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Best Warrior Competition Winners

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Nine Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers competed in the 2014 Minnesota National Guard Best Warrior Competition Apr 8-12, 2014

During the three-day competition, these elite competitors tested their Army aptitude, conquering urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests, written exams, and warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today's operating environment

"Warriors selected to compete for the prestigious titles of Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year mastered a series of benchmarks throughout the year to qualify for the Minnesota National Guard Best Warrior Competition," said Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor, Command Sergeant Major Cynthia Kallberg

While competition standards encourage the warriors to push themselves physically, the increased conditions of each event demanded patience, composure and mental agility

"Training to be physically tough is difficult, but can be achieved with the help of others  Mental and emotional toughness is something that has to be achieved individually," said Command Sergeant Major John M Lepowsky, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major

"It was very challenging both physically and mentally," said Sgt Anthony Sparrow, materials handler with the USP&FO Warehouse on Camp Ripley "My basic strategy for success was to keep my head up, have fun with it and take away as much as I could," he added

Command Sergeant Major Kallberg awarded Rochester native Staff Sgt Michael Walker of the 134th Brigade Support Battalion, 34th Infantry Division the honor of Noncommissioned Officer of the Year  The Soldier of the Year winner was East Grand Forks native Spc Corbin Routier of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division

Camp Ripley will host the Region IV Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition May 12-16, 2014  These two soldiers will represent Minnesota at the regional competition They will compete against the top noncommissioned officers and soldiers from the Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin Army National Guard

Members of the media are invited to attend the Region IV Best Warrior Competition in May at Camp Ripley Training Center, 15000 Highway 115, Little Falls, Minn 

For media escort information, media are asked to RSVP by contacting the Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office at 320-616-3122 or 320-616-2726 

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org
 
For more photos from the Minnesota National Guard Best Warrior Competition visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/minnesotanationalguard/sets/72157644062206375/     

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