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Alaska National Guardsmen compete in Best Warrior contest

By Bonney Bowman 6:12 PM August 22, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Soldiers with the Alaska National Guard went head to head to find out who was the best warrior.

The competition tests the soldiers in 14 tasks — some physical, some mental.

Friday, the soldiers demonstrated their shooting skills using grenade launchers and anti-tank weapons.

There are nine competitors in two divisions: junior enlisted and non-commissioned officer.

These citizen soldiers also hold down day jobs, so organizers say the tasks really show what they’re made of.

“I just ran five miles as fast as I could. Now you want me to carry 175-pound dummy for three quarters of a mile and just keep going? But a lot of that translates into what we do in real life. During deployments or whatever, there’s no break,” said competition organizer Sgt. 1st Class Michael Nelson.

In one of the most difficult challenges Friday, competitors had to carry at 175-pound dummy.

Many were dragging the dead weight by the time they finished the three-quarter-mile walk. They then had to canoe across Otter Lake and complete even more challenges.

The competition continues Saturday, with the winner being announced Sunday.

The top two finishers will move on to the regional competition and then potentially the national finals.

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