U.S. Army Reserve


2017 Best WarriorThe Army Reserve’s best will compete for the title of Best Warrior at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 11-17, 2017. This is the third year the competition will be held at Fort Bragg, N.C..

Approximately 40-45 Soldiers will spend the week competing in a variety of challenges including firing weapons, land navigation, the Army Physical Fitness Test, and various mystery events.

The two winners of the Army Reserve’s Soldier and NCO of the Year and will compete against winners from the major Army commands in October at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

Many of the competitors military backgrounds and experience cover the entire spectrum of the Army Reserve, with many of them having deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq or Kuwait.

Their career fields include military police, engineering, medical, human resources and intelligence. They hail from all across the country.

Media should contact Maj. Adam W. Jackson, at adam.w.jackson3.mil@mail.mil or 910-750-8337 or Capt. Chad Nixon, Deputy Chief of Media Relations, at 910-570-8336 or chad.m.nixon.mil@mail.mil. Interviews of the 2017 participants via satellite, B-roll, still photos, stories and other audio-visual products are available upon request.


U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior NCO and Soldier of the Year 
Best Warrior News
June 20, 2017 - They come from as far as Europe and Hawaii, representing military specialties from paralegal to musician to watercraft operator.
June 19, 2017 - After an intensive week of competition, two U.S. Army Reserve Warriors have earned the titles of U.S. Army Reserve Soldier and NCO of the Year, at the 2017 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Iron Mike Conference Center, here, June 16.
June 16, 2017 - Why on earth would someone who is scared of heights want to become an astronaut?
June 11, 2017 - Is a two-week annual commitment enough to turn a Citizen-Soldier into a capable, combat-ready, and lethal Warrior ready to compete against the Army’s best-of-the-best?
May 17, 2017 - The winners of the 2017 U.S. Army Human Resources Command Best Warrior competition were announced during a ceremony held at the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude complex on Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 12.
May 2, 2017 - Soldiers from across the 412th Theater Engineer Command (TEC), 416th Theater Engineer Command and the 76th Division gathered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey last week to compete in the 2017 Combined Best Warrior Competition.
April 20, 2017 - Soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command recently tested their strength, knowledge and endurance during the Best Warrior Competition at Fort A.P. Hill.
April 14, 2017 - Despite the cold rain and muddy conditions, 22 Army Reserve Soldiers from the 80th Training Command and 99th Regional Support Command pushed themselves through the combined commands’ annual Best Warrior Competition here, April 3-5, 2017. The winners were announced at the BWC awards ceremony on April 6, 2017.
April 3, 2017 - After five physically demanding and mentally challenging days filled with early mornings, late nights and numerous events ranging from land navigation, to an oral exam board, the 335th Signal Command’s (Theater) 2017 Best Warrior Competition has come to an end.
March 30, 2017 - Explosions, gunfire, screams for help, hostile villagers, battle field injures and unknown surprises of all kinds awaited the best warrior competitors on day three of the 335th Signal Command’s (Theater) 2017 Best Warrior Competition here March 29.
March 29, 2017 - A constant, cool, biting wind, partial cloudy skies and Soldiers putting rounds down range set the tone for day two of the 335th Signal Command’s (Theater) 2017 Best Warrior Competition here.
March 28, 2017 - Long before the first rays of sunlight danced across the ominous mountain peaks and long before they painted the cool desert sky in various shades of oranges, yellows and blues, an elite group of warriors were already heavily immersed in competition here.
2017 Best Warrior Winners

Cpl. Carlo Deldonno - Army Reserve NCO of the Year

Cpl. Carlo Deldonno
U.S. Army Reserve NCO of the Year

3rd Medical Command
(Deployment Support)

Spc. Kenny Ochoa - U.S. Army Reserve Soldier of the Year

Spc. Kenny Ochoa
U.S. Army Reserve Soldier of the Year
79th Sustainment Command

2016 Best Warrior Winners

Spc. Michael Orozco

Spc. Michael Orozco
U.S. Army Reserve Soldier of the Year
416th Theater Engineer Command

SFC Moeller

Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller
U.S. Army Reserve NCO of the Year
108th Training Command