94th AAMDC Warrior Challenger advances to USARPAC level

| May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
94th AAMDC Soldiers prepare to aim and fire their weapons at a Schofield Barracks rifle range during the  Warrior Challenge Competition Reflexive Fire event May 6, 2013. The event was one of several events leading up to the announcement of the two winners bestowed with the title of 94th AAMDC Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year for 2013.  (Photo by Staff Sgt. George Torres, 94th AAMDC Health Care NCO).

94th AAMDC Soldiers prepare to aim and fire their weapons at a Schofield Barracks rifle range during the Warrior Challenge Competition Reflexive Fire event May 6, 2013. The event was one of several events leading up to the announcement of the two winners bestowed with the title of 94th AAMDC Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year for 2013. (Photo by Staff Sgt. George Torres, 94th AAMDC Health Care NCO).

Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command
Public Affairs

Winners of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s Warrior Challenge competition for Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year were announced, Monday.

Staff Sgt. Joshua McCall, chemical operations specialist NCO in charge, and Spc. Derek B. Hibbs, passive defense operations sergeant, were named 94th AAMDC NCO and Soldier of the year, respectively.

The event lasted four days and was full of challenges.

“I was selected to participate in the Warrior Challenge after winning one of the Soldier of the Quarter boards,” said Hibbs. “I prepared for the competition by studying my Soldier tasks, working on my physical fitness, getting assistance from my leadership and training as much as possible.

“My sponsor was a former winner of this competition, and he had a lot of knowledge on how to perform and what to expect during the events,” said Hibbs.

Similarly, McCall was selected for the challenge after winning an NCO of the Quarter board.

“My sponsor prepared me for the Warrior Challenge by motivating me, taking time on the weekend to help me study and plot grid coordinates,” said McCall. “Through years of expertise and studying my warrior tasks, I was able to prepare for the competition.”

During the competition, Soldiers participated in events from land navigation, urban orienteering, reflexive fire, combatives tournament, a written essay and an oral board.

“The most challenging event for me was the daytime land navigation,” said Hibbs. “It posed a challenge because it’s a perishable skill, and we don’t train on it as much as we probably should.”

“All of the events were challenging,” said McCall. “For me, the most challenging event was the land navigation course.”

Soldiers of all ranks should always find ways to brush up on their basic Soldier tasks.

McCall added that it’s important to have events like Warrior Challenge because the Army wants to get back to the basics, and competitions like this give Soldiers an opportunity to use their basic skills.

“When I found out that I won the 94th AAMDC Warrior Challenge and was named the NCO of the Year, I was happy to be a chemical operations guy winning this in an air defense unit,” said McCall.

Hibbs’ reaction was the same when he learned that he’d won the challenge and was named Soldier of the Year.

“I was happy because I performed to the best of my abilities, and I didn’t let my leadership down,” said Hibbs.

The two now go on to compete in the USARPAC Warrior Challenge, which commences June 9.

USARPAC winners go on to compete at the Army-level Warrior Challenge.

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