By Vince Little, The BayonetApril 20, 2011
FORT BENNING, Ga. - A tornado touched down about a mile away from the Ranger Training Brigade compound in Harmony Church early Saturday morning, which forced organizers to delay the start of the night orienteering course at the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition.
The inclement weather and lightning yielded unintended consequences for competitors in the form of extra rest they ordinarily wouldn't have received. The interruption left the field more intact at the outset of Day 2 than in previous years, as 34 of 50 teams remained on the course.
Powerful thunderstorms rocked the tricommunity Friday night and Saturday morning.
The twister damaged Armor School facilities on Harmony Church, including a cadre dorm. It tossed vehicles into nearby woods and left several others mangled in a parking lot.
There were no reports of injuries.