Tymothy Boyle and Joshua Corson, both captains in the 75th Ranger Regiment, cross the finish line of a 3.5-mile run, the final event of the 2022 David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition. The pair beat 50 other teams from across the Army to win the grueling annual three-day competition. Photo by Noelle Wiehe/Coffee or Die Magazine.
Four teams from the 75th Ranger Regiment posted a sweep of the top four places in the 38th annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Georgia. A fifth team representing the 75th came in sixth.
The team of Joshua Corson and Tymothy Boyle, both captains in the 75th, took first place, ahead of Sgt. Nathan Buck and Sgt. Enrique Caballero, who were second. Staff Sgt. John Goldsmith and Spc. Kory Fogarty were third. Sgt. Jonathan Deguzman and Sgt. Alex Mauch placed fourth.
A team from Training and Doctrine Command took fifth to break up a full sweep.
The second best showing may have come from the 101st Airborne Division, whose teams took 10th, 11th, and 13th place.
Considered one of the Army’s showpiece competitions between soldiers and major units, the annual three-day competition tests a wide range of combat skills, including long-distance runs and ruck marches, land navigation, small-arms marksmanship and mortar employment, medical skills, high-angle rope techniques, and even a Ranger history quiz.
Corson and Boyle were at or near the top of nearly every event over the three days, winning two of the three individual team awards. The pair were named winners of both the Captain Russell B. Rippetoe Trophy for best ruck march time and the Moore-Van Aalst Marksmanship Award for the top shooting score.
Maj. Jeffery Dannemiller and 1st Lt. Daniel Frasch of the 3rd Infantry Division took home the Dick Leandri Award for best overall land navigation scores. The pair finished 15th overall.
Though aimed squarely at skills at the core of duty in the 75th Ranger Regiment, a sweep of the top places is uncommon. This year’s Best Ranger Competition drew 51 teams of Ranger-qualified soldiers from across the Army, including teams representing all major infantry divisions, the Guard and Reserve, regional components, and training commands.
Since 1994, teams from Ranger Regiment or Ranger training units have won just over half of the Best Ranger titles. Soldiers from the Army’s Special Operations Command won three straight titles from 2010 to 2012, including then-Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Payne in 2012, who was subsequently awarded the Medal of Honor for a 2015 hostage rescue mission. All five USASOC teams in this year’s event were eliminated on the first day of the competition.
Coffee or Die’s Noelle Wiehe contributed to this report.
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Matt White is a former senior editor for Coffee or Die Magazine. He was a pararescueman in the Air Force and the Alaska Air National Guard for eight years and has more than a decade of experience in daily and magazine journalism.
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