Best Ranger competition April 18-20

Fort Benning and the Ranger Training Brigade will celebrate the 25th renewal of the annual David E. Grange, Jr. Best Ranger competition April 18-20.

The three-day competition challenges two-man Ranger teams in events that test their physical conditioning, Ranger skills and team strategies. The events are purposely scheduled back-to-back and around the clock from the start of the competition to the finish line.

The first event is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. April 18 on Malvesti Field, near the RTB headquarters. The formal awards ceremony will be held Apr 21.

All events are timed and competitors score points for each completed event. Both team members must complete each task. It is estimated that each competitor will cover upwards of 60 miles on foot over the course of the weekend.

No tasks or events are announced prior to the competition. In the past, competitors have faced events such as weapons firing, extended road marches and land navigation courses, Rangers skills and parachute jumps.

Of the 39 teams that started the 2007 competition, only 21 finished. The winning team consisted of Maj. Liam Collins and Master Sgt. Walt Zajkowski of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.