News: Local Army Reserve citizen-Soldier 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. Anthony Hegwood, a Soldier with the Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command headquartered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., is set to compete in the weeklong competition April 21-25 on the base.
“I chose to compete in this year’s competition because I wanted to prove that the 99th RSC is capable of producing the same quality Soldier as every unit in the Army,” explained the 37-year-old Portage, Mich., 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.
“I view myself as an individual who is ready and able to assist my community when called upon,” Hegwood said. “Without hesitation, I am a helper, hero, leader and patriot of my nation and community, and strive to ensure the safety of others.”
Hegwood is a military technician who works for the 99th RSC in civilian life and has served in uniform for the past eight years.
“The Army Reserve has taught me to prevail through tough times, exercising my warrior ethos and displaying both military bearing and professionalism,” said the Pemberton, N.J., resident.
Hegwood holds master’s degree in family and consumer science from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and is a certified family life educator.
“Working with families as a child protective services social worker has allowed me to work with many cultures and diverse populations,” he explained. “I’ve have dealt with a vast array of stressors and volatile situations.”
Journalists interested in covering the Best Warrior Competition should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-773-3026 to arrange base access.
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