BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Joint Task Force Parwan conducted a Combat Skills Challenge here March 30 at Maholic Range consisting of firing from five different distances incorporating the four out of the six basic Soldier fundamentals: Shoot, Move, Communicate and Medicate.

A total of 57 competitors from the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the U.S., which included representatives from U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID.

The event was conducted to test Soldier combat skills, develop leaders, and strengthen the partnership with coalition partners through a complex and diverse live-fire competition.

The physically demanding event -- with varying degrees of difficulty -- forced participants to shoot from the standing, kneeling, and prone positions with both a rifle and pistol while incorporating Tactical Combat Causality Care or TC3. Many competitors said they were surprised by the difficulty of the course, yet agreed it was a reality check on their combat skills.

Army Lieutenant Colonel David Markiewicz, deputy director, JTF Parwan, presented awards to the top three winners. Each participant received a Certificate of Achievement and a JTF Parwan coin of excellence. The top three competitors were:

First place: Sgt. 1st Class Martin Kolbabek (Czech Republic) -- Task Force Lion
Second place: Sgt. Christian Long (U.S.) -- 264th Engineer Clearance Company
Third place: Sgt. 1st Class Cody Williams (U.S.) -- JTF Parwan