Steak-n-Shake Coupons
  9911 Seminole Blvd. Seminole, FL 33772       Ph. 727-397-5563   View TBN's FREE e-Edition today!  
Click here to learn more
Palm Harbor Beacon
Palm Harbor native competes for Best Warrior
Article published on Thursday, April 11, 2013
  Print E-Mail
U.S. Army Spc. Ashlie Diggs of Palm Harbor, is a paralegal specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Army Reserve Medical Command in Pinellas Park.
PALM HARBOR – Spc. Ashlie Diggs, a paralegal specialist for headquarters and headquarters company, Army Reserve Medical Command, Pinellas Park, competed in the AR-MEDCOM’s prestigious Best Warrior Competition at Camp Blanding, March 22-30.

She is one of only 10 soldiers of the 9,500-strong AR-MEDCOM Warriors to be selected to compete for this honor.

Diggs, 22, a resident of Palm Harbor and a 2008 Countryside High School graduate, represented HHC, AR-MEDCOM, Pinellas Park, besting more than a hundred soldiers in that command to advance to the next level.

“I am always trying to better myself as a soldier,” said Diggs, who is working toward a degree in business. “I will go to any length to be a stronger soldier physically and mentally.”

Diggs is no stranger to the military, “All the men in my family have served at least three years or more,” she said, with almost four years of service herself. “I am the first female in my family to join the Army.”

The Best Warrior Competition was developed by retired Sergeant Major of the Army Jack Tilley in 2002 as a test of a soldier’s physical endurance, military knowledge, current events, and mental perseverance. The competition is an opportunity for Warrior’s to highlight their military skills in a competitive environment and measures how well they perform under stress.

The grueling five-day event competition taxes each soldier mentally and physically. It includes a timed written exam, physical fitness test, and a number of mentally and physically challenging exercises including a 10-kilometer road march, M4 rifle qualification, urban warfare orienteering, an Army Combatives Tournament – and a mystery event.

Diggs began the competition at unit level, rising to command level and continuing on to higher command intended to select the noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier of the Year for AR-MEDCOM. The winner advances to train and prepare through U.S. Army Reserve Command, and upon winning will go on to represent the Army Reserve Command to the Army wide Best Warrior Competition to be held later in the year.

The Army Reserve Medical Command has been represented at the top Army event in 2009 by Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler, a medical logistics noncommissioned officer from Three Forks, Mont., at the Department of the Army level competition.

The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System provided this story and the accompanying images.
Article published on Thursday, April 11, 2013
Copyright © Tampa Bay Newspapers: All rights reserved.
Printable Version E-mail article
Featured Print Advertisers
Oakhurst & East Bay Medical
13020 Park Blvd., Seminole
(727) 393-3404
3800 East Bay Dr., Largo
(727) 539-0505

Web site        View Ad
NuSmile Dental
13611 Park Blvd., Suite G
(727) 475-7866

Web site        View Ad
Florida Center for Back & Neck Pain
Dr. Greg Hollstrom
11444 Seminole Blvd.
(727) 393-6100

Web site        View Ad
Custom Couture of Clearwater
(727) 735-8407
By appointment please.

Web site        View Ad
Flooring America of Seminole
9012 Seminole Blvd.
(727) 397-5509

Web site        View Ad
Abbey Carpet & Floor of Largo
13120 66th St. N.
(727) 524-1445

Web site        View Ad
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Online Advertising
For information, e-mail
Online Services Directory
TBN 27/7
Tampa Bay Newspapers
9911 Seminole Blvd.,
Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: (727) 397-5563
Fax: (727) 397-5900
Submit News