News: Finding the best
Story by Master Sgt. Jeff Duran
WENDELL H. FORD REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER, Ky. - The path to being the best warrior at any level is filled with multiple challenges. The drive that makes soldiers compete was on full display at the 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Best Warrior competition at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Ky.
The four-day competition challenges noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted soldiers in warrior tasks, physical endurance and mental toughness.
Throughout the four-day challenge, soldiers were faced with complex challenges for both the body and mind. The competition included the basics of land navigation, APFT, weapons qualification and ruck march.
But this year’s competition topped previous others in the skills test.
The soldiers of the 807th were challenged on a lane that included RPGs, IEDs, civilians on the battlefield and a full medevac complete with a Black Hawk to evacuate the “casualty.”
One thing the competitors can agree on is that the ruck march was a real challenge. The combination of the hilly terrain and shift to higher temperatures left the winners struggling.
In the end, Staff Sgt. Michael Siler, member of Bravo Company, 256th Combat Support Hospital in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Sgt. (then Spc.) Brian Sunderman, Army Reserve medic, 807th Medical Command, Temple, Texas took the title.