2014 Department of the Army NCO and Soldier of the Year

2014 Department of the Army NCO and Soldier of the Year


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The Army’s finest Warriors, representing 14 commands from across the Army, will gather at Fort Lee, Va., to compete in the 2014 Best Warrior Competition. The four-day intensive competition will determine the 2014 U.S. Army’s Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.

The Best Warrior Competition promotes espirit de corps and recognizes Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values, embody the Warrior Ethos and represent the Force of the Future.

BWC tests competitors’ Army aptitude: conquering urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests, essays and Warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today’s operating environment.

Warriors selected to compete for the prestigious titles have already mastered a series of benchmarks throughout the year to qualify for the Army-wide competition


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Fourteen California Army National Guard Soldiers compete in the 2014 Best Warrior Competition, a four-day event testing their physical fitness and warrior skills at...
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Fourteen California Army National Guard soldiers compete in the 2014 best warrior competition, a four-day event testing their physical fitness and warrior skills at...
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Broadcast of the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Lee, VA, October 2014. Video by SSG Adam Fischman.
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A feature presentation of the 2014 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Lee, Va. between Oct. 6 and Oct. 10, 2014. The Best Warrior...
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Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, joined Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9, 2014 to observe the...
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Spc. Keegan Carlson talks to a KRDO reporter about the 2014 Best Warrior competition.
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Sgt. Zachary Bandli, from Ogden, Utah, talks to a KRDO-TV reporter, in Colorado Springs, Colo., about participating in the 2014 Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va.
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Sergeant Major of the Army, Ray Chandler, announces competition winners at Fort Lee, Va. Twenty-eight of the Army’s finest Warriors, representing 14 commands from...
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U.S. Army Soldiers start the land navigation event during the 2014 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition (BWC) at Fort Lee, Va, October 9, 2014. The BWC is...
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U.S. Army Soldiers are tested on their knowledge of Army uniform policy during the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. on Oct. 09, 2014. BWC events are...
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Participants of the 2014 Best Warrior Competition compete in land navigation at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 09, 2014. The Best Warrior Competition is the "Super Bowl of Army...
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U.S. Army Soldiers use their land navigation abilities during the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. on Oct. 09, 2014. BWC events are designed to measure not...

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U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno listens to a brief about the obstacles Soldiers will be navigating in the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9,...
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Soldiers navigate the Broken Bridge obstacle while U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, middle right, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, middle...
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Soldiers navigate the Broken Bridge obstacle during the 2014 Best Warrior Competition in Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9, 2014. Twenty-eight Soldiers representing 14 Army...
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Soldiers navigate the Broken Bridge obstacle during the 2014 Best Warrior Competition in Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9, 2014, while U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Landon Nordby (standing), assigned to the U.S Army Reserve Command, navigates the obstacle course at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee,...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Hopson works to complete the Leader's Reaction Course event during the Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9, 2014. Best...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Landon Nordby, assigned to the U.S Army Reserve Command, navigates the obstacle course at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9,...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Luke Klein (left), assigned to the U.S Army South, navigates the obstacle course at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9, 2014....
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Luke Klein (far left), assigned to the U.S Army South, navigates the obstacle course at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9,...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Luke Klein (far left), assigned to the U.S Army South, navigates the obstacle course at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9,...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Murray (middle), assigned to the U.S Army Africa, navigates an obstacle course at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9,...
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Army Staff Sgt. Devin Jameson Sr., a combat medic with the Utah Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 640th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), puts on his...

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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno paid a visit to Fort Lee today to get a first-hand look at the annual Best Warrior Competition.
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For Spc. Joshua Roberts, the journey to becoming the 2014 U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Soldier of the Year was by no means a small feat. In fact,...
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Only the best can hack it. Only 42 of the best made it to here for the 2014 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition.

Specialist Kevin Shinnick Best Warrior Interview
US Army Specialist Kevin Shinnick from Natick, MA., talks with a WBZ-Radio reporter about the Best Warrior competition.
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Spc. Michael Lemus talks to a Herald Journal reporter about his time in the military and participating in the 2014 Best Warrior competition
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Spc. Cole Spoon talks to a reporter with The Augusta Chronicle about his time in the military and participating in the 2014 Best Warrior competition