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NEWS | July 20, 2020

Soldiers from Glen Carbon and Elburn take Top Honors at Illinois National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition

Illinois, finished as the best Soldier.

The Best Warrior Competition is organized by the Illinois Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major, and staffed by senior NCOs from around the state. Illinois Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Behary, of Sherman, Illinois, said this competition was unique, but the work ethic of the troops was still top notch.

“I know things are going to be different this year because of COVID-19, but I am proud of all the hard work you put in getting here as competitors and I am proud of everyone that has made it this far,” said Behary.

Both Miller and Clehouse will move on to represent Illinois at the Regional Best Warrior Competition held in August. Illinois will host the regional competition this year at the Marseilles Training Center, Marseilles, Illinois, Aug. 20-23.

The U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition, which dates back to 2002, serves as the culminating event for the series, where competitors from Active Duty, the Army Reserves, and National Guard compete for the title of U.S. Army Best Warrior.