Army Best Warrior is an annual competition overseen by the Department of the Army as a means of identifying and recognizing soldiers in active, Special Operations, National Guard and reserve components of the United States Army. Each year, each participating command sends their best enlisted soldier and non-commissioned officer to Fort Lee to represent their unit.
During the competition, competitors are tested for their aptitude through board interviews, physical fitness tests, written exams, urban warfare simulations and other soldier tasks and drills relevant to the Army's operating environment.
In addition, Warriors will go before two selection boards composed of six senior sergeants major from across the Army. These boards, chaired by Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, evaluate competitor appearance, military bearing and knowledge of critical Army topics.
The Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year receive prestigious honors and cash awards in recognition of their achievements and represent the Army at special events throughout the year.
Past competition winners:
Soldier of the Year:
- 2002 - Spc. Justin Brown
- 2003 - Spc. Russell Adam Burnham (MEDCOM)
- 2004 - Spc. Wilfredo Mendez
- 2005 - Sgt. Chad Steuck
- 2006 - Spc. John Emmett
- 2007 - Cpl. Heyz Seeker
- 2008 - Spc. David R. Obray (USARC)
- 2009 - Spc. Clancey Henderson
- 2010 - Sgt. Sherri Gallagher
- 2011 - Spc. Thomas M. Hauser
- 2012 - Spc. Saral Shrestha
- 2013 - Spc. Adam Christensen
- 2014 - Spc. Thomas Boyd
- 2015 - Spc. Jared R. Tansley (USAREUR)
- 2016 - Spc. Robert Miller
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:
- 2002 - Sgt. 1st Class Jeffery T. Stitzel
- 2003 - Staff Sgt. James Luby
- 2004 - Staff Sgt. Andrew Bullock
- 2005 - Sgt. Jeremy Kamphuis
- 2006 - Sgt. 1st Class Jason Alexander
- 2007 - Staff Sgt. Jason Seifert
- 2008 - Staff Sgt. Noyce Merino NGB
- 2009 - Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Beckman
- 2010 - Staff Sgt. Christopher McDougall
- 2011 - Sgt. Guy Mellow
- 2012 - Staff Sgt. Matthew M. Senna
- 2013 - Sgt. 1st Class Jason J. Manella
- 2014 - Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Carpenter
- 2015 - Staff Sgt. Andrew Fink
- 2016 - Sgt. 1st Class Joshua A. Moeller
- "Past Winners - The U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition". U.S. Army. 2015. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
- Preston, Kenneth O. (2003). "Sgt Major, US Army". U.S. Army. Archived from the original on 2006-04-19. Retrieved 2006-04-22.
- Strasser, Mike (2008). "Best Warrior Competitor Continues Family Tradition of Military Excellence". U.S. Army. Retrieved 2015-06-09.