CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, NY (04/07/2014)-- A New York Army National Guard Soldier and Queensbury, N.Y. resident has won top honors in the state's annual Best Warrior Competition.
Staff Sgt. Jeff Dorvee took first place in the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) non-commissioned officer (NCO) of the year category. He is a full-time Soldier in the National Guard.
Sgt. Sean Massimo of New Rochelle, N.Y. took first place in the traditional NCO of year category, and Spc. Caleb Longley took first place in the traditional Soldier of the year category.
Dorvee, a member of the 1427th Transportation Battalion, scored higher than Massimo to become overall NCO of the year. Dorvee will join Longley, a member of the 152nd Engineer Support Company and Pulaski N.Y. resident, to take part in the First Region Best Warrior Competition in May.
A native of Glens Falls, N.Y., Dorvee joined the Army in 2003 and served with several active component and New Army National Guard infantry units. He served two tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, was awarded the Purple Heart, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals with campaign stars, two Army Commendation Medals and two Army Achievement Medals, among his other awards.
Dorvee and his wife Shannon have two children.
Dorvee was one of a dozen troops from across the state who took part in the three-day competition, which began here April 3. The competition tested the troops in a wide range of Soldier skills, including marksmanship, physical fitness, endurance, military knowledge and land navigation. Soldiers scored points in each event, and the highest scores decided the winners.
"The timeline for the events made transitioning extremely intense," said Dorvee. "I definitely have a sense of accomplishment."
This year rain and other unfavorable weather conditions did not deter the competitors from trying their hardest.
"The stress from this brings out your weaknesses and helps you realize what you need to work on," said Dorvee. "I think this is beneficial for every soldier."
At the northeast region BWC, Dorvee and Longley will be competing against the Best Warriors of Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and New Jersey. The Region One competition is scheduled to take place from May 13 to 15 in Camp Ethan Allen, Vt.