Soldiers compete for Rigger, Black Hat of Year

Photos by Suhyoon Wood, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Jan. 29, 2018) – Soldiers compete on Jan. 16, 2018, for the title of 2018 Black Hat of the Year and Rigger of the Year at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Pfc. Jeffrey W. Bryant, E Company, 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, earned the title of Rigger of the Year; Staff Sgt. Gustavo Quintero, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-507th PIR, earned Black Hat of the Year.

The term “black hat” refers both to the Airborne School instructors and the baseball cap they wear.

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