Virgin Island Warriors at Best

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                                                      Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronnie Reynolds

           By Shannon Collins

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronnie Reynolds, son of Margret Reynolds, Williams Delight, St. Croix, was one of 24 soldiers selected Army wide to compeFORT LEE, Va. - Deep within the wooded confines of this military encampment, the son of a St. Croix woman has a map, compass, rifle, physical endurance and depth of tactical knowledge to propel him through the rigors of competing against the Army's top soldiers.te in the Best Warrior competition. The event is an annual competition where 12 noncommissioned officers and 12 junior soldiers from the Army's 12 major commands demonstrate their proficiencies in skills critical to the success of every soldier. Soldiers selected for the competition mastered a series of benchmarks throughout the year and won in their local command levels in order to be selected to compete for Army-wide Best Warrior competition.

Reynolds is a small group leader with the U.S. Army Medical Department NCO Academy, located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He said he was honored to represent his unit at Best Warrior.
"It meant a lot, and I'm glad they had faith in me to represent them, the Army Medical Department," said Reynolds, a 1996 graduate of St. Croix Central High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2011 from Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa.
Reynolds said his family inspires him to compete and that he will continue to compete to test himself to see how he stacks up to his peers.
Best Warrior events included a physical training test, land navigation, urban warfare simulations, Army aptitude tests and a number of tasks deemed essential for survival on the battlefield in today's operating environment, such as casualty evaluation and weapons marksmanship. Some soldiers exercised two to three hours per day, running five to eight miles, lifting weights, marching with more than 100 pounds of gear on their backs, training on their weapons at the shooting range, practicing land navigation and more to prepare for the annual competition.

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