U.S. Army Europe names top Soldier, noncommissioned officer for 2010

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
Aug. 12, 2010

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Cpl. Eric Sincore from the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Staff Sgt. Alicia Anderson from Joint Multinational Training Command were named the 2010 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Soldier of the Year and Best Warrior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year respectively in a ceremony here, Aug. 12.

Sincore, a 24-year-old combat engineer, and Anderson, a 24-year-old intelligence specialist, earned their titles after competing with 12 other Soldiers and NCOs at the USAREUR competition last month at the Grafenwoehr (Germany) Training Area. The competition challenged their military knowledge, warrior skills, and endurance over four days of nearly non-stop action.

The two winners will represent USAREUR at the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition, where they will compete with NCOs and Soldiers from 12 Army commands from around the globe, Oct. 17-22 at Fort Lee, Va.

Anderson from Queens, N.Y., and Sincore, from Niceville, Fla., will face tough competition as they strive to uphold USAREUR’s “Best Warrior” winning reputation.

“Last year’s NCO of the Year for Department of the Army was a USAREUR Soldier and we will have two more USAREUR winners this year,” said Sgt. Maj. Brad Weber, who has been overseeing USAREUR Best Warrior competitions for the last five years. Weber, from USAREUR G1, the command’s theater-level human resources provider, also said that USAREUR has won at the Army level three times in the last five years. “That type of success speaks directly to the quality of our competition and how well it prepares our winners for the next level,” he said.

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About us: The U.S. Army in Europe, with NATO and other coalition partners from throughout its 51-country area of responsibility, trains for, conducts, and supports contingency operations. Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, USAREUR has forces throughout Germany as well as in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Romania, and in Afghanistan and Iraq.