Two senior NCOs from the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade took top honors at Fort Benning, Georgia, Sunday in the annual Best Ranger competition.

Sgts. 1st Class Joshua Rolfes and Anthony Allen bested 50 other two-man teams who competed over three days and a dozen events to prove themselves the best of the Army’s Ranger-qualified soldiers, according to a Fort Benning release.

Sgts. 1st Class Joshua Rolfes and Anthony Allen came out on top April 15, 2018, in the Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Army)
Sgts. 1st Class Joshua Rolfes and Anthony Allen came out on top April 15, 2018, in the Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Army)

Rolfes and Allen, one of four ARTB teams, stayed ahead of the pack for most of the competition, never falling below eighth place and going into the final day’s events in first place. They were also repeat competitors, having come in fourth place last year.

Capt. Matthew Thwaites and 1st Lt. Kendall Ward of the 75th Ranger Regiment claimed second place, and 1st Lt. Jeremy Dettmer and Cpl. Tyler Taormina, also from the Ranger Regiment, came in third.

Soldiers compete April 13 on day one of the Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Lakeith Horace/Army)
Soldiers compete April 13 on day one of the Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Lakeith Horace/Army)

The competitors spent Saturday night on an orienteering course and then the Darby Queen obstacle course, finishing up the competition with a water survival assessment and a buddy run back to the starting point.

A Best Ranger competitor participates in a shooting event April 14 on day two of the competition at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Army)
A Best Ranger competitor participates in a shooting event April 14 on day two of the competition at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Army)

Another team from the ARTB and a pair from the 25th Infantry Division rounded out the top five finishers, the release said.