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U.S. Army Spc. Muhammed Ali, 405th Combat Support Hospital, removes his M40 protective mask after exiting the nuclear, biological and chemical chamber during the 2013 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., June 25, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Smolinski)

FORT MCCOY, Wis. – Spc. Muhammad Ali, medical laboratory technician, 405th Combat Support Hospital, Third Medical Command, West Hartford, Conn., is competing in the 2013 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition June 23-28.

Ali has come to compete in ‘Best Warrior’ to prove to himself and others that he’s ready for the challenge.

“I just got out of Advanced Individual Training, AIT, in September so this all started out as a way for me to prove to my unit that I’m already a good soldier. Now that I’m here it’s less about me and more about my unit and the people that helped me get here; from our sergeant major of my command to my sponsor, I’m representing them all,” said Ali.

Although, training for and representing his unit at ‘Best Warrior’ is an important part of Ali’s short-term goals, his long-term goal is helping others by obtaining a doctorate of physical therapy.
Ali said he wants to work with athletes because there are a lot of injuries that occur in the sports industry. One of his passions is to help wounded warriors and plans on becoming a physical therapist in the Army Reserve.

Ali is well on his way to a great Army and civilian career. In just 10 short weeks after finishing AIT, the hardworking specialist has not only set the stage for a bright future, but with the support of his peers he earned a position to compete for the title of 2013 Army Reserve Best Warrior.


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Date Taken:06.28.2013

Date Posted:06.28.2013 12:20

Location:FORT MCCOY, WI, USGlobe


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