Greetings from the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), our Army’s and our soldiers’ professional organization. The 2013 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition was held at Fort Lee, Va., from Nov. 19 to 22. Originally scheduled for Oct. 15 to 18, the competition was postponed due to the government shutdown. While there were many factors that negatively impacted this year’s competition, Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler, the entire Army team and all the personnel at Fort Lee rallied to make this event a reality. I had the honor to watch all the competitors arrive at Fort Lee on Monday, Nov. 18, eager and ready to demonstrate their preparation and professionalism in this milestone event. Their performance throughout all the events was nothing short of amazing.