The Army Reserve 416th Theater Engineer Command, 84th Training Command and the 88th Regional Support Command announced five winners of the 2011 Regional Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition Friday at Fort McCoy.
The 416th and the 84th each named an NCO of the Year and a Soldier of the Year, while the 88th named an NCO of the Year. The winners were named at the end of a weeklong competition that tested the soldiers' skills, knowledge and endurance.
The winners will go on to compete in the Army Reserve's Best Warrior Competition for Soldier and NCO of the Year, which will be held at Fort McCoy in June.
The 88th RSC's NCO of the Year is Staff Sgt. Conrad H. Nazar Jr., from Loraine, Ohio. Nazar, who resides in Tomah, is a small group leader for the Warrior Leaders Course at the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at Fort McCoy.
The 416th TEC's NCO of the Year is Sgt. Daniel Florez from Tucson, Ariz. Florez, who resides in Steilacoom, Wash., is an intelligence analyst assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 494th Brigade Support Battalion, 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The 416th TEC's Soldier of the Year is Spc. Yasutaka Dote from Columbia, Mo. Dote, who resides in Rolla, Mo., is a combat engineer assigned to the 383rd Engineer Company in Jonesboro, Ark.
The 84th Training Command's NCO of the Year is Sgt. Jacob H. Probst from Watertown. Probst, who resides in Milwaukee, is a combat engineer assigned to B Company, Small Arms Readiness Group, 3rd Battalion/329th Regiment in Milwaukee.
The 84th Training Command's Soldier of the Year is Spc. Lefate Jones from Brooklyn, N.Y. Jones is an information systems operator assigned to the 78th Training Division at Fort Dix, N.J.
The winners were among 10 regional competitors who came from a total force of more than 16,000 and qualified with victories at preliminary competitions at commands across the country. They represent diverse military and civilian backgrounds and experiences. Many have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and the Horn of Africa.