FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. – While others turn over for one last snooze, soldiers from multiple Army commands met here to find out who is truly the Best Warrior, in a competition hosted by the 63rd Regional Support Command.
Twelve soldiers battle fatigue, cold weather and each other in a four-day event, hoping they would represent their command in United States Army Reserve Command BWC later on in the year. The 63rd RSC played executive agent in this competition, which featured contestants from the 75th Division, 152nd Theater Information Operations Group and the 2/415 Drill Sergeant Unit.
The events were extremely challenging for these competitors. Day one started off with height and weight measurements of these soldiers, followed by multiple briefs to include what creatures lay out in the field that could endanger a soldier.
Day two stated off with a 5 a.m. wake call, followed by physical fitness test, a general exam and a single elimination combative contest.
“We had some good prep that given to us on what to study for and how to physically prepare,” said Sgt. Trenton Covington, Combat Engineer, 2nd Mission Command Training Group, 5th Brigade, 75th Division.
Covington then smiled, knowing his wrestling background and road march training in the high altitudes in Colorado would help him win the single elimination combative training.
“Being this is my first BWC, I think my chances are real good on taking this contest,” Covington added.
Day three featured a day and night land navigation. Armed with only a pencil, protractor and a compass, soldiers navigated plains, hills and spurs looking for the points they measured out from the six to eight digit coordinates they plotted. No iPhone, Verizon wireless navigation or Google maps here.
“There’s only so much you could do to prepare for land navigation,” said Spc. Ivan Pimentel, human resource specialist, Headquarters Command, 5th Brigade, 75th Division.
Pimentel smiled while reminiscing about his third-place finish in last year’s USARC BWC.
“Being this is my third and final chance to win this, before I get promoted out, I really like my chances at winning this at USARC,” Pimentel added.
Day four featured range fire qualification, in the morning, followed by board questions on Army history and regulations, by selected personnel. The points were then tallied up, only to find out there was a tie for 63rd RSC Non-commissioned Officer of the year. After another mystery challenge, the 63rd RSC Non-commissioned Officer of the Year went to Staff Sgt. Jeremy Garrido, 191st Army Band, Camp Parks, California. Soldier of the Year went to Spc. Ahlam Gutierrez, 300th Army Band, Bell California.
“Being able to take soldiers to the BWC while on active duty increased my awareness of what to expect in these competitions,” said Staff Sgt. Jeremy Garrido.
“I had a lot of physical training, such as with running with my weighted vest on and utilizing flash cards to respond to questions help with my preparation for this contest,” Garrido added.
These 12 soldiers came here to see if their hard work, study and time will crown them the 63rd RSC Best Warrior. Some just came here to meet new friends and to push the inner warrior out. All gave it their best cause we have to be all that we can be in this U.S. Army.