WARRENTON — Two California-based soldiers earned first place honors in the recent Best Warrior competition at Camp Rilea.

At the end of the grueling week, a junior enlisted member and an noncommissioned officer, both from the same command, the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion from Encino, Calif., earned the title Best Warrior.

Pfc. Lester Amburgey and Staff Sgt. John Astorga will represent the 351st at the next level of competition at the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) competition in May.

The event took place April 9 to 13 and was coordinated by the 351st Civil Affairs Command.

The competition was an opportunity for soldiers in front their peers, leadership and the entire command to demonstrate the training and physical conditioning exercised throughout the year.

Over the course of four days and with the help of their NCO sponsors, competitors raced for time and accuracy during an Army physical fitness test and a written test. They also took part in a mystery event in which competitors were given the task to find four points along an unknown distance. There was also day and night land navigation tests, an obstacle course, and a 10K ruck march. Soldiers were also tested on their marksmanship skills with M-16 rifle and M-9 pistol and Army knowledge at an oral board.

Reporting by Staff Sgt. Amanda Boersma 

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