Four Fort Hood soldiers competed in the Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Ga., over the weekend.

Comprising two of the 50 competing teams, the soldiers all came from the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, headquartered at West Fort Hood. Only 26 of the two-man teams crossed the finish line.

Fort Hood’s 1st Lt. Gregory Scheffler and Staff Sgt. Adam Davila finished 14th, and Sgt. Matthew Kurz and Sgt. Jeremy Lemma finished 24th.

The three-day competition is hosted annually by the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade.

Now in its 31st year, it is regarded throughout the military community as one of the toughest, most physically demanding competitions in the world.

It has grown from a local contest into an Armywide competition to find the Army’s best Ranger team.

Second Lts. Michael Rose and John Bergman, of the 25th Infantry Division, took first place in this year’s event.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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