MARSEILLES TRAINING CENTER, Illinois – Competitors from U.S. Army Sustainment Command competed to see who is the best warrior during the command’s Best Warrior Competition, May 17-20. The competition tested the NCOs grit, tenacity and Army knowledge through several events.
“I wanted to compete in this competition to build esprit-de-corps with my fellow NCOs,” said Sgt. 1st Class Mikaela Clark, who works in the ASC provost marshal’s office. Clark, who recently came to ASC from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, also said she wanted to compete to maintain her proficiency in warrior tasks and battle drills.
The competition’s events included M4 rifle shooting qualification, a confidence course, a 12-mile ruck march, the Army Combat Fitness Test, rendering tactical combat care while under fire and an administrative board. The candidates also received refresher training on disassembling and reassembling various weapons and land navigation.
“This is really good,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Tyndall, who works in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company training room as the operations NCO. “I am learning a lot. Most of this is refresher training but it is good to get out and do this kind of thing.”
Along with the competition and training, the cadre and the candidates had to adapt and overcome some issues.
Upon arrival at the training center, it was discovered that all of the ranges were shut down for the week. Therefore, the range portion of the competition took place at the Engagement Skills Trainer.
The EST is a laser-based indoor multi-purpose arms trainer, which provides Soldiers training for marksmanship. While it is normally used for training purposes only, it can be used to conduct qualification ranges if a live-fire range is not available.
While the competition was challenging for the candidates, most of them agreed that the 12-mile ruck march was the most difficult.
“It was definitely not the easiest 12-mile ruck I have done,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Sullivan, the administrative aide to the ASC command sergeant major. “The hills killed me. I left my soul on the last one.”
Sullivan completed the ruck in 2 hours, 32 minutes.
Tyndall was declared the winner of the competition with a score of 980 out of 1,000 total points.
He will represent ASC at the U.S. Army Material Command Best Warrior Competition, which is scheduled to take place July 16-30 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.
“You are amazing.” Said Command Sgt. Maj. Marco Torres, command sergeant major, ASC, to Tyndall after he was declared the winner. “You are not human.”
ASC leads the global sustainment mission in over 20 countries and 32 states including 500 Soldiers, 7,400 civilians and 40,000 contractors in aligning by integrating materiel distribution and strategic and operational sustainment capabilities to tactical units and enabling Army readiness.