Sgt. Benjamin Standley (left) sprints to the finish line next to Sgt. Joshua Meng during the three-mile “ruck run,” at Camp Rilea, Warrenton, Ore., March 12. Soldiers were required to complete the run with a minimum of 35 pounds in their rucksacks. Standley, an infantryman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry went on to win the title of Oregon’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, and Meng, a medic with Charlie Company 141st Brigade Support Battalion placed third. The three-day event pitted Oregon Citizen-Soldiers against one another as they competed for the title of Oregon’s Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric A. Rutherford, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Oregon Army National Guard).
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