Left: Command Sgt. Maj. Cy B.K. Akana, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, stands with Staff Sgt. Shaun Morand after Morand was named the USAMRMC Best Warrior Competition Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for 2015. Right: Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein presents an award to Spc. Matthew Winans after Winans was named U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Best Warrior Competition Soldier of the Year. Photos by Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Shaun Morand, with the U.S. Army Research
Institute of Environmental Medicine, and Spc. Matthew Winans, assigned to the
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, were named U.S. Army Medical Research
and Materiel Command Best Warrior Competition Non-commissioned Officer and
Soldier of the Year during an award ceremony Feb. 6.
To earn the title of Best Warrior, Morand and Winans competed against 13 other Soldiers from across the USAMRMC during testing on Fort Detrick, Feb. 2-6. During the competition the Soldiers were tested on Army Warrior Tasks and U.S. Army combatives. They took an Army Physical Fitness Test and were tested on their demonstrated proficiency with M9 and M16 weapons marksmanship. The Soldiers were also tested on first-aid in a combat scenario, as well as land navigation and water survival.
In addition, the Soldiers were tested on Army topics with a written essay and participated in an oral board where they demonstrated their military bearing, communication skills and knowledge of various military subjects.
“What we have seen with these Soldiers are the best of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and, I think, the best in Army Medicine. I am so proud of all the participants. It was not an easy week for them, but they proved themselves up to every task,” said the USAMRMC Command Sgt. Maj. Cy B.K. Akana during the awards presentation.
“The winners of this event - in fact all the Soldiers who participated - are the best representatives of not only the values of the U.S. Army Medical Command, but also they are standard bearers for the Army values as well,” said Akana.
Both Morand and Winans gave credit to their NCOs and chains of command for their victories.
“It’s a reflection on all the effort the people who have trained me put in, all the effort from the people in my unit and company. I am just a reflection of their advice and guidance,” said Winans.
Morand praised the other Soldiers who competed, saying they pushed him to excel during the week-long competition.
“Without the other competitors, I don’t know how I would have finished. They pushed me to reach inside myself...they are really the best Soldiers I have ever been with,” said Morand.
Morand and Winans’ next step is to represent the USAMRMC at the MEDCOM Best Warrior Competition in May.