9th MSC’s best warriors compete

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Jonathan Buasuwan, 797th Eng. Co., 411th Eng. Bn., 9th MSC, fires an M4 carbine during the marksmanship portion of the BWC, May 18. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Chanelcherie DeMello, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Sgt. Jonathan Buasuwan, 797th Eng. Co., 411th Eng. Bn., 9th MSC, fires an M4 carbine during the marksmanship portion of the BWC, May 18. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Chanelcherie DeMello, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Spc. David Harthcock
305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 9th Mission Support Command

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — The 9th Mission Support Command kicked off the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition (BWC) at Schofield Barracks, Saturday, pitting 11 Reserve Soldiers in a head-to-head battle for the coveted titles of Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

The participants represent the best Soldiers and NCOs from major subordinate units within the Pacific Army Reserve, which encompasses Alaska, American Samoa, Japan, Korea, Saipan, Guam and Hawaii.

Sgt. Daniel Alsdorf, health care specialist, Det. 1, 1984th U.S. Army Hospital, 9th MSC, pushes himself during the three-part Army Physical Fitness Test. (Photo by Spc. David Harthcock, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Sgt. Daniel Alsdorf, health care specialist, Det. 1, 1984th U.S. Army Hospital, 9th MSC, pushes himself during the three-part Army Physical Fitness Test. (Photo by Spc. David Harthcock, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

In the day’s first event, the Reservists pushed themselves to the limit by competing for the highest possible scores in an Army Physical Fitness Test. Throughout the afternoon, the Soldiers showcased their marksmanship abilities by firing pistols and rifles in timed events. The day ended with a night-firing challenge.

This regionally significant event is far from over. The Soldiers face five additional days of physically and mentally demanding challenges, to include a 12-mile road march, medical simulations, modern Army combatives and land navigation.

“This is an opportunity for Soldiers to test themselves in how well they can endure warrior challenges and interaction with other Soldiers,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Randall Harr, senior enlisted leader, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, and executive agent in charge of the event. “It’s a competition, but also a great bonding experience.”

It was a long road to the Best Warrior for contending Soldiers. The competitors trained for weeks, going head-to-head against peers within their respective units in order to qualify.

“It feels good to do my best for my unit,” said Spc. David Westman, health care specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 411th Engineer Battalion, 9th MSC.

Sgt. 1st Class Aleksander Naluai, BWC noncommissioned officer in charge, confirmed the importance of the competition and benefits garnered for the individual Soldiers — and for the Army — throughout each event.

Alsdorf uses his compass to find his way during the land navigation course. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Vine, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Alsdorf uses his compass to find his way during the land navigation course. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Vine, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

“The competition establishes camaraderie among the units that compete and a sense of pride for the winners,” said Naluai. “It allows the NCOs and Soldiers to refresh their skills, not just for BWC, but for use within their units.”

The top Pacific Army Reserve Soldier and NCO from the competition will be honored at an awards ceremony, here. These best warriors will go on to represent the Pacific Army Reserve at the U.S. Army Reserve Command BWC at Fort McCoy, Wis., later this year.

The 9th MSC is a U.S. Army Reserve command assigned to U.S. Army-Pacific, and is located at Fort Shafter. It serves as the headquarters for all Army Reserve Soldiers in the Pacific theater, with major subordinate units stationed across the region in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Japan and Korea.

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