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Chemical officers train for Best Ranger


Story and photos by Stephen Standifird
Managing editor
stephen.l.standifird.civ@mail.mil

Through sweat, pain and hundreds of miles of running and ruck marching, two of Fort Leonard Wood’s own are preparing to take on the challenge of the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition April 7 through 9 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Capt. Tim Cox and 1st Lt. Andy Harvey will represent the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and Fort Leonard Wood in the 34th anniversary of the competition.

Preparation for the competition started with an intense training plan, Cox, a small group leader with Officer Training Department, 3rd Chemical Brigade, said. Their individual strength and conditioning training began in August while they were still attached to a unit, as planned by their coach, Maj. Peter Zappola.

Training included multiple workouts a day as part of a program devised around ensuring they are well-rounded,…     Read More...