Petraeus speaks at ceremony honoring Best Ranger winners

General Petraeus arrives at Fort Benning

Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, was the guest speaker at Monday’s closing ceremony for the 27th Annual Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Best Ranger Competition. “What you have accomplished here at Fort Benning these last few days is simply mind-boggling to the average person, even to the average very fit person,” Petraeus said, speaking to those competitors who made it through to the finish. “Just qualifying to compete in the Best Ranger Competition is a great achievement, but finishing it is a truly remarkable accomplishment.”

Forty teams began the competition Friday. Twenty-five managed to cross the finish line Sunday. Winning the competition were Master Sgts. Eric Ross and Eric Turk of U.S. Special Operations Command.