SAN ANTONIO -- Twenty-four of the Army's warriors, representing 12 commands from across the Army, recently reported to Fort Lee, Va., to compete in the 2012 Best Warrior Competition.

Among those participating in the Oct. 15-18 event were SSG Randy Roscoe and SGT Kevin Mulloy, representing the U.S. Army Installation Management Command.

Following four days of intense competition, in what is described as the "Super Bowl" of Army competitions, SSG Matthew Senna, an infantryman stationed in Germany, was named the Department of the Army's 2012 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and SGT Saral Shrestha, of Fort Bragg, N.C., was named the 2012 Soldier of the Year.

Despite missing the top honor, IMCOM's competitors are taking the lessons they learned back to their garrisons.

Roscoe, a mental health specialist, hopes his participation in the event inspires his fellow Soldiers at the Fort Huachuca, Ariz., garrison, to improve their skills as well.

"Next year I want one of my Soldiers to come here and compete. It's the complete circle," said Roscoe. "I want my non-commissioned officers to be better Soldiers than me."

"This is the top of the mountain. These are the type of Soldiers, the type of NCOs I want to be around and who I want to emulate," said Roscoe.

Among other things, Mulloy, a motor transport operator for U.S. Army Garrison Fort Bliss, took away a sense of respect for the cooperative spirit between the Soldiers and their respective commands.

"It really showed me that the United States Army is a Family and that's how I really now perceive the military," he said.

"[In] this competition, I've really grasped what it is to be a well-rounded Soldier," added Mulloy.

"I've never imagined myself at this level," said Roscoe. "I've always wanted to do things like this and now it's becoming possible. It sets my new standards really high. It sets my expectations really high. Now I feel like I can do anything. If I can make it to this level and compete, I can do anything in the Army."

"It was about the total Soldier concept," said SMA Raymond F. Chandler III. "We stressed them mentally as well as physically. We challenged them on their creative and critical thinking skills while under pressure. Each one [who competed] should be very proud of what they achieved to get to this place."

(This report is consolidated from contributions by David Vergun (ARNEWS), SPC Raul Pacheco, Evan Dyson (IMCOM Public Affairs), and the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System.)