FORT MCCOY, Wis. — Inspired by his first sergeant, Spc. Joshua G Pelletier entered the 2012 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., to help him become the best soldier he could be.
Pelletier, a combat medic from Boston, assigned to the 405th Combat Army Support Hospital, trained hard to prepare for the competition. He wants to be a good soldier like his first sergeant.
“When I first met 1st Sgt. Joe Cunningham, I was mesmerized by the things he had done in his military career,” said Pelletier. “After speaking to him, I knew that was the type of soldier I would like to be.”
Just like his first sergeant, Pelletier, wants to be an airborne ranger, but first he added that he wants to represent his unit well in the Best Warrior Competition.
“The competition will be good training for me,” said Pelletier. “This will help prepare me for other things I want to do in my Army career as well as my civilian career.”
Pelletier wants to be a policeman for the Boston Police Department. He added that being in the military and being a Best Warrior would aid him to get a job like that.
“Serving my country will give me an edge over the other competitors who want to be policemen on the Boston Police Department,” said Pelletier. “
With a bright future and goals, Pelletier certainly have options. However, his future is put on temporary hold, while he competes and eagerly looks forward to this week’s outcome.