After nearly a year of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Maryland National Guard are competing against each other in a series of events in hopes of winning the title of Maryland's Best Warrior.
- And in the meantime, members of the Maryland National Guard are competing against each other in a series of events to become Maryland's Best Warrior.
- Shawn Striker takes us inside the action.
SHAWN STRIKER: Well, last year's competition was held just as the restrictions were being put in place, so it is fitting that, this year, they're back as restrictions are starting to be lifted.
It is a test of strength, stamina, and mental fortitude.
AMBER INSLEY: This is a good opportunity for soldiers to hone their individual skills, evaluate them, and reaffirm them.
- All while competing to earn the title of Maryland's Best Warrior.
RYAN SLAUGHTER: It's an opportunity for soldiers to come out, and basically, showcase what they're capable of.
- Over four days, these soldiers with the Maryland National Guard will square off in events, like an obstacle course, land navigation, even a written test.
- It's a culmination of their training, both mentally and physically.
- These soldiers are participating in a stress shoot, getting their heart rate up before setting their sights downrange. And after a year of responding to the COVID crisis, it's an opportunity for them to have a little fun, build camaraderie, all while preparing for their next mission.
JAMES MCGILL: It just puts you in a lot of dynamic situations, where you've got to do a lot of critical thinking, and it kind of gets you into that mindset to accomplish the mission, regardless of what needs to happen.
- Now, the winners of this competition will go on to a regional and then national competition, where they hope to earn the title of our Nation's Best Warrior. In Baltimore, Shawn Striker for WJZ.