Best Warrior Competition


Twenty one top troops from across Army Europe are battling to determine the region's "ultimate warriors" at the 2016 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition Aug. 7-11 at the Grafenwoehr Training Area.

Candidates from U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa headquarters, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, 5th Signal Command, 7th Army Training Command, Europe Regional Medical Command, Installation Management Command-Europe and NATO Brigade as well as the 21st Theater Sustainment Command will participate in the intensely challenging weeklong competition.

Candidates compete in a variety of challenging field and administrative tasks testing their Soldier skills, stamina, endurance and ingenuity as well as intellectual and problem-solving abilities. They'll face marksmanship, weapons, land navigation, scenario, chemical defense and medical tasks among many other daunting obstacles with minimal rest or preparation. The competition taxes minds as heavily as bodies; candidates confront written tests, military boards, uniform inspections, communication tasks and other administrative activities as well as foot marches, "combatives" and the inevitable Army Physical Fitness Test.

Winners in the Soldier and NCO categories will represent USAREUR at the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition Sept. 26-Oct. 3 at Fort Lee, Virginia.

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JMRC Soldiers win 7ATC's Best Warrior Competition

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- There were 10 Soldiers who were looking forward to the end of a long week. Out of the 10, there were eight who finished the 7th Army Training Command's (7ATC) Best Warrior Competition (BWC) here, June 20-23.

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Former Junior Officers of the Year

  • 2016: 1st Lt. Kendall Ward, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  • 2015: 1st Lt. Jacob Wijnberg, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  • 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

  • 2016: Staff Sgt. Ethan Rodgers, 7th Army Training Command
  • 2015: Sgt. 1st Class Elijah Howlett, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  • 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

  • 2016: Spc. Daniel Guenther, 7th Army Training Command
  • 2015: Spc. Jared Tansley, 2nd Cavalry Regiment
  • 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