Rancher Ropes in Top Warrior Title [repost]

June is PTSD awareness month. This news article on the Army’s best warrior I wrote in 2008 highlighted how PTSD should not stop service members from achieving their best when seeking counseling to overcome it. The Guard Bureau would send me to these annual, total Army-level competitions, which was a great experience as an Air Force journalist covering Army training. I also wonder where these high-achievers are today. Photo by Jon Sucy.

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By Air Force Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
Special to American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 14, 2008 – A Montana National Guard noncommissioned officer, recently named as the Army National Guard’s NCO of the Year and the Army’s Warrior of the Year, said the best warrior is the one who knows when he needs help.

Staff Sgt. Michael Noyce Merino, honored Oct. 6 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting and exposition in Washington, credits free counseling sessions he received through Military OneSource with helping him cope with stresses that accumulated during combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“That really helped me,” Noyce Merino said.

Noyce Merino won the Army Guard’s final competition in mid-August at Fort Benning, Ga. That achievement allowed him to match his skill and knowledge against 12 soldiers representing the Army’s other major commands for a final Best Warrior competition at Fort…

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