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NEWS | Dec. 1, 2022

Virginia National Guard Soldier competes at DEKA World Championships

By Sgt. 1st Class Douglas D. Stephens | National Guard Military Competitions

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Ramon Abreu-Perez, an operations noncommissioned officer with the Virginia National Guard's Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package competed in the recent DEKA World Championships in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Nov. 19-20, 2022.
Abreu-Perez, age 55, was one of more than a dozen National Guard Soldiers who competed in the competition as part of National Guard’s All Guard Endurance Team.
DEKA events are functional fitness competitions put on by Spartan. They are an indoor decathlon of functional fitness and training programs designed to be basic, simple, and utilitarian. In true Spartan spirit, the focus of these events is to train with a purpose — to multiply member motivation, individual performance, and a sense of connection to the community.
To compete in a World Championship event, each competitor had to finish the previous qualifying season with a top 12 Competitive/Age Group Mark (time).
Abreu-Perez, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, serves as the state’s Holistic Health and Fitness coordinator.

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