2011 Soldier of the Year and NCO of the year award winners honored 

10/11/2011 5:00 PM 

Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Peter W. Chiarelli (far left) and Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Raymond F. Chandler III (far right) presented Sgt. Guy M. Mellor  (left) and Pfc. Thomas M. Hauser (right) with the NCO of the Year and Soldier of the Year awards, respectively.

After five days of grueling contests, the 2011 Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year awards were presented to Pfc. Thomas M. Hauser and Sgt. Guy M. Mellor, respectively, during the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Best Warrior Competition Awards Luncheon at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition 2011.

Pfc. Hauser is from Fort Drum, N.Y. and assigned to assigned to the 563rd MP Co., 91st MP Bn., 16th MP Bde.  Sgt. Mellor is from the Utah Army National Guard.

The Best Warrior Competition took place from Oct. 3-7 and included 26 soldiers.

“This competition brings together soldiers and noncommissioned officers from around the army and around the world, to test their mettle and knowledge,” said Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Raymond F. Chandler III during the luncheon. “And they are a true representation of our 1.1 million soldiers of our army.”

The luncheon included a video on this year’s competition, with various interviews with the 26 competitors. Hauser and Mellor were presented with a slew of gifts ranging from cash donations to medallions to gift certificates for a GLOCK pistol.

Chandler described competition itself as key to the Army.

“Aspiring to be the best is something that we say we want to have in our army,” he said. “That is really what it is about: it’s about competing, it’s about being victorious, it’s about saying ‘no one is more professional than I.’”

Chandler presented the awards to the soldiers with Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Peter W. Chiarelli.

“This is the event I look forward to every single year,” Chiarelli said. “You are what this profession is all about.”

He added, “You should feel immensely proud of your service.”