311th Signal Pfc. competes in Reserve’s Best Warrior

| August 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

Liana Mayo
311th Signal Command Public Affairs

Pfc. Sarina Schmelling, intelligence analyst, HHC, 311th Signal Command, runs 2 miles during the Army Physical Fitness Test. (Timothy L. Hale | Courtesy Photo)FORT MCCOY, Wis. — An intelligence analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 311th Signal Command, recently competed in the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition held here.

Pfc. Sarina Schmeling, was one of two women, among 28 Soldiers, competing for the title of Best Warrior and was happy to have the opportunity to compete side-by-side with specialists and sergeants.

“I was the lowest-ranking competitor, so gaining their knowledge was great. They were there for me, which I appreciated very much,” said Schmeling.

The competition consisted of a series of scored events, including the Army Physical Fitness Test, M-16 rifle qualifications, day and night land-navigation, a 10K ruck-march, five mystery events, a written examination and essay, and finally, an appearance in front of a panel of senior enlisted Soldiers during a formal Soldier board. 

Each event counted for a specific number of points, and 500 points was the maximum number a Soldier could score. Evaluators considered how the Soldiers assisted one other and their overall military bearing, when making final decisions.

“The hardest part for me was the ruck march,” Schmeling said, “it was around six miles, which seems really long when you are carrying an 80-pound pack. I didn’t get blisters, but some hot spots.”

Schmeling did not take top honors, but she didn’t go home empty handed. 

“The most meaningful part that I gained experience from, was the land navigation course,” she said. “I hadn’t ever done it before, so it felt really good to get six out of seven possible points.”

The 311th Signal, is a multi-component command headquartered at Fort Shafter. It is designated as the signal command for Army Service Component Commands within the Pacific and Korean theaters. Its mission is to build, maintain and defend a robust LandWarNet, and provide tactical signal support to ensure that information services, systems and communications are provided throughout the Pacific region.

Sgt. David Rider, Company B, 256th Support Hospital out of Twinsburg, Ohio, received top honors as the Reserve Noncommissioned Officer of the Year; and Spc. Joshua McDowell, 7246th Installation Medical Support Unit out of Omaha, Neb., earned the title of Reserve Soldier of the Year. They will both go on to compete in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition in October.

Liana Mayo311th Signal CommandFORT MCCOY, Wis. — An intelligence analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 311th Signal Command, recently competed in the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition held here.Pfc. Sarina Schmeling, was one of two women, among 28 Soldiers, competing for the title of Best Warrior and was happy to have the opportunity to compete side-by-side with specialists and sergeants.“I was the lowest-ranking competitor, so gaining their knowledge was great. They were there for me, which I appreciated very much,” said Schmeling.The competition consisted of a series of scored events, including the Army Physical Fitness Test, M-16 rifle qualifications, day and night land-navigation, a 10K ruck-march, five mystery events, a written examination and essay, and finally, an appearance in front of a panel of senior enlisted Soldiers during a formal Soldier board. Each event counted for a specific number of points, and 500 points was the maximum number a Soldier could score. Evaluators considered how the Soldiers assisted one other and their overall military bearing, when making final decisions.“The hardest part for me was the ruck march,” Schmeling said, “it was around six miles, which seems really long when you are carrying an 80-pound pack. I didn’t get blisters, but some hot spots.”Schmeling did not take top honors, but she didn’t go home empty handed. “The most meaningful part that I gained experience from, was the land navigation course,” she said. “I hadn’t ever done it before, so it felt really good to get six out of seven possible points.”The 311th Signal, is a multi-component command headquartered at Fort Shafter. It is designated as the signal command for Army Service Component Commands within the Pacific and Korean theaters. Its mission is to build, maintain and defend a robust LandWarNet, and provide tactical signal support to ensure that information services, systems and communications are provided throughout the Pacific region.Sgt. David Rider, Company B, 256th Support Hospital out of Twinsburg, Ohio, received top honors as the Reserve Noncommissioned Officer of the Year; and Spc. Joshua McDowell, 7246th Installation Medical Support Unit out of Omaha, Neb., earned the title of Reserve Soldier of the Year. They will both go on to compete in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition in October.

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