LATHAM, NY (03/19/2022) New York Army National Guard Specialist William Smith, a Buffalo resident, will represent the National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Guard’s Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith Training Center near Peekskill in April.
Smith is a member of Charlie Troop of the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry which is based at the Masten Avenue Armory in Buffalo. He is employed by Jada Blitz Fitness in civilian life.
The Best Warrior Competition, which will be held from April 6 to April 9, tests a Soldiers physical fitness, endurance, marksmanship, military knowledge and military skills. The competition picks a top enlisted Soldier and top non-commissioned officer.
Smith will compete in the enlisted Soldier category.
These Soldiers then
compete in regional, national and all-Army competitions to pick the best enlisted Soldier and NCO in the entire Army for that year.
In 2021, New York Army National Guard Corporal Dakaotah Miller finished second in the Army National Guard’s national event.
During the grueling competition, Soldiers take the Army Combat Fitness Test, participate in a 12-mile timed march carrying a weapon and loaded pack, test their ability to navigate across country, demonstrate their proficiency in skills like emplacing a land mine, treating a wounded Soldier, or making a radio call. They also take part in a tactical stress shoot in which they move and engage target with their M-4 rifle.
The Soldiers are also tested on their knowledge of military regulations and procedures before a board
of senior non-commissioned officers.
The Soldiers also get the chance to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, which involves a few additional tests like pistol shooting and swimming in full uniform.
Smith has served in the New York Army National Guard since 2018. He served as part of the New York National Guard response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
His awards include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Armed
Forces Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.