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Armstrong Student and Georgia National Guardsman Wins 2016 National Best Warrior Title

The Savannah resident heads to the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition Next Month

Broam in dress uniform with Congressman Buddy Carter and Armstrong President Linda Bleicken

Photo 1: (l-r) Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter visited Armstrong State University on Monday, Aug. 15 to congratulate Armstrong junior and 2016 National Warrior Competition winner Spc. Joseph Broam, with Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken.

(August 17, 2016) – Armstrong State University junior and Georgia National Guardsman Spc. Joseph Broam won the 2016 National Best Warrior title and earned the opportunity to represent the U.S. Army National Guard in the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition. Broam took top honors at the brigade, state, regional and national levels of the Best Warrior Competition in order to compete against the Army’s finest next month.

“We are delighted that Spc. Joseph Broam has earned national attention for his impressive accomplishments in the Best Warrior Competition,” said Armstrong State University President Linda M. Bleicken. “He is an outstanding example of our military-affiliated student leaders here at Armstrong. It is our honor to support all of our soldiers and their families so that they can achieve success in their academic and professional endeavors.” 

The Savannah resident competed against top U.S. Army National Guard soldiers from across the country. The physical and mental stamina of the competitors was tested through sleep deprivation and in multiple events including physical fitness, marksmanship, land navigation and combat scenarios.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our very own 2016 National Best Warrior Competitor,” said U.S. Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Stringfield. “He put his best foot forward and represented our state well. We know he will continue to do great things for this organization.”

Broam doing pushups while a soldier keeps count

Photo 2: Armstrong State University junior Spc. Joseph Broam took the lead in the National Best Warrior Competition at Joint Base Cape Cod, Mass., earlier this summer. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. Shye Stallings)

Broam, an infantryman from 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, will now move on to represent the Army National Guard in the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition, to be held at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3. The Best Warrior Competition will bring together soldiers who represent over one million members of the U.S. Army worldwide.

“While I am thankful, I am humbled by this opportunity,” noted Broam. “It is an honor to not only be a representative for the state of Georgia, but for the entire Army National Guard.”

Deiondra Winn

Deiondra Winn
Class of 2016
Early Childhood, Child and Family Studies Track
Hinesville, Georgia