National Guard sergeant from Queensbury wins regional competition

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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CAMP ETHAN ALLEN, Vt. — New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Dorvee of Queensbury won top honors in the Northeast region Best Warrior Competition in May.

The combat veteran took first place in the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year category.

National Guard soldiers from New York, New Jersey and the six New England states took part in the competition, which was hosted by the Vermont Army National Guard.

The competition tested soldiers in a wide range of skills, including marksmanship, physical fitness, endurance, military knowledge and land navigation.

Dorvee will now compete to be the top NCO in the 350,000-member Army National Guard during a competition in July.

The winners in that event will compete against NCOs from the active Army and Army Reserve.

“Staff Sgt. Jeff Dorvee is an exceptional soldier, and all of us in the New York Army National Guard are proud of his victory in this very demanding event,” said New York Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Wicks, in a news release. “This event pits the best junior enlisted soldiers and noncommissioned officers in the Army National Guard against each other and just getting to compete is an honor.”

The sergeants major of each state in the region run and judge the event.

Soldiers in the competition are nominated by their leaders and then compete within their units to enter the state competition. The winners of the state Best Warrior Competition go on to compete at the regional level.

Dorvee is a full-time Active Guard and Reserve soldier assigned to the 1427th Truck Company in Queensbury.

A native of Glens Falls, he joined the Army in 2003 and served with several active component and 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 other awards.

Dorvee and his wife, Shannon, have two children.

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