Best Warrior Competition

The Iowa Army National Guard is hosting a competition on Camp Dodge and in the city of Johnston, where the top Soldiers from seven states will compete to earn the right to be called the Region Best Warrior.
The public is welcome to watch and cheer on the competitors while learning more about what your National Guard Soldiers do every day.

Friday, May 3rd, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Army Combat Fitness Test
Camp Dodge Fitness Track
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Obstacle Course and Medical Training Tasks
Camp Dodge Range Road

  • Enter Camp Dodge at the Truck Entrance on NW 70th Ave with a valid ID. Signs will be posted to guide you to the events*

  • Saturday, May 4th, 2024
    11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Water Survival Tasks with Black Hawk Helicopters
    Cherry Glenn Recreation Area

  • Sunday, May 5th, 2024
    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    12 Mile Ruck March
    Johnston City Hall Grounds
    *Cheer on Soldiers at the FINISH LINE!
    11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Town Party (FREE ATTENDANCE)
    Johnston City Hall with Live Music
    (34th Army Band – Rock Group 42R, games, and videos of the competition)

  • *Awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m. presented by the Johnston City Mayor! Food trucks will be on site.
  • For questions about the event or Camp Dodge, please contact:
    Jackie Schmillen – Director of Public Affairs
    Iowa National Guard