BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two Maryland National Guardsmen have taken home top honors in a multi-state competition in search of the region’s best soldiers.
Spc. Josiah Taft and Sgt. Brian Murphy were named the Solider and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year following the competition, which included soldiers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. Washington, D.C., and West Virginia soldiers weren’t able to compete due to COVID-19.
“It is seriously a privilege to be competing against some of the region’s best warriors in their respective states,” Murphy told WJZ ahead of the competition earlier this week.
Competitors ran through a number of challenges, including a stress shoot and an obstacle course, in the hopes of becoming the region’s top soldiers.
The competition was held in Maryland for the first time this year.