The U.S. Army hosted the annual Best Squad Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany with teams going head-to-head in 30 different challenges. This years competition, which emphasizes joint readiness and on bringing NATO partners together, focused on sniper team qualifications.
The competition included a friendship shoot, a high-angle shoot from a helicopter, a water shoot from a boat, advanced marksmanship and night shooting. Some of the physical events included stalking, a terrain run, a 20-kilometer foot march, an obstacle course and land navigation.
The results for the 2016 European #BestSquad Competition are in:
Second place is Försvarsmakten (Sweden).
Third place is Defensie – La Défense – Belgian Defence (Belgium).
Congratulations to the teams who placed and thanks to all the European and NATO nations who took an active part in building international camaraderie, esprit de corps, interoperability and readiness on a personal and individual level during this friendly competition.
WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN BEST SQUAD COMPETITION?
This year’s Best Squad Competition includes competitors from Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The four-day competition, with approximately 30 events, will test multinational sniper squads on land navigation, advanced marksmanship, medical simulations and more.
The Best Squad Competition is designed to project a dynamic presence, foster military partnership and promote NATO and partner nation interoperability.
The goals of the competition are to promote professionalism and esprit de corps, develop traditions and continue to promote partnerships with Allies and Partner for Peace nations.