FORT MCCOY, Wis. -- Forty-three Soldiers continued their aim to be named the Army Reserve’s Best Warrior today by testing their M-9 pistol accuracy in a “mystery event” at the 2011 U.S. Army Reserve Command’s Best Warrior Competition.

Mystery events are held to test Soldiers’ skills in unplanned events, and the M-9 pistol range was the second such event at this week’s competition.

Competing at the M-9 pistol range provided Sgt. 1st Class Martin Rodriguez with an opportunity to do what he trains other Soldiers to do. Rodriguez is a military police instructor with the 80th Training Command.

“This is exactly what we do,” said Rodriguez. “In my unit we are a Military Police schoolhouse. I feel really good about this, like I always do.”

The mystery event was the second of the day for the Soldiers, who started the day with a 10k ruck march.

The 43 competitors at the Best Warrior Competition, held this week (June 20-24) at Fort McCoy, Wis., represent 205,000 Soldiers in the U.S. Army Reserve.

The Soldiers are spending a week on a variety of Army challenges that test their mettle in tests of skill such as weapons qualification, a ruck march, land navigation, Army combatives, first aid, and weapons assembly.

Their military backgrounds and experience represent the entire spectrum of the Army Reserve. Many have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Their career fields include military police, healthcare, mechanics, human resources, intelligence, chaplain assistant and engineering. They represent a wide cross-section of America, hailing from various states across the United States.

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner at 5 p.m. Central time, June 24, at the American Legion Post in Sparta, Wis. The top NCO and Soldier will go on to represent Army Reserve at the Department of the Army “Best Warrior” Competition, to be held in October at Fort Lee, Va.

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