pacific Army Reserve Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year during a ceremony, here, May 12.

The Soldier of the year title went to Spc. Chung Lee, a carpentry and masonry specialist with the 797th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Battalion, 9th MSC, who rose above the region's top Army Reservists.

The hard-fought battle for NCO of the year went to Sgt. 1st Class Dallas Pocaigue, a senior food service instructor with the 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade, 9th MSC.

The two Army Reservists each earned their respective title and an Army Achievement Medal after competing in a weeklong Best Warrior Competition that assessed their mental and physical prowess through a myriad of events to include weapons qualification, land navigation and hand-to-hand combat.

"I was really excited and surprised that I was picked," said Pocaigue, a Hawaii resident and Guam native. "All the competitors worked equally hard, and it could have gone either way; anyone could have won."

Lee, who finished first in a muddy, rain-soaked road march, said he was unsure he was going to win.

When Lee heard his name announced as the Soldier of the year, his jaw dropped.

"I was really surprised that I was selected as the best warrior," he said.

Though there can only be two winners, Command Sgt. Major David Yamamoto, command sergeant major of the 9th MSC, said all the Soldiers in the competition gave everything they had.

"When I look at these Soldiers, I see how much time and effort they put into [the competition]. It shows me they're proud of themselves, they're proud of their unit and proud of the Army," said Yamamoto. "These Soldiers continue to exceed and raise the standard."

Although the regional competition is complete the journey for these victors is not yet over.

From this point, Lee and Pocaigue will go on to represent the 9th MSC at the U.S. Army Reserve BWC, scheduled for July 14-21, at Fort McCoy, Wis.

Both Soldiers said they will take their experience and lessons learned as they move on to the nationwide competition.

"I'm going to prepare for the next level by training a lot harder and a lot faster," said Pocaigue. "We are going to go out there with a bang."

Lee, a Guam resident, said he will also continue his training and is looking forward to the next challenge.

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