Junior officers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division recently participated in a competition honoring the memory of a young officer killed in World War II.
Lieutenants assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Abn., Div., competed in the Janney Cup competition April 24 and 25 on Fort Bragg, in honor of 1st. Lt. Richard Janney. Janney was assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and completed two WWII combat parachute jumps into Sicily and Salerno before he was killed when his vehicle ran over a landmine north of Naples.
The multi-day competition tested the junior officers’ physical endurance by starting off with a ranger physical assessment test at Fort Bragg’s Towle Stadium. After completing the 5-mile run, lieutenants cycled through three events: a written test, marksmanship and a 2-mile kit run to navigate obstacles along the All American Mile.
The second day of the Janney Cup required the lieutenants to complete a timed 12-mile ruck march through Fort Bragg training areas with a 35-lb. packing list. After the ruck march, the junior officers proved their airborne proficiency and tactical knowledge during the Warrior Stakes lanes.
The top five lieutenants then donned their dress uniforms and went before a board consisting of the brigade’s senior leadership to demonstrate their knowledge of the profession of arms.