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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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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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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Spc. Keegan Carlson talks to a KRDO reporter about the 2014 Best Warrior competition.
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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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A-Roll Package of Competitors One and Two. Competitor One: SSD Devin Jameson representing the Utah Army National Guard. SGT Ryan Montgomery, representing the Arkansas...
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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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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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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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Staff Sgt. Kevin Hopson, from North Powder, Ore., talks to a reporter with La Grande Observer, in La Grande, Ore., about participating in the Best Warrior Competition...

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Spc. Keegan Carlson, a civil affairs specialist with the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion in Colorado Springs, Colo., enters the Sergeant Major of the Army board room as...
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Spc. Keegan Carlson, a civil affairs specialist with the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion in Colorado Springs, Colo., is interviewed during the Department of the Army...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Hopson, representing theArmy Material Command, plots points on a map during the Land Navigation portion of the annual Best Warrior...
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U.S. Army Soldiers receive instructions before they complete the uniform inspection at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9, 2014. Best Warrior...
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U.S. Army Sgt. Nicolis Couture (left), assigned to the U.S. Army Europe, and Sgt. 1st Class David Smith (right), assigned to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Devin Jameson, assigned to the U.S Army National Guard, navigates the obstacle course at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 9,...
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U.S. Army Sgt. Nicolis Couture (right), assigned to the U.S Army Europe, receives instructions at the uniform inspection event at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Devin Jameson (left), assigned to the U.S Army National Guard, navigates the obstacle course at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va.,...
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U.S. Army Sgt. Nicolis Couture (left), assigned to the U.S Army Europe, receives instructions at the uniform inspection event at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort...
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U.S. Army Sgt. Nicolis Couture (right), assigned to the U.S Army Europe, makes corrections at the uniform inspection event at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Hopson (bottom middle), assigned to the U.S Army Materiel Command, navigates the obstacle course at the Best Warrior Competition at Fort...
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Hopson (left), assigned to the U.S Army Materiel Command, makes corrections at the uniform inspection event at the Best Warrior Competition...

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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.
Soldier loses 107 pounds to become TRADOC Soldier of the Year, compete for Army Soldier of the Year Soldier loses 107 pounds to become TRADOC Soldier...
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.

Sgt. Zachary Bandli
Sgt. Zachary Bandli, from Ogden, Utah, talks to a reporter with The Gazette, in Colorado Springs, Colo., about participating in the 2014 Best Warrior Competition at...
Spc. Keegan Carlson
Spc. Keegan Carlson, from Colorado Springs, Colo., talks to a reporter with The Gazette, in Colorado Springs, about participating in the 2014 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.