By Mr. Bryan Gatchell (Benning)April 14, 2018
FORT BENNING, Ga. (April 14, 2018) -- After a night of marching, only 24 teams will continue into the second day of the Best Ranger Competition April 14 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
The field of competition narrowed as the teams took part in several night events and moved on to the Spartan Race at Dekkar Strip.
Points have been tallied, and as of 7:30 a.m. April 14 the top competitors are as follows:
-- Team 23: Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Allen, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Rolfes, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade
-- Team 22: Sgt. 1st Class Michael Roggero, Staff Sgt. Michael Browne, ARTB
-- Team 32: Capt. Matthew Thwaites, 1st Lt. Kendall Ward, 75th Ranger Regiment
-- Team 33: 1st Lt. Jeremy Dettmer, Cpl. Tyler Taormina, 75th Ranger Regiment
-- Team 41: 1st Lt. Chris Smith, Sgt. Aditya Singh Sehrawat, 25th Infantry Division
The night stakes are several events meant to test the competitors on technical skills and knowledge. Those events include a weapons assembly, preparing a timber-cutting charge, a night engagement, a mystery event, and a map test and history test.
After the night event, the competitors are transported to Dekkar Strip, where they will take part in the Spartan Race, an event organized by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. The race is a five-mile course through more than 20 obstacles. For the Best Ranger competitors, if they conduct an obstacle incorrectly, a grader will direct them to do a penalty task.
Following the Spartan Race, the rest of Saturday the competitors must take part in day stakes at Todd Field, which includes an 81 mm mortar event, a three-tower and knots-testing event, a first responder lane, a grenade assault course, and a stress shoot.
The day stakes last into the early evening, at which time the field will be cut to 16 teams. A night orienteering event follows, which lasts until the pre-dawn hours of April 15.
More updated cumulative point results are scheduled to be posted later April 14 and throughout the competition on Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning's news page and to MCoE and Fort Benning social media.
More Best Ranger Competition stories will be published to Benning News on the Army News Service as the contest progresses April 14 through 15. To learn more, visit www.army.mil/benning.
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