The 2017 Best Sapper Competition took 48 teams across more than 50 miles in 50 hours, April 25 through 27.
Two-man teams trudged through severe weather to complete Sapper tasks as directed without knowing what was next on the schedule, making it more difficult to anticipate or conserve energy.
1st Lt. Luke Groom and Staff Sgt. Carlos Jimenez, representing the 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, emerged victorious in the grueling competition April 27.
Placing second and third, respectively, were Capt. John Baer and 2nd Lt. Hunter Firebaugh, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Capt. Mike Ecklund and Sgt. Arich Erdeski, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, Fort Riley, Kansas.