311th Signal Soldiers compete for Best Warrior

| May 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Story by Lt Col. Steve C. Lai
Photos by Spc. Nikkoangelo Matos

311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Soldiers attempts to qualify for the title of Best Warrior while his observer looks on during the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Best Warrior Competition, held here, May 9-13.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Soldier attempts to qualify for the title of Best Warrior while his observer looks on during the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Best Warrior Competition, held here, May 9-13.

FORT SHAFTER — A commitment to excellence, a desire to succeed and an unquenchable thirst to improve.
Six Soldiers of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) said these were the motivations that drove them to compete in this year’s annual Best Warrior Competition (BWC), May 9-13.
“My uncle told me once, if a man created it, man can accomplish it. He told me that everything is mental,” said Pfc. Andrew Lee, information technology specialist, 501st Sig. Company, 36th Sig. Battalion (Korea), and Sig. Cmd.’s Soldier of the Year.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Pfc. Andrew Lee, 501st Signal Company, 36th Sig. Battalion, Korea, fields questions during the formal board portion of the 311th Sig. Command (Theater) Best Warrior Competition, held here, May 9-13. Lee went on to win the command’s Soldier of the Year award.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Pfc. Andrew Lee, 501st Signal Company, 36th Sig. Battalion, Korea, fields questions during the formal board portion of the 311th Sig. Command (Theater) Best Warrior Competition, held here, May 9-13. Lee went on to win the command’s Soldier of the Year award.

“My strength is my endurance,” Lee continued. “During a road march, I have it in my mind, at all times, not to give up. I want to better myself
and to push my limits both mentally and
physically.”
Each year, participating commands send their Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year to Fort Lee, Va., to compete with their
peers from 12 Army commands across the
globe. The winners will have the distinction of being the Best Soldier/NCO at the U.S. Army Reserve Command, the final and highest level of competition.
“My goal is to be the best NCO and total Soldier I could possibly be. My strengths are land navigation and marksmanship,” said Staff Sgt. Frankie Williams, Property Book Office enlisted leader, 311th Sig. Cmd. Supply, and Sig. Cmd.’s NCO of the Year.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Soldier negotiates an obstacle during the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Best Warrior Competition, held here, May 9-13.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Soldier negotiates an obstacle during the 311th Signal Command (Theater) Best Warrior Competition, held here, May 9-13.

 

“Of course, I have the best mentors: Master Sgt. Brenda Andrade and Sgt. Maj. Terry Sumerlin to model myself after,” Williams added.
The BWC, conducted at Schofield Barracks, included hand combat, a road march, M4/M16 rifle zero and qualification, day and night land navigation tests, and a number of Army Warrior Training tasks.
Additionally, two mystery events unknown to the competitors tested the Soldiers’ knowledge and ability to think on their feet. Competitors were also tested for their aptitude through board interviews and written exams relevant to the Army’s operating environment.
The winners go on to compete at the U.S. Network Enterprise Cmd. level; those winners go on as BWC national finalists.

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  1. David Sumerlin says:

    Gentermen and Ladies so very proud of all the men and women in uniform you guys are awesome this coming from a Vietnam vet that is the uncle to
    Sgt Maj. Terry L Sumerlin.Keep your on God and Jesus in your Heart live by
    God word and you all will be okay Thank Again GOD LOVES YOU ALL an so do I.
    TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!! ALWAYS

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