2009-03-13 / Milestones

King Competes in 'Best Warrior' Competition

Army Specialist Melody T. King participated in the North Atlantic Regional Command's "Best Warrior" Competition at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Virginia. This event is described as the "Super Bowl" of Army competitions. Only qualified, elite soldiers representing their units from throughout the Department of the Army competed for the accolades associated with the Best Warrior Competition.

During the five-day competition, soldiers were tested on their Army aptitude, conquering urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness, essays, Warrior tasks, day and night marksmanship and battle drills relevant to operating in a current and combat environment, including hostage rescue scenarios and hand-tohand combatives. Additionally, the Warriors go before two section boards comprised of six senior sergeants major who evaluate their competitor appearance, military bearing and knowledge of critical Army topics.

Winners of the Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year receive prestigious honors and cash awards for their achievement and represent the command in the Department of the Army's Best Warrior competition in September.

King is a licensed practical nurse assigned to the Ainsworth Army Health Clinic at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. She is the sister of Jamal J. King and niece of Gregory King, both of Brooklyn. The specialist has served in the military for two years and is a 1996 graduate of Beach Channel High School.

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