CAMP BUTNER, N.C. – Selected soldiers assigned to the 518th Sustainment Brigade, 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) moved on to the second day of the brigade’s third annual Best Warrior Competition by tackling a pre-dawn Army physical fitness test, Army Warrior Tasks and Drills, a marksmanship competition, and night land navigation here today.
The competition assesses the soldiers’ comprehensive knowledge and physical fitness by pitting them against each other in the Army Physical Fitness Test, day and night land navigation, marksmanship, an obstacle course, a 10 km march with a ruck sack, Army Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, as well as a verbal and written exam. In addition to the rigorous agenda, a compressed time line, which spans Jan. 9-12, ensures that the competing soldiers will have little time for rest between events.
Through cold temperatures and sporadic rain, the competitors performed tasks that support their claims to being the brigade’s best warriors. Two of the top contenders of the day were from the 1006th Quartermaster Company, Knightdale, N.C. In the APFT event, one lead performer was Staff Sgt. Jennev A. Heng, a platoon sergeant who scored a perfect 300 points. On the qualification range, Pfc. Aldolphus R. Bryant Jr., a wheeled-vehicle mechanic, scored sharpshooter.
According to Staff Sgt. Matthew Walters, a squad leader with the 1006th QM Company, Heng is always one of the best on the PT field. Her first sergeant, 1st Sgt. Todd Urban, echoed that when he clarified that although she ran a 14-minute two-mile today, she usually completes the run in little more than 13 minutes.
“It will be really close today,” said Sgt. Maj. Philip R. Vance, the noncommissioned officer in charge of operations for the 518th Sustainment Brigade, regarding the weapons qualification results.
Vance said that all of the soldiers also scored within 5 points of each other in the warrior tasks events which lead up to the marksmanship competition.
Saturday’s events include a 10K road march, day land navigation, an obstacle course, combatives and the soldiers’ board.
The winners in each of the two categories, noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted, will move on to compete in the 143rd ESC Best Warrior Competition later this year.