REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., May 30 - Sgt. 1st Class Enes Memic has been named the U.S. Army Contracting Command's Best Warrior for 2015. Memic and five other Soldiers participated in a series of competitive events here, May 29-30.Memic, a 51C contracting noncommissioned officer from the 419th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was also named the Mission and Installation Contracting Command Best Warrior. The runner-up, and Expeditionary Contracting Command Best Warrior, was Sgt. 1st Class Cory Anderson, 413th CSB, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.This was a challenging competition said Memic. "I enjoyed both the urban orienteering and road march because they put your mind and body to the test" he added.
Memic will represent the command at the Army Materiel Command competition in July at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.Command Sgt. Maj David Puig said the Best Warrior Competition "tested the mental, physical and emotional strength of the competitors." He added that the Soldiers "endured long hours and demonstrated great stamina along with technical and tactical skills in completing the competition."Soldiers from across ACC came to Redstone Arsenal to compete for the title of ACC Best Warrior. The competition was also used determine the Best Warriors for the ACC Contracting Centers, Expeditionary Contracting Command, and Mission and Installation Contracting Command. Other Redstone Arsenal organizations could also send their Soldiers to participate said Sgt. Major Rafael Monge, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the competition.According to Puig, the event was planned and executed by the combined ACC/ECC staff along with support from ACC-RSA and the Army Materiel Command Band. "The support we received from ACC-Redstone and the Band was critical to the success of the competition. Their Soldiers provided an essential mix of skills and experiences that took the Best Warrior to a new level." The events was held at various locations around Redstone Arsenal.
In addition to Memic and Anderson, the other ACC competitors this year were Staff Sgt. Comfort Johnson, ACC-Warren, Warren, Michigan, Staff Sgt. Chiffon Canty, 411th CSB, Camp Coiner, Korea, Staff Sgt. Paul Gaeth, ACC-Redstone Arsenal, and Staff Sgt. Elijah Felton, 418th CSB, Fort Hood, Texas. Sgt. Brandon Clark and Spc. Adam Walton, both from the AMC Band, here, participated in the events to prepare for the AMC Best Warrior Competition.Participants endured two days of mental and physical challenges. Day one included the Army Physical Fitness Test, warrior tasks and battle drills, weapons qualification and urban orienteering. The second day involved a road march, a written test and essay and an appearance before a board of command sergeants major. Before the actual competition each competitor had their height and weight checked and conducted an equipment layout.All of the participants remarked about the difficulty of the competition. Felton said "This is the most difficult competition that I've ever been in and it was rough. It is an experience I will never forget." Anderson said "I really love how intense the whole thing was. I really liked the road march; it was physically demanding and it took you to the limit."Brig. Gen. Michael Hoskin, commanding general, ECC, presented the awards at the closing ceremony. He said all of the competitors could be proud of their achievements. They all had worked hard to get here and have represented their units, ACC, and the Army well, he added."It was a tough competition. I applaud all the fine non-commissioned officers who stepped up to the plate and accepted the challenge," said Puig. "Sgt. 1st Class Memec has the ability to represent not just ACC at the AMC competition, but AMC at the Army level. I am very confident that he will make this command proud."