News: Moving on
Story by Sgt. James Taylor
FORT McCOY, Wis. – A soldier competing in the 2012 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition took the passing of his brother and the arrival of his son to heart. This blessing and curse coupled together to create a powerful motivational tool for this soldier to strive to be the best.
“I lost my brother last year … in a hit and run,” said Spc. Miguel Larrea, a carpentry and masonry specialist in the 4010th U.S. Army Hospital, Army Reserve Medical Command. “It was a blessing that soon after my brother was killed, my son was born,” he said. “Now I’m doing this for my brother and to instill these values in my son.”
Larrea is a family oriented soldier and he does his best to stay true to his roots.
“We came over from Peru, and it was just me, my mother, my father and my brother,” he said. “Losing him was tough for us.”
Larrea joined the Army to help him and his family in getting ahead in life.
“They have supported me the whole way,” Larrea said.
Larrea has been in the military for seven years now. He spent his first six years in the National Guard and joined the Army Reserve last year for better opportunities to further his career.
“I love the military. I plan to retire out,” said Larrea.
When his unit came to him and asked him if he wanted to compete in the BWC, he said, “Yes.”
“I wanted to start off on the right foot with the Reserve and this was a great opportunity to get known by my chain of command,” Larrea said.
The training he has received so far has been great.
“You work hard here and you go places,” he stated. “Thankfully my unit does an outstanding job with training us and they seem to be on point.”
This has helped Larrea in preparing for this competition and he said it is also getting him ready for promotions and advancements in his career.