SALEM, Ore. - The winners of the Region VI Best Warrior Competition were announced at a ceremony, May 16, at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Ore. Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Carver, with the Oregon Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion, won Non-commissioned Officer of the Year and Spc. Benjamin Herrman, with the Oregon Army National Guard’s 3670th Maintenance Company, won Soldier of the Year.
Thirteen Citizen-Soldiers from eight states participated in the regional competition. Competition events included, but were not limited to; rappelling, rifle marksmanship, physical fitness testing, obstacle course, and Soldier knowledge evaluation boards.
The Region VI Best Warrior Challenge pit Army National Guard Soldiers from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming and Oregon against each other during a grueling four-day event.
Winners of this competition advance to a national competition later this year.
"It's a great day to be in the Oregon National Guard," said Oregon’s State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake. "Every competitor proved their grit during this competition. They truly embody the spirit of the Citizen-Soldier."