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Army Reserve Best Warriors are in their third day of competition and are putting their land navigation skills to the test by attempting the night land navigation course. The competitors are given several points to find along with a map and a compass. The competitors are scored based on how long it takes to complete the course and how many points they find within the time limit. Includes interviews with Spc. Mitchell Fromm from Stevens Point, Wis. and Cpl. Francis J. Kvarta from Johnstown, Penn.


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This work, 2013 Best Warrior Competition: Night Land Navigation, by SFC Daniel Symonds, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.26.2013

Date Posted:06.26.2013 8:37PM

Category:B-Roll

Video ID:294827

VIRIN:130625-A-IB135-001

Filename:DOD_100848307

Length:00:37:05

Location:FORT MCCOY, WI, USGlobe

Hometown:JOHNSTOWN, PA, US

Hometown:STEVENS POINT, WI, US

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