Master Sgts. Eric Turk and Eric Ross, both of U.S. Special Operations Command, beat out 39 other two-man teams to clinch first place Sunday in the 2010 Best Ranger Competition.
The two Erics -- as spectators, organizers and even their families called them -- outran, outmarched, outshot, outclimbed and outstrategized some of the military’s toughest, most physically fit Rangers throughout the three-day, almost non-stop contest.
This was Ross’ first attempt at victory. Turk is a three-time past competitor who up until Sunday never made it into the winner’s circle.
“I’m not sure what the motivation is to do all this,” said Cheryl Ross, wife of Master Sgt. Ross. “They just love their jobs and they’re so proud to be Americans and Rangers.”
In second place was Team 5, consisting of Master Sgt. Kevin Quant and Staff Sgt. George Sankey. The third place finishers were Staff Sgt. James Moran and Master Sgt. Evert “Skip” Soderholm of Team 7.
Quant and Sankey and Soderholm and Moran are also members of U.S. Special Operations Command.
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