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This Year's Competition

Two-man U.S. Army Ranger teams will compete in the annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning May 8 through 10, 2009.

The first event is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. May 8 on Malvesti Field near the Ranger Training Brigade compound in the Harmony Church area of the installation. The formal awards ceremony will be held May 11.

The three-day competition will challenge the two-man Ranger teams in events that will 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.

Conducted on a 'come as you are' basis, no tasks or events are announced prior to the competition. In the past, competitors have faced events such as rock wall climbing, rappelling, weapons firing, rope bridges, extended road marches and land navigation courses, Rangers skills and parachute jumps.

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.

The Best Ranger Competition was established in 1982 and has been compared to Ironman and Eco-Challenge competitions. Of the 29 teams that started the 2008 competition, only 16 finished.

For more information, call the Public Affairs Office at (706) 545-3512 or (706) 545-2211.

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Instructions for Post Access

Open Access Points:

  • I-185/ Visitors Center
  • Custer Road (Sand Hill)
  • South Lumpkin Road
  • 1st DIV ROAD / Columbus Cusseta Road
    (Entrance / Exit Southbound Only)
  • Phenix City (Adjacent to Lawson AAF)
  • (Entrance / Exit Northbound Only on East Side of Highway 27)

Post Access Checklist

Go to I-185 access point and bring the following:

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Valid Registration (Tag)
  • Request 3 day pass

Featured Competitors

All competitor photos and information will be available close to, or on the day of the event. Please check back for updates.

  • Team Number 1

    Staff Sgt. Tisserand, Mitchell

    5th Ranger Training Battalion

    Capt. Chonko, Aaron

    5th Ranger Training Battalion

  • Team Number 2

    1st Lt. Stanford, Randall


    Staff Sgt. Hoffman, James


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