NETCOM Best Warriors
1 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Stephen Calderone, assigned to the 160th Signal Brigade, U.S. Army Signal Activity-Kuwait, pulls himself along a rope at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, May 15, 2017, during the Network Enterprise Command (NETCOM) Best Warrior Competition. Calderone top... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Brian D. Randall, assigned to 7th Signal Command, U.S. Army Signal Activity at Fort Detrick, Maryland, participates in a range during the 2017 NETCOM Best Warrior competition at Fort Huachuca, Az., May 16, 2017. Randall topped the other co... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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3 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. Jessica Estrada (left) and Sgt. Eric Taylor, assigned to Headquarters Company, Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), plot their points during the land navigation training exercise for the NETCOM Best Warrior Competition at Fort Huachuc... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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4 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. John Lubwama (left), assigned to 106th Signal Brigade, 7th Signal Command (Theater), and Spc. Hunter Stradley, assigned to the Cyber Protection Brigade (CPB), assemble a tactical radio during training for the Network Enterprise Technology Comman... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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5 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Allison C. Sardler, assigned to 52nd Signal Battalion, 5th Signal Command (Theater), climbs a ladder during the obstacle course event of the 2017 NETCOM Best Warrior Competition at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, May 15, 2017. The competition is a gruel... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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6 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Angel L. Ortiz, assigned to the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Center (USANEC), 160th Signal Brigade at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, uses a compass during the land navigation event for the 2017 NETCOM Best Warrior competition at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, M... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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7 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers competing in the 2017 Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) Best Warrior Competition receive instructions before qualifying with the M4 carbine at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, May 16, 2017. The M4 carbine qualification shoot is designed ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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8 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Justin Carter, assigned to 275th Signal Company, representing the 311th Signal Command (Theater), reports to the board members during the 2017 Network Enterprise Technology Command's (NETCOM) Best Warrior Competition at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, M... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (May 19, 2017) -- After a grueling week of competition, two Soldiers were chosen as the Network Enterprise Technology Command 2017 Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year during an awards and recognition ceremony held today in the Greely Hall Auditorium.

Staff Sgt. Brian Randall, assigned to the U.S. Army Signal Activity at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and representing the 7th Signal Command (Theater), was announced as the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Spc. Stephen Calderone, assigned to U.S. Army Signal Activity at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, representing the 160th Signal Brigade, was announced as the Soldier of the Year.

The winners received the Army Commendation Medal, a "Soaring Eagle" statue, and gift certificates from local community sponsors. They will represent NETCOM at the Army Cyber Command level of competition in August.

"These are the absolute best Soldiers from across NETCOM," said Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, NETCOM's command sergeant major.

Throughout the week, the Soldiers took part in a series of tasks and events which included the Army Physical Fitness Test, Obstacle Course, M4 Rifle Marksmanship, Day and Night Land Navigation, Army Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, Mystery Tasks, essay writing and the formal Sergeants Major Board. Each of these tasks tested the strength, endurance and mental agility of the Soldiers.

Runners-up for the competition were: (Soldier) Spc. Justin Carter, assigned to the 275th Signal Company at Camp Coiner, South Korea, representing the 311th Signal Command (Theater), and; (NCO) Sgt. Angel Ortiz, assigned to U.S. Army Signal Activity at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, representing the 160th Signal Brigade.

Runners-up received the Army Achievement Medal and gift certificates from local community sponsors. Responsibilities of the runners-up include representing NETCOM at the next level of competition should the winners not be able to compete.

"You represent every competitor here when you go to the next level," said Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Latter, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, who was the guest speaker. "Take this back with you. Develop the next generation of competitors."

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2017 Best Warrior Competition (Flickr)