Warrior Challenge: USARPAC NCOs, Soldiers display their personal best at annual competition

| June 9, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Jonathan Williams (right), Co. H, 1st Bn., 501st Inf. Regt., Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, is graded as he conducts unmasking procedures while wearing mission-oriented protective posture gear during the 2011 USARPAC Warrior Challenge, Schofield Barracks, June 7.

Sgt. Jonathan Williams (right), Co. H, 1st Bn., 501st Inf. Regt., Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, is graded as he conducts unmasking procedures while wearing mission-oriented protective posture gear during the 2011 USARPAC Warrior Challenge, Schofield Barracks, June 7.

Story and Photos by
Russell Dodson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Six noncommissioned officers and five Soldiers from throughout U.S. Army-Pacific will have to wait until this evening to find out who is the best of the best.

That’s when the 2011 USARPAC NCO and Soldier of the Year will be revealed at the USARPAC Army Birthday Commemoration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Honolulu.

The winners will represent USARPAC at the Armywide competition later this year.

Most of the NCOs and Soldiers started their journeys six months ago when their units conducted their own internal warrior challenges. Competitors vied with battle buddies in their units to win, before respective winners then moved up to compete in USARPAC’s Warrior Challenge.

Spc. Kevin Oppelt, 56th Signal Bn., Okinawa, Japan, reassembles a military radio during the USARPAC Warrior Challenge, Schofield Barracks, June 7.

Spc. Kevin Oppelt, 56th Signal Bn., Okinawa, Japan, reassembles a military radio during the USARPAC Warrior Challenge, Schofield Barracks, June 7.

The Warrior Challenge finds the best NCO and Soldier in the Pacific.

“The importance of the Warrior Challenge is so that USARPAC can select an NCO and Soldier of the Year to represent the command at the Armywide competition,” said Sgt. Maj. Steven Hatton, USARPAC Operations, Plans and Training Office.

During the five-day competition, Soldiers are tested on their Army knowledge and physical and mental stamina. Throughout the week, Soldiers completed Warrior Task Testing, combatives, a physical fitness test, M4 carbine qualification and day/land navigation.

At the end of the competition, points are tallied and the highest-scoring NCO and Soldier are chosen as the Pacific region’s NCO and Soldier of the Year.

Each participant can earn a maximum of 500 points throughout the competition.

“Once all the events are completed, the scores are tabulated and the NCO and Soldier with the most points win,” Hatton said. “We try to make the Warrior Challenge resemble the (Armywide) competition, so the competitors will know what to expect at the Department of the Army level.”

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