FORT CARSON, Colo. – The Space and Missile Defense Command’s 2020 Noncommissioned Officer Best Warrior earned second place at the next level of the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition.
Staff Sgt. Bryson Taylor, 29, Regional Satellite Communications Support Center-Pacific, Satellite Operations Brigade, Wahiawa, Hawaii, placed second out of 12 noncommissioned officers in the Forces Command Best Warrior Competition, which was hosted virtually at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the first week of August.
“If something happens to the Soldier above me who won, I’ll compete at the Department of the Army level – the final level – and give it my all there,” Taylor, an Augusta, Georgia, native, said. “I’m enthusiastic about these competitions and hope to do more in the future.”
SMDC’s Soldier Best Warrior, Spc. Wolmy Louigene, 29, Company A, 53rd Signal Battalion, Satellite Operations Brigade, Fort Detrick, Maryland, also competed at FORSCOM’s Best Warrior Competition. He said virtual competitions provide different challenges than traditional in-person events.
“It’s always kind of a bummer to compete like that (virtually), but it’s still a challenge and a way for me to better myself as a Soldier,” Louigene, a Port-de-Paix, Haiti, native, said. “These competitions are a way to show my peers and my mentor that I can compete and win.”
The FORSCOM Best Warrior Competition consisted of an essay and submission of a packet with service record, a personal video, and Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report that was reviewed by a board of sergeants majors. The format was the first of its kind. Originally to be conducted in-person with conventional events such as: physical fitness test, obstacle course, land navigation course, and mixed-martial arts, some of the Army’s competitions have been conducted virtually.
Louigene said he wants to do it again next year and compete as a noncommissioned officer starting at the brigade Best Warrior Competition level – the contest prior to competing at the SMDC level.
The Army Best Warrior Competition, which began in 2002, tests enlisted Soldiers on their aptitude through board interviews, physical fitness tests, written exams, urban warfare simulations and other Soldier tasks and drills.