Military News: NH Guardsmen involved in Best Warrior Competition

June 29. 2018 7:54PM
New Hampshire Army National Guard Sgt. Zachary Maynard of Holderness, left, and Spc. Nicholas Rossetti of Hudson complete in the 12-mile ruck march portion of the Northeast Region Best Warrior Competition that was held recently across the Hudson River from Camp Smith at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. (Spc. Amouris Coss/U.S. Army National Guard)

New Hampshire Army National Guard Sgt. Zachary Maynard of Holderness and Spc. Nicholas Rossetti of Hudson were among 14 National Guard soldiers who competed recently in the annual Northeast Region Best Warrior Competition at the New York National Guard's training camp, Camp Smith, near Peekskill, N.Y.

During the four-day event, junior enlisted soldiers and noncommissioned officers from New England, New York and New Jersey competed in several events intended to test their military skills and knowledge, marksmanship, physical fitness and endurance.

Maynard, who competed in the noncommissioned officer category, is a member of the New Hampshire Army National Guard's Detachment 2, 160th Engineer Battalion and serves as a carpentry and masonry specialist. He has served in the National Guard since 2008.

Rossetti, who competed in the junior enlisted soldier category, is a member of the New Hampshire Army National Guard's 39th Army Band. He joined the National Guard in 2017.

Two members of the New York Army National Guard won the two competition categories and will represent the Northeast at the national competition.

The competitors also had the opportunity to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, which is one of the few approved foreign awards American service members can wear. The test includes swimming in uniform, pistol marksmanship, chin-ups, a sprint and a 1,000 meter run. Both Maynard and Rossetti earned this award.


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