Warriors

The Warriors who compete in this year’s events at local levels and the Department of Army Best Warrior Competition represent a broad spectrum of the men and women from across the Army and hometowns across America. Each has answered the Nation’s call for selfless service and sacrifice. They are standard bearers of the Army Profession.

Warriors competing for the title Soldier of the Year include the ranks of private through specialist. Warriors competing for the title Noncommissioned Officer of the Year include ranks corporal through sergeant first class. All Army active duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers are eligible to compete.

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  • Staff Sgt. Jeremy BaharlouiAMC
    Staff Sergeant Jeremy Baharloui

    Assigned Unit: AMC Band, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.

    Military Occupation Specialty: Army Musician (42R)

    Hometown: Melbourne, Fla.

    Year of Enlistment: 1998

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  • Spc. Adam Walton AMC
    Specialist Adam Walton

    Assigned Unit: AMC Band, Redston Arsenal, Huntsvilla, Ala.

    Military Occupation Specialty: Army Musician (42R)

    Hometown: Champaign, Ill.

    Year of Enlistment: 2012

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  • Sgt. Justin McLendonFORSCOM
    Sergeant Justin Mclendon

    Assigned Unit: Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division(Light Infantry)

    Military Occupation Specialty: Infantryman (11B)

    Hometown: Mobile, Ala.

    Year of Enlistment: 2012

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  • Sgt. James GawlowskiFORSCOM
    Sergeant James Gawlowski

    Assigned Unit: Delta Battery 3-4 Air Defense Artillery, 108th Brigade

    Military Occupation Specialty: Patriot Missile Enhanced Operator and Maintainer (14E)

    Hometown: Macomb, Mich.

    Year of Enlistment: 2010

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  • Staff Sgt. Jacob A. KasardaIMCOM
    Staff Sergeant Jacob A. Kasarda

    Assigned Unit: U.S. Army Garrison Benelux Headquarters and Headquarters Company

    Military Occupation Specialty: Military Police (31B)

    Hometown: Brandon, Fla.

    Year of Enlistment: 2006

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  • Spc. Shane A. SitalIMCOM
    Specialist Shane A. Sital

    Assigned Unit: U.S. Army Garrison Benelux-Schinnen Headquarters and Headquarters Company

    Military Occupation Specialty: Military Police (31B)

    Hometown: Freeport, N.Y.

    Year of Enlistment: 2013

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  • Staff Sgt. Kevin SimpsonMDW
    Staff Sergeant Kevin Simpson

    Assigned Unit: The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" Fort Myer, Va.

    Military Occupation Specialty: Special Bandsman (42S)

    Hometown: Upland, Ca.

    Year of Enlistment: 2008

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  • Pfc. David SaundersMDW
    Private First Class David Saunders

    Assigned Unit: 4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

    Military Occupation Specialty: Infantryman (11B)

    Hometown: Roanoke, Va.

    Year of Enlistment: 2014

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  • Sgt. Felipe A. MontoyaMEDCOM
    Sergeant Felipe A. Montoya

    Assigned Unit: Bavaria Dental Activity

    Military Occupation Specialty: Dental Specialist (68E)

    Hometown: Miami, Fla.

    Year of Enlistment: 2013

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  • Spc. Jordan LacyMEDCOM
    Specialist Jordan Lacy

    Assigned Unit: U.S. Army Medical Department Activity - Alaska

    Military Occupation Specialty: Healthcare Specialist (68W)

    Hometown: Crescent City, Calif.

    Year of Enlistment: 2013

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  • Sgt. Robert CunninghamNGB
    Sergeant Robert Cunningham

    Assigned Unit: West Virginia Army National Guard's 119th Engineer Company (Sapper)

    Military Occupation Specialty: Combat Engineer (12B)

    Hometown: Culloden, W. Va.

    Year of Enlistment: 2010

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  • Spc. Cruser BarnesNGB
    Specialist Cruser Barnes

    Assigned Unit: 1st Squadron, 299th Cavalry Regiment

    Military Occupation Specialty: Military Cavalry Scout (19D)

    Hometown: Kaneohe, Hawaii

    Year of Enlistment: 2012

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  • Sgt. James D. FrenchSMDC
    Sergeant James D. French

    Assigned Unit: C Company, 53rd Signal Battalion, Landstuhl, Germany

    Military Occupation Specialty: Military Satellite Communications Systems/Maintainer (25S)

    Hometown: North Lauderdale, Fla.

