Governor Honors Utah National Guard Soldier
January 12, 2012
Utah’s Own Wins Army Best Warrior Competition 2011
SALT LAKE CITY – Today in the Capitol Gold Room, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert honored Utah Army National Guard Sergeant Guy Mellor, 24, winner of the Army’s 2011 Best Warrior Competition Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. With Mellor’s mother, Kelly Sue, National Guard officials and friends looking on, the Governor signed an official declaration, making it “Sergeant Guy Mellor Day in Utah.” Mellor, B Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, is from Fayette, Utah.
“An example to us all, Sgt. Mellor represents the very best of Utah,” said the Governor. “Not only has he brought honor to the Gunnison Valley, to the State and to his family, he brings honor to our nation as the type of soldier that embodies valor and service.”
“What you put into it is what you get out if it,” Mellor previously said. “The more I study, the more I push myself to learn, the more I push myself to get in shape, the better individual I become and the better soldier I become. It builds your confidence. It builds your resilience. It builds your stamina. It builds your knowledge. It makes you a better, well-rounded soldier and individual.”
Among the Army National Guard’s more than 360,000 soldiers, Mellor competed in and won the state, regional and national level competitions. This earned him the right to represent the entire Army National Guard at the Best Warrior Competition held in Fort Lee, Virginia, last October.
The Best Warrior Competition – where Mellor competed with active duty and reserve soldiers – included a physical fitness test, written test, board interview with seven of the Army’s top leaders, land navigation, shooting and battle drills.
Mellor took a break from pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering to prepare for and compete in the Best Warrior Competition. This is only the second time in the history of the competition that a National Guard Soldier has won the U.S. Army’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.