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National Guard soldiers put their training to the test

Contest looks to find Best Warrior

SFC David Colliton, of Amsterdam, left, taking part in a Tactical Combat Casualty Care task with mock-victim Specialist Thomas Rinadli, of Stillwater, and being graded by SFC Leah Marino, of Lindenhurst, right, during the Best Warrior competition at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters in Latham on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
SFC David Colliton, of Amsterdam, left, taking part in a Tactical Combat Casualty Care task with mock-victim Specialist Thomas Rinadli, of Stillwater, and being graded by SFC Leah Marino, of Lindenhurst, right, during the Best Warrior competition at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs Headquarters in Latham on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
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David Colliton was trying to keep it simple. With two tours of duty overseas, the National Guard sergeant first class has been in combat situations where he had to help a wounded soldier. At the state’s Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham on Saturday morning he was trying to recreate that effort — not under fire but as a test of his knowledge. He attended to a soldier pretending to be injured ...


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