Images: New York National Guard soldiers compete in Squad Stakes [Image 8 of 8]
Photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg
New York Army National Guard Pfc. Ryan Seigel, standing, and Spc. John Dolengewicz, kneeling at the mock casualty, both from 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, conduct a medical evaluation of a simulated casualty during the "Fighting 69th Squad Stakes Competition" medical task station during annual training here July 30. Sgt. Philip Browning, at left, scores their performance as they conduct one of 10 medical tasks that squads must complete as a part of the day-long challenge. The competition develops esprit-de-corps and camaraderie in a grueling course that tests their mental and physical fitness as they negotiate obstacles and scenarios that involve completion of warrior tasks while maintaining security and movement. The competition started at 5 a.m. with a squad run in full battle gear and a pack inspection to standardize load and equipment for the challenge. The Warrior tasks associated with the lane incorporated "Shoot."