• Sgt. Benjamin Maye takes a reading off his compass during the land navigation portion of the Colorado National Guard's Best Warrior competition at Fort Carson, Sept. 24, 2011. Maye was one of six competitors that took part in the statewide competition. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Benjamin Crane)

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    Sgt. Benjamin Maye takes a reading off his compass during the land navigation portion of the Colorado National Guard's Best Warrior competition at Fort Carson, Sept. 24, 2011. Maye was one of six competitors that took part in the statewide competition...

  • Sgt. Benjamin Maye starts toward his first point during the land navigation portion of the Colorado National Guard's Best Warrior competition at Fort Carson, Sept. 24, 2011. Maye was one of six competitors that took part in the statewide competition. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Benjamin Crane)

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    Sgt. Benjamin Maye starts toward his first point during the land navigation portion of the Colorado National Guard's Best Warrior competition at Fort Carson, Sept. 24, 2011. Maye was one of six competitors that took part in the statewide competition...

  • Sgt. Benjamin Maye looks for his next point during the land navigation portion of the Colorado National Guard's Best Warrior competition at Fort Carson, Sept. 24, 2011. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Benjamin Crane)

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    Sgt. Benjamin Maye looks for his next point during the land navigation portion of the Colorado National Guard's Best Warrior competition at Fort Carson, Sept. 24, 2011. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Benjamin Crane)

  • Sgt. Benjamin Maye accepts an award from Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Berube and Brig. Gen. Dana Capozzella for finishing first in the 6-mile ruck during the awards ceremony after the Colorado National Guard's Best Warrior competition at Fort Carson, Sept. 25, 2011. Maye was  
one of six competitors that took part in the statewide competition.(U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Michael Odgers)

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    Sgt. Benjamin Maye accepts an award from Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Berube and Brig. Gen. Dana Capozzella for finishing first in the 6-mile ruck during the awards ceremony after the Colorado National Guard's Best Warrior competition at Fort Carson...

FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Being the best takes dedication, desire and the will to sacrifice personal comforts to rise above all others and come out on top. Becoming a Soldier takes the same qualities but some Soldiers push their skills to the limits to be the best.

The Colorado National Guard hosted their yearly Best Warrior competition at Fort Carson Sept. 23-25, and welcomed those brightest and motivated Soldiers to test their wills during the three day event.

One of those Soldiers competing and representing the 100th Missile Defense Brigade was Sgt. Benjamin Maye. Maye works in the brigade's personnel office and has been with the unit since 2008. He joined the Army in January 2007 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant on July 6, 2010.

Maye credits the support of the 100th MDB for his wanting to get involved in the Best Warrior competition.

"The brigade had the confidence in me that I could compete," said Sgt. Maye. "I also wanted to test my own abilities.

Maye had only been to one Army board before going into this competition and asked for his boss, Master Sgt. Jeannie Williams, to help him out and be his sponsor.

"Master Sgt. Williams has a lot of experience in regards to boards," said Maye.

Williams has been in the Army for 26 years and has been in a best warrior competition once herself.

"I guess he trusted me that I would be a good sponsor," Williams laughed.

Williams helped Maye study prior to the competition and during to prepare him for the board which was held on the last day of the competition.

Maye did a lot of studying to prepare, as well as doing as much physical training possible to keep himself in shape. Along with the PT and studying for warrior tasks and the board, Maye was also taking Calculus and German classes towards his Bachelors degree.

Maye excelled in the 6-mile ruck march on the first day of competition coming in first overall and kept pushing himself to stay ahead of those around him in the events to follow. Despite not being number one in the end, he walked away with a trophy and the self-confidence that only someone participating in this event can feel.

Williams was proud of the hard work Maye put into the events and the job that he did. She also encourages others to go outside their own comfort zones and take part in the next Best Warrior competition.

"I would encourage everyone to do this, it was challenging but all the Soldiers and NCOs learned so much down there and it was really beneficial and it was a lot of fun , I wish more people could do it," added Williams.

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