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FORT MCCOY, Wis. - At 5 a.m. today (April 10), 14 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers representing units across the state began their day with push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run - the first three events in a demanding three-day gauntlet that will test their abilities in marksmanship, physical fitness and endurance, land navigation, Soldier skills and military bearing. The grueling schedule will also test each competitor's composure.

These Soldiers - representing the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 64th Troop Command and 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade - 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 the regional event May 11-15 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

The Wisconsin Army National Guard has enjoyed success in recent years, sending Soldiers to the National Guard Bureau's Best Warrior Competition four out of the past six years.

The competition at Fort McCoy is not open to the public, but check out 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: Spc. Zachary Juszczak (Sparta, Wisconsin) 64th Troop Command; Spc. Andrew Klanderman (Hudson, Wisconsin) 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Spc. Gregory Lewandowski (Madison, Wisconsin) 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Spc. Samuel Santiagorios (Franklin, Wisconsin) 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Spc. David Vogel (Milwaukee) 64th Troop Command; Spc. Christopher Winters (Milwaukee) 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Spc. Derrick Ziegler (Oak Creek, Wisconsin) 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Best Noncommissioned Officer competitors include: Staff Sgt. Thomas Aker (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Sgt. Aubrey Audetat (Viroqua, Wisconsin) 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Staff Sgt. Nicholas Bures (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) 64th Troop Command; Sgt. Craig Buyeske (Two Rivers, Wisconsin) 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Sgt. Caleb Gross (St. Paul, Minnesota) 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Staff Sgt. Alexander Henninger (McFarland, Wisconsin) 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Staff Sgt. Nicholas Kenton (DeForest, Wisconsin) 64th Troop Command.

 


 
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