    Year of Enlistment: 2012

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  • Sgt. Kristopher A. GraysonSMDC
    Sergeant Kristopher A. Grayson

    Assigned Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 53rd Signal Battalion, Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Military Occupation Specialty: Military Satellite Communications Systems Operator/Maintainer (25S)

    Hometown: Augusta, Ga.

    Year of Enlistment: 2012

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  • Staff Sgt. Christopher ThompsonTRADOC
    Staff Sergeant Christopher Thompson

    Assigned Unit: XVIII Airborne Corps NCOA

    Military Occupation Specialty: Motor Transport Operator (88M)

    Hometown: Circleville, Ohio

    Year of Enlistment: 2007

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  • Sgt. Raymond J. NicholsTRADOC
    Sergeant Raymond J. Nichols

    Assigned Unit: C Company, 1st-11th Aviation Regiment, 110th Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, AL

    Military Occupation Specialty: Air Traffic Control Operator (15Q)

    Hometown: Nyack N.Y.

    Year of Enlistment: 2012

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  • Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Murray USARAF
    Sergeant First Class Jesse Murray

    Assigned Unit: : U.S. Army Africa, Vicenza, Italy

    Military Occupation Specialty: Infantry (11B)

    Hometown: Cape Coral, Fla.

    Year of Enlistment: 2002

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  • Spc. Travis Shooks USARAF
    Specialist Travic Shooks

    Assigned Unit: 517th Geospatial Engineer Detachment, Vicenza Italy

    Military Occupation Specialty: Healthcare Specialist (68W)

    Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Year of Enlistment: 2013

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  • Staff Sgt. Andrew FinkUSARC
    Staff Sergeant Andrew Fink

    Assigned Unit: 409th Area Support Medical Company

    Military Occupation Specialty: Health Care Specialist (68W)

    Hometown: Cook, Minn.

    Year of Enlistment: 2007

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  • Spc. Bryce ParkerUSARC
    Staff Specialist Bryce R. Parker

    Assigned Unit: 492nd Civil Affairs Battalion, 358th Civil Affairs Brigade

    Military Occupation Specialty: Civil Affairs Specialist

    Hometown: Marana, Ariz.

    Year of Enlistment: 2013

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  • Sgt. 1st Class Elijah Dean HowlettUSAREUR
    Sergeant First Class Elijah Dean Howlett

    Assigned Unit: 1st Squadron 9151 Calvary Regiment, 173 Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne)

    Military Occupation Specialty: Infantry (11B)

    Hometown: Chatsworth, Calif.

    Year of Enlistment: 2005

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  • Spc. Jared TansleyUSAREUR
    Specialist Jared Tansley

    Assigned Unit: 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Headquarters Troop

    Military Occupation Specialty: Infantry (11B)

    Hometown: Dekalb, Ill.

    Year of Enlistment: 2013

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  • Sgt. Michael L. HooksUSARPAC
    Sergeant Michael L. Hooks

    Assigned Unit: HHC, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

    Military Occupation Specialty: Horizontal Construction Engineer (12N)

    Hometown: Metropolis, Ill.

    Year of Enlistment: 2012

  • Spc. Jonathan J. RenteriaUSARPAC
    Specialist Jonathan J. Renteria

    Assigned Unit: HHC, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th TSC, USARPAC

    Military Occupation Specialty: Geospatial Engineer (12Y)

    Hometown: El Paso, Tx.

    Year of Enlistment: 2013

  • Staff Sgt. Rodney O. CabebeUSASOC
    Specialist rodney

    Assigned Unit: A Company, Special Operations Training Battalion

    Military Occupation Specialty: Radio and Communications Security Repairer

    Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

    Year of Enlistment: 2002

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  • Spc. Emanuel L. MooreUSASOC
    Staff Specialist Emanuel L. Moore

    Assigned Unit: 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

    Military Occupation Specialty: Radio and Communications Security Repairer (94E)

    Hometown: Selma, Ala.

    Year of Enlistment: 2013

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