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101st Airborne Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team Company D “Maddogs” compete for Best Shooter, Best Squad at Fort Campbell

Written by Sgt. Samantha Parks
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Over the course of a week, Soldiers of Company D “Maddogs,” 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted squad level training that ended in a two-day competition to figure out the best shooter and best squad within the company.

Modeling the crawl, walk, run phase style of training, Soldiers in the company had to score at least marksmen during weapons qualifications on April 6th.

A Soldier in Company D “Maddogs,” 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shoots at a 200 meter target during the best shooter competition April 9. Soldiers had to maneuver around barriers when shooting, then transport various challenges to the next barrier. (Sgt. Samantha Parks, 1st Brigade Combat Team)
A Soldier in Company D “Maddogs,” 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shoots at a 200 meter target during the best shooter competition April 9. Soldiers had to maneuver around barriers when shooting, then transport various challenges to the next barrier. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Samantha Parks, 1st Brigade Combat Team)

The days that followed encompassed training at the basic and advance levels of rifle marksmanship.

“It started off with our Soldiers getting trained in dynamic breaching techniques with shotguns,” said Sgt. 1st Class Micheal Dufault, first sergeant of the “Maddogs.” “It also included a walk and shoot that culminated the training conducted throughout the week into a competition, which involved a 300 meter flat range with a plethora of different types of apparatuses that they had to move.”

During the best shooter competition, Soldiers bounded from one barrier to another while moving various challenges such as a Skedco litter, a life-size dummy and water cans, all while shooting five rounds at targets increasing at 50 meter increments.

During the best squad physical fitness competition, Soldiers in Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), linked together to complete their mandatory 300 situps April 10. Each squad had to complete a two and a half mile course with challenges such as transporting a casualty, reacting to contact and weapons assembly. (Sgt. Samantha Parks, 1st Brigade Combat Team)
During the best squad physical fitness competition, Soldiers in Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), linked together to complete their mandatory 300 situps April 10. Each squad had to complete a two and a half mile course with challenges such as transporting a casualty, reacting to contact and weapons assembly. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Samantha Parks, 1st Brigade Combat Team)

Following the best shooter competition, squads took on each other in a two and a half mile course carrying various military equipment, conducting various military skills.

“This was a huge culminating event,” said 1st Lt. Daniel Sullivan, company executive officer. “It was designed to challenge the Soldiers on tasks all the way up to squad level. They ran to different stations, where the first was a react to contact, followed by individual movement techniques, moving tactically, and transporting a casualty.”

Once the squad returned to the start point, they had to work together to complete 100 pushups, 300 situps and 50 pullups, followed by the first sergeant’s mystery event.

“They really pulled together,” Dufault said. “It wasn’t about just beating the guy to their left or right, it was about picking them up and motivate them through to the end.”

Sullivan said the competition gave each individual an idea of what skills they needed to work on, and at the same time, pulled the company closer.

Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), work as a squad to complete their tire flips during the best squad physical fitness competition April 10. Those who had already finished the competition showed their support for the Soldiers still completing the challenge. (Sgt. Samantha Parks, 1st Brigade Combat Team)“The amount of cohesion out there when they are being pushed to their personal limits is phenomenal,” Sullivan said. “The company you have now is much more cohesive and stronger than the company that went into it.”

The best shooter and best squad both came from 1st Platoon, but Dufault said he was proud of everyone’s effort throughout both competitions.

“I have so much faith and trust in this company that I am calling out any company in this division,” Dufault said. “If you want to try to take our best of the best Maddog belt, come see me, any time.”

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