Images: New York National Guard soldiers compete in Squad Stakes [Image 1 of 8]
Photo by Col. Richard Goldenberg
New York Army National Guard soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, prepare a simulated patient for hasty evacuation on 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."