Local Guardsmen compete for Best Warrior honor
by MDJ staff
January 13, 2014 10:58 PM | 1813 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sgt. Christopher Hutton, a Marietta resident and intelligence analyst with the 122nd Regional Training Institute, disassembles a machine gun during the Best Warrior Competition at Clay National Guard Center this past weekend. According to the Army’s website, 24 warriors, representing 12 commands from across the Army, will gather at Fort Lee, Va., to compete in the Best Warrior Competition. <br> Courtesy of Spc. Ashley Campbell
Sgt. Christopher Hutton, a Marietta resident and intelligence analyst with the 122nd Regional Training Institute, disassembles a machine gun during the Best Warrior Competition at Clay National Guard Center this past weekend. According to the Army’s website, 24 warriors, representing 12 commands from across the Army, will gather at Fort Lee, Va., to compete in the Best Warrior Competition.
Courtesy of Spc. Ashley Campbell
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Guardsmen with the Marietta-based 201st Regional Support Group and 78th Troop Command take a land navigation exam during the Best Warrior Competition at Clay National Guard Center this past weekend. <br> Courtesy of Sgt. Michael Uribe
Guardsmen with the Marietta-based 201st Regional Support Group and 78th Troop Command take a land navigation exam during the Best Warrior Competition at Clay National Guard Center this past weekend.
Courtesy of Sgt. Michael Uribe
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MARIETTA — A three-day competition began with 13 motivated Marietta-based Guardsmen vying to represent Georgia’s Department of Defense, and ultimately the U.S. Army, as the Best Warrior.

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.

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