The 201st Regional Support Group and the 78th Troop Command joined together at the Clay National Guard Center south of Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta.
The weekend competition was the first step towards the national competition, and included physical endurance tests, written exams, warfare tactic simulations and other “mystery” tasks that are pertinent to the Army’s operations, said Sgt. Tracy J. Smith.
The first event was a 4.5-mile march, in which Sgt. Christopher Hutton crossed the finish line in just under 40 minutes with a 38-pound rucksack.
Hutton, a Marietta resident and intelligence analyst with the 122nd Regional Training Institute, has seen combat twice in his career, Smith said.
During the competition, the Guardsmen had to assemble and disassemble key weapons systems, ranging from pistols and rifles to the M240B machine gun and 50-caliber M2 machine gun.
Hutton and Sgt. Brady Hudson, a squad leader with the 201st Regional Support Group, were named 2014 NCO Best Warrior for 201st Regional Support Group and 78th Troop Command, respectively.