Soldiers assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) competed in the Best Warrior Competition last month.
The 3rd SFG (A) Best Warrior Competition is an annual event held to determine the best warriors as well as which Soldiers will represent the Group in the 1st Special Forces Command Best Warrior Competition.
Five noncommissioned officers and six junior enlisted Soldiers from across the group were selected to compete in the three-day competition that pushed them to physical and mental exhaustion.
Soldiers who competed were put through their paces starting day one with the Army Physical Fitness Test, followed by an obstacle course, weapons qualification, and land navigation.
“A big challenge was managing my daily duties and making sure Soldier needs were taken care of while preparing (for the competition) and competing,” said Spc. Bell, a human resources specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd SFG (A).
Day two continued the physical and mental stress with Soldiers completing a 12-mile ruck march, which went into a stress shoot and a mystery event where Soldiers had to perform Tactical Combat Casualty Care on simulated wounds and call in a medical evacuation request.
“The ruck march for me was the best part of the competition,” said Sgt. Perry, a Soldier assigned to 3rd SFG (A). “I completed it in just over two hours, which was my fastest time in my military career. It was pretty memorable.”
On the last day of the competition, Soldiers turned in their written essays and participated in an oral board presided over by command sergeants major of each competing battalion. Points were calculated for each competitor and the winners were announced during an award ceremony on April 21, recognizing all participants and the two winners, Bell and Perry.
“I have always been geared to be physically fit and strong, but I would like to credit my leadership for preparing me for this competition,” said Bell. “Master Sgt. Terrance Zahm (the former first sergeant for HHC) took me under his wing and showed me true leadership and guidance, which helped me win this competition.
“The best advice I can give to someone wanting to compete in events like this is to not lose heart,” Bell continued. “Keep your mind on the mission, don’t quit or give up, and put your best out there because at the end of the day you’ll feel good knowing you did your best.”
Both Bell and Perry were awarded an Army Commendation Medal and they each won donated AR-15 rifles.
“I am proud of all the participants for volunteering to be a part of this competition,” said Col. Bradley D. Moses, commander of 3rd SFG (A). “What encourages me the most is the amount of effort these warriors put into this competition.”