By Mr. William B King (5th Signal Command)April 29, 2016
WIESBADEN, Germany -- 5th Signal Command (Theater) selected a new officer, noncommissioned officer and Soldier of the year after conducting its Best Warrior Competition April 24-27, 2016 in Wiesbaden.
The winners are 1st Lt. Octavio Mota, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Signal Brigade; Sgt. Carlos Flores, 39th Signal Battalion; and Spc. Samuel Latimore, 52nd Signal Battalion.
Latimore was also recently named the Soldier of the year for both U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart and Installation Management Command-Europe.
The Best Warrior Competition events included a 12-mile road march, weapons qualification, physical fitness test, day and night land navigation, combatives, written test and a formal board.
Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Gutierrez, 5th Signal Command senior enlisted advisor, said the competition was challenging and brought out the best in the competitors across a wide range of skills and scenarios.
"This year's 5th Signal Command Best Warrior Competition was a true testament to the Total Soldier Concept," Gutierrez said.
He said that while some competitors outperformed others in the formal board, for example, the winners were the ones who best demonstrated their skills across the full range of events.
"All the different events were challenging, but if I had to pick one it would be the ruck march," Flores said.
He said the competition is a great way to meet other Soldiers and NCOs from across Europe.
"There are going to be times where you are tired, a little sleep deprived and wonder what you got yourself into. When it's all said and done you will have done something that not a lot of Soldiers and NCOs have done," Flores said.
Flores and Latimore will represent 5th Signal Command in the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command Best Warrior Competition later this year at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
5th Signal Command (Theater) builds, operates and defends network capabilities to enable mission command and create tactical, operational and strategic flexibility for Army, Joint and Multinational forces in the EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibility.
2nd Signal Brigade builds, operates and defends Mission Command System and Networks in order to support unified action anytime, anywhere.