Rose and Bergman win Best Ranger Competition

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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