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Rose and Bergman win Best Ranger Competition

Second Lt. Michael Rose, left, and Second Lt. John Bergman. (click for larger version)
May 01, 2014
FORT BENNING, Ga. — A Roswell resident in the 25th Infantry Division based in Hawaii has won the grueling 31st Best Ranger Competition held in Fort Benning.

Second Lt. Michael Rose, 23, of Roswell, and Second Lt. John Bergman from Kansas competed and won against some of the toughest soldiers in the U.S. Army. The 60-hour competition recognizes the best two-man "buddy" team over a grueling event.

Rose was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and came to the U.S. in 1998.

He graduated from Roswell High School after four years as a JROTC student.

Rose then graduated cum laude from the Dahlonega campus of North Georgia College and State University in 2012. The Rose family has lived in Roswell for more than 15 years.

Rose and Bergman were in the Army just 14 months before they qualified for the competition last year.

They were the only junior officers to compete this year and are the youngest winners of the competition, said Richy F. Rosado, public affairs specialist.

The Best Ranger Competition is a U.S. Army event and supported by the National Ranger Association.

They are the only rookies to ever win this event. In addition to winning overall, Rose and Bergman also took home the Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe and Richard A. Leandri awards.

The Rippetoe award is given annually to the team that finishes first in the foot march events, while the Leandri award is given to the winner of the orienteering events.

The feat of winning all three of the trophies has only ever happened three times before in the history of the competition.

Fox Sports filmed the 2014 Best Ranger Competition and will air the event on Memorial Day.

RN 05-01-14

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    South African grandparents glow with pride
    May 02, 2014 | 04:14 AM

    How proud we are of our grandson Michael! Being typical grandparents, we always knew he would succeed in whatever venture he undertook, but even we are surprised by the magnificence of this achievement! Well done our boykie!

    Eileen Rose
    Johannesburg South Africa
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    what an achievement
    May 02, 2014 | 05:08 AM

    Luckily he has his gran's good looks and his granddad's determination. Two of the greatest grandparents a man could wish for. Well done Mike and Bergman.

    david boles
    Malvern, UK
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    Mike and Bergman
    May 02, 2014 | 11:44 AM

    We know this loving family since their arrival 15 yrs. ago. We were their proud hosts. So happy for
    U-all. One of the best families we know in USA and South Africa,

    Love you guy's, well done is right on...
    Penny and Chaim
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Chaim Avneri
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    Best Ranger
    May 02, 2014 | 04:02 PM

    Very nice article! We are all still so proud of them! Such an accomplishment.

    Abbie Rose
    Oahu, Hawaii
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