Sgt. 1st Class Sean Acosta and Sgt. Matthew Hagensick couldn’t have known what was ahead of them when they roomed together ahead of the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition.
The two soldiers, each representing U.S. Army Special Operations Command, only knew that they would be tested alongside 20 of their peers from across the Army.
At the end of the six-day competition, the Army would name its Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. And the two men saw little reason they both couldn’t emerge on top.
“We looked at each other and said our goal was to sweep this thing,” Acosta said, nearly a month after the competition.
USASOC, he said, is the Army’s premier command.
“We should win this every year,” Acosta said. “There’s no reason we shouldn’t do that.”
The soldiers proved prophetic.