ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Staff Sgt. Diamond R. Taylor, observer coach/trainer and behavioral health specialist assigned to Task Force Outlaw, 2nd Battalion, 346th Training Support Regiment, 5th Army Brigade, 1st Army Division West, competed and won in both the Battle Royale and Armed Forces National Championships here Oct. 1.

Taylor, a Keansburg, New Jersey native, won five awards: Battle Royale Overall for Figure; Armed Forces National Championship Overall for Figure; Armed Forced National Championship Open Class D First Place; Battle Royale Open Class C First Place; and Battle Royale First Responder First Place.

“I started my competition preparation July 13, which was a weekly adjustment to my diet and exercise based on my body composition,” said Taylor. “The end goal was to work on my conditioning to improve my overall body composition from my previous show in April. Training included six days a week of weightlifting and says days of cardio which varied from 60 to 120 minutes.”

The National Physique Committee, a worldwide physique organization since 1982, hosts annual competitions that require contestants to meet high standards and regulations.

“I’m very lucky to have a supportive group at work who held me accountable with my diet and motivation by reminding me that I was ‘almost there’ and that ‘it’ll be worth it,’ said Taylor. “When I returned to Fort Bliss, Texas, my section surprised me with balloons, flowers, and a celebration to express how proud they were of me. They were also very understanding and would allow time to train when needed. I’m especially thankful for 1st Lt. Alexis Grayson, my section leader, who was always there for me and created an environment that fostered growth and professional development.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Maranda McCorvey, 2-346th TSBN senior enlisted advisor, describes Taylor as a soldier who excels on and off duty.

“Staff Sgt. Taylor’s work performance is well above average,” said McCorvey. “Hearing that she won five medals and took overall winner ignited my emotions to a higher level. I was both surprised and not surprised because this was a national-level competition, and I knew she was competing with some great bodybuilders. However, I was not surprised because I saw the hard work she put into it. She stayed focus and committed to her diet and workouts. Her selfless service, skills, knowledge, and leadership abilities contributed directly to her many accomplishments. It is without doubt that she will continue to soar in her professional career and activities.”

Taylor applies her can-do attitude to leading members of her section.