Day 2 of the Best Warrior Competition started with a 6.2 mile road march in Fort Knox on May 1.
Photo by Beverly Denny
FORT KNOX, Ken.
After four days of exhausting competition, the 11th Aviation Command and the Army Reserve Careers Division announced the winners of their Combined Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, April 30 to May 3.
Tested in the areas of physical fitness, rifle and pistol marksmanship, Assemble and disassemble of various weapons, land navigation, a timed 6.2-ruck march, Obstacle Course, urban orienteering, Urban Assault Course, fifteen Army warrior tasks, hand-to-hand combat tournaments, board appearance, military knowledge, a written exam and an essay twelve Soldiers competed for the title of “Best Warrior.”
The competition has two categories to determine the top enlisted Soldiers, junior enlisted, (private through specialist), and the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) category (corporal through Sgt. 1st Class). Soldiers with the highest cumulative scores in their category win the title of Best Warrior and will have the chance to compete at the Army Reserve level for its Best Warrior Competition later this year at Fort McCoy, Wis.
For the 11th Aviation Command, Sgt. Henry F. Cocker won first place in the NCO category. Originally, from the Hawaiian Islands, Sgt. Cocker now serves as a 92Y, Unit Supply Specialist at the 2-228th Aviation Regiment in Lakehurst, N.J. He has been an Army Reserve Soldier for six years.
Spc. Cameron A. Caylor, a native of Spring, Texas, assigned to C Co. 1-158th Aviation Regiment as a 15R, AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer in Conroe, Texas won first place in the junior enlisted category.
Spc. Caylor chose to compete in the Best Warrior Competition to further his military career but also to be best that he can be. Stating, “This competition means to me that I will expose any flaws that I may have and then I will know what to work on to better myself as a Soldier.”
Sgt. 1st Class Kyle A. Vanderlaan is Army Reserve Careers Division NCO Best Warrior. Sgt. 1st Class Vanderlaan serves as a 79V Army Reserve Career Counselor with the Army Reserve Careers Division, 10th Battalion. Sgt. 1st Class Vanderlaan would ultimately like to become a valuable resource for the Army and military community as a professional Soldier in whatever capacity that may be.
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(Note: The Army Reserve Careers Division did not have competitors in the junior enlisted ranks.)