Warriors travel tough road to greatness

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments


Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson
U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 2014 U.S. Army Pacific Best Warrior Competition (BWC) began with 17 professional Soldiers competing against one another in hopes of earning the title of “Best Warrior” and becoming U.S. Army-Pacific’s Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.

The BWC coincided with the beginning of Pacific Theater Army Week, which celebrates the Army’s 239th birthday, as well as recognized our Army’s 116-year continuous presence in the Pacific region.

The USARPAC BWC competition began Monday and ended today.

Nine NCOs and eight junior enlisted Soldiers, representing USARPAC’s major subordinate and theater-enabling commands at Schofield Barracks, tested their physical and mental endurance. The troops were tested in everything from marksmanship to day and night land navigation to other various tactical battle drills, as well as professionally showcasing their abilities in a board setting.

The Soldiers participating in the BWC previously had competed against their peers during battalion and brigade-level competitions held at different installations throughout the region.

“I went up against a lot of great Soldiers just to get here,” said Staff Sgt. Andrew Gerber-Majors, a military police officer assigned to the 247th Military Police Detachment, U.S. Army-Japan. “It’s an honor to be out here today representing my unit. I’m here to win, but I’m also here to learn.

“There are too many great NCOs from around the Pacific not to walk away with a stronger knowledge base.” Gerber-Majors added. “Every NCO needs to be well-rounded, and you need to be around great NCOs to become a better NCO.”

Sgt. Maj. Thomas Sparks, USARPAC Plans and Training senior enlisted leader, said that the competition is designed to showcase the Soldiers’ competence, character and commitment, signifying the essence of Army professionals.

“Our challenges here are similar to the challenges and obstacles the winning Soldiers will face at the Best Warrior Competition held in Washington, D.C.,” said Sparks. “From what we’re seeing so far from the Soldiers, they are on par, and the training they received has led to a good competition so far.”

Competitors take part in the "Written Essay and Exam" portion of the 2014 U.S. Army-Pacific Best Warrior Competition, held here, Tuesday. Nine NCOs and eight junior enlisted competed in the weeklong competition. Winners will be announced at the Army’s 239th Birthday Celebration, tonight.

Pfc. Bryant Sheehy takes part in the written essay and exam portion of the 2014 USARPAC Best Warrior Competition,  Tuesday.

Sparks also mentioned that there are a lot of young and nervous Soldiers competing this year, but they are representing their units well.

All of the scores will be tallied and the NCO and Soldier of the Year will be named at tonight’s 239th Army Birthday Commemoration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.

No matter who wins the coveted title, each of the Soldiers participating this week have already shown that they possess a winning spirit.

“Winning this competition would mean a lot to me,” said Pfc. Bryant Sheehy, a communication specialist with 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 25th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, U.S. Army-Alaska. “I don’t feel this way just because I trained and worked hard to get here, but because my chain of command and family have invested a lot of time in me to get here. I’m not doing this for me anymore. I’m doing this for everyone who believed in me and supported me the entire way.”

The USARPAC Soldier and NCO of the Year will move forward to compete at the Department of the Army BWC later this year.

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