The best medics in the U.S Army added to their ranks Friday as eight soldiers earned the Expert Field Medical Badge.
The graduating soldiers came into the event center for their ceremony following a 12-mile foot march, the last of a two-week training test to earn the badge.
“A difficult challenge that tested physical, mental skill and abilities,” Sgt. 1st Class Brian Fuqua, who completed the training today, said. “I’m proud to have finished it.”
Fuqua finished the test on his second try. It is far from uncommon for soldiers to have to take the test more than one.
“I’ve never failed anything in the Army before,” Fuqua said. “I knew I was going to come back and get it. I had to get it.”
Fuqua has been in the Army for 14 years, and said he was extremely satisfied to earn this badge.
“This is one of the medical field’s most coveted badges,” Capt. Amanda Dietzen said. “It’s demonstrating your expertise, your determination, your focus to commit yourself completely to earning this badge.”