2-1st ADA Battalion holds best warrior competition

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Soldiers from the 2-1st ADA Battalion march past the Camp Carroll Water Tower  during the six-mile march of the Best Warrior Competition July 3. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Shaun A. Dillon, 2-1st Air Defense Artillery Battalion Public Affairs.
Soldiers from the 2-1st ADA Battalion march past the Camp Carroll Water Tower during the six-mile march of the Best Warrior Competition July 3. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Shaun A. Dillon, 2-1st Air Defense Artillery Battalion Public Affairs.

2-1st ADA Battalion holds best warrior competition

by: Sgt. Shaun A. Dillon, 2-1st Air Defense Artillery Battalion Public Affairs | .
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published: July 14, 2013

The Guardians held their quarterly best warrior competition to determine who will represent the Guardians at the brigade level on July 2 - 3.

The two-day event started with the board on day one. Then early the next morning started with the physical fitness test that included pull-ups, a six-mile rucksack march, stress fire, land navigation exam and then ended with a hand-to-hand-combat tournament.

After winning the Eighth Army Best Warrior Competition in the Soldier and noncommissioned officer category last year, the contest is becoming a legacy for the 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

Rain weighed down the Soldiers’ equipment, making the six-mile march even more difficult.

Following the march, the Guardians went directly to the stress fire range and fired at 40 targets.

Next came the stress fire range. Here the warriors fired at targets. It is called stress fire because of all stressful events that lead up to the range, and then they moved onto the Combatives tournament.

2nd Lt. Jean Pierre Cooper, a Battery B launcher platoon leader, won the officer's category in the Combatives tournament.

“[The competition] is a bit daunting at first,” said Cooper.  “You kind of dread it but once it’s started it’s fun but very tough."

Pfc. Aaron Johannes, a radar crew member with Battery C, won the Soldiers category of the Combatives tournament.

“I put in a lot of gym time to get ready for the competition,” said Johannes. “I also studied for the land navigation and the board.”

Johannes also won his category in the six-mile march.

“Even though I won the Combatives tournament, my strongest event was the six-mile march,” said Johannes. “I practiced by running with my rucksack on for two weeks. I felt strong.”

Known around the Korean Peninsula for their competitive spirit and winning record, the Guardians are ready to move on to the next level in this year’s Best Warrior Competition.

“’Good job to everyone that competed in the event,” said Cooper.  "I hope I win so that I can compete at [the brigade level] and continue the winning tradition within 2-1st ADA.”

 

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