Winners of the DENCOM Atlantic Best Warrior Competition were announced Thursday in Fort Jackson's Soldier Support Institute theater after three days of grueling competition.
Best Warrior Soldier was awarded to Pfc. Jacob Beagley from Fort Gordon, Georgia.
"We all did this together, helping each other -- I really appreciate you guys -- you're the ones that helped me make it through," said Beagley to his fellow competitors. "Winning the competition means earning an honorable and prestigious title that you can hold on to forever."
Best Warrior Non- Commissioned Officer was awarded to Staff Sgt. Scottie Bullock from Fort Drum, New York.
"This competition meant seeing old friends and meeting new Soldiers -- the future of the dental (military occupational specialty)," said Bullock. "I have a sense of pride and wanted to represented my unit to the fullest and offer my best -- I guess I accomplished that."
Representatives from forts Benning, Bragg, Campbell, Drum, Gordon, Jackson, Knox, Meade, Stewart and from West Point presented each winner with congratulatory gifts from their respective dental activities.
Col. Anthony Joyce, deputy commander of DENTAC at Fort Jackson presided over the ceremony, handing out awards. He said he was proud of all the competitors for making it to this level of competition and giving it their all.
"You guys have to look at yourselves, look left and right - you are the future," said Command Sgt. Maj. Antwone Trouble Jones, MEDCOM Atlantic's senior enlisted advisor from Fort Belvoir, Virginia. "(The first sergeants at the ceremony) are the present, I am the past -- and the future looks bright. I am so proud of all you have done!"
Beagley and Bullock will move on to compete for Regional Health Command Atlantic best warrior