U.S. Army Europe names 2012 Best Warriors and Junior Officer

Aug. 16, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active
U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition winners Staff Sgt. Matthew Senna with 7th Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and Pvt. 1st Class Richard Shepard with 21st Theater Sustainment Command; and USAREUR Best Junior Officer competition winner 1st Lt. Jeremy Gilbert with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, pose for a photo with USAREUR Commander and Senior Enlisted Advisor, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, during an award luncheon, Aug. 16. (Photo by Danyel Burgett, Visual Information Services Europe)

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The winners for the Best Warrior and Junior Officer Competition were announced during an award luncheon, Aug. 16.

Staff Sgt. Mathew Senna, an instructor at the 7th Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and Pvt. 1st Class Richard Shepard, an intelligence analyst for 21st Theater Sustainment Command, earned their titles after competing against 16 other noncommissioned officers and Soldiers at the 2012 USAREUR BWC hosted at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, July 30 through Aug. 3.

“To find yourself working and competing with and alongside those individuals and being named above them is staggering,” said Senna, a Sacramento, Calif., native.  “[Winning Best NCO for USAREUR] feels good.”

“I don’t think of myself as better than anybody else,” said Shepard, a San Diego native. “Everybody strives to be the best and it’s how you push yourself to get there.”

First Lt. Jeremy Gilbert, 2nd Cavalry Regiment and a Jackson, N.J. native, earned his title after competing with 11 other junior officers, July 23 through 27.

The two winners of the BWC will represent USAREUR at the Department of the Army-level competition, where they will compete at Fort Lee, Va. with NCOs and Soldiers from Army commands from around the globe.

“I hope our leaders see that the biggest take away is that our Soldiers are physically fit,” said USAREUR Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport. “I think the USAREUR Soldiers will win the Department of the Army competition because our competition stressed them mentally and physically, and it reinforced the warrior tasks and battle drills.

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