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This UNG alum is in a class 'by himself' as an Army Ranger
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Capts. John Bergman, left, and Michael Rose, right, take part in a round robin event April 13. Bergman and Rose of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, earned the title of “Best Rangers” during an awards ceremony at the Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters April 15 at Fort Benning. Rose is the first ranger to win three times.

Michael Rose, a 2011 graduate of the University of North Georgia and a current Army captain, became the first person to win the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition three times when he and teammate Capt. John Bergman earned a victory at the event April 12-14 in Fort Benning.

The annual competition hosted by the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade is a two-man team event where competitors must be active military who are qualified as Rangers.

Sixteen teams competed in the final round, which included a mass start run, obstacle courses, a swim in uniform, weighted carries, weapons ranges, marches and nighttime land navigation tests.

The competition is named after Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Jr., father of Maj. Gen. David L. Grange, a 1969 alumnus of North Georgia.

Rose and Bergman also teamed up to win the Best Ranger Competition in 2014 as second lieutenants when stationed with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

"It takes unbelievable guts, stamina and grit just to complete the grueling competition. In fact, over half the buddy teams consisting of the Army's most elite soldiers drop out from sheer mental and physical exhaustion or injury," Retired Army Lt. Col. Keith Antonia, associate vice president for military programs at UNG and a Ranger Hall of Fame member, said in a press release. "Winning the competition is a tremendous feat. Winning a second time is awe-inspiring. But winning a third time is unprecedented and puts Capt. Rose in a category all by himself.”

The same weekend as Best Ranger Competition, Rose's younger brother, Paul, was part of the UNG Ranger Challenge team that won the ROTC Cup and finished third at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition.

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U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Michael Rose (left) and 2nd Lt. John Bergman (right), assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, hold up two Colt .45 pistols in front of the audience as the winners of the 31st annual Best Ranger Competition at the Marshall Auditorium at McGinnis-Wickham Hall, Fort Benning, Ga., on April 14, 2014. Rose has now won the award a record-setting three times.