Soldiers from each battalion assigned to the 108th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade competed in the Best Warrior Competiton in the first few weeks of January at the Yarborough Complex. The winners are selected in the categories of officer, noncommissioned officer, and Soldier. From the officers, the winner was 1st Lt. Christian Johns from 2nd Battalion, 44th ADA.
From the noncommissioned officers, the winner was Sgt. Josef Niederer, from 1st Battalion, 7th ADA, followed by Spc. Oliver Barrera, also assigned to 1st Bn., 7th ADA, for the Soldier category. The individuals underwent multiple challenges to earn this title.
For example, Soldiers completed range qualifications, an eight-mile ruck, a four-mile run, Soldier Readiness Training, urban operations, Army Physical Fitness Test, the new Army Combat Fitness Test, land navigation, promotion style boards, and written exams. All tasks were performed within a four-day time frame.
The purpose of the best warrior competition is to test the individual’s knowledge, skills and abilities all Soldiers should know. The winners were announced at the 108th ADA Bde.Saint Barbara’s Day Ball, Jan. 25.