By Barrett Phillips
The South Dakota Army National Guard hosted the National Guard Bureau's Region Six Best Warrior Competition Tuesday. The event started Monday and continues until Wednesday.
Sixteen solders from eight states compete in a variety of mentally and physically demanding events designed to challenge the toughest of solders.
The solders are split into two groups of eight; with individuals from one group competing for solder of the year; while the other group competes for non-commissioned officer of the year. Major Anthony Deiss said it is exciting for such an event to be in the Black Hills.
"It's a huge opportunity for us to show the other states the type of training venue that we have here in the Black Hills and Rapid City, in Fort Mead, in Sturgis. So, we're excited to be hosting it," said Deiss.
The events ranged from M–16 riffle marksmanship, to land navigation, obstacle course, 12-mile road march, physical fitness test, and even a written exam. Cadet Dalton Deboer said the competition is also a good training experience.
"We've been learning a lot. Everyone kind of brings their own experience to the competition, so you learn a lot. It's a good training experience for everyone," said Deboer.
The winners from both groups will advance to compete at the national level competition at camp Robinson in Little Rock Arkansas.