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On April 18, Army Reserve Soldiers from the 99th Regional Support Command and Military Intelligence Readiness Command competed in the Best Warrior Competition held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, located near Trenton, New Jersey.

Soldiers competed in various events, including traversing a land navigation course, selecting and constructing temporary fighting positions, moving under direct fire, planning a convoy security operation, reacting to an improvised explosive device (IED), reporting nuclear, biological, and chemical information, evaluating casualty’s, performing first aid, and requesting medical evacuations (MedEvac).

The top warriors from each command will go on to compete in the United States Army Reserve Command’s Best Warrior Competition hosted at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin in June 2013.

Soldiers began the competition traversing through a dense wooded area, from one check point to the next, armed with a map and compass.

In the next event, soldiers equipped with M-16A2 rifles selected temporary firing positions protecting themselves from enemy observation and enemy fire without revealing themselves.

After selecting a temporary firing position, soldiers quickly constructed one-man fighting positions out of tree limbs providing frontal and overhead cover from direct enemy fire. The fighting position also allowed the soldiers to return fire to the front and oblique.

The next exercise placed two-man teams in tactical situations in which the soldiers armed with M16-A2 rifles approached, under fire, an enemy position located 250-300 meters away. Team members had to use correct tactical fire and movement techniques, which were dictated by the terrain features. Soldiers also had to coordinate movement with team members and provide cover fire for each other.

During the convoy planning and security operation scenario, soldiers had to coordinate with appropriate support units and ensure that the necessary equipment and supplies were available and operational. Soldiers also had to prepare a briefing for personnel on the mission and assign specific duties. They had to explain how 360-degree security was maintained. Finally, soldiers had to demonstrate good working knowledge of how to react to enemy contact while traveling in a four-vehicle convoy.

In the IED exercise, soldiers had to properly establish an initial exclusion zone and report a possible IED to headquarters with 100-percent accuracy to complete the scenario.

The next exercise, soldiers were given a watch, map, compass, protractor, pencil, paper and a nuclear, biological, and chemical report format guide. Soldiers had to complete Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical 4 Reports, inputting all the appropriate data. They then had to disseminating the completed reports to the proper authorities.

In the last event soldiers had to evaluate casualties by following the correct sequences for identifying all injuries and conditions. They had to perform first aid on an open head wound, dressing the wound without causing any further injury. They also had to perform first aid on a casualty bleeding from an extremity, controlling the bleeding, placing field dressing over the wound, and apply a tourniquet to stop profuse bleeding. Finally soldiers had to request a medical evacuation.

The Best Warrior Competition challenged every soldier’s warrior skills, tested them mentally and physically, built-up their personal confidence and encouraged team esprit d’corps.

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