FORT MCCOY, Wis. – Staff Sgt. Christopher Tubrick, wheeled vehicle mechanic, 79th Sustainment Command, reported to the 2013 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition, at Fort McCoy, Wis., June 22 with the goal in being named the Best Warrior in the noncommissioned officer category.
Placing second at the 2012 Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Tubrick became a U.S. Army Reserve Command staff member for the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition. After watching the soldier who beat him in the earlier round of the USARC competition finish runner-up, all he could think of is that could have been himself.
“This year I have unfinished business,” said Tubrick.
When Tubrick enlisted in the Army Reserve, he wanted to be a firefighter, but that not available and became a wheeled vehicle mechanic. Like many young men and women in the service he joined to get help with the expenses of going to college.
“Life took another path than what I intended it,” said Tubrick.
After joining the Army Reserve Tubrick wasn’t able to go directly to college, so he took his military training and put it to good use by becoming a mechanic at Area Maintenance Support Activity 35 and was able to enhance his maintenance skills.
“It’s been good to me and I enjoy working there,” said Tubrick.
Not long after returning from his first deployment he met his wife that he’s been married to for seven years and they now have a son, Tyler.
Family is a big concern for Tubrick with his wife also serving in the Army Reserve as a truck driver in the same unit. With training and work, they spend as much time together as possible. They may not know when they may be apart.
Providing quality family activities is sometimes difficult due to the Army Reserve commitments and they plan the best they can for the time they have together.
“We just come up with an idea and we just go do it,” said Tubrick.
Tubrick’s father didn’t like the idea of him joining the Army Reserve, but after completing training and making it home from his first deployment, his parents were proud. Soon after joining the Army Reserve his three brothers and one sister followed his example by also enlisting in the military when they became eligible.
Tubrick sets the example for his soldiers by staying proficient at his warrior tasks and drills and by competing in the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competitions.
“I can see myself being a sponsor in the future,” said Tubrick.