DVIDS – News – USARPAC Hosts 2022 Best Warrior Competition


SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – The mechanical clicks of an M249 machine gun being assembled and a soldier shouting questions during a mock combat casualty assessment under simulated fire provide Sgt. Casey Naumann with a preview of what’s to come as he lurks in the shadows waiting to be assessed.

“The Best Warrior competition was really rewarding but at the same time very challenging,” said Naumann, a military policeman assigned to 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, and a native of Pueblo, Colorado.

Naumann was one of 17 competitors from across the Indo-Pacific region who traveled to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii from June 5-9 to compete in the 2022 U.S. Army Pacific Best Warrior Competition.

Staff Sgt. Calvin Miller, a combat engineer assigned to Eighth Army, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea, and a Minot, North Dakota, native and Spc. Blaine Lawler, an infantryman assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and a native of Springlake, North Carolina, were selected as the 2022 USARPAC BWC NCO and Soldier of the Year, respectively.

“The experience was stressful and intense, but also incredibly meaningful,” Miller said. “Winning just meant the world to me.”

Lawler agreed that the competition was both tough and humiliating yet hard-hitting.

“Everything I learned throughout the competition, I look forward to bringing to my Indo-Pacific partners and allies through our training experiences,” Lawler said.

USARPAC Command Sgt. USARPAC Senior Advisor Maj. Scott A. Brzak congratulated the participants and applauded them for standing out from their peers through their hard work and dedication.

“You are not here by accident, you have all put in a lot of effort at different levels to get here,” Brzak said. “Like I said earlier, win or lose, you’re all winners in my eyes for volunteering to come and do this and put in that extra effort.”

The competitors, who had previously won company, battalion, brigade and post competitions to earn their place in the regional competition, were put through a rigorous week of training that included a 12-mile walk, the test of army combat fitness, day and night land navigation. , written knowledge tests, 5K jungle run, scenario-based marksmanship events, obstacle course, NCO and private knowledge charts, and a series warrior tasks and combat exercises.

In addition to the above events, soldiers also had the chance to view the island of Oahu from 200 feet in the air as they participated in a special insertion and extraction system training session. of the patrol.

The event, which is not a testing requirement for USARPAC’s BWC, is part of Schofield Barracks’ Lightning Academy, which aims to develop agile and adaptive army leaders through training courses demanding, including Air Assault, Jungle Operations Training Course, Rappel Master, Small Unit Ranger. Tactics, and the mastery course on the Rapid Rope Insertion Extraction System and the Special Patrol Insertion and Extraction System. Courses are also available for international partners and allies.

Although this is an all-around, Staff Sgt. Joshua Mubarak, a fire support specialist assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and a native of Houston, Texas, plans to bring his BWC skills and experience to his unit for the U.S. Army Improvement.

“We’re going on Operation Pathways through Exercise Garuda Shield so I can bring that back to the unit and get my guys ready before we go,” Mubarak said.

Participants are not limited in their participation by their military occupational specialty and this year’s event included a combat engineer, infantrymen, musicians, signals support system specialists and military police, among others.

“Being part of the Best Warrior competition was a great experience,” said Sgt. Josue Guerra, a multi-channel transmission system operator/maintainer assigned to 311th Sustainment Command (Theater), Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea, and a native of Davenport, Florida. “I was able to do a lot of great training here.”

“A lot of things that I learned from different MOS skill sets and from my fellow competitors really gave me a broader perspective on what the military does as a whole and it’s going to give me a lot of knowledge that will go a long way. help when I come back to Korea when I work not only with my team members but also with the ROK military,” Guerra said.

“Any soldier can go through BWC and get army training,” the staff sergeant said. Marcom Gomes, a military police assigned to the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, who worked in operations and organizing the annual event.

“When they come here and participate in these events, they are preparing for real situations,” Gomes said. “After going through this competition, these soldiers are preparing for the future.”

sergeant. Maj. James Cook, the NCOIC for the 2022 USARPAC Best Warrior competition, said he was impressed with the competitors and it was evident that their skill and professionalism stemmed from the individual units that trained them.

“By bringing them here and displaying them for everyone to see, we are showing the lethality and capability of our troops that are in the Indo-Pacific region,” Cook said.

Date taken: 06.09.2022
Date posted: 06.12.2022 18:04
Story ID: 422737

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