Fayetteville natives named North Carolina National Guard best warriors

Out of the 12,000 soldiers and airmen who make up the North Carolina National Guard, two soldiers from Fayetteville were named this year’s best warriors.  

Sgt. Jacob Reid, a 2011 Jack Britt High School graduate, earned the Best Noncommissioned Officer award, and Spc. Adrian Ramirez, a 2019 Douglas Byrd High School graduate, earned the Best Soldier award.  

The annual six-day competition evaluated physical fitness, weapons qualification, road march, land navigation, warrior tasks, a stress shooting course, and a professional appearance review board for the best overall non-commissioned officer and enlisted soldier, said Sgt. Maj. James McKee, a competition organizer.  

Reid and Ramirez advanced to represent the state in the regional competition held in May at Camp Blanding, Florida, McKee said.  

At the statewide competition in March, Reid and Ramirez were among 14 participants representing each of the North Carolina National Guard’s major subordinate commands. 

Sgt. Jacob Reid, a 2019 Douglas Byrd High School graduate, was named the Best Noncommissioned Officer in this year's North Carolina National Guard Best Warrior Competition.

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Ramirez, who will earn his associate’s degree in information technology from Fayetteville Technical Community College in May, grew up in a military family and joined the guard for the education benefits and to “be part of something bigger” than himself, he said.  

He is an information technology specialist with the 295th Signal Company, 130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.  


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