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Guard names Warrior of the Year recipients

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Staff Sgt. Michael Gentry eyes the finish line as he completes a 10-mile march in Smyrna, Tenn. Gentry was selected as the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment's Non-Commissioned Officer Warrior of the Year recipient in January 2014. (Photo submitted)

SMYRNA, Tenn. -- Two soldiers, one of whom is a Middle Tennessee State University student, from the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment were each recently selected as the unit’s Warrior of the Year

Staff Sgt. Michael Gentry and Specialist Burton Holloway, both from Nashville, were recognized for their superior physical and mental achievements after a grueling competition held in January at the Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna.

The pair are now preparing for the upcoming statewide competition in March.

The competition included an U.S. Army physical fitness test, a 10-mile road march while wearing full combat gear, individual weapons qualification, weapons assembly, land navigation, and a written exam with essay.

Numerous other events were used to test the their skills, including an interview in front of senior non-commissioned officers who graded the soldiers on military bearing, appearance and answers to several military related questions.

Gentry, a member of Troop A, Regimental Troop Squadron in Nashville, was honored as the Non-Commissioned Officer Warrior of the Year. The 24-year-old is a full-time student at MTSU, majoring in international relations.

Holloway, 34, a member of Troop B, 1st Squadron in Springfield, received Warrior of the Year. He holds a bachelor's degree in pastoral studies from Crown College, located in Saint Bonafacius, Minn.

The soldiers are scheduled to compete in the Tennessee Army National Guard Warrior of the Year competition in March at the Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna, where they will compete against other soldiers from other major commands.

Winners at the state level will advance to a regional then national competition that includes active-duty, reserve and guard personnel.

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