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Urban Warfare Orienteering

Posted by geraldostlund on October 1, 2009

Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler a member of the United States Army Reserve Medical Command in the 4225 United States Army Hospital in Helena MT. checks his position during the Urban Orienteering Course as part of the Best Warrior competition being held in Ft. Lee Va.  The competitors are timed on both day and night courses.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler a member of the United States Army Reserve Medical Command in the 4225 United States Army Hospital in Helena MT. checks his position during the Urban Orienteering Course as part of the Best Warrior competition being held in Ft. Lee Va. The competitors are timed on both day and night courses.

Lots of walking…maybe some jogging. Getting lost is part of the deal (maybe) as is tying your best to straight-line it to your plotted point. 

For Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler, that meant going through otherwise “forbidden territory.” During yesterday’s Urban Warfare Orienteering Course (UWOC) Butler found himself walking across the grass lawn of the ranking general officer on post. “I wonder what they’ll say,” quipped Butler. But, across he went – getting to the next point in a straight line saves valuable time – time he couldnt afford to give up by keeping with protocol and walking around the manicured lawn of the general.  Watch Butler describe the incident.

Butler had other troubles – at one point frantically looking for his point marker but not finding it. “I even looked in the tree, but couldn’t find it.” (Watch the video)

But, in the end, he was confident in his abilities to get all the points and back. He even joked about taking a break mid-course! Butler heads to the PX.

For his part, Spec. Shiloh Becher too had issues finding one of his points, spending a precious extra 20 minutes in the woods until he finally got ahold of it. Don’t worry, he made up some time and got finished within the time limit set by the competition.

Today – Warrior Battle Tasks and Weapons Qualifications. Stay tuned.

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Spc. Shiloh Becher walks to a checkpoint during the day Urban Warfighting Orienteering Course at the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. Becher is the Army Reserve Soldier of the Year. (Timothy L. Hale/Army Reserve Public Affairs)

Spc. Shiloh Becher walks to a checkpoint during the day Urban Warfighting Orienteering Course at the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. Becher is the Army Reserve Soldier of the Year. (Timothy L. Hale/Army Reserve Public Affairs)Spc. Shiloh Becher has his map verified after completing the day Urban Warfighting Orienteering Course at the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. (Timothy L. Hale/Army Reserve Public Affairs)

Spc. Shiloh Becher has his map verified after completing the day Urban Warfighting Orienteering Course at the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. (Timothy L. Hale/Army Reserve Public Affairs)

Spc. Shiloh Becher has his map verified after completing the day Urban Warfighting Orienteering Course at the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. (Timothy L. Hale/Army Reserve Public Affairs)

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