After days of grueling competition in the extreme heat of southern Alabama, Sgt. Chance Cain was named Best Warrior for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at an awards ceremony Aug. 5 at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Cain is a military policeman assigned to Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and this was his first time contending for the Best Warrior designation. Staff Sgt. Sean Juneau, a quality assurance representative at Cairns Army Airfield on Fort Rucker, represented Aviation Center Logistics Command in this year’s event, which was hosted by the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence.
AMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Bradford Smith visited with the Soldiers and was on site for several events, offering encouragement and advice.
“I am thankful for the USAACE and Fort Rucker team for allowing our Soldiers to use the resources they have available to conduct our competition this year,” said Smith.
“With our Soldiers competing alongside their Soldiers, I think that made each of them try and push a little harder during the events.”
Sgt. Maj. Ekondua Amoke, Depot and Installation Sergeant Major for Letterkenny, said Cain was selected to represent the depot because of his background and experience.
“Just over three years into his service [at LEAD], Sgt. Cain has accomplished considerably more than some of his peers,” said Amoke. “He served as a drill sergeant before taking on the responsibility of providing security at the depot.
“He has a can-do attitude and will proficiently execute any task assigned to him. He is a professional and a leader.”
Twenty two Soldiers competed this year – three squads of five and seven individuals – in events such as the Army Combat Fitness Test, day and night land navigation, obstacle course (7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base), six-lane rigor, urban operations, marksmanship training, a 12-mile foot march and various tactical combat casualty care tasks.
The final event for the AMCOM competitors was appearing before a board of senior enlisted Soldiers where each candidate was inspected and asked a series of questions on a variety of topics.
With his selection at AMCOM Best Warrior, Cain moves on to the Best Warrior Competition hosted by Army Materiel Command, which is scheduled for Aug. 13-17 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Winners from that competition will compete in the Army-wide competition in September.