HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Twenty-eight of the Army’s finest warriors, representing 14 commands from across the Army, have gathered at Fort Lee, Va., to compete in the 2014 Best Warrior Competition. The four-day intensive competition began today and runs through Thursday, Oct. 9, to determine the U.S. Army’s 2014 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.
Staff Sgt. Adam White, assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at JBER, will represent U.S. Army Alaska and U.S. Army Pacific in the competition. White, from Porter, Texas, is an infantryman who has been in the Army for seven years and will be competing to be named the Army NCO of the Year for 2014.
Warriors in the ranks of private through specialist will compete for the Soldier of the Year title. Those in the ranks of corporal through sergeant first class will compete for the NCO of the Year title. All Army Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve-Component soldiers are eligible to compete.
The Best Warrior Competition promotes espirit de corps and recognizes soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values and embody the Warrior Ethos. During the four-day competition, these elite competitors will test their Army aptitude, conquering urban warfare simulations, physical fitness tests, written exams, and warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today’s operating environment.
In addition, warriors will go before a selection board comprised of six senior sergeants major from across the Army. These boards, chaired by Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler, evaluate competitor appearance, military bearing and knowledge of critical Army topics.
Winners will be announced on the evening of the final day of the competition, Thursday, at Fort Lee. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live at http://www.dvidshub.net/.
The Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year will receive prestigious honors in recognition of their achievements and represent the Army at special events throughout their 2014-2015 tenure.
The 2013 Soldier of the Year was Spc. Adam Christensen of U.S. Army Alaska’s 472nd Military Police Company at Fort Wainwright. The military policeman from Las Vegas, Nev., had only been in the Army for two years when he won the competition.
Submitted by John Pennell