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NEWS | April 4, 2018

Best of the best: 350th CACOM Best Warrior Competition

By Sgt. Dustin Gautney 350th Civil Affairs Command (Airborne)

Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from units throughout the 350th Civil Affairs Command competed in the command's Best Warrior Competition, which attracted competitors from Texas and as far as Puerto Rico. The event was held at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Mar. 4-8.

“The Best Warrior Competition is a competition designed to test basic Soldier skills - between their shoot, move and communicate tactics along with general Army knowledge to see who the best warrior is,” said Sgt. Maj. Kevin Tevebaugh, 350th CACOM and noncommissioned officer in charge of the competition.

The competition consisted of several events designed to test Soldiers both physically and mentally. Competitors were graded on the Army Physical Fitness Test, 10k ruck march, weapons qualification, land navigation, obstacle course, combat-life saving skills, essay and exams to test Army and current event knowledge, and an oral presentation board.

Tevebaugh also said the competitions goal is to boost the moral of the Soldiers and really a test the overall Soldier and take their experiences to better themselves and their units.

“Absolutely amazing,” said Sgt. Dawyne Vancleaf Jr., a competitor from the 478th Civil Affairs Battalion in Perrine, Florida about how the experience gained from the competition will help him be a more complete leader. “If I can do it; you can do it. It is part of being the backbone of the Army. I can now take this experience and train my soldiers to the standard and be ready to be the next Soldier to compete.”

The winners of the 350th CACOM Best Warrior Competition were announced during an awards ceremony held at Hurlburt Air Force Base. The winners: Sgt. Erin Peppiatt, from the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion and Spc. Brandon Brisell from the 436th Civil Affairs Battalion will go on to compete at the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)’s Best Warrior Competition the first week of May.

“I think competing at this event helped me get back to the readiness i needed to be at,” said Spc. Brisell the junior enlisted winner of the competition. “Both, with the exams and preparing for the board, the reality that you always have to keep training is the biggest takeaway from me as I progress.”