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FORT MCCOY, Wis. — At 5:45 a.m. today, 16 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers began the three-day gauntlet that is the Best Warrior Competition with push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run — the first three events in a demanding test of their physical fitness and endurance, marksmanship, land navigation, Soldier skills, military bearing and composure.

These Soldiers — representing the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 64th Troop Command, 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and the 426th Regional Training Institute — are competing for the prestige of being the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s Best Warrior and Best Noncommissioned Officer. Winners will advance to compete against National Guard Soldiers from six other states at next month’s regional event at Camp Dodge, Iowa.

The competition at Fort McCoy is not open to the public, but check out live updates on the Wisconsin National Guard Facebook page, as well as photos from each day of the competition on the Wisconsin National Guard Flickr site. Video footage will also be posted on the Wisconsin National Guard YouTube channel.

Best Warrior competitors include: Sgt. Wade Blaylock, Detachment 1, Company B (Rice Lake), 1st Battalion 128th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Spc. John Clark, Headquarters Company (Milwaukee), 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Staff Sgt. Talon Dumke, Wisconsin Medical Detachment (Camp Douglas), 64th Troop Command; Spc. Brett Hefty, Company B (Green Bay), 2nd Battalion 127th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Spc. Robert Kniprath, Troop C (Reedsburg), 1st Squadron, 105th Cavalry; Sgt. Noah Kummrow, Battery A (Sussex), 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery, 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Staff Sgt. Shane Lang, 1st Battalion, 421st Regiment (Fort McCoy); Spc. Nicholas Messicci, 107th Support Maintenance Company (Sparta), 732nd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 64th Troop Command; Spc. Nathan Metz, 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (Madison), 641st Troop Command Battalion, 64th Troop Command; Spc. Jose Montez, 457th Chemical Company (Burlington), 257th Brigade Support Battalion, 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Spc. Matthew Ozanne, Company C (Arcadia), 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry; Spc. Caleb Schmitt, Battery B (Plymouth), 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery; Sgt. Daniel Sward, Troop A (Fort Atkinson), 1st Squadron, 105th Cavalry; Sgt. Thomas Wolf, 1157th Transportation Company (Oshkosh), 732nd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 64th Troop Command; Staff Sgt. Darrin Wolfe, Company C (Arcadia), 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry; Sgt. Alex Wotachek, 108th Forward Support Company (Sussex), 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery, 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

 


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