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Best Soldiers from Midwest to compete at Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard Best soldiers from Midwest to compete at Camp Ripley

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 9

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn - National Guard soldiers from seven states will report to Camp Ripley Training Center, May 12-16 to compete in the Army National Guard 2014 Region 4 Best Warrior Competition

After their own rigorous state competitions, Iowa, Ill, Ind, Mich, Minn, Ohio and Wis will send their top soldier and their top non-commissioned officer to compete to find the region's best warriors for advancement to the national competition

"The Best Warrior Competition fosters resilience in the force and strengthens the region's soldiers," said Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor, Command Sgt Maj Cynthia Kallberg

The four-day competition will challenge these elite competitors in 16-hour days, as they strive to be the best at: the Army physical fitness test; M9 and M4 qualification; a shoot house exercise; land navigation; the confidence course; a 12-mile road march; a written exam; and mystery events

"Our expectation is to put on the most professional competition," said Minnesota National Guard Operations Sgt Maj, Sgt Maj Marcus Erickson "More than 150 soldiers have been involved in planning this event and 60 staff members will be at Camp Ripley executing competitions and supporting competitors"

"The competition validates soldier skills training as well as the overall endurance and resilience of our force It also validates that the National Guard is building soldiers ready for the future," said Erickson

Competing in the Best Warrior Competition soldier category are: Spc Jacob Bultmann, Ill; Spc Kyle Hanson, Iowa; Spc Daniel Warfel, Ind; Spc Zachary Ward, Mich; Sgt Corbin Routier, Minn; Spc Justin Conway, Ohio; and Spc Zachary Warnke, Wis Competing in the non-commissioned officer category are: Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Tallman, Ill; Sgt Jacob Guck, Iowa; Sgt Kenneth White, Ind; Sgt Travis Dykstra, Mich; Staff Sgt Michael Walker, Minn; Sgt Daniel Brautigam, Ohio; and Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Zabinski, Wis

"Our goal is to identify the best of the best in order to provide a quality candidate for the national competition at National Guard Bureau's Professional Education Center in Ark in July," said Erikson

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil
or call 651-282-4410

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