Junior officers from across U.S. Army Europe to compete for title of USAREUR’s best

July 18, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active
Capt. Rhonda Wells representing the European Regional Medical Comand, plots her points on a map for the day to night land navigaton course during the 2011 U.S. Army Europe Best Junior Officer Competition.

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Junior officers from units across U.S. Army Europe will vie for the honor of being named USAREUR’s Best Junior Officer for 2012 in a five-day competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, July 23-27.

This is just the second year for the contest that challenges competitors’ military knowledge, leadership skills and endurance.

"This kind of high-intensity competition is important in our profession,” said USAREUR commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling. “It promotes the kind of skills, leadership traits and esprit de corps that are fundamental for our up-and-coming leaders.  They will be pushed physically and mentally and test their abilities when they are stressed the greatest – that is the point where leaders emerge.”

Visit USAREUR’s Best Junior Officer Competition web page for updates, pictures and videos from the competition.

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