Purvis native takes home Soldier of the Year Award

Purvis native takes home Soldier of the Year Award; (Photo Source: Staff Sgt. Scott Tynes U.S. Army National Guard)
Purvis native takes home Soldier of the Year Award; (Photo Source: Staff Sgt. Scott Tynes U.S. Army National Guard)
Purvis native takes home Soldier of the Year Award; (Photo Source: Staff Sgt. Scott Tynes U.S. Army National Guard)
Purvis native takes home Soldier of the Year Award; (Photo Source: Staff Sgt. Scott Tynes U.S. Army National Guard)

ELLIOT, MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - The Mississippi National Guard held their Best Warrior Competition at The Camp McCain Training Center near Elliot, Mississippi. Eleven soldiers and airmen statewide competed for the Soldier of the Year Award and the Non-commissioned Officer of the Year Award.

The warriors put their military training to the test by pushing through physical fitness tests, board interviews, written exams, weapons qualifications, warrior tasks, urban warfare simulations and battle drills.

1st Sergeant David Brooks of the 154th Regional Training Institute says the course was designed to push the competitors to their limits.

"These next three or four days, they're going to be mentally and physically drained, but you won't see any of them holding their heads down," Brooks said.

Purvis native and wheeled vehicle mechanic Specialist Darrell Washington of the 3656th Maintenance Company of the maneuver area training equipment site at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center says he didn't make it this far in the competition by competing against others, but by competing against himself.

"You're here to see how far you can push yourself," Washington said. "The competition, which should be within, within self, is not about the next person standing next to you. All of you guys are here doing the same thing so y'all should compete to see how far you can push yourself."

Washington took home the Soldier of the Year award at an awards banquet at the Mississippi National Guard's annual Non-commissioned Officer's conference at the Hilton in Jackson.