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Media is invited to cover the proclamation and competition’s media day on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and must coordinate with the Public Affairs Office for parking and a media escort. You will be asked to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.

Members of the media are required to RSVP no later than Friday, February 5, 2016, by 5:00 p.m. with the Texas Military Department state Public Affairs Office at 512-782-5620 or email

Camp Swift is located at 1705 Hwy 95 North, Bastrop, Texas, 78602.



Texas National Guard partners with Army Reserve and Chilean armed forces for annual Best Warrior Competition

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 3, 2016) – On Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m, the Texas Military Department will host a media day at Camp Swift in Bastrop, Texas, near Austin, as 64 Texas National Guard soldiers and airmen, Army Reservists and Chilean armed forces members compete in the final round of the statewide Best Warrior Competition.

Immediately following an eight-mile foot march, the competitors will gather as the Bastrop County Commissioner read an official resolution celebrating the contributions of the local military’s service members, as well as renewing Bastrop’s support of the TMD Best Warrior Competition. After the proclamation by Bastrop officials, media representatives are invited to cover the “mystery event,” a fast-paced, high-intensity event that will test all competitors on numerous warrior tasks.

The Best Warrior Competition is a rigorous three-day competition that tests the tactical and technical expertise of service members through scored events, such as an oral knowledge exam board, a tactical road march, obstacle course and physical fitness test, as well as “a mystery event” announced the day of the competition.

For the first time, Army Reservists and Chilean service members will be competing in this event, an effort to build camaraderie and inter-agency relationships between Texas Guardsmen and those they serve alongside of both at home and abroad.

The winners of this year’s Best Warrior competition will be named and honored at an upcoming banquet in April and will continue to represent Texas in regional and/or national Best Warrior competitions later this year.


The mission of the Texas Military Department (TMD) is to provide the Governor and the President with ready and trained forces in support of the citizens of Texas and State and Federal civil/military authorities at home and abroad.

The Texas Military Department is commanded by the Adjutant General of Texas, the state's senior military official appointed by the governor. The Texas Military Department includes the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG), the Texas State Guard (TXSG) and the Domestic Operations Command (DOMOPS).

For more information about the Texas Military Department visit our website at

Texas Military Department Public Affairs
P.O. Box 5218, Building 10
Camp Mabry (Austin), Texas 78703
Phone: 512-782-5620