• Spc. Lance Baillargeon (left), a Dorchester, South Carolina, native and artilleryman with 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, helps Spc. Ryan Devoe (right), a Waterloo, Iowa, native and artilleryman with 2-82 FA, after fighting each other in the final bout in a combatives tournament Aug. 20 at Fort Hood, Texas. Devoe forced Baillargeon into submission to claim first place in the tournament. (U.S. Army photo by Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

    Cav conducts best by test

    Spc. Lance Baillargeon (left), a Dorchester, South Carolina, native and artilleryman with 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, helps Spc. Ryan Devoe (right), a Waterloo, Iowa, native and...

  • A Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, follows safety instructions before entering the Clear Creek Rifle Zero range Aug. 18 at Fort Hood, Texas. Part of the best-by-test competition, Soldiers are tested on their physical fitness, land navigation skills, hand-to-hand combat, and their ability to qualify with their rifles and their artillery weapon systems. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd BCT PAO, 1CD)

    Cav conducts best by test

    A Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, follows safety instructions before entering the Clear Creek Rifle Zero range Aug. 18 at Fort Hood, Texas. Part of the best-by-test competition...

  • Spc. Fredrick Feliciano, a Port Reading, New Jersey, native and artilleryman with Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, plots points on a map Aug. 18 at Fort Hood, Texas. Feliciano was given grid coordinates to plot and later find to complete the land navigation part of the best-by-test competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd BCT PAO, 1CD)

    Cav conducts best by test

    Spc. Fredrick Feliciano, a Port Reading, New Jersey, native and artilleryman with Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, plots points on a map Aug. 18 at Fort Hood, Texas. Feliciano was...

  • A Soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, marches along with his team Aug. 8 on Fort Hood, Texas. The Soldiers marched in teams to find their land navigation coordinates and to the Clear Creek Rifle Zero range to qualify. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

    Cav conducts best by test

    A Soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, marches along with his team Aug. 8 on Fort Hood, Texas. The Soldiers marched in teams to find their land navigation coordinates and to the...

  • Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division fire their M-4 Carbines  at paper targets Aug. 18 at Fort Hood, Texas. The Soldiers fired after they arrived from the six-mile foot march to the range. (U.S Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.)

    Cav conducts best by test

    Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division fire their M-4 Carbines at paper targets Aug. 18 at Fort Hood, Texas. The Soldiers fired after they arrived from the six-mile foot march to the...

By Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf
3rd BCT PAO, 1st Cav. Div.

FORT HOOD, Texas -- With rucksacks on their backs and sweat dripping down their faces, Soldiers pushed themselves in order to be identified as the best.

Task after task, Soldiers were graded on their performance and compared with the other teams striving to claim the prestige associated with being the top performer.

About 600 Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted a "best by test" competition Aug. 15 through 20 at Fort Hood to measure excellence across the field artillery battalion. The top teams received Army Achievement Medals and guidon streamers to display their success.

"We wanted to put a little bit of rigor into this exercise to put a little stress, to see how Soldiers operate over a long period of time," said 2-82nd FA battalion commander Lt. Col. Ryan McCormack, a Ridge, New York, native. "At the end of the day, what happens is we come together, we compete, and we appreciate each other and really build some camaraderie and teamwork."

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