US Army 2016 European Best Squad Competition

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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.

From the US Army Europe Facebook Page:

The results for the 2016 European #BestSquad Competition are in:

First place is Forsvaret / Hæren (Norway).

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.

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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.

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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.

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US Army ‘Best Squad’ Website

US Army Europe Facebook Page



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  • Bucho4Prez

    Looks like more of a suppressor size competition!

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Size matters.

      • Tassiebush

        If the sides want it they’ll come in and get it!

  • yodamiles

    Wait, the KAC suppressor for the M110 is that long? Is it an over-barrel suppressor ?

    • Blaine

      Yeah it’s an over-barrel suppressor. Despite how long it is, I can’t help but love the looks.

  • Tassiebush

    Interesting to see in the top picture how the guy is using cordage at the front and rear of his stock along with downward pressure from his foot to stabilise the rifle.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      I noticed that too. Pretty awesome.

      • Tassiebush

        It’s interesting to ponder stuff like whether it works and how much a rifle bounces in the context of shooting from a helicopter?

    • iksnilol

      Interesting technique.

      Off to copy it! But seriously, doing that makes those carry straps useful.

      • Tassiebush

        Well given the massive number of chopper based shooting everyone does it’ll really catch on! …

  • Basque

    Sweet candies, m110 :), KH417 :I and is a m40a6 the tac-bolt of the last pictures Army soldiers? Im not sure

  • rklk

    why do Americans never seem to win these competitions?