The Other McCain

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Posted on | April 8, 2022 | Comments Off on GO TEAM 41!

The 38th Annual Best Ranger Competition kicks off this morning at 5:30 a.m., and I probably don’t have to explain why my wife and I are here cheering for Team 41. Staff Sergeant McCain and his partner, Sergeant First Class Peterson, will be among 51 teams competing in the three-day event that has been called the “Super Bowl of the Army.”

Last year, despite tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during the first day’s obstacle course event, Staff Sergeