Thursday, March 31, 2011

In Pictures: 311th ESC Completes Best Warrior Competition

Photos and Cutlines by Sgt. 1st Class C. L. Beal
79th Sustainment Support Command PAO

The 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) completed their annual Best Warrior Competition last week. This command is one of three falling under the 79th Sustainment Support Command. The other ESCs -- 654th and 4th -- are also holding similar competitions for their units.

Finalists of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition are: Staff Sgt. Genaro Medina, Sgt. Roi B. Cavan, and Spc. Casey T. Quinn were the winners of the 2011 BWC for the 311th.

These photos are snapshots of events that composed the 311th ESC BWC which concluded with one non-commissioned officer and one junior enlisted soldier named as “Best Warrior.” Winners of the competition will compete in the 79th SSC Best Warrior Competition in June.

The 79th winners will go on to the US Army Reserve competition and ultimately have a chance to compete among the active component.

Scroll down to find out more about the troops featured in this slideshow.






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Spc. Casey T. Quinn, a motor transport operator in the 257th Transportation Company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., plots grids during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Quinn said he enlisted in the Army Reserve less than three years ago and is currently 37 years old. “I often feel I’m too old for this sort of competition until I have a minute to rest and heal – then I’m right back in it,” said Quinn.

Quinn went on to finish the competition and was named the 311th’s Best Warrior – Soldier.

Army Sgt. Roi B. Cavan, a human resources sergeant in the 311th ESC, headquartered in Las Angeles, Calif., plots his points during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Cavan said he entered the Best Warrior Competition to challenge himself and the experience, “The experience I gain from this competition will help me succeed to become a better soldier and leader."
Army Pfc. Holly R. Sanders, a unit supply specialist in the 329th Quartermaster Company headquartered in Riverside, Calif., plots grids during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Sanders, who is known for her positive attitude and enthusiasm said, “I love the Army, and I love my unit. I’m learning and taking everything from this competition. I’m happy to represent women of the Army and am giving nothing less than my best.” Army Pfc. Holly R. Sanders, a unit supply specialist in the 329th Quartermaster Company headquartered in Riverside, Calif., plots grids during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.
Staff Sgt. Genaro Medina, a human resources sergeant in the 376th Human Resources Company headquartered in Bell Calif., plots grids during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Medina is a veteran of two deployments including Kuwait and Iraq, was diagnosed in 2008 with Crohn’s disease. Medina said he volunteered for a third tour, but was deemed un-deployable because of his condition and is now going through a medical evaluation board. Fighting the decision, Medina said, “I am participating in this competition to show that I am fit for duty and one of the best.”

Medina went on to finish the competition and was named the 311th’s Best Warrior – NCO. 

Army Sgt. Roi B. Cavan, a human resources sergeant in the 311th ESC, headquartered in Las Angeles, Calif., surveys the terrain during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Cavan said he entered the Best Warrior Competition to challenge himself and the experience. “The experience I gain from this competition will help me succeed to become a better Soldier and leader,” said Cavan.
Army Sgt. Roi B. Cavan, a human resources sergeant in the 311th ESC, headquartered in Las Angeles, Calif., confirms his location during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Cavan said he entered the Best Warrior Competition to challenge himself and the experience. “The experience I gain from this competition will help me succeed to become a better Soldier and leader,” said Cavan. 

Army Sgt. Roi B. Cavan, a human resources sergeant in the 311th ESC, headquartered in Las Angeles, Calif., uses his compass to re-confirm his destination during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Cavan said he entered the Best Warrior Competition to challenge himself and the experience. “The experience I gain from this competition will help me succeed to become a better Soldier and leader,” said Cavan. 

Spc. William J. Brooks, an executive administrative assistant in the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. takes a moment to catch his breath during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21. 

Spc. William J. Brooks, an executive administrative assistant in the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. confirms his location during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21. 

Staff Sgt. Genaro Medina, a human resources sergeant in the 376th Human Resources Company headquartered in Bell Calif., confirms his location on his map during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Medina is a veteran of two deployments including Kuwait and Iraq, was diagnosed in 2008 with Crohn’s disease. Medina said he volunteered for a third tour, but was deemed un-deployable because of his condition and is now going through a medical evaluation board. Fighting the decision, Medina said, “I am participating in this competition to show that I am fit for duty and one of the best.”

Medina went on to finish the competition and was named the 311th’s Best Warrior – NCO.
Staff Sgt. Genaro Medina, a human resources sergeant in the 376th Human Resources Company headquartered in Bell Calif., reviews his map while scanning the terrain during a land navigation event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21. 

Army Pfc. Holly R. Sanders, a unit supply specialist in the 329th Quartermaster Company headquartered in Riverside, Calif., is hip-thrown to the mat by a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor during a combatives event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 22.

Sanders, who is known for her positive attitude and enthusiasm said, “I love the Army, and I love my unit. I’m learning and taking everything from this competition. I’m happy to represent women of the Army and am giving nothing less than my best.” 

Army Sgt. Roi B. Cavan, a human resources sergeant in the 311th ESC, headquartered in Las Angeles, Calif., hip-throws Spc. Casey T. Quinn during a combatives event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 22.


Spc. Casey T. Quinn, a motor transport operator in the 257th Transportation Company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., performs a hip-throw during a combatives event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Quinn said he enlisted in the Army Reserve less than three years ago and is currently 37-years-old. “I often feel I’m too old for this sort of competition until I have a minute to rest and heal – then I’m right back in it,” said Quinn.

Quinn went on to finish the competition and was named the 311th’s Best Warrior – Soldier.

Staff Sgt. Genaro Medina, a human resources sergeant in the 376th Human Resources Company headquartered in Bell Calif., performs a combat-roll during a combatives event as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 22.

Medina went on to finish the competition and was named the 311th’s Best Warrior – NCO. 

Army Sgt. Roi B. Cavan, a human resources sergeant in the 311th ESC, headquartered in Las Angeles, Calif., makes his way to the half-way point of a 10 kilometer ruck-march as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 23.

Cavan said he entered the Best Warrior Competition to challenge himself and the experience. “The experience I gain from this competition will help me succeed to become a better Soldier and leader,” said Cavan. 

(left) Spc. Casey T. Quinn, a motor transport operator in the 257th Transportation Company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., and (right) Staff Sgt. Genaro Medina, a human resources sergeant in the 376th Human Resources Company headquartered in Bell Calif., make their way to the finish of a 10-kilometer ruck-march as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Quinn and Medina went on to finish the competition and were named the 311th’s Best Warriors. 

Spc. Casey T. Quinn (left), a motor transport operator in the 257th Transportation Company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., and Staff Sgt. Genaro Medina, a human resources sergeant in the 376th Human Resources Company headquartered in Bell Calif., make their way to the finish of a 10-kilometer ruck-march as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 21.

Quinn and Medina went on to finish the competition and were named the 311th’s Best Warriors.
Army Pfc. Holly R. Sanders, a unit supply specialist in the 329th Quartermaster Company headquartered in Riverside, Calif., walks to the finish line of a 10-kilometer ruck-march as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 23.

Sanders, who is known for her positive attitude and enthusiasm said, “I love the Army, and I love my unit. I’m learning and taking everything from this competition. I’m happy to represent women of the Army and am giving nothing less than my best.”
Army Pfc. Holly R. Sanders, a unit supply specialist in the 329th Quartermaster Company headquartered in Riverside, Calif., catches her breath after completing a 10-kilometer ruck-march as part of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 23.


Final competitors of the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Best Warrior Competition (left to right) Staff Sgt. Genaro Medina, Sgt. Roi B. Cavan, Pfc. Holly R. Sanders, and Spc. Casey T. Quinn stand together at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, Calif., prior to an awards dinner held in their honor.

Medina, Brooks and Quinn were named the 311th “Best Warriors” and will compete in the 79th Sustainment Support Command Best Warrior Competition scheduled in June. 

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