Images: New York National Guard soldiers compete in Squad Stakes [Image 2 of 8]
Photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg
New York Army National Guard Spc. Nick Bielli and Ayaz Khan, back row left and right respectively, help Spcs. Julio Munoz and Godfrey Zulueta, left and right front respectively, all from 3rd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, conduct an hasty casualty evacuation using an improvised litter during the "Fighting 69th Squad Stakes Competition" medical task station during annual training here July 30. 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."