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Lt. Zachary Bregovi, right, lands a leg kick against Lt. Robert Martin during the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.
Lt. Zachary Bregovi, right, lands a leg kick against Lt. Robert Martin during the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Lt. Zachary Bregovi, right, lands a leg kick against Lt. Robert Martin during the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.
Lt. Zachary Bregovi, right, lands a leg kick against Lt. Robert Martin during the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Spc. Piotr Drwal, bottom right, goes for a triangle choke against Pfc. Christopher Kop, at the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Spc. Piotr Drwal, bottom right, goes for a triangle choke against Pfc. Christopher Kop, at the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Spc. Derek Teegardin, right, uses a rear-naked choke against Spc. Robert Dees at the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Spc. Derek Teegardin, right, uses a rear-naked choke against Spc. Robert Dees at the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers rest between events near the base gym at the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Soldiers rest between events near the base gym at the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Staff Sgt. Luis Saucedo finishes the foot-march portion of the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Staff Sgt. Luis Saucedo finishes the foot-march portion of the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Sgt. Robert Lohr runs with a pack and rifle toward the finish line of the foot-march at the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Sgt. Robert Lohr runs with a pack and rifle toward the finish line of the foot-march at the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Maj. Gen. Andrew Rohling, right, the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, stands with the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior winners Lt. Robert Martin, Staff Sgt. Cesar Gonzalez, and Spc. Jacob Root, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.
Maj. Gen. Andrew Rohling, right, the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, stands with the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior winners Lt. Robert Martin, Staff Sgt. Cesar Gonzalez, and Spc. Jacob Root, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — After a week of grueling tests of physical fitness and martial arts skills, three soldiers emerged victorious at the 2018 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior competition.

Spc. Jacob Root, an infantryman with the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) won the soldier category, for junior enlisted. Staff Sgt. Cesar Gonzalez, an infantryman with the 7th Army Training Command, won the noncommissioned officer category, and 1st Lt. Robert Martin, an infantry officer also with 7ATC, won the officer category.

“It was a really tough competition, and there are a lot of great soldiers out here,” Root said. “I still can’t believe I made it.”

During the competition, soldiers put their endurance to the test with several hikes and marches, proved their marksmanship skills with various firearms, and fought each other in a combative tournament to determine the winners.

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