• Soldiers receive instructions during land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of compass, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Army Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers receive instructions during land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of...

  • Soldiers conduct the two-mile run event during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of Soldiers in the Army.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers conduct the two-mile run event during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and...

  • Soldiers salute during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of Soldiers in the Army.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers salute during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory...

  • A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read...

  • A Soldier measures the spacing of ribbons during the mystery event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The mystery event consisted of competitors assembling awards and decorations onto the Army Service Uniform.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier measures the spacing of ribbons during the mystery event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The mystery event consisted of competitors assembling awards and decorations onto the Army Service...

  • A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read...

  • A Soldier determines the magnetic azimuth to the next position using the compass during the land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of compass, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines the magnetic azimuth to the next position using the compass during the land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by...

  • Soldiers fill out an After-Action Review form during the night land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The objective of an AAR is to improve individual and collective task performance by providing immediate feedback about how to improve training and to get maximum benefit from every mission.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers fill out an After-Action Review form during the night land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The objective of an AAR is to improve individual and collective task performance by...

  • A Soldier heads off to find the next grid coordinate during the night land navigation event of the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; the process includes the ability to read maps, the use of Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier heads off to find the next grid coordinate during the night land navigation event of the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; the process...

  • A Soldier compares the Combat Service Identification Badge against an Enlisted Record Brief during the mystery event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The mystery event consisted of competitors assembling awards and decorations onto the Army Service Uniform.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier compares the Combat Service Identification Badge against an Enlisted Record Brief during the mystery event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The mystery event consisted of competitors assembling...

  • Soldiers stand at parade rest during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of Soldiers in the Army.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers stand at parade rest during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular...

  • Soldiers stand at parade rest during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of Soldiers in the Army.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers stand at parade rest during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular...

  • A Soldier performs the sit-up event during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The United States Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of Soldiers in the Army.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier performs the sit-up event during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The United States Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance...

  • Soldiers watch the push-up event demonstration during the U.S. Army 2012 Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The United States Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of Soldiers in the Army.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers watch the push-up event demonstration during the U.S. Army 2012 Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The United States Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength...

  • A Soldier stretches during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The United States Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of Soldiers in the Army.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier stretches during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The United States Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and...

  • A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read...

  • A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read...

  • A Soldier stands ready during the night land navigation event at the U.S.Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier stands ready during the night land navigation event at the U.S.Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of...

  • A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read...

  • A Soldier determines the magnetic azimuth to the next position using the compass during the land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of compass, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines the magnetic azimuth to the next position using the compass during the land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by...

  • Soldiers receive instructions during land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of compass, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers receive instructions during land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of...

  • Soldiers conduct the two-mile run event during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of Soldiers in the Army.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers conduct the two-mile run event during the Army Physical Fitness Test at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and...

  • A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read...

  • Soldiers conduct pace count to measure ground distance during the land navigation event at the Department of the Army Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of compass, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers conduct pace count to measure ground distance during the land navigation event at the Department of the Army Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the...

  • A Soldier determines the magnetic azimuth to the next position using the compass during the land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of compass, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines the magnetic azimuth to the next position using the compass during the land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by...

  • A Soldier builds a rack of ribbons during the mystery event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The mystery event consisted of competitors assembling awards and decorations onto the Army Service Uniform.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier builds a rack of ribbons during the mystery event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The mystery event consisted of competitors assembling awards and decorations onto the Army Service Uniform.

  • A Soldier determines the magnetic azimuth to the next position using the compass during the land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of compass, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines the magnetic azimuth to the next position using the compass during the land navigation event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by...

  • A Soldier builds a rack of ribbons during the mystery event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The mystery event consisted of competitors assembling awards and decorations onto the Army Service Uniform.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier builds a rack of ribbons during the mystery event at the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The mystery event consisted of competitors assembling awards and decorations onto the Army Service Uniform.

  • A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read maps, the use of Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, and navigational skills, essential for theater battle readiness.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier determines grid coordinates during the night land navigation event during the U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. Land navigation traverses through unfamiliar terrain by foot; includes the ability to read...

  • A Soldier builds a rack of ribbons during the mystery event at the Department of the Army Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The mystery event consisted of competitors assembling awards and decorations onto the Army Service Uniform.

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    A Soldier builds a rack of ribbons during the mystery event at the Department of the Army Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The mystery event consisted of competitors assembling awards and decorations onto the Army Service...

  • Soldiers perform the push-up event during the physical fitness test at U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The United States Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of soldiers in the Army

    Best Warrior Competition: Day 2

    Soldiers perform the push-up event during the physical fitness test at U.S. Army 2012 Best Warrior competition at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 16, 2012. The United States Army Physical Fitness Test is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and...

FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 17, 2012) -- Twenty-four of the Army's warriors, representing 12 commands from across the Army, reported to Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 15, 2012, to compete in the 2012 Best Warrior Competition.

Described as the "Super Bowl" of Army competitions, the Best Warrior will celebrate its eleventh anniversary this year. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III oversees the annual three-day event, which names the Department of the Army's Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Day two of the competition included a written examination folllowed by a day land navigation event, uniform preparation and night urban orienteering.

The day navigation event was arguably the highlight of the day. Soldiers were required to use a compass, map and protractor in locating five points within a three-hour period.

The traditional land navigation event has not been included in Best Warrior since 2008.

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