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Pinellas Park soldier competes for 'Best Warrior'
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Spc. Robert R. Ortiz Jr.
PINELLAS PARK – Spc. Robert R. Ortiz Jr., a supply specialist with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Army Reserve Medical Command, recently competed in ARMEDCOM’s prestigious Best Warrior Competition.

The event took place Feb. 24-27.

Ortiz, 20, a Pinellas Park soldier, started his intense training for this competition last year when he was selected as alternate.

“I chose to compete in the Best Warrior Competition to better myself as a soldier, develop confidence and to improve my soldering skills,” said Ortiz. He is one of only 13 soldiers of approximately 9,500-strong ARMEDCOM Warriors to be selected to compete for this honor.

Upon completion of BWC, competitors are afforded the opportunity to attend Fort Bragg Air Assault School.

Ortiz, a native of Lockport, Ill., currently resides in Safety Harbor. He is looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity.

The Best Warrior Competition was developed by retired Sergeant Major of the Army Jack Tilley in 2002, testing soldier’s physical endurance, military knowledge, and mental perseverance. The competition is an opportunity for Warrior’s to highlight their military skills in a competitive environment.

The grueling four-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 day land navigation, urban orienteering courses, road march, weapons qualification on rifles and pistols, hand-to-hand combative tournament, tactical combat casualty care, and mystery events.

Ortiz began his intense training in preparation for the higher command level competition intended to select the noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier of the Year for ARMEDCOM. 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 NCO from Three Forks, Mont., at the Department of the Army level competition.
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