FORT DEVENS, Mass. - On a snowy winter day at Fort Devens' South Post, ten engineer Soldiers from the 368th Engineer Battalion competed March 8-10 for the Best Warrior competition title.
“They came here knowing we were going to drive them hard, and nobody quit, they all gave 100 percent," said 368th Command Sgt. Maj. John Zimmerman, who oversaw the competition.
The Soldiers competed in one of two categories, depending on rank. Five Soldiers participated in the junior-enlisted Best Warrior competition and five non-commissioned officers participated in the NCO Best Warrior category.
“We have Best Warrior Competitions to give our Soldiers the opportunity to shine,” said Headquarters Company 1st Sgt. Bob Blouin, a competition grader. “This gives them the opportunity to show their esprit de corps.”
The competition was composed of six events: a board interview with the non-com- missioned officer leaders of the 368th Engineers, a marksmanship event, timed weapon break downs and reassembly, a physical fit- ness test, a land navigation course through the snow covered woods, and a ten kilometer ruck march with a 40 pound rucksack.
“Win or lose, with what they go through here they will come out all the better,” said Blouin.
After three days of intense competition, winners for the junior and non-commissioned officer Best Warrior Competition were selected based on their scores.
With an overall score of 32 out of 40 points, Spc. Austin Rosende claimed the junior enlisted category.
Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Reneau, with an overall score of 35 points took home the non- commissioned officer category Battalion Best Warrior title.
“I’m feeling good,” said Reneau. “I’d like to represent myself and my unit well, and I think that winning here shows that.”
With the battalion level completed, the two Soldiers will soon be competing at the 412th Theater Engineer Command.
The winners of the TEC level will move on to the Army Reserve Command, until finally compete at the Department of the Army level, and fight for the title of Army Best Warrior.