Since my last article, I’ve attended many different events to include the Drill SGT of the Year (DSOY) and Best Warrior Competitions (BWC). Watching these outstanding Soldiers compete is greater than watching the Super Bowl or any other Pro-football game (by the way, I stopped watching the NFL due to obvious reasons).
The men and women who compete at the DSOY and BWC events know the meaning of giving it everything they got. Their reasons for competing are never personal but to bring honor to their units. They are truly the cream of the crop and epitomize what being a Warrior is all about. The competition is both physically and mentally demanding and is scheduled with practically no time between events.
…The CSA, the SMA and many other very high ranking leaders have stated over and over that the Army could not accomplish their mission without us. That recognition is a reflection of every one of our Soldiers from the Commanders down to the lowest ranking Soldier. It takes a team and when everyone is involved and everyone does their part, you will always have successful results.
The competition is usually spread over several days with between three to four hours of sleep a night. They are tested in many areas to include Army weapons, first aid, skill levels, land navigation and Army programs just to name a few. The competitors get cuts and bruises in some of the obstacles they have to negotiate but that doesn’t faze them nor does it stop them. At the end of these competitions, just one person comes out as the overall winner, but actually they are all winners. They are the best of the best and I couldn’t commend them enough.
And as I attend other events which include the top leadership of other commands, I am constantly reminded and thanked for the outstanding and professionalism that our Drill SGTs provide through support missions. The CSA, the SMA and many other very high ranking leaders have stated over and over that the Army could not accomplish their mission without us. That recognition is a reflection of every one of our Soldiers from the Commanders down to the lowest ranking Soldier. It takes a team and when everyone is involved and everyone does their part, you will always have successful results.
So I thank and commend every one of you as well. While I’m writing this article, we are ever so close to another confrontation with an enemy which obviously underestimates the strength of not only our Army but our Armed Forces. We always did and always will have the strongest and greatest Army the world will ever know. We need to remain ready at all times and being ready includes many areas. Medical Readiness, maintaining your physical condition and completing your required level of Professional Military Education is part of that. Our Soldiers need to be ready to assume leadership positions and take charge at any given time. Some times on a moment’s notice.
As my battle buddy MG McQueen always says, you can’t just be content in performing your duties and responsibilities. You need to be committed and go above and beyond what you’re responsible for. I need each and every one of you to ensure that if and when the Nation calls on you ‘again’, there’s nothing that will stop you from being ‘ready to fight tonight’.