Winners named in the 2016 Best Rangers competition on Sunday

Winners named in the 2016 Best Rangers competition on Sunday

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - After 48 hours of grueling obstacles the Rangers spent 11 hours through the night trying to various different random points along a 14 and a half mile journey from Camp Rodgers to Camp Darby.

50 teams kicked of the Best Ranger Competition on Friday. By Sunday morning, there were only 23 teams still competing. The competition challenges two-man Ranger teams in events that test their physical conditioning, Ranger skills and team strategies. The events are scheduled back-to-back and around the clock for 58 hours on purpose, allowing little time for rest and meals.

The National Guard team of Capt. Robert Killian and Staff Sgt. Erich Friedlein has won the 2016 Best Ranger Competition, according to officials with the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. 

Sunday's tasks included the Darby Queen obstacle course followed by water confidence training where Rangers jumped from a helicopter into water with their 60 pound ruck sacks.

They would then swim to shore and compete in various balancing and zip lining over water.  

Sergeant Major Colin Boley, a former Best Ranger winner, explained what this competition is all about.

"I mean it is the top honor. I think everyone should strive to be the best Ranger," Sgt. Major Boley said. "But in the grand scheme of things, this is an athletic.  If you want to be the best ranger you know you train every day and you go over seas and you prove you are the best Ranger."

U.S. Army Ranger teams from around the world competed in the annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition. The three-day Best Ranger Competition has been compared to Ironman and Eco-Challenge competitions.

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