FORT BENNING, GA, UNITED STATES
FORT BENNING, Georgia – The 3rd Medical Command Deployment Support partnered with Army Reserve Medical Command Sunday to conduct a joint Best Warrior Competition which determined who will represent each division at the United States Army Reserve Command competition at Fort Bragg, N.C. in June.
The competition afforded 17 medically specialized soldiers throughout each division an opportunity to showcase their capabilities, readiness, and lethality during the four day event.
3rd Medical Command Deployment Support Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Boudnik, the lead planner for this competition, said, “Our theme, "Live free or die trying", exemplifies the Warrior Ethos and our commitment to our number one priority, readiness. Our Best Warriors were challenged based on their individual abilities in a realistic and relevant environment. Our challenges revealed that our warriors are elite members of the most capable, combat ready, lethal reserve force in American history.”
Each competitor participated in a variety of challenges such as the Army Physical Fitness Test, combatives, grenade and rifle ranges, six mile road march, the nuclear biological chemical chamber, day and night land navigation, first aid, obstacle course and an appearance board.
Two winners, a noncommissioned officer and enlisted soldier, from each division earned the privilege to compete in the USARC competition for best warrior.
Cpl. Carlo DelDonno and Spc. Katie Nadeau, combat medics from the 804th Medical Brigade in Devens Reserve Forces Training Area, Mass., won the competition for the 3rd Medical Command. With this victory, DelDonno and Nadeau, perpetuate the 804th Medical Brigade’s legacy of having both NCO and junior enlisted soldier represent the 3rd Medical Command in USARC competition.
Army Reserve Medical Command’s noncommissioned officer Best Warrior winner was Sgt. Terrelle Fields, a combat medic from the 7250th Medical Support Unit in Alexandria, Va. Spc. Lucas Ivarie, an orthopedic specialist from the 7225th Medical Support Unit out of Greenville, S.C. won Best Warrior for the lower enlisted of AR MEDCOM.
The competition concluded with a ceremony that featured Lt. Col. (R) Kevin Butler, a strategic planner at the Maneuver Center of Excellence and a former Infantry Officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of OIF and OEF. Butler said, “Once you prepare for an event you must go a step further and be willing to engage! Anyone can memorize or recite the Soldier’s Creed, it takes a special person to live it.”
3rd Medical Command Deployment Support is a senior deployable medical command and control headquarters, providing support to U.S. Army Africa and U.S. Army Central areas of operation. The division provides support and technical supervision for more than 6,515 soldiers and civilians located in 21 states and Puerto Rico to prepare and provide trained and ready soldiers and units to U.S. Army Reserve Command for mobilization. Capabilities include health care specialists, X-ray technicians, ophthalmology, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, dentists, surgeons, and veterinarians.
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