U.S. Army Forces Command announced Aug. 8 that a 75th Field Artillery Brigade Soldier from Fort Sill, Okla., is the FORSCOM NCO of the Year for 2020 and that a 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldier from Fort Campbell, Ky., is the FORSCOM Soldier of the Year for 2020.
Army Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Badillo is the FORSCOM NCO of Year. Badillo, a native of Monroe, Mich., is a field artillery fire-finder radar operator with 75th Field Artillery Brigade, who has served in the Army for over seven years.
Spc. Garrett W. Turner is the FORSCOM Soldier of the Year. A native of Alexandria, Va., Turner is an infantryman from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion of the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. He’s served with the Army for three years.
The Best Warrior Competition recognizes Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values, embody the Warrior Ethos, and represent the Force of the Future. Badillo and Turner will compete at the Army Best Warrior Competition later this year.
Badillo has served in numerous Army assignments -- including Operation Enduring Freedom XIII-XIV, Operation Freedom's Sentinel XV- XVI, four Joint Readiness Training Center rotations, and several Command Post Exercises. Badillo’s military schools and courses include: Modern Army Combatives Level 1; Fire Inspector Level I and II; Basic Leader Course; Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System; Advanced Leaders Course Distinguished Honor Graduate; Unit Movement Officer Deployment Planning; Air Assault School; Jungle Operation Training Course; Sexual Harassment Assault Response Prevention; Combat Life Saver; and Command Post of the Future.
Badillo is Air Assault, Combat Lifesaver, Modern Army Combatives Level 1, and Jungle Operation Training Course qualified Soldier. His interests include volunteering at a local middle school, reading, working out and snowboarding.
Badillo said what motivates him to compete as a “Best Warrior” is “standing out and pushing myself to compete against the best, being a role model and influencing my subordinates, my unit, Fort Sill along with the Army as a whole.”
Turner graduated basic training and One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Ga. Following OSUT Specialist Turner attended the U.S. Army Airborne School, where he earned his jump wings.
During his Army career, Turner served in numerous roles -- to include Grenadier, Automatic Rifleman, Assistant Gunner, Team Leader, Senior Scout Observer, and currently as a Sniper in a Reconnaissance Platoon. Turner’s military education includes the U.S. Army Airborne School, Air Assault School and Combat Lifesaver course. He has also earned his Serbian, Polish, and Italian foreign jump wings.
“I chose the Infantry because I feel like it's the best fit for me,” Turner said. “I think God has blessed me with great potential and abilities that I felt would best be suited for the Infantry. The Infantry is the best way for me to bring the fight to the enemy and make the most difference.”
The Army Best Warrior Competition is the culminating test for NCOs and Soldiers of the Year from 11 Army commands across the globe.