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Hohenfels soldiers headed to Europe Best Warrior Competition after winning local contest

Pvt. Jacob Caldwell, who works with opposition forces at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, fires an M4 Assault Rifle during the 7th Army Training Command's Best Warrior Competition, Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

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By MARTIN EGNASH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 21, 2018

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – After facing challenges that would daunt even the toughest war fighters, three soldiers with the 7th Army Training Command proved on Thursday that they have what it takes to go on to the next level of the Best Warrior Competition.

First Lt. Robert L. Martin, Staff Sgt. Cesar Gonzalez and Spc. Derek Teegardin, all from 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, at the Hohenfels Training Area, were named, respectively, best commissioned officer, best noncommissioned officer and best soldier.

The challenges they faced included precision shooting under stress, maneuvering through obstacle courses, and following instructions after getting tear-gassed.

The soldiers, all of whom served as opposition forces fighting fellow U.S. troops during exercises, will go on to face soldiers from across Europe in the next round of Best Warrior Competition later this summer at Grafenwoehr.

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Lt. Bobby Martin, who works among opposition forces at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center fires a Beretta M9 pistol during the 7th Army Training Command's Best Warrior Competition, Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
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