News: Female represents at USARC Best Warrior
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Marisol Hernandez
FORT MCCOY, Wis.-- “At the end of the day, I have the chance of being victorious just like them,” she said. “I know I'm gonna at least show some of them up.”
Sgt. Erika Bagley, a satellite communication system operator, representing the 311th Signal Command and assigned with the 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion out of Hawaii, stands out as the only female competitor this year at the 2012 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition.
“It doesn't bother me,” Bagley said about being the only female competitor. “It's all about your confidence level and knowing what you're doing.”
The best warrior competition brings the best of the best soldiers from the Army Reserve to compete against each other in both physical and mental soldiering events. The weeklong competition consists of ruck marching, weapon qualification, written exam, mystery events and combatives.
Bagley, from Basom, N.Y., credits her two deployments to Afghanistan in helping her work in adverse conditions and environments that she's not used to.
She is looking forward to the land navigation event, because it's a chance for her to put her skills to the test.
She credits her husband, Michael, who recently joined the Army Reserves after getting off of active duty, with helping her study and prepare for the competition.
It's nice to have someone who understands the Army lingo, and understands what I'm going through, stated Bagley.
Bagley has six years in service and is working on her Army long-term goal of making the rank of command sergeant major.