2009 Best Rangers
Sgt. 1st Class Blake Simms, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Chad Stackpole, both from the 4th Ranger Training Battalion, hold the Colt 45 pistols they received for winning the 26th annual Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition. It is the first time in the competition's history that one team has finished first in the road march and the night orienteering as well as winning the overall competition.

FORT BENNING, Ga. (May 11, 2009) - A team from Fort Benning's 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, has won the 26th annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition.

Sgt. 1st Class Blake A. Simms and Sgt. 1st Class Chad E.W. Stackpole won the three-day event by a margin of 87 points.

In second place were Master Sgt. Walter J. Zajkowski and Master Sgt. Daniel E. Jenkins, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. They were followed in third place by Sgt. Michael A. Malchow and Sgt. Jesse A. Collins, 75th Ranger Regiment.

The Best Ranger Competition began Friday morning, with 49 teams starting the first event. Only 24 teams completed this year's competition, which concluded with a nine-mile canoe event followed by a four-mile buddy run to the finish line at Fort Benning's Freedom Hall.

The Best Ranger Competition was established in 1982 and has been compared to Ironman and Eco-Challenge competitions.

Standings for the 24 teams who completed the 2009 Best Ranger Competition are:

1st - Team 21 with 2,483 points - Sgt. 1st Class Blake A. Simms and Sgt. Chad E.W. Stackpole, 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga.

2nd - Team 22 with 2,396 points - Master Sgt. Walter J. Zajkowski and Master Sgt. Daniel E. Jenkins, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

3rd - Team 7 with 2,165 points - Sgt. Michael A. Malchow and Sgt. Jesse A. Collins, 75th Ranger Regiment.

4th - Team 8 with 2,151 points - Staff Sgt. Brandon K. Farmer and Staff Sgt. Luke R. McDowell, 75th Ranger Regiment.

5th - Team 31 with 2,138 points - Staff Sgt. Michael C. Mutchie and Staff Sgt. Miguel A. Antia, 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga.

6th - Team 46 with 2,094 points - Capt. Samuel E. Linn and 1st Sgt. Robert F. Carter, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

7th - Team 23 with 2,050 points - Sgt. Maj. Jesse D. Boettcher and Master Sgt. Eric J. Turk, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

8th - Team 29 with 1,976 points - Sgt. Jeremy K. Billing and Cpl. Troy V. Jenkins, 75th Ranger Regiment.

9th - Team 43 with 1,970 points - 1st Lt. Thomas M. Halverson and Michael J. Luth, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

10th - Team 27 with 1,920 points - Staff Sgt. Benjamin C. Hunter and Staff Sgt. Ian B. Hunter, 75th Ranger Regiment.

11th - Team 16 with 1,904 points - Staff Sgt. Raylan J. Heck and Staff Sgt. Adam J. Angisanio, 6th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, Camp Rudder, Fla.

12th - Team 33 with 1,864 points - 1st Lt. Chris S. Migliaro and Sgt. 1st Class Jordan A. Martell, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

13th - Team 24 with 1,863 points - Maj. Jose D. Salinas and Maj. Edward A. Sedlock, 199th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

14th - Team 17 with 1,852 points - Sgt. Edward F. Killmeier and Spc. Michael E. Pierce, 75th Ranger Regiment.

15th - Team 20 with 1,779 points - Maj. Pete S. Kranenburg and Sgt. 1st Class John S. Przytulski, 1st Special Warfare Training Group.

16th - Team 26 with 1,735 points - Capt. Ronald L. Garberson and Capt. Anthony B. Aguilar, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

17th - Team 49 with 1,638 points - Sgt. 1st Class Mark E. Breyak and Sgt. 1st Class Steve W. Fields, Special Warfare Center Noncommissioned Officer Academy.

18th - Team 5 with 1,592 points - Sgt. 1st Class Derek G. Wise and Sgt. David M. Paul, 25th Infantry Division.

19th - Team 14 with 1,554 points - Capt. Stephen P. Magennis and Capt. Todd M. Tompkins, Maneuver Captains Career Course, 199th Infantry Regiment.

20th - Team 45 with 1,534 points - Capt. Lloyd B. Wohlschlegel and 1st Lt. Raymond A. Kuderka, 25th Infantry Division.

21st - Team 38 with 1,516 points - 1st Lts. Anthony J. Kivlehan and Alex B. Armstrong, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

22nd - Team 35 with 1,492 points - Capt. David M. Cochrane and Staff Sgt. Anthony L. Fuentes, 6th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, Camp Rudder, Fla.

23rd - Team 28 with 1,310 points - Capt. Robert B. Killian and 1st Lt. Grant R. Barge, 10th Mountain Division.

24th - Team 34 with 1,297 points - 1st Lt. Lauren A. Gore and 1st Lt. Benjamin R. Juvinall, 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

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