NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For the first time in the competition’s history, Tennessee will host the 2022 Army National Guard National Best Warrior Competition, July 24-29.
All entrants are the winners of the individual competitions from their states who then went on to win the regional competition for their region. The nation is divided into seven geographic regions and now the top seven privates and top seven NCOs (NCOs) are competing in Tennessee.
Competitors from New York, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Minnesota, Texas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oregon, Hawaii and Utah will all compete for first place.
“Tennessee is honored to host the competition this year, and we are proud to showcase our state and all it has to offer,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Crockett, Tennessee State Command Sergeant Major. “We have developed a rigorous competition that will challenge each competitor both mentally and physically through dynamic, realistic scenarios that take advantage of Tennessee’s unique training areas. Soldiers at the national level are all world-class athletes and motivated professionals who have mastered the fundamentals. It will be a hard-won victory for the soldiers who win and a great experience for all who compete.
The competition features over 30 rated events spread across many different locations, including Smyrna, Tullahoma, Lynchburg, Milan, Murfreesboro and Nashville.
“This year is unique because it’s the first time Tennessee has hosted this event, and also the first year our NCOs and juniors have won regionally,” Crockett said. “Competitors and visitors will be able to experience Tennessee’s rich culture while determining who will represent the National Guard.”
Highlights of the multi-day competition include a combat fitness assessment and survival swim at Middle Tennessee State University, day and night land navigation, and day and night shooting at the site. training camp in Tullahoma and a 16-mile road walk in Lynchburg.
Each contestant will be tested on marksmanship and weapons skills, army warrior tasks, board interviews, an obstacle course, and other soldier tasks that include stress-induced combat scenarios.
For the first time, an intensive “race of bravery” will also be featured in the competition, which will be held at the Tullahoma Volunteer Training Site. It is nearly two and a half miles made up of six stations that need to be completed. Each station highlights a different Medal of Honor recipient. When competitors arrive, they’ll read the recipient’s citation, then follow a course that recreates the tasks the recipient performed to earn the medal.
“Competitions like this inspire our soldiers to strive for excellence, to find their limits and push beyond them,” said Crockett. “Realistic and rigorous training is essential to ensure that our soldiers are ready to fight and win the battles of our country, and these highly trained and disciplined soldiers are role models for our formations.”