Soldier of Year competes for fallen brother

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers execute Military Operations on Urban Terrain training as part of the 2013 annual U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command Best Warrior competition, Fort Shafter, recently. (Photo by Spc. Nikkoangelo Matos, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

Soldiers execute Military Operations on Urban Terrain training as part of the 2013 annual U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command Best Warrior competition, Fort Shafter, recently. (Photo by Spc. Nikkoangelo Matos, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

Maj. Avon Cornelius, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — We often hear of service members competing in honor of comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice.

One Signal Soldier in the Pacific, however, recently competed in honor of someone much closer to home.

Spc. Jonathan Ross, 293rd Sig. Co., 1st Sig. Bde., advances during urban operations drills as part of the 2013 NETCOM Best Warrior Competition. Ross competed in memory of his younger brother, Pfc. Adam Ross. (Photo by Spc. Nikkoangelo Matos, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

Spc. Jonathan Ross, 293rd Sig. Co., 1st Sig. Bde., advances during urban operations drills as part of the 2013 NETCOM Best Warrior Competition. Ross competed in memory of his younger brother, Pfc. Adam Ross. (Photo by Spc. Nikkoangelo Matos, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

Spc. Jonathan Ross, 293rd Signal Company, 1st Sig. Brigade, competed in the 2013 U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command Best Warrior Competition to honor the memory and selfless service of his younger brother, Pfc. Adam Ross, who was shot and killed in an ambush in Afghanistan, July 26, 2012.

“I took a lot of inspiration from my younger brother, who was killed in action right before the 1st Signal Brigade’s Soldier of the Quarter competition,” Ross said.

Ross made the journey from his duty station in South Korea to Hawaii to compete. He was one of four Soldiers from around the globe contending for the title of NETCOM Soldier of the Year during a competition held here in late June.

“Had it not been for Adam’s constant encouragement throughout my initial year in the Army, I seriously doubt I would be where I am today,” Ross said. “I have set my mind to compete at every level to the fullest of my ability, and I do it all in honor of his memory.”

During the competition, the Soldiers took a written examination and attended a formal sergeants major board.

“The Best Warrior Competition challenges organizations and individuals by creating a positive training environment that ultimately tests an individual’s physical attributes, basic rifle marksmanship and general military knowledge,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry, senior enlisted leader, 311th Sig. Command (Theater).

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Pfister, noncommissioned officer, 311th Signal Command (Theater), conducts a 10-mile road march during the 2013 annual U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command Best Warrior competition, Fort Shafter, recently. (Photo by Spc. Nikkoangelo Matos, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Pfister, noncommissioned officer, 311th Signal Command (Theater), conducts a 10-mile road march during the 2013 annual U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command Best Warrior competition, Fort Shafter, recently. (Photo by Spc. Nikkoangelo Matos, 311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs)

Ultimately, two Pacific Signal Soldiers were chosen to represent the command as NETCOM Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.

Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Pfister, 311th SC(T), Fort Shafter, was named NCO of the Year, and Ross was named Soldier of the Year.

“I feel that the competition was hard fought,” said Ross. “I went up against four very squared-away Soldiers, and I would not have been surprised if either of them were named Soldier of the Year.”

Ross and Pfister will represent NETCOM at the U.S. Army Forces Command competition this month.

“It’s a great honor to have been selected for this award from NETCOM,” said Pfister. “I look forward to representing the command at future competitions.”

The Army Best Warrior Competition started in 2002 and has been called the “Super Bowl” of Army competitions.

NETCOM Soldier and NCO of the Year

•Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Pfister, Fort Shafter, NCO of the Year

•Spc. Jonathan Ross, South Korea, Soldier of the Year

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