500th MI Bde. holds its Best Warrior competition

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Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Crump, a native of Kansas City, Kan., who serves as a signals intelligence analyst with Company A, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, reevaluates an injured person as part of a simulated training lane during the 2016 500th MI Brigade Best Warrior Competition, Schofield Barracks, April 26. The competition pitted Soldiers from across the brigade to see who had what it takes to be the brigade’s Best Warrior.

Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Crump, a native of Kansas City, Kan., who serves as a signals intelligence analyst with Company A, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, reevaluates an injured person as part of a simulated training lane during the 2016 500th MI Brigade Best Warrior Competition, April 26. The competition pitted Soldiers from across the brigade to see who had what it takes to be the brigade’s Best Warrior.

 

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 715th Military Intelligence Battalion’s Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Crump and Spc. Brandon M. Roy captured top honors in the noncommissioned officer and junior Soldier categories during the 2016 500th MI Brigade Best Warrior Competition.

Command Sgt. Maj. Brian S. Cullen, 500th MI Bde. senior enlisted adviser, unveiled the brigade’s best warriors during a ceremony held the afternoon of April 29.

Spc. Brandon M. Roy, a Spencer, Mass. native and signals intelligence analyst from Company C, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, fires at a Federal Bureau of Investigation target during the stress-shoot qualification lane as part of the 2016 500th MI Brigade Best Warrior Competition, Schofield Barracks, April 28. The competition pitted Soldiers from across the brigade to see who had what it takes to be the brigade’s Best Warrior. (photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Collins, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

Spc. Brandon M. Roy, a Spencer, Mass. native and signals intelligence analyst from Company C, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, fires at a FBI target during the stress-shoot qualification lane .

The demanding weeklong competition not only established some bragging rights, but also determined who will represent the brigade at the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) Regional Best Warrior Competition slated for June.

Crump, a native of Kansas City, Kan., who serves as a signals intelligence analyst with Company A, and Roy, a Spencer, Mass. native, signals intelligence analyst, Co. C, stood out among the others as the competition unfolded.

“This was a hard week for the Soldiers,” Cullen said. “I wanted to test the competitor’s knowledge and ability to operate under stress and deal with the unknown.”

Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Crump, a native of Kansas City, Kan., who serves as a signals intelligence analyst with Company A, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, throws a grenade as part of a simulated training lane during the 2016 500th MI Brigade Best Warrior Competition, Schofield Barracks, April 27

Crump throws a grenade as part of a simulated training lane, April 27.

Roy, who has been in the Army just shy of two years, said that competing motivates him.

“I love competition,” Roy said. “This is a way to stand out, gain amazing experience and build confidence.”

Both competitors worked hard to win the competition.

“I enjoy the challenge.” Crump said. “I studied hard and I have a strong work ethic. I’ve had solid leaders throughout my career who taught me how to prepare for challenges.”

“Hard work pays off,” Roy said. “I have amazing leadership, and Staff Sgt. Crump and I worked together preparing for the competition.”

As the last day of the competition started, it was still anyone’s game.

“The competition was tight throughout the week,” Cullen said. “I am confident these two Soldiers will go on to win at the INSCOM competition, National Capital Region competition, and represent the brigade at the Department of the Army level.”

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Roy tears a piece of medical tape while assisting a simulated casualty.

As the best warriors move forward, they’re enthusiastic about the challenges ahead.

“I am very excited to represent my command,” Roy said. “I am proud of what I have done, but I’m not done yet.”

“This will be a good challenge and opportunity to test myself,” Crump said.

 

The BWC

The 500th MI Best Warrior Competition included a physical fitness test, a written test on general military knowledge, an essay with the topic “What does leadership mean to you,” a 20 km ruck march, simulated training lanes that tested the competitor’s knowledge of Army warrior tasks, weapons disassembly and assembly, day and night land navigation, weapons qualification and stress shooting, and a board.

The competitors of the 2016 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Best Warrior Competition poses for a photograph after the stress-shoot qualification lane, Schofield Barracks, April 28.

The competitors of the 2016 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Best Warrior Competition poses for a photograph after the stress-shoot qualification lane, April 28.

 

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