Four Installation Management Command Soldiers were recognized for their Best Warrior Competition victories in a virtual ceremony July 8, hosted by Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, IMCOM’s commanding general, and Command Sergeant Major Joe Ulloth, IMCOM’s Command Sergeant Major, at IMCOM headquarters on Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
Sgt. David Baker of USAG Ansbach, Spc. Jacob Harris of USAG West Point, Staff Sgt. Richard Vetch of Fort Rucker, and Spc. Alexander Haydon of Fort Campbell are headed to the Army Materiel Command level of the competition.
The four winners competed against Soldiers within their IMCOM divisions to move onto the next level.
“I appreciate all of your efforts and wish you the best of luck in the next level,” Lt. Gen. Gabram said during the ceremony.
Baker, the IMCOM Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, recently completed the Army’s Basic Leadership Course and is part of a dual military spouse family.
“They are a great Army team and Sgt. Baker is ready to represent IMCOM,” said Sgt. Maj. Eric Bohannon.
Harris, IMCOM Solider of the Year, is part of an honor guard and law enforcement platoon at USAG West Point.
“Congratulations Spc. Harris. When we say that all of us are the face of the Army, you really are,” said Lt. Gen. Gabram. “The roles and responsibilities that you have as a young Soldier, especially at funerals, is filled with tradition, honor and all of the things our Army stands for.”
Vetch, president of Fort. Rucker’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program, is an unmanned aircraft systems operator and recently received a 597 on the Army’s Combat Fitness Test which has a maximum score of 600.
One of the leaders who spoke one Vetch’s behalf said he is a great NCO and is really looking forward to being able to compete. He is well deserving to represent IMCOM.
Spc. Haydon, a paralegal headed to air assault school in August, volunteers in his free time at a local food bank to help support his community.
“A lot of people say you get promoted in what you have to do. No, not really. You go to the next level because you are doing things outside of that and doing things off duty to put yourself ahead,” said Lt. Gen. Gabram. “Thanks for what you do.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Ulloth wished the competitors luck at the next level and to represent the Army beyond the AMC level of competition.
The four awardees will compete July 16 at the AMC level for their chance to move on and compete at the top Army level.