Tennessee hosting 2022 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – From July 24-29, fourteen of the nation’s best National Guard junior enlisted Soldiers and noncommissioned officers will be participating in an intensive, six-day competition throughout Tennessee to determine who will be named the Army National Guard's best-of-the-best.
The annual Army National Guard Best Warrior competition determines which junior enlisted Soldier and NCO from the National Guard’s 54 states and territories will represent more than 330,000 guardsmen at the Army Best Warrior competition this fall.
“Tennessee has the honor of hosting the competition this year and we’re proud to showcase our state and all it has to offer,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Crockett, Tennessee’s State Command Sergeant Major. “We have developed a rigorous competition that will challenge each competitor both mentally and physically through dynamic and realistic scenarios that take advantage of Tennessee’s unique training areas. The Soldiers at the National level are all world class athletes and motivated professionals that are masters of the fundamentals. This will be a hard-earned victory for the Soldiers that win, and awesome experience for all that compete.”
The competition has more than 30 evaluated events conducted primarily in Smyrna and Tullahoma with other events in Lynchburg, Milan, Murfreesboro, and Nashville.
“This year is unique because it is the first time Tennessee has hosted this event, and also the first year our NCO and junior enlisted won at the regional level,” said Crockett. “Competitors and visitors will be able to experience the rich culture of Tennessee while determining who will represent the National Guard.”
All participants are winners of their state’s competition who then won their area’s regional competition. The nation is divided into seven geographical regions and those winners, seven Soldiers and seven NCOs, are now competing at the national level in Tennessee.
The competitors this year are from the following states: New York, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Minnesota, Texas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oregon, Hawaii, and Utah.
Each will be tested on marksmanship and weapons skills, day and night land navigation, a combat fitness assessment, obstacle course, survival swimming, Army warrior tasks, a 16-mile ruck march, board interviews, and a myriad of other Soldier tasks that include various stress-induced combat scenarios.
Tennessee will also feature, for the first time, an intensive “valor run” for the competitors. It is a nearly four kilometer run consisting of six stations they will each need to complete. Each station highlights a different Medal of Honor recipient. When the competitor arrives, they will read the recipients’ citation and then traverse a course that recreates the tasks the recipient performed to earn the Medal of Honor.
“Competitions like this inspire our Soldiers to strive for excellence and to find their limits, and exceed them,” said Crockett. “Tough realistic training is critical to ensuring our Soldiers are prepared to fight and win our nations battles, and these highly trained and disciplined Soldiers are role models for our formations to emulate.”
Media are invited to attend various events throughout the competition. Interested media who would like to learn more, or attend, please contact Lt. Col. Darrin Haas at Darrin.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 397-5948 for questions, additional information, or to RSVP.
Events open to the media include:
July 25 – Fitness assessment and survival swim at Middle Tennessee State University
July 27 – Land navigation and day and night shooting at Tullahoma’s Volunteer Training Site
July 28 – Valor Run and urban terrain combat training at Tullahoma’s Volunteer Training Site
July 29 – Sixteen-mile road march in Lynchburg