COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Thursday marks the third and final day of the Best Mortar Competition at Fort Benning, making today their last chance to put the pedal to the metal with live fires.
On the final day of the three-day competition, 20 four-man teams are showing off how well they can do hip shoots and direct lays as a part of the live fire test.
“Candidates will come up to our lane, we will go ahead and place them," said Staff Sgt. Manuel Orozco. "They are going to go ahead and land in their section and we are going to give them fire commands so they can go ahead and fire at the targets out on the range.”
Teams from all over the world came out for a rigorous competition where they are having to complete a number of events testing their physical and mental skills.
“All the strenuous events with qualification obstacle courses navigating them as a team, carrying all the equipment that we usually do as a gun slash platoon and section. So it all leads up to how fast and how accurate they can do every event,” said Staff Sgt. Orozco.
A team from Fort Hood, Texas says this competition was no joke.
“Probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in the Army," said Staff Sgt. Gary Stewart, with Team Four from Ft. Hood, Texas, “especially over a 48-hour period. It was very physical. I’ve got these young guns here to help me going because otherwise I would have sat down and quit a while ago.”
They say a competition like this is impossible without coming together as a team and they would do it all over again.
“We stayed in the bays together for two weeks straight and you definitely, when you go out on any field problem and you’re laying on the ground together you get to know the guys, so team effort was 100 percent," said Staff Sgt. Stewart.
Today, we will find out which four-man team will take home the Best Mortar title. There will be an awards ceremony today at the National Infantry Museum.