Monett alumnus lives up to 'Army Strong' in competition
Stubblefield 1 of 45 in Best Warrior Competition
Over the past 30 years the United States Army has used slogans to help define its members and entice volunteers to become soldiers.
Slogans such as "Be All That You Can Be," "Army of One" and "Army Strong" have graced T-shirts, television commercials, billboards and every type of advertising trinket imaginable.
This week, the Army Reserve Command conducted its annual Best Warrior Competition to help identify the solider who best exemplifies those values sought by the military.
Monett alumnus and Staff Sergeant Jordan Stubblefield competed for best warrior.
Stubblefield was one of 45 soldiers, from the 200,000-strong Army Reserve, selected for the intense competition.
According to the Army Reserve website, the contest is comprised of elite soldiers who spent the week facing a variety of challenges, including the Army Physical Fitness Test, consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a two mile-run; completing a written examination on general military topics; firing M-4 rifles; negotiating an urban orienteering course; and proving their mettle in other tests of skill, such as hand-to-hand combat, first aid and various other mystery events.
Stubblefield was not at liberty to discuss the specifics of each event, per military policy.
"The events are designed to challenge your fitness, both mentally and physically," he said. "It takes both focus and determination to be successful."
A 2009 graduate of Monett High School, Stubblefield joined the Army Reserve as a way to further his education after high school.
"I would not have been able to afford a college education had it not been for the Army Reserve," he said. "I am currently using the GI Bill to continue my education and begin a career in website development."
Stubblefield is enrolled in classes at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
When it comes to his love for country and becoming all he could be, Stubblefield said it was his
Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) instructor, First Sergeant John Marbut at Monett, who influenced him the most.
"Sergeant Marbut instilled [in me] a discipline and a love for my country," Stubblefield said. "He showed me a path that I could follow to give back to this great country."
When it came to getting involved in the Best Warrior Competition, Stubblefield was approached by his unit's training non-commissioned officer (NCO).
"I was honored to have been chosen to compete and bring that honor back to my unit," he said. "This competition, to me, is a great way for me to improve myself as a soldier and as an NCO."
In February, Stubblefield beat out nine other non-commissioned officers to earn the title of Best Warrior during a competition sponsored by the 80th Training Command Total Army School System, qualifying for this week's event.
The top two winners will be selected as the Army Reserve's Soldier and NCO of the Year and will compete against winners from the major Army commands in October at Fort Lee, Va.
Stubblefield has been in the Army for six years and has served in numerous assignments, including one deployment to Afghanistan.
The results of the competition were not available at press time.