EGLIN AFB — A 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) sergeant has once again advanced in the Army's Best Warrior competition, taking first place among participating troops in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

The sergeant, whose name cannot be released because of security concerns connected with his duties, previously had won Best Warrior in the Army's 1st Special Operations Command, which includes the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

The soldier's latest victory has earned him a spot in the upcoming Army-wide Best Warrior competition. That contest, set for Sept. 30 through Oct. 5, will feature 22 soldiers from 11 Army commands competing at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia and at the Pentagon.

The local soldier was chosen by his team sergeant to compete in this year’s Best Warrior, which began with a contest among his 7th Group peers.

Best Warrior includes physical fitness tests, military skills tests such as marksmanship and hand-to-hand combat, and even an academic component in which soldiers are tested on their knowledge of Army history and current events, among other subjects. Competitors also face an oral examination board.

This year marks the 7th Group sergeant's first experience with Best Warrior. In an interview following his victory within 1st Special Operations Command, he admitted that the academic aspects of the competition tripped him up more than a little bit.

“Flat out, I was terrible,” he said.

The demanding operational tempo at 7th Group, while it has created some problems with his training schedule, has played an important part in his winning performances in the Best Warrior competition, the soldier said after his 1st Special Operations Command.

“It’s been a very crazy year,” he said in the June interview. But "being best at the basics is what keeps us alive in combat.”