NEWS | July 2, 2018

Best Warrior Competition promotes morale and cohesion

By Sgt. Fatima Konteh U.S. Army Central

U.S. Army Soldiers from across the U.S. Army Central area of responsibility completed the third and final day of the Best Warrior Competition, June 30, 2018, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

The Best Warrior Competition promotes morale and cohesion among Soldiers, and reinforces the importance of individual excellence.

Day three comprised of an 8-event physical fitness circuit, timed reflective essay, complex board appearance, and finished with the awards presentation.

The circuit included box jumps, push press, burpees, shuttle sprint, goblet squats, the rower machine, and bench press. After each exercise the Soldiers had to answer questions covering warrior tasks and battle drills.

U.S. Army Sgt. Nigel Charles, a military policeman assigned to the Combined Join Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve said, “the Army has always emphasized overwhelming the enemy with devastating strength, and you can't do that with lack of readiness, you have to strengthen the force and they always have to be ready to go.”

Following the circuit events competitors were tested on their ability to effectively communicate life experiences through a reflective essay.

“I've continued my education and had to write numerous papers thus far so it just came down to learning and understanding the Army style of writing and adapting to it on the fly,” said Charles.

The final event of the day was the board appearance and these competitors were up to the challenge.

While sitting in front of five U.S. Army senior enlisted Non-Commissioned Officers, the Soldiers had to maintain their military bearing and answer hand-picked questions without any hesitation.

“We have a saying back in Fort Hood, Texas, with the 4-10th Military Police company, 'we do it all, Bravo Spirit’ Charles said. “And what that means to me is no matter what it is, you adapt to it and you overcome which applies to all aspects of the Army.”

The USARCENT Best Warrior Competition concluded with the award presentation.

U.S. Army National Guardsman Sgt. Zachary Green, an intelligence analyst with the 38th Sustainment Brigade, was named the USARCENT Noncommissioned Officer Best Warrior.

“I'm very honored, pretty excited, and relieved that it's over,” said Green.

U.S. Army Spc. Jacob T. Randall, a military policeman attached to Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 143rd Field Artillery Regiment, earned the USARCENT Enlisted Soldier Best Warrior title.

Green and Randall will now advance to the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.