6/15/2017 3:00:00 PM Morgan Moore wins 'Warrior Challenge'
Switzerland County's Morgan Moore may have just graduated recently with the Switzerland County Class of 2017, but she's already off to an outstanding start in the next phase of her life - serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Morgan is currently serving in the Army National Guard, where she holds the rank of Private First Class.
Over the weekend of April 7th-9th of this year, she competed in the Army's "Warrior Challenge" held at Knightstown, Indiana, and she earned first place in the prestigious competition.
The event was the 8th annual, and is sponsored by the state's Recruitment and Sustainment Program. It is a culmination of all of the training that the Indiana National Guard provides for soldiers who are preparing for basic and advanced training.
The competition, which only the finest, brightest and best soldiers are selected to participate in, consisted of warrior skills ranging from the routine to the extraordinary.
Participants had to cover the wide range of tasks; from having their paperwork in order along with dog tags and identification cards - as well as the challenges of a physical fitness test, an obstacle course, knowledge of first aid, weapons assembly, a water crossing, a road march, and a 50-question written exam.
Morgan was one of the selected 'Warriors' from around the state; and participants were selected for the state competition based on previous regional competitions.
"It's the best of the best," Master Sergeant Travis Holcomb, who was in charge of the competition, said. "It takes our best, our brightest, our future that are going to be going in the ranks of the National Guard. It tests their skills really in all aspects: mentally, physically, and, by the end of it, emotionally as well."
Morgan graduated from basic training last summer, prior to her senior year of high school, from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on August 26th.
She will leave next month for Advanced Infantry Training in Virginia, where she will study to serve as a military police officer.
Morgan is the daughter of Mindy and Matthew Verbosky of Moorefield and Jerry Moore of Vevay.