This soldier just became one of the Army's 'Best Rangers' — for the 3rd time

  • Participants in the Best Ranger Competition took part in 17 events over three days this year at Fort Benning in Georgia.
  • One two-man team from the Army’s 101st Airborne Division took their second title together, and one of the team members claimed his third win.
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About a quarter of Best Ranger Competition contestants this year had participated before, and among them were Capts. Michael Rose and John Bergman, who each had at least one win under their belts already.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division team was honored in a ceremony Monday morning after beating out 52 other teams in the three-day competition, Fort Benning announced on Sunday.

It was their second win together ― they competed as second lieutenants with the 25th Infantry Division in 2014 ― and Rose’s third, as he competed in 2017 as part of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

The 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based in Vicenza, Italy, took second place with Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Gerber and 1st Lt. Alastair Keys. In third was another 101st Airborne Division team: 1st Lts. Nathan Panick and Edward von Kuhn.

It was a big week for the 101st Airborne Division, in a competition that has been overwhelmingly dominated by soldiers from the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, the Regiment or Army Special Operations Command in its 36 years.

The command also took top honors in last week’s Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

“We as a division could not be prouder of all of the winners, and quite frankly, of all of the teams that competed,” the 101st’s spokesman, Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, told Army Times on Monday.

Both Rose and Bergman are taking company command in the next few months, he added.

This year’s competition included 17 events ― from marksmanship ranges to a pond swim, a body armor run and a helocast ― that kicked off at 6:30 a.m. on Friday and finished with a buddy run Sunday afternoon.

Competitors also completed the Army Combat Fitness Test, which is on track to replace the Army Physical Fitness Test next year.

Read more about the Army Combat Fitness Test here.

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