UNG alumnus and Army Capt. Mike Rose became the first person to win the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition three times when he and teammate Capt. John Bergman earned a victory at the event in April at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Rose and Bergman represented the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The pair also teamed up to win the Best Ranger Competition in 2014 as second lieutenants when stationed with 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Keith Antonia, associate vice president for military programs at UNG and a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame, said Rose made UNG proud.
“It takes unbelievable guts, stamina and grit just to
complete the grueling competition. In fact, more than half the buddy teams consisting of the Army’s most elite soldiers drop out from shear mental and physical exhaustion or injury,” Antonia said. “Winning the competition is a tremendous feat. Winning a second time is awe-inspiring. But winning a third time is unprecedented and puts Capt. Rose in a category all by himself.”
The competition takes 62 hours and involves tests of physical fitness, including runs and marches, and of marksmanship.
The same weekend Mike Rose won the Best Ranger Competition, his younger brother, Paul, was part of the UNG Ranger Challenge team that won the ROTC Cup and finished third in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point.