Fort Hood: Soldiers square off for 3rd Cavalry birthday celebration

FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Some of the toughest and most in-shape soldiers squared off in the Best Rifle competition on Fort Hood.

Photo By: Chelsea Edwards

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment returned earlier this year from a nine-month deployment to Iraq.

Known as the "Brave Rifles", it's one of the longest-serving regiments in the U.S. Army at 173 years old.

They've hosted several sporting and family events during the third week in May, including football, softball, and boxing.

Friday's competition included a 3-mile-march with a 45-pound rucksack, followed by a 3-mile bike ride and obstacle course.

Teams were competing for the Commander's Cup.

"It's just important for all these troopers- over 4,000 troops- knowing where they come from and on whose shoulders they stand," says Col. Jonathan Byrom, commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

"It helps create the edge in these troopers that we need to fight this nation's wars," he says.

Other events include an awards ceremony and a barbecue.

Saturday will conclude the week-long celebration with a memorial service.