JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-CAMP BULLIS, Texas –
Thirteen Soldiers from various dental health activities in Dental Health Command-Central competed in the Regional Best Warrior Competition hosted by the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Dental Health Activity, or DENTAC, from Feb. 27 to March 3 at JBSA-Camp Bullis.
Sgt. Juan Fernandez from the Fort Bliss DENTAC earned the title of NCO Best Warrior, and Spec. Anthony Lee from the Fort Carson DENTAC earned the spot of the Soldier Best Warrior in the challenging competition designed to test knowledge and leadership skills. The winners will represent Regional Dental Command-Central at the Regional Health Command-Central Best Warrior competition.
The grueling five-day competition included the Army Physical Fitness Test, an obstacle course, day and night land navigation, marksmanship, Army Warrior task lanes, an essay, a written test, an oral board, a 12- mile ruck march and a mystery event.
Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick Batiste, of BAMC Troop Command Sergeant Major and guest speaker for the award ceremony, commended all the competitors representing their respective dental activities and congratulated the winners. He praised the warrior spirit of the competitors and reflected upon the Soldier’s creed.
“Come back again next year, compete and when you feel like giving up, remember our warrior ethos – I will not accept defeat and I will not quit,” Batiste told the competitors.
Col. Michael Roberts, Dental Health Command-Central commander, also commended all the competitors for their hard work and said “We might be healthcare providers, but we are Soldiers first and this kind of competition gives us opportunity to test our Soldier skills.”
Both winners were awarded Army Commendation Medals. Sgt. Maj. Deonn Cannon, Dental Command-Central command sergeant major of wished all the competitors safe travel back home and granted a four-day pass for their hard work.
Dental Health Activity-JBSA is a subordinate units of the Dental Health Command-Central under Regional Health Command-Central.