Pacific Regional MEDCOM recognizes Best Warriors

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Soldier jumps over one of multiple hurdles during the obstacle race portion of Pacific Regional Medical Command's Best Warrior Competition, here, April 23.

A Soldier jumps over one of multiple hurdles during the obstacle race portion of PRMC’s Best Warrior Competition, April 23.

Story and photos by Spc. Paxton Busch
Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Pacific Regional Medical Command honored the winners of its Best Warrior Competition during a ceremony at Tripler Army Medical Center, here, April 25.

This year’s winners, who are both from Schofield Barracks Health Clinic, were Sgt. Christopher Mitchell and Spc. Anthony Geckeler. Both are combat medics from Medical Company C, Schofield Barracks Health Clinic.

These two winners will move on to compete in the Medical Command-level Best Warrior Competition, that begins May 5.

Seven Soldiers from Japan, Korea, Schofield Barracks and TAMC competed against each other for the title. In the weeklong competition, noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted Soldiers participated in events, such as an oral board, a written test, a mystery event, qualifying on the Engagement Skills Trainer, an obstacle course, day and night land navigation and Army Warrior Task training. This year’s mystery event required the warriors to properly put together the dress uniform of the opposite gender.

A competitor struggles with the mystery event of  assembling the opposite gender's dress uniform, one of several challenges during the competition, April 22.

A competitor struggles with the mystery event of assembling the opposite gender’s dress uniform, one of several challenges during the competition, April 22.

The Soldiers started each day of the competition early with either a physical or mental challenge; they had to work through weather conditions, tough terrain and stress in order to distinguish themselves as the best of the best.

Although the competition required a tremendous amount of endurance on the part of the competitors, participants say it was worth the effort.

“It was a big event, and I had a great time while doing it. I met a lot of great people, and I would gladly do it again next year,” said Sgt. Christopher Mitchell, competitor.

Although the entire group worked hard and did their best, there could only be one winner from the NCO and junior enlisted categories, said PRMC competition officials.

Board members prepare to conduct the oral board with competitors on day one of PRMC's Best Warrior Competition at TAMC, April 21.

Board members prepare to conduct the oral board with competitors on day one of PRMC’s Best Warrior Competition at TAMC, April 21.

“It was a whole bunch of healthy competition. It was challenging and grueling, but overall, I thoroughly enjoyed participating,” said Geckeler, the junior enlisted winner. “I learned a lot about myself, and I know the others did, as well.”

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