Spc. Alexei Joya, a member of the Georgia National Guard who also is in the UNG Corps of Cadets, won the Georgia Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition in March.Joya is a sophomore from Gainesville, Georgia, majoring in general studies with concentrations in biochemistry, Russian and leadership. He also is a member of UNG’s Ranger Challenge team. Joya is an explosive ordnance disposal technician representing the Marietta-based 201st Regional Support Group.
In the Best Warrior Competition, Joya took first place in combat water survival test, 12-mile/70-pound ruck march, physical fitness test, individual movement technique course, weapons familiarization, and day and night land navigation. He also was second in the obstacle course and qualified at expert level on the M4 rifle and M9 pistol.