Missouri Guard Soldier of the Year places in regional competition

By Ann Keyes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Spc. Joseph Fischer, of Stockton, battled hard at the National Guard's regional Best Warrior competition last month in Pineville, La., finishing second to Sgt. Larry Isbell, of Oklahoma, in the multi-state match.

"These events are designed to test both the physical and mental limits of the Soldiers," said Master Sgt. Daniel J. Rachel, 1st Battalion branch chief for the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Camp Bell, La. "The Soldiers trained and were well prepared for everything thrown at them."

What was 'thrown' at competitors in the Best Warrior contest was an Army Physical Fitness Test, a 12-mile road march, land navigation, combat water survival training, hand-to-hand combatives and weapons qualification with both the M-4 rifle and M-9 pistol.

Competitors in Louisiana came from that state as well as from Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and the Show-Me State. Contestants first qualified in their home states as either Soldier of the Year or Noncommissioned Officer of the Year in competitions similar to what they encountered at the regional Best Warrior match.

In addition to Missouri's Fischer, Staff Sgt. Daniel Teter, of Jacksonville, competed as a noncommissioned officer, taking fifth place overall.

"It was a real honor to be able to compete in this event," said Teter of the Missouri contest held at Camp Crowder in March. "It's great to be able to show what I can do as a Soldier."

Teter, who is with the 3175th Military Police Company in Warrenton, and Fischer, with Company D, 1st Battalion, 138th Infantry Regiment in Monett, will serve Missouri as Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year in their home state. Fischer will also serve as alternate for Louisiana's Region Five winner who will advance to the national level contest.

"I'd definitely advise to be in shape and be prepared to push yourself and see what your limits are," said Fischer.

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