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Maryland Soldier Competes in National Best Warrior Competition July 24-29

EASTON, Md. – A member of the Maryland National Guard will compete for the title of “Soldier of the Year” during a national-level competition this week.

Spc. Daniel Reading, an infantryman with Delta Company of the 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, will represent his home state at the 2022 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition in Smyrna, Tennessee, July 24-29.

Reading will compete against will compete against seven other top National Guard Soldiers after winning at the regional competition held at Camp Dawson, West Virginia, back in May.

The Guard members at these events compete in both basic and advanced soldier skills that measures their endurance, strength, and grit. Spc. Reading has been training physically five days a week and mentally preparing studying his warrior tasks and Army regulations.

“What I love about competing in BWC is I get to test myself in doing the tasks and skills needed to do my job well,” said Reading, who also works full-time as a security patrol officer for an aerospace and defense
contractor when not serving in the Maryland Guard.

“The sense of competition is also pushing myself to do better than the soldier next to me.”

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