Best Warrior Competition


The Army's best of the best from units throughout Europe are battling for U.S. Army Europe Junior Officer, NCO and Soldier of the Year at the 2015 USAREUR Best Warrior Competition Sept. 14-18 in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The competition features Soldiers not only serving in USAREUR organizations, but tenant Army units in Europe such as Europe Regional Medical Command and Intelligence and Security Command units.

The competition challenges their military knowledge, warrior skills and endurance over six days of nearly non-stop action. In this year’s competition, the competitors will move in a three-person team composed of a Soldier, NCO and officer. The teams will compete and test together, with their cooperation affecting the individual scores of team members.

Each of the winners in the Soldier and NCO category will go on to represent U.S. Army Europe at the Department of the Army level competition Oct. 4-12 at Fort Lee, Va.

Best Warrior 2015

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Europe's 'Best Warriors' named after thrilling competition

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Competition officials unveiled Europe's ultimate warriors before a rapt audience of Soldiers, leaders and distinguished visitors during a dynamic culminating ceremony held the afternoon of Sept. 18 at the Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center.

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Superb supporters power prestigious competition

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany- While candidates from all over the European footprint compete fiercely for the honor of being named the best warrior in U.S. Army Europe, hardworking Soldiers from across the region joined forces to create the best possible conditions for competitors to compete in.

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Competition to determine Europe's ultimate warrior

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Some 22 candidates from U.S. Army organizations across Europe initiated a week of intense competition designed to determine Europe's "Best Warrior" Sept. 13 at Grafenwoehr's Camp Aachen.

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Three Soldiers from JMRC move on to Army Europe Best Warrior Competition

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- After three days of mentally and physically challenging events, three soldiers have earned the opportunity to represent the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command at the United States Army Europe's Best Warrior Competition next month.

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Knight's Brigade Soldiers vie for best warrior

BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- On a sun-drenched morning in early April at the starting position of the land navigation course, Soldiers sprawled out on the ground, focused on plotting coordinates before they set out to find their scattered points.

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IMCOM-Europe names its Best Warriors

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany (March 12) -- U.S. Army Garrison Benelux swept the 2015 Installation Management Command-Europe Best Warrior Competition.


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Former Junior Officers of the Year

  • 2014: 1st Lt. Michael Theising, 21st Theater Sustainment Command
  • 2013: 2nd Lt. Phillip Hoying, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade
  • 2012: 1st Lt. Jeremy Gilbert, 2nd Cavalry Regiment
  • 2011: Capt. Troy Peterson, 2nd Cavalry Regiment

Former NCOs of the Year

  • 2014: Sgt. Nicholis Couture, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  • 2013: Sgt. 1st Class Sergio Velazquez,Joint Multinational Training Command
  • 2012: Staff Sgt. Matthew Senna, 7th Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy
  • 2011: Sgt. James Byrnes, 21st Theater Sustainment Command

Former Soldiers of the Year

  • 2014: Pfc. Nicholas Hanson, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  • 2013: Sgt. Ian Pocklington, 21st Theater Sustainment Command
  • 2012: Pvt. 1st Class Richard Shepard, 21st Theater Sustainment Command
  • 2011: Pfc. Travis Williams, 173rd Airborne Brigade