Team 19 of the 101st Airborne Division cross the finish line on Sunday, April 14, during the two-mile buddy run, the final event of the 2019 Best Ranger Competition. Photo by Marty Skovlund Jr./Coffee or Die.
The 2019 David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger competition is over, and Team 19’s Captain John Bergman and Captain Michael Rose of the 101st Airborne Division are the victors.
On Friday, April 12, the 36th annual event kicked off on Fort Benning, Georgia, with 54 two-man teams vying for the title. After two days of physically and mentally strenuous events, only the top 16 teams were still competing on Sunday.
After taking the lead on Saturday, Bergman and Rose secured their victory after Sunday’s final event, the two-mile buddy run. They were officially announced as the 2019 Best Ranger winners during a ceremony today on Fort Benning.
Katie McCarthy is the managing editor for Coffee or Die Magazine. Her career in journalism began at the Columbus (Georgia) Ledger-Enquirer in 2008, where she learned to navigate the newsroom as a features reporter, copy editor, page designer, and online producer; prior to joining Coffee or Die, she worked for Outdoor Sportsman Group as an editor for Guns & Ammo magazine and their Special Interest Publications division. Katie currently lives in Indiana with her husband and two daughters.
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