New Hampshire Best Warriors

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Victoria Nelson
  • 157th Air Refueling Wing

Two Airmen from the 157th Air Refueling Wing conquered the New Hampshire Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition, Feb. 12, at the Edward Cross Training Complex in Pembroke, N.H.

Tech. Sgt. Connor Cunio and Staff Sgt. Jacob Kelly, competed against 16 soldiers from the New Hampshire Army National Guard and the NHNG state partnership countries El Salvador, and Cabo Verde.

Cunio won the marksmanship portion of the test and Kelly tied for first in the land navigation section and placed second overall in the ruck march.

The competition spanned three days and tested an all-encompassing range of skill sets. They competed in both day and night land nav, a marksmanship course, a formal board, a tactical combat care assessment, employing an M18A1 claymore mine, setting up a single channel ground and airborne radio system and finally defeated a 13.15 mile ruck march.

Their sponsors, Master Sgts. William Waters and Kraig Hoag, had their backs through each grueling section.