By Judy Reed
Sgt. Bryan Teneyck, a 2005 Sparta graduate, recently had the honor of being one of 24 warriors to compete in the Army’s Best Warrior competition in Fort Lee, Virginia. The competition took place November 19-22.
Teneyck, the son of Renee’ Teneyck, of Sparta, and John and Ginger Teneyck, of Grand Rapids, competed against 11 other officers—corporal through sergeant first class—for Non-commissioned officer of the year. The other 12 competitors, with ranks of private through specialist, competed for Soldier of the Year.
Warriors selected for the competition had to master a series of benchmarks to qualify, starting at their own unit level and working their way up. Sgt. Teneyck has been in the Army for five years, and is a military police officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux-Brussels. He represented the U.S. Army Installation Management Command in the competition.
Teneyck said this competition appealed to him because of the challenge to be the best. “My motivation for competing is to test myself against my peers and seniors and to be the best I can be,” he explained.
According to ARNEWS, The first day of competition involved some intense simulated scenarios, including a pre-dawn physical fitness test; responding to an attack involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear material; moving a soldier who lost a limb in a warzone bomb attack; responding to an ambush; and changing a tire on a humvee. The second day tested their leadership and problem-solving skills, and their expertise in handling weapons. The third day involved oral interviews where competitors demonstrated their professionalism and Army knowledge before a board of senior sergeant majors.
Winners were announced Friday, November 22. Sgt. 1st class Jason Manella, of Fremont, California, with the Army Reserve Command, won Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. Spc. Adam Christensen, of Las Vegas, Nevada, with U.S. Army Pacific Command, was named Soldier of the Year.
According to Sgt. Maj. Of the Army Raymond F. Chandler, each soldier can be proud of rising to this level, even though they didn’t win. “Everyone who made it this far is a winner,” he told ARNEWS. “When you see the caliber of the soldiers and non-commissioned officers that represent those organizations, I think you really have to take a step back and say ‘wow, we have some great leaders.’”
Sgt. Teneyck plans to spend some time at home in Sparta before traveling back to Europe, where he is stationed and lives with his wife, Jennifer.