News: Local Army Reserve Bandsman set to participate in Best Warrior Competition
Story by Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - Several Army Reserve Soldiers are scheduled to participate in this year’s Best Warrior Competition co-hosted by the Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command and 76th Operational Response Command.
Spc. Joshua Meyer, a Soldier with the Army Reserve’s 198th Army Band headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., is set to compete in the weeklong competition April 21-25 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
“The Best Warrior Competition was a great experience that was offered to me, and I could not pass it up,” explained the 21-year-old North Chili, N.Y., native.
The Best Warrior Competition will test these Citizen-Soldiers’ warrior skills with events such as the Army Physical Fitness Test, M16 qualification and “Move and Shoot” ranges, urban operations, hand-to-hand combatives, day and night land navigation courses and a road march.
“Being a Citizen-Soldier means that I get to hold a civilian life, with a job and school, then I get to become a Soldier when I put that uniform on,” Meyer said. “It is the best of both worlds.”
Meyer is a college student working toward his degree at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., who has also served in uniform for the past three years.
“Being in college during the week and then on duty during the weekends works out quite well with my schedule,” he said. “The Army Reserve has helped me out quite a bit financially.”
Meyer is no stranger to high-level competition, having previously been awarded the German Proficiency Badge-Gold.
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