MSCoE Best Warrior 2013 Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Spc. Ashley Wallace, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 701st Military Police Battalion, adjusts the frequency on a radio during the round robin warrior skills and battle drills April 3 as part of the Best Warrior Competition on Fort Leonard Wood.
Story and photo by Dawn Arden
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While the military is being faced with sequestration and continuing resolutions, the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood set out to prove that you can still reward excellence while recognizing the hard work of the post’s Soldiers and Marines during the past year.

“With sequestration going on and the difficulty that the government is going through, you still have to be mindful of how you’re training and how you do competitions. We didn’t fire any rounds; we used the EST, and we did a lot of walking and a lot of running,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy, MSCoE.

Running from April 1 through 5, the competition included the following events: physical fitness assessment, round robin weapons, engagement skills trainer, 8-mile ruck march, drill and ceremony, Physical Endurance Confidence Course, combatives, physical readiness training evaluations, land nav night/day, round robin warrior training and battle drills, interaction with media, IBA run and finished with a formal board.
Staff Sgt. Brant Smith, Company A, 701st Military Police Battalion, crossed the one rope bridge during the PECS course on day two of competition.

“They are the best qualified, the best trained, physically fit, motivated and resilient Soldiers and Marines that I have seen,” Murphy said.

The winners of the 2013 Best Warrior Competition are as follows:

Soldier of the Year — Spc. Andrew Lee, 515th Engineer Sapper Company, 5th Engineer Battalion.

Joint Service Junior Enlisted Member of the Year — Marine Cpl. Marvin Montescruz, Marine Corps Detachment.

Noncommissioned Officer and Joint Service Noncommissioned Officer of the Year — Staff Sgt. Paul Ramos, MSCoE Noncommissioned Officer Academy.

AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year — Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Washington, Company C, 84th Chemical Battalion.

Drill Sergeant of the Year — Staff Sgt. Jonathan James, Company D, 787th Military Police Battalion.

At the awards ceremony, Murphy addressed the 15 competitors, “You all are resilient, you are all strong, and you all put forth your best effort in this competition. You represent the best of the best on Fort Leonard Wood. You’ve written your resume as to what a warrior looks like — what the best warrior looks like.”   
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