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Rangers compete for the title of "Best Ranger" 2013

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Men from all over the country have descended on Fort Benning to prove they are the best!

At the break of dawn, the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition kicked off with one team bowing out before the tough even got going.

News Leader 9 joined the rangers at the infamous Darby Queen obstacle course, as they climbed, groaned, and swung through day one of the competition. "[Darby Queen] is a one point four mile obstacle course. It has approximately 26 obstacles that we execute. It takes between 20 to 25 minutes for them to execute all the events," 413B Bravo Company Sergeant First Class Michael Hall said.

Before they made it to the course, 49 teams of two ran 16.4 miles before the sun came up.  The teams scaled walls, climbed structures, and ran on very little food and sleep.

The Rangers marched upwards 45 miles on the first day of the three day event.

"A lot of what we do here we take to combat as far as our physical fitness, and our mental toughness. It's all culminated here at the Best Ranger Competition," Sfc. Hall said.

The sequester cuts have had an impact on the competition, not as many bullets will fire and some events will be modified but rangers say the title is as prestigious as ever.

"This is the biggest event the army has. It's one of the most prestigious things the winning team will ever accomplish in their lives as well as their careers," said Sfc. Hall.

The competition is named after retired Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Jr.  Grange is a veteran of Vietnam, World War II, and the Korean War.

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