Mitchell Fromm was honored by Governor Scott Walker on Feb. 10 for his second place win at the annual Best Warrior Competition in the Army.
Fromm is studying Health Promotion and Wellness, and Communication. During his education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he has also been in the Army Reserve for five years.
Walker recognized Fromm at the capitol for all of his achievements, specifically honoring his second place finish in the competition.
“There are the politics, but it’s cool to meet those guys and have friends at higher levels,” Fromm said.
The national Army competition was yearlong and had many different levels and skills tests. Most of Fromm’s training took place at Ft. McCoy, Wisc. The last leg was completed in Ft. Lee, Virginia.
“I competed at six different levels to get to the final round of the competition,” Fromm said.
Physical and mental strength are needed to succeed in this competition.
“There are events where stronger individuals can succeed, but there are also events for those who are intelligent,” Fromm said.
The physical sections included running, marching, weightlifting, completing obstacles and shooting. There are also quizzes, exams and exam boards that soldiers need to excel in.
“He was by far the most talented and motivated soldier that I have had the luxury of working with thus far in my career of over 10 years in the Army,” said Jason Manella, a fellow Best Warrior competitor who trained with Fromm and won the competition.
“Fromm always strives to be the best at everything he does,” said Aaron Miklaszewicz, a member of the same reserve group as Fromm. “He is very willing to learn anything from anybody.”
Competing in this competition allows members of the Army to know more about their history and future.
“You get this larger picture of how the Army operates as a whole,” Fromm said.
Fromm will be competing in another competition this May and will be on a team in the Sapper Stakes competition.
“I’m doing another competition this year that will be team based, the biggest warrior program is based on individual performances,” Fromm said.
Recently, Fromm sent in his promotional packet so he can further his career in the armed forces.
“His future is incredibly bright and I am absolutely sure he will be successful in anything he sets his mind on doing,” Manella said.
Fromm urges all students to get out and set themselves apart in the world.
“Take a shot, if you’re presented with an opportunity,” said Fromm. “You never know where it may take you.”