During Day 4 of the Regional Health Command - Atlantic (Provisional) Best Warrior Competition at Fort Gordon, Ga., Sgt. Joshua Schmid tests his land navigation and urban orienteering skills. (Photo by John Corley)
Published: April 29, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (April 29, 2016) -- For several grueling days, Soldiers competed in the Regional Health Command - Atlantic (P) 2016 Best Warrior Competition March 28 to April 2 at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
After several days of both mental and physical trials, Lyster Army Health Clinic’s Sgt. Joshua Schmid came out on top, winning the title of Best Warrior and the honor of representing the region in the U.S. Army Medical Command 2016 Best Warrior Competition to be held May 2-6.
Schmid, who has been in the Army for 4 1/2 years, has spent the last three years at Lyster, and said he is proud to represent Lyster and the Atlantic region in this year’s MEDCOM competition.
“I feel proud. I also feel a lot of weight on my shoulders, being the sole representative for Soldiers in the Atlantic region,” said Schmid. “I will do my best to show MEDCOM what we represent. Win or lose, as long as I try my best, I will leave happy.”
Schmid competed in the equivalent MEDCOM regional competition in 2014, placing third. This time around, Schmid stepped up to the challenge after the Soldier originally set to compete was injured.
Soldiers began the first morning with a 6 a.m. physical fitness test followed by inspections, written tests, uniform assembly, and a shoot or don’t shoot event at the Electronic Skills Testing facility. Over the next few days, Soldiers competed in events such as hands-on testing, oral exams, Army Warrior Tasks and battle drills, weapons qualification, day and night land navigation, and more.
“Was I nervous? I am only human. I get nervous. Moments before something like this, I start doubting myself a bit,” said Schmid. “But as soon as I’m in the moment, it’s almost as though I blackout the nerves and just do what I need to do”
He said he enjoyed being out in the field, not worried about appearance, and just being able to do the best he could at various tasks.
“I initially joined the Army for change. I wasn’t exactly on the right path and needed some help,” Schmid said. “I think the thing I enjoy most as a sergeant is learning and growing, and watching other Soldiers doing the same. Improvement is a good feeling.”
Schmid says he’s been studying for the mental challenges and test and doing his normal routine of PT and hitting the gym to maintain his physical fitness.
“I would like to win, but will not set any expectations,” said Schmid. “But I will do my very best. I am competing against the best of the best.”
The winner of the MEDCOM Best Warrior Competition will compete in the 2016 Best Warrior Competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, Sept. 26-Oct. 3.
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