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2017 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warriors named

Cpl. Carlo Deldonno, a Combat Medic Specialist assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Command, 804th Medical Brigade, Devens, Mass., has been named the U.S. Army Reserve’s Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year, while Spc. Kenny D. Ochoa, a Watercraft Operator assigned to 481st Heavy Boat Transportation Company, Port Huaneme, Calif., has been named U.S. Army Reserve Soldier of the Year.

The announcement was made during the 2017 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition Awards Ceremony held at the Iron Mike Conference Center, here, Friday, June 16.

Both Soldiers succeeded in winning at their respective command competitions, as well as the U.S. Army Reserve Competition. Now, they will represent the U.S. Army Reserve Command at the Army’s Best Warrior Competition later this year.

The U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition tested Soldiers on a wide range of warrior, combat and Soldier skills.

In past years, U.S. Army Reserve Warriors have won the Army-level competition four times: Spc. David Obray, 2008; Sgt. 1st Class Jason Manella, 2013; Staff Sgt. Andrew Fink, 2015; and, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moeller, 2016.

For photos and stories related to Cpl. Carlo Deldonno and Spc. Kenny D. Ochoa, see below:

For additional information and interview opportunities, contact Capt. Chad Nixon, United States Army Reserve, Media Relations, at or 910-570-8336.