Quad Cities Non-Commissioned Officer Competes to Become Best Warrior

November  21, 2013

An Army staff sergeant based in the Quad Cities isn't getting very much sleep this week, and it's not because he's deployed. Earlier this year, Andrew Gregory won a couple of competitions and became the Army Materiel Command's Best Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. The 30-year-old is in Virginia now, competing against eleven other officers to be named the "Best Warrior" of all the Army commands.

Gregory says over three to four days, the competition tests many skills, from physical fitness and weapons, to writing essays and reciting little-known facts about Army history. Each competition also includes a "mystery event." Gregory says during one competition, another soldier told him she'd been raped. "Unbeknownst to us, it was for us to go through all the steps in the Army's Sexual Assault Response andPrevention program. First to make sure the victim's needs are taken care of, and second the family's. After 13 years, it's second nature to me."

The staff sergeant has been deployed to Iraq three times and Afghanistan once. On Arsenal Island, Gregory works for the Army Sustainment Command, helping move troops and all their equipment at 74 bases around the world. His wife and kids helped him train for the best warrior competition. "The Army expects special ops and infantry soldiers to win. But being a non-combat support officer, I want to show that with hard work and determination, it's possible for any soldier to win this title."

Originally from Saint Louis, Staff Sergeant Gregory is the first Army Sustainment Command NCO to compete at the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition. He's also the first from Arsenal Island. The winner will be announced on Friday night and the ceremony will be streamed live at http://www.dvidshub.net/.