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The Lincoln National Guard Marathon and Half Marathon is quickly approaching, and the Nebraska National Guard and the Lincoln Track Club are gearing up for the big event!

Learn more about the National Guard Marathon Team and the role Nebraska National Guard Soldiers and Airmen play in the marathon by watching this video with Sgt. 1st Class Chris Sterns, National Guard marathon coordinator.

Also, check out the entire #myLNKrun series for more about the marathon: http://bit.ly/2kWXxcI

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#myLNKrun: The National Guard

Learn about the National Guard Marathon Team and how the Nebraska National Guard is a key part of making the Lincoln Marathon and Half Marathon a success. #LNK Lincoln Track ClubWatch the entire #myLNKrun series: http://bit.ly/2kWXxcI

Posted by LNKTV Health on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Nebraska National Guard would like to wish a Happy Birthday to our brothers and sisters in the U.S. Army Reserve as they celebrate 110 years in service to the Army and the Nation.

(Nebraska National Guard graphic by Amy Givens)

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Annual Training season is starting!

Veterans and current Nebraska National Guard Soldiers and Airmen: What is your favorite annual training memory from your career?

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The Nebraska National Guard would like to congratulate our own Staff Sgt. Luke Katz and 1st Sgt. Troy Conrad (Pennsylvania National Guard) (Team 45) on finishing in the top 10 during the Best Ranger Competition this past weekend.

The pair represented their units, states and The National Guard well in the competition, placing ninth overall out of 50 two-person teams of Ranger-qualified Soldiers and one team of Ranger-qualified Coast Guardsmen. The three-day competition at Fort Benning, Georgia, tested their physical endurance, mental agility, and technical and tactical skills.

Nebraska was proud to have two of only eight National Guard Soldiers compete in this year's competition. Nebraska's other competitor, Staff Sgt. Jose Torres-Garcia, and his National Guard partner finished the competition in 19th.

Congratulations again to all the competitors for your outstanding accomplishments!

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Crossing the finish line (start at 4:10) of the Best Ranger Competition is Team 45 from The National Guard!

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Live from the 2018 Best Ranger Competition finish line. Go Guard!

Posted by General Joseph L. Lengyel on Sunday, April 15, 2018

The end is almost here! Great work #NationalGuard Rangers! We are proud of you Staff Sgt. Luke Katz and Team 45!

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Just caught up with Team 45 — Master Sgt. Troy Conrad and Sgt. Luke Katz — in a break before they compete in the final event in the 2018 Best Ranger Competition. So proud to see The National Guard represented so strongly!Pennsylvania National Guard ... Nebraska National Guard

Posted by General Joseph L. Lengyel on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Still going strong at the Best Ranger Competition, representing as the only remaining The National Guard team.

Way to go, #CitizenSoldiers!

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A few minutes ago, the remaining National Guard team — Team 45, Staff Sgt. Luke Katz and Master Sgt. Troy Conrad — competing in the 2018 Best Ranger Competition, arrived here at Victory Pond at US Army Fort Benning and are still going strong!Pennsylvania National Guard ... Nebraska National Guard

Posted by General Joseph L. Lengyel on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Here's another update from the Best Ranger Competition!

The top 16 teams are still at it and Team 45 with Nebraska Staff Sgt. Luke Katz is holding strong and ranked 8th as of the last update shared.

Great work!

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And a special congratulations to OR2 (Cpl.) Lukas Mrocek 🇨🇿 for his achievements during Nebraska's State Best Warrior Competition!

Thank you to our Czech Armed Forces partners for participating for the second consecutive year.

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Noncommissioned Officer of the Year:

3rd Place - Staff Sgt. Wade Bradley
2nd Place - Sgt. Levi White
1st Place - Staff Sgt. Dustin Knoell, NCO of the Year

Congratulations Warriors!

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And the winners are...

Enlisted Category:

3rd Place - Spc. Taylor McKeeman
2nd Place - Spc. Bryan Kummer
1st Place - Pfc. Devon Thompson, Soldier of the Year

Congratulations Warriors!

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The competition's events are complete! The Soldiers finished drill and ceremony, and weapons tasks a few hours ago. They are now conducting weapons maintenance and turn in before getting ready for tonight's awards banquet.

Great work, Soldiers! Top winners will be announced tonight, but you are all best warriors to us!

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The Soldiers are completeing there last two events of the competition: Drill and Ceremony, and M-16 Assembly and Reassembly (with a twist).

The weather has limited our ability to share photos with you as things happen, but we have added new photos to our Flickr album from yesterday. Check it out!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nenationalguard/albums/72157694860585164

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It's the final day of our state Best Warrior Competition and the weather continues to surprise us.

This morning half of the training site woke up without power after ice, snow and wind settled into the area.

With up-to 60 mph wind gusts and a thick layer of ice covering the pavement, this is the one time we'll allow the Soldiers to walk on the sergeant major's grass.

Just a couple more events before the final awards banquet tonight!

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Here's a new update from the Best Ranger Competition! The top 24 teams continue on today, and both teams with Nebraska Rangers are still on the leader board!

Great work Staff Sgt. Luke Katz (Team 45) and Staff Sgt. Jose Torres-Garcia (Team 46)!

Fun fact, all four National Guard teams have moved on as well! Way to go Citizen Soldiers!

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As you can (or really...cannot) see from this photo, the Soldiers are out on their last mission of the day: night land navigation.

It's dark, cold, wet and windy...but, at least it's not Friday the 13th or something, too.

(Oh, wait...)

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The Soldiers had a brief break from the elements when they came back from the daytime land navigation course to complete a written essay and eat dinner chow before heading back out for night land navigation.

What part of the competition do you think is the most difficult? The physical events or the intellectual evaluations?

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Here is your final Best Warrior leader board update until the winners are announced at tomorrow night's banquet.

It's still anyone's race!

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It's cold and wet out, but nothing is slowing down the competition!

Your Best Warrior Soldiers are out plotting points and working their way through the land navigation course at the Greenlief Training Site after switching sponsors with other competitors.

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The competitors are done on the range for the day after conducting a paper qualification when the winds kicked up a notch.

Next up, they are headed out to do land navigation as it begins to drizzle here in Hastings.

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Updated leaderboard after this morning's ruck march, but there are still plenty of events left!

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It's definately windy and getting colder as the day progresses here in Hastings, but the Soldiers are powering through.

With the long march behind them, the competitors will spend the rest of the day on the range firing the 9mm pistol, m320 grenade launcher and m500 shotgun.

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Looking for more Best Warrior coverage? Check out our #Flickr album full of photos from yesterday's event, and much more to come in the future!

(Nebraska National Guard photos by the 111th Public Affairs Detachment)

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First to cross the finish line of the unknown distance ruck march is...

Pfc. Devon Thompson with a time of 1:40:33!

Way to hustle!

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