PRMC names 2011 ‘Best Warriors’

| February 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
NCO of the Year, Staff Sgt. Matthew Frost, pharmacy NCO, Co. A, TAMC, pins an opponent during the combatives portion of PRMC’s Best Warrior Competition.

NCO of the Year, Staff Sgt. Matthew Frost, pharmacy NCO, Co. A, TAMC, pins an opponent during the combatives portion of PRMC’s Best Warrior Competition.

Story and Photo by
Tere Bandy
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

 

HONOLULU — With the hopes of being the Army Medical Command’s best, Soldiers of the Pacific Regional Medical Command competed for the prestige of being announced as the 2011 “Best Warrior.”

Eight Soldiers from around the command’s regional area started the challenging competition, Jan. 28.

The competition was arranged by the Tripler Army Medical Center, under the direction of Command Sgt. Maj. William Franklin, command sergeant major, TAMC and PRMC.

Four of the eight competing Soldiers traveled from Japan and South Korea to represent their commands.

Commonly known as the Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competitions, the Best Warrior Competition challenges each Soldier with skills that he or she should be able to demonstrate in combat.

Day one was comprised of vigorous challenges. Each contestant completed the Army physical fitness test, showed basic marksmanship and displayed squad actions within the military operations on urban terrain site.

Day two included combatives and day and night urban orienteering.

On days three and four, participants completed a written exam, wrote an essay and faced an oral examination board.

The fifth and final day of the competition included a uniform inspection and an award ceremony at TAMC’s Patriot Ball where Staff Sgt. Matthew Frost,  pharmacy NCO, Company A, TAMC, was chosen as the NCO of the Year, and Spc. Barry Carr, radiology specialist, also of Co. A, TAMC, was named the Soldier of the Year.

“I expected the competition to be challenging because Soldiers thrive when challenged,” Frost said. “This is a good way to test our well-rounded skills against each other. I like these competitions because we get to ‘Soldier up.’”

Both Frost and Carr will continue on, later this summer, to represent PRMC in the U.S. Army Medical Command competition at Fort Bragg, N.C.

PRMC’s Best Warriors

•NCO of the Year: Staff Sgt. Matthew Frost, pharmacy NCO, Co. A, TAMC

•Soldier of the Year: Spc. Barry Carr, radiology specialist, Co. A, TAMC

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