FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Fort Leonard Wood’s Staff Sgt. Ryan McCarthy, 1st Engineer Brigade, claimed the 2017 Training and Doctrine Command’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Year title today.
The Belgrade, ME native, competed against noncommissioned officers from across Army TRADOC installations in the Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
The 22 Soldiers and NCOs faced a series of mental and physical tests challenging their knowledge, skills, ability and endurance during the weeklong competition, which began Monday.  The candidates additionally stood before a board of sergeants major and were interviewed, according to the TRADOC news center.
The competition also included rifle marksmanship, a “fit-to-win” course, and other combative tests to prove Army proficiency.
McCarthy will go on to vie for the title of Department of the Army’s NCO of the Year in the 16th annual competition.
This is the culminating test for NCOs and Soldiers of the Year from 10 Army commands across the globe, recognizing Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values, embody the Warrior Ethos and represent the Force of the Future.
The Army Best Warrior Competition is slated to be held in the fall of this year at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.