2nd BCT names Warrior Soldier and NCO of the Year

| January 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Adam Connolly, cannon crew member, Battery A, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt., 2nd BCT, “Warriors,” 25th ID, reassembles an M249 squad automatic weapon during the Warrior of the Year Competition, Jan. 12, at COB Warhorse.

Staff Sgt. Adam Connolly, cannon crew member, Battery A, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt., 2nd BCT, “Warriors,” 25th ID, reassembles an M249 squad automatic weapon during the Warrior of the Year Competition, Jan. 12, at COB Warhorse.

Story and Photo by
Cpl. Robert England
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

 

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq — Select Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, “Warriors,” 25th Infantry Division, represented their units and competed to determine who had the right to claim being the 2010 Warrior of the Year.

Seven Soldiers and noncommissioned officers competed against one another during the Warrior Soldier and NCO of the Year competitions, here, Jan. 11-12.

Staff Sgt. Adam Connolly, cannon crew member, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd BCT, surpassed the competition to be named Warrior NCO of the Year.

Pfc. Mark De Alencar, cannon crew member, Battery B, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt., 2nd BCT, took the title of Warrior Soldier of the Year.

“There are about 4,000 Soldiers in the Warrior Bde.,” said Command Sgt. Maj. William Hain, command sergeant major, 2nd BCT. “You all that competed today, represent the top seven for the year 2010, and that’s a big deal.

“Regardless of where you ended up or where you placed, your battalions, squadrons, companies, troops and batteries are all extremely proud of you,” he said, commending all of the participants at the awards banquet at the conclusion of the competition.

The first day of the competition tested competitors’ mental resolve, as the Soldiers competed in a brigade-level military board, covering topics ranging from Army field manuals to current events.

Hain served as the president of the board, while the battalion sergeants major assumed the role of board members and assessed each competitor’s comprehension of various Soldier skills and composure in stressful situations.

“The board was definitely the most challenging aspect for me,” Connolly said. “I’d been prepping for it (for) a month before my promotion board back in September of last year.”

The second competition day began promptly at 6 a.m., with a physical fitness test that challenged each Warrior’s physical endurance. Soldiers completed two minutes worth of push-ups and sit-ups, before a timed two-mile run around the base.

Competitors then advanced to the weapons range, where they adjusted the settings on their assigned weapons. With the weapons fine-tuned to their personal preferences, Soldiers shot 40 rounds of ammunition, firing at specific targets in a predetermined sequence.

After a short break, the competition reconvened at the soccer field, here, where the competitors demonstrated land navigation and first aid.

For the land navigation portion, each Soldier entered waypoints into an electronic navigation device to locate points around the base. The first aid portion of the competition tested each competitor’s ability to evaluate a simulated casualty and treat simulated wounds such as arterial bleeding and an open fracture.

Sgt. 1st Class Jim Clanton, operations sergeant, 2nd BCT, said the goal was to make event scores as even as possible so that no event took more precedence than another.

The winners of the competition had the highest cumulative score tallied from each event.

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