FORT HOOD — There was no holding back as approximately 150 soldiers from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment competed on Veterans Field in the Best Rifle Competition on Friday at Fort Hood — all part of the unit’s 173rd birthday celebration week.

The Best Rifle Competition tested each squadron on its teamwork, endurance and determination. The two-soldier teams were challenged mentally and physically as they worked together to go through each stage, which included events such as 3-mile ruck march, 3-mile cycling and 3-mile run; immediately following was a two-man litter carry while navigating obstacles and other physical tests.

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