Serious congrats to all of these young men.
Notice anything about the top five teams?
24 teams completed the 2009 David E. Grange Best Ranger Competition.
Final team standings are -
1st – Team 21 – 2483 points – Sgt 1st Class Blake A. Simms and Sgt 1st Class Chad E.W. Stackpole, 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, GA
2nd – Team 22- 2396 points – Master Sgt Walter J. Zajkowski and Master Sgt Daniel E. Jenkins, US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC
3rd – Team 7 – 2165 points – Sgt Michael A. Malchow and Sgt Jesse A. Collins, 75th Ranger Regiment
4th – Team 8 – 2151 points – Staff Sgt Brandon K. Farmer and Staff Sgt Luke R. McDowell, 75th Ranger Regiment
5th – Team 31 – 2138 points – Staff Sgt Michael C. Mutchie and Staff Sgt Miguel A. Antia, 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, GA
Couple of interesting points:
The Simms/Stackpole team won by almost 100 points. This was a big reason for that.
Team 21, Sgt 1st Class Blake A. Simms and Sgt 1st Class Chad E.W. Stackpole, are the winners of the Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe Trophy for their first place finish in the road march Friday night.
Simms and Stackpole also won the Richard A. Leandri Award for winning the night orienteering course on Saturday night.
The third place team was made up of two E-5s. I realize that an E5 is in fact an NCO but these two young bucks were like tadpoles in a sea of sharks and showed very well. I imagine we’ll be seeing them again.
Oh yeah, about the first thing I noticed?