Fort Benning Soldier wins TRADOC Soldier of the Year
By Lindsay Marchello, Bayonet & Saber /
Spc. Kenneth Vice, representing the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, was named the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Soldier of the Year after winning the Best Warrior Competition Sept. 1 at Gammon Field on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Vice will advance to the 15th Annual Army Best Warrior Competition, running from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3 at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.
Vice explained the MCoE held a Best Warrior Competition a few months back in order to determine who to send to the competition at Fort Leonard Wood.
“It was a competition between Soldiers and NCOs to see who was the best,” said Vice.
The TRADOC Best Warrior Competition included both physically and mentally demanding tasks.
“There was a physical training test, a written essay, a board, a written test, multiple shooting ranges you had to go through, obstacle courses, all the forty warrior tasks,” Vice said. “It is pretty much everything a Soldier should know and a little bit more, just to see who is the best one there.”
At Fort Benning, Vice works with the 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Merrill’s Platoon.
“Our primary objective is to provide for Ranger students. When they are out in the field we are the ones shooting at them. If we’re not doing that, we are just making sure that everything in our unit is good,” Vice said. “We make sure our trucks are good, our Soldiers are squared away, just getting them ready physically and mentally for the next duty station when we’re not in cycle.”
Vice explained that he joined the Army back in June 2014.
“My best friend had joined the Army and I didn’t really know what I was going to do, so I thought why not just give it a shot and see what happens,” Vice said.