Army Reserve Command "Best Warriors"

Dedicated to coverage of all Army Reserve "Best Warrior" candidates

And even more weapons…

Posted by geraldostlund on September 16, 2009

Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler (left front), the Army Reseve NCO Best Warrior, and Spec. Shiloh Becher (right) practice land navigation skills at at Fort Hunter-Liggett recently. The pair are in California preparing for the 2009 Army Best Warrior Competition which starts September 28 at Fort Lee, Virginia.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler (left front), the Army Reseve NCO Best Warrior, and Spec. Shiloh Becher (right) practice land navigation skills at at Fort Hunter-Liggett recently. The pair are in California preparing for the 2009 Army Best Warrior Competition which starts September 28 at Fort Lee, Virginia.

Staff Sgt. Butler and Spec. Becher near the end of their time at Fort Hunter-Liggett, California. They’ve been there, training for the Army Best Warrior Competition, since late August.

Two more days, and they go home to see their families.

Weapons trianing has been ‘omnipresent’ during the training, with lots of Primary Marksmanship Instruction, range firing, countersniper exercises, MOUT sites (Military Operations in Urban Terrain), and more.

Add in a LOT of ruck marches – one Tusday for 5  miles with more than 100 pounds of gear and one today for 7 miles.  Yes, these guys have done more in the last few weeks than most do in a year.

Butler says that one of the best events was “clearing rooms” – a shoot house was rigged with cameras, opposing forces (OPFOR), and lots of obstacles and traps. Becher and Butler had weapons loaded with special rubber bullets, as did the OPFOR. The two had to shoot, clear, and hold rooms. Butler got shot in the knuckle from an OPFOR bullet – and will probably remember the sting for a long while.

Check out the other photos at www.flickr.com/photos/myarmyreserve. Check back here starting Monday, September 28th for event by event coverage of the Army Reserve Best Warriors competing with their Active and National Guard colleagues for the title of Army Best Warrior.

Good luck guys!

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