Tennessee Hosts Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition | Article

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Competitors participate in warrior duties during the 2022 National Guard Bureau Region 2 Best Warrior Competition, May 17-20, 2022, at Camp Dawson, Kingwood, West Virginia.  Regional winners from across the country qualified for the national competition in Tennessee July 25-29.  (U.S. Army <a class=National Guard photo by Edwin L. Wriston)” src=”https://api.army.mil/e2/c/images/2022/07/25/8604bd3a/size0-full.jpg”/>



Competitors participate in warrior duties during the 2022 National Guard Bureau Region 2 Best Warrior Competition, May 17-20, 2022, at Camp Dawson, Kingwood, West Virginia. Regional winners from across the country qualified for the national competition in Tennessee July 25-29. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Edwin L. Wriston)
(Photo credit: Edwin Wriston)

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SMYRNA, Tenn. – The Army National Guard will find its best warriors this week in the 2022 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition.

Fourteen Soldiers will compete to see who will earn the titles of Soldier and NCO of the Year as they brave the physical and mental challenges of competition at five Tennessee locations.

The five-day competition from July 25-29 features more than 30 rated events, spanning the gamut of fighter training, from marksmanship and land navigation to urban operations, physical fitness assessments and care for the wounded in combat.

“We have developed a rigorous competition that will challenge each competitor both mentally and physically through dynamic, realistic scenarios that take advantage of Tennessee’s unique training areas,” Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Crockett, command sergeant major of the Tennessee National Guard.

Ultimately, he said, the competition is about the best Army Guard warriors who surpass their own strength while inspiring other soldiers to do the same.

“Competitions like this inspire our soldiers to strive for excellence, to find their limits and push beyond them,” said Crockett. “Rigorous and realistic training is essential to ensuring that our soldiers are ready to fight and win our country’s battles, and these highly trained and disciplined soldiers are role models for our formations.”

The seven privates and seven NCOs participating won their state’s competition, then regional competitions before moving on to the national event in Tennessee.

The states represented in the finals are Nebraska, Texas, Utah, New York, Maryland, West Virginia, Hawaii, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Minnesota and Tennessee.

Winners of the Soldier and NCO of the Year categories will move on to the All-Army Best Warrior competition later in the year.

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