Soldiers Compete in Final Events During Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga.

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Soldiers use the fast rope insertion-extraction system from a UH-60  Black Hawk helicopter during the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Ashley Cross
  • Army Staff Sgts. Joshua Rolfes, left, and Anthony Vasquez, right, pull a sling load recovery after a fast rope insertion-extraction system dropped them off from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. Rolfes and Vasquez are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Ashley Cross
  • Army Capt. Aaron Chonko and Sgt. 1st Class David Floutier use the fast rope insertion-extraction system from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. Chonko and Floutier are assigned to the 7th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Ashley Cross
  • Army Master Sgt. Christopher Nelms and Sgt. Maj. Walter Zajkowski compete against each other in the sling load recovery event during the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. Nelms and Zajkowski are assigned to Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command. U.S. Army photo by Ashley Cross
  • Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Vasquez moves weighted boxes as part of a sling load recovery event during the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. Vasquez is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Ashley Cross
  • A soldier touches the Ranger tab after completing the rope crawl portion of the water confidence obstacle during the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright
  • A soldier slides down a rope event portion of the water confidence obstacle during the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright
  • Soldiers swim with their loaded down ponchos a portion of the water confidence obstacle during the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright
  • Army Staff Sgt. Scott Hamrick and Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Rodriguez cross the finish line during the last event of the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. Hamrick and Rodriguez are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. U.S. Army photo by Ashley Cross
  • Retired Army Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former Secretary of State, presents Army Sgt. 1st Class Timothy S. Briggs with the Order of Saint Maurice during the awards ceremony for the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 15, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright