News: Army Reserve Best Warrior stays physically, mentally strong
Story by Sgt. Carina Garcia
FORT McCOY, Wis. – A soldier’s physical and mental fitness is pushed to the limit while participating in the 2013 Army Reserve Best Warrior competition at Fort McCoy, Wis.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Allen, representing the 98th Training Division, North Charleston, S.C., will use his strength, endurance, time management, and multi-tasking skills to try and overcome the challenges of the events.
Allen a native of Durhamville, N.Y., has been in the Army for 12 years, both in the active duty and reserve components. During his active duty time, Allen spent three years in the recruiting command where he was awarded the Gold Recruiters Badge for recruiting a high number of new soldiers.
As an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, Allen deployed to both Afghanistan (2002-2003) as a team leader in weapons squad and Iraq (2003-2004) as a team leader in a line rifle squad.
“My biggest accomplishment was taking care of my Soldiers and making sure they came back home alright,” Allen said. “While over there not only physically but mentally as well and when they got back making sure they got everything that they needed.”
Allen is currently working pursuing a degree in Applied Science and focused on attending as many military schools as possible such as Ranger school, Pathfinder school and Sniper school with the hope of one day becoming a high-ranking noncommissioned officer.
I plan on staying in-till I retire. Being a first sergeant would be great, sergeant major would be better,” he said.
When not attending Army Reserve training, Allen works as a detective for the Folly Beach Police Department, in South Carolina, and in the process of training to become a certified firefighter.
“Folly beach is public safety and we need to do dual roles,” Allen said.
“Both jobs are pretty demanding so you constantly need to stay in top physical condition, mentally being able to multi-task, and have great time management skills.”
“Being a drill sergeant in the Army Reserve and detective people assume I’m hard but I am really the most easy going laid back fun guy, my personal life definitely does not reflect my professional life,” Allen said.