WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe senior enlisted leaders unveiled the region's top troops as the 2017 European Best Warrior Competition ended today at the Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Taking home top honors were:

Junior Officer:
1st Lt. Christian Reeves
2d Cavalry Regiment

Warrant Officer:
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kristopher Gillespie
10th Army Air & Missile Defense Command

Noncommissioned Officer:
Sgt. Jonathan Renteria
U.S. Army Africa

Junior Soldier:
Spc. Jacob Henriksen
7th Army Training Command

The four were chosen from 22 Soldiers who represented units across Europe. They spent the last week being tested on Soldier skills, endurance, fortitude and resourcefulness as well as intellectual and problem-solving capabilities. While some of the competition tasks are standard, such as an Army Physical Fitness Test, written test, marksmanship, ruck march, land navigation and command sergeants major board, some of the week's challenges, such as chemical defense and medical tasks

Renteria and Henriksen will move up to the final challenge, the opportunity to compete at the Department of the Army level event at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, in early October. The titles of Best Junior Officer and Best Warrant Officer are local to U.S. Army Europe.


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