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    Army Reserve Warriors compete to be the best



    Story by Sgt. Anshu Pandeya 

    Exercise News Day

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Thirty-six U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers competed, but ultimately there could only be one Best Warrior and one Best Noncommissioned Officer at the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition.
    Soldiers traveled far and wide from California to Puerto Rico with various military occupations from combat medic to musician, as well as different civilian career fields ranging from law enforcement to laboratory specialist to vie for the distinction of Best Warrior at the competition held here from June 10-15, 2018.
    The Soldiers tested their mettle in different Warrior skills, some of which were new to them, such as rappelling from a helicopter and marksmanship in various weapons systems, to distinguish themselves as the most capable, combat-ready, and lethal. Warriors had to complete these tasks with little sleep, in rainy weather, and with temperatures approaching 100 degrees.
    “The hardest part of the competition was adjusting to sleep,” said U.S. Army Reserve Spc. John Mundey said. “You get in to gear and you get into the ride mindset and things start to roll a little smooth. Mundey won U.S. Army Reserve Best and is a bridge crewmember from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, 459th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge), 299th Combat Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command.
    U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Chase Craig, an observer coach-trainer from Okarche, Oklahoma, with the 3rd Company, 290th Observation and Control Training Battalion, 1st Brigade, 91st Training Division, 84th Training Command (Unit Readiness), won U.S. Army Reserve Best NCO.
    At the awards banquet for the competition, guest speaker Joseph L. Galloway spoke of his admiration for enlisted Soldiers and told the warriors some advice he'd given to reporters embedded with Soldiers in a combat environment. “If you find yourself flat on your belly, and a lot of lead is in the air, look for someone with stripes on their arm and do what he's doing,” the award-winning war correspondent and author said. “You might just live through this experience, and live to write about it or take some pictures. Follow the sergeants.” Galloway received the bronze star medal with valor for risking his own safety to assist wounded Soldiers during the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam in 1965 while he was a journalist.
    America's Army Reserve Soldier Mundey and NCO of the Year Craig will compete against the respective winners of active Army and National Guards' contests in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition in October at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.



    Date Taken: 06.15.2018
    Date Posted: 07.22.2019 18:39
    Story ID: 281131
    Location: FORT BRAGG, NC, US 
    Hometown: OKARCHE, OK, US

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