Warrior competition finds the best of the 8th TSC’s best

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Soldiers and noncommissioned officers competing in this year’s 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s Best Warrior Competition layout their gear and packing list items, April 23.

Soldiers and noncommissioned officers competing in this year’s 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s Best Warrior Competition layout their gear and packing list items, April 23.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

It’s 3 a.m. on a Tuesday on Oahu, Hawaii.

Shops are closed and the highway’s empty. Bakeries haven’t begun making their morning bread, and coffee will go unbrewed for another two to three hours. The island is asleep.

It’s 3 a.m. on a Tuesday on Oahu, Hawaii, and it’s time to fight!

Four Soldiers and four noncommissioned officers from 8th Theater Sustainment Command came together to compete against each other in the 8th TSC’s Best Warrior Competition, April 23-26:

•Sgt. Randal White and Spc. William Tosie from the 8th Special Troops Battalion,

•Sgt. Justin Mazzullo and Pfc. Cody Derington from the 130th Engineer Brigade,

•Sgt. Brian Rozario-Martinez and Spc. David Boone from the 8th Military Police Brigade, and

•Sgt. Colten Linville and Pfc. Jonathan Nelson from the 45th Sustainment Brigade.

They were selected by their units to represent them in this challenge.

The purpose of the competition was to select the best Soldier and NCO from the command to compete in the U.S. Army Pacific’s competition.

“I am competing because I want to be the best,” said White, transportation management supervisor in support operations. “I want to make it to the DA (Department of the Army) level.”

Spc. William Tosie, medical readiness specialist, 8th STB, studies his map of Schofield Barracks during the nighttime urban orienteering portion of the 8th TSC’s Best Warrior Competition, April 24.

Spc. William Tosie, medical readiness specialist, 8th STB, studies his map of Schofield Barracks during the nighttime urban orienteering portion of the 8th TSC’s Best Warrior Competition, April 24.

Others agreed.

“Everyone wants that title of ‘the best,’” said Boone, military police officer.

Day 1 began with an equipment layout and moved directly into an Army physical fitness test, but this test was not the standard PT. The Soldiers performed their pushups, sit-ups and two-mile run wearing a full combat uniform and carrying an M4 rifle.

“The physical aspect of the competition was the toughest part of the competition,” White said. “It’s a lot tougher than I imagined it would be, but I understand that it’s to exhaust us as much as possible and prepare the winner for the next level.”

The following day continued with a land navigation course, warrior tasks and drills, and finally, a nighttime urban orienteering course. With the stress levels kept high and the sleep kept to a minimum, the Soldiers were running on little more than adrenaline alone to finish out their day.

“This competition has taught me how to stay motivated,” explained Tosie, medical readiness specialist. “It’s hard to dig deeper when your well is dry, but in order to succeed in this competition and the Army as a whole, you have to learn to find that reserve of motivation.”

Day 3 continued with a four-mile road march to a rifle range where each Soldier competed in three different events: the .9 mil accuracy test, the M4 rifle accuracy test and the stress fire challenge.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spc. William Tosie (left), medical readiness specialist, 8th Special Troops Battalion, and Spc. David Boone (center), military police officer, 8th Military Police Brigade, race toward the finish line during the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s Best Warrior Competition, here, April 23. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Spc. William Tosie (left), medical readiness specialist, 8th STB, and Spc. David Boone (center), military police officer, 8th MP Bde., race toward the finish line during the 8th TSC’s Best Warrior Competition, April 23.

The competition finished up with an eight-mile road march straight into a combatives tournament. Each competitor walked off the road march and right into the “ring,” which was a patch of grass, marked off with white engineering tape.

Mazzullo said that he was so tired after the road march, but wouldn’t let himself stop there.

“I came this far and I’m going to finish it,” he said to himself.

In the end, there could only be two winners. White and Derington became the 8th TSC’s best warriors.

Although the others will not be moving on, each will take the lessons back to their units and Soldiers.

“This is one of the best things I have ever done in the Army,” said Boone. “Even though it was a competition, we built a lot of team cohesion, and we pushed each other to make it and get better.”

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