By T. Anthony BellApril 12, 2012
FORT LEE, Va. (April 12, 2012) - A 23rd Quartermaster Brigade Soldier captured first place in the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command's Ultimate Warrior Competition that took place April 3-4 at Fort Lee and Fort A.P. Hill.
Spc. Michael Edgarton, assigned to the 508th Transportation Company, 262nd QM Battalion, was a contestant in the Soldier of the Year category of the event but wound up out-scoring 10 other Soldiers, many of whom were senior noncommissioned officers.
Ultimate Warrior consisted of several events designed to test Soldiers' competencies. Modeled after the Department of the Army's Best Warrior Competition, it included the Army Physical Fitness Test, combatives, a board appearance, an essay and a number of Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills such as weapons assembly and disassembly.
All of the events took place at Fort Lee with exception of the weapons qualification, which took place at Caroline Country's A.P. Hill due to construction at the Lee ranges.
Sgt. 1st Class Enrique Fourzan, CASCOM G-3, said it was a good event marked by tense competition.
"The best part was the combatives," he said of the last event."You could see that they wanted to let loose. If we didn't have referees, they probably would have hashed it out. It was a good event to let out some energy."
Staff Sgt. Demetrius Matthews had enough energy to capture the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year title. He said he did his best but didn't expect to win the title.
"I could not believe I was being selected as the CASCOM NCO of the Year," said the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, CASCOM Soldier. "The realization of me actually winning did not set in until I shook hands with Maj. Gen. (James) Hodge and Command Sgt. Maj. (James) Riddick when they presented me with the trophy. I was excited and proud to know my hard work paid off in preparing for this competition."
Ultimate Warrior is a consolidated competition and included subordinate command winners of the Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year and Recruiter of the Year. Sgt. 1st Class William Slaght of Mike Company, 244th QM Bn., 23rd QM Bde., finished as the top AIT Platoon Sergeant while Staff Sgt. Kelvin James earned Retention NCO of the Year.
The competition included representatives from Fort Lee's Quartermaster and Transportation Schools, Army Logistics University and the Soldier Support Institute located at Fort Jackson, S.C.
Category winners will now move on to the Training and Doctrine Command level of the competition scheduled to take place in the coming weeks.
The winners in the Soldier and NCO of the Year competitions will advance to the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition scheduled for October at Fort Lee.