9th MSC Best Warriors announced

| May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
Spc. Justin Trusso (left), carpentry and masonry specialist, 797th Eng. Co., 411th Eng. Bn., 9th MSC, tries to lock in an arm bar on Sgt. Jeremiah Bruce, infantryman, HHC, 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 9th MSC, during the combatives event of the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition,  May 22. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Vine, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Spc. Justin Trusso (left), carpentry and masonry specialist, 797th Eng. Co., 411th Eng. Bn., 9th MSC, tries to lock in an arm bar on Sgt. Jeremiah Bruce, infantryman, HHC, 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 9th MSC, during the combatives event of the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, May 22. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Vine, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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

The 9th Mission Support Command announced the winners of this year’s Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition (BWC), May 23.

Sgt. Jeremiah Bruce, infantryman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, emerged as the top Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, and Spc. Justin Trusso, carpentry and masonry specialist, 797th Engineer Co., 411th Eng. Bn., 9th MSC, won the battle for Soldier of the Year.

The weeklong event pushed the competitors to their physical and mental limits as they were evaluated on basic military skills, including land navigation, weapon marksmanship, combatives and the Army Physical Fitness Test.

The Soldiers were also judged on their appearance in uniform as they appeared before a board of senior enlisted leaders who assailed them with a series of Army questions.

Although the competition began on May 18, the weeks and months leading up to it were just as grueling for the Soldiers.

Bruce said that in the weeks preceding the BWC, he put himself through a rigorous regimen of physical fitness, Jiu-Jitsu training and long hours studying Army warrior tasks, which really paid off for him during the heat of the competition.

Trusso explained that even with all his preparation, he was nervous he wouldn’t measure up against the other Soldiers.

“When I first got here, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Trusso. “Everyone looked equally prepared. At one point, I was ready to give it up. But, I didn’t want to do that, so I just pushed through and seized the moment.”

Command Sgt. Maj. David Yamamoto, senior enlisted leader, 9th MSC, lauded the competitors for their tremendous efforts.

“I told these Soldiers to step out of their comfort zone, step up to the plate and take on new challenges, and they did,” said Yamamoto. “I have seen their faces and know who the best of the best are. They are our future. I couldn’t be any prouder.”

Bruce and Trusso are not only happy they have come out on top, but are both pleased to have represented their units well.

“It definitely brings some pride to my unit,” said Bruce, a member of the “Purple Heart Battalion.” “It’s not really so much about me as a person as it is just showing what the 100th Battalion can do.”

Trusso, a native of Yona, Guam, said, “This is just another way of putting Guam on the map. My unit, the 797th Eng. Co., we’re out there, and we’re coming strong.”

Bruce and Trusso realize that their journey is far from over, as they will continue to prepare for the national competition.

“I am anticipating for the next level of competition to be a lot more intense,” said Trusso. “I know that it is a really high bar, so Sgt. Bruce and I have got a lot more training to do in order to be ready.”

Sgt. Jeremiah Bruce (center), infantryman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, and Spc. Justin Trusso (second from right), carpentry and masonry specialist, 797th Engineer Co., 411th Eng. Bn., 9th MSC, pose with their trophies after being appointed the Noncommissiond Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year, respectively, at the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition ceremony, here, May 23. The two Soldiers will go on to represent the 9th MSC at the U.S. Army Reserve BWC, to take place at Fort McCoy, Wis., June 23-28. (Photo by Spc. David Harthcock, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Sgt. Jeremiah Bruce (center), infantryman, HHC, 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 9th MSC, and Spc. Justin Trusso (second from right), carpentry and masonry specialist, 797th Eng. Co., 411th Eng. Bn., 9th MSC, pose with their trophies after being appointed the Noncommissiond Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year, respectively, at the Pacific Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition ceremony, May 23. The two Soldiers will go on to represent the 9th MSC at the U.S. Army Reserve BWC, to take place at Fort McCoy, Wis., June 23-28. (Photo by Spc. David Harthcock, 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

For their distinguished accomplishments, the two Reservists were awarded an Army Commendation Medal and go on to represent the 9th MSC in the USAR Command BWC at Fort McCoy, Wis., scheduled June 23-28.

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