NCOs from Ranger Training Brigade win 2013 Best Ranger honor

Saturday, June 01, 2013

A team from Fort Benning, Ga., representing the Ranger Training Brigade won the 2013 David E. Granger Best Ranger Competition held at Fort Benning.

Sgt. 1st Class Raymond M. Santiago and Sgt. 1st Class Timothy S. Briggs were named the winners of the 60-hour event which concluded April 14.

Rangers have set the standard for extraordinary selfless service for more than 300 years.

Their dedication is tested, even today, in Afghanistan and in operations such as Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The leadership, discipline and skill sets Rangers bring to the battlefield cannot be replaced by sophisticated weaponry and advanced technologies.

Competitors returned to their units with a renewed sense of confidence, which inspires every soldier they lead and will improve combat effectiveness of units worldwide.

Sgt. 1st Class John M. Gendron and Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Horsager, a team from the 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, were awarded second place.

Rounding out the top three, in third place were Sgt. 1st Class Samuel E. Leritz and Staff Sgt. Christopher Brousard, also representing the 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning.

The winning team, and the teams that finished the competition, were recognized at an awards ceremony at Marshall Auditorium in McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

Of the 49 teams that started the competition April 12, 24 finished the three-day event. (Fort Benning Public Affairs Office)