HEADQUARTERS U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright came south with a purpose and went home claiming the titles of USARAK Soldier and NCO of the Year for 2015.
Best Warriors Spc. Rahjee Hajj, representing the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, fought his way through the demanding Best Warrior Competition April 28 through May 1 to become USARAK’s Soldier of the Year. Hajj, from Fullerton, California, joined the Army in February 2013.
He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, graduating as a Cavalry Scout and reporting to Fort Wainwright for his first duty station.
Sgt. Cooper Hall, representing the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, earned the title of USARAK NCO of the year. Hall, from White Springs, Florida, is no stranger to the Best Warrior Competition, having won in the Soldier of the Year category last year.
Hall joined the Army in August 2012 and graduated Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as a Cannon Crew Member, and was later assigned to Fort Wainwright as his first duty station.
Hajj and Hall will next compete in the U.S. Army Pacific Best Warrior Competition in Hawaii later this summer. Winners from the USARPAC competition will compete for Army Soldier and NCO of the Year honors in Virginia against soldiers from 13 other major commands, in the fall.
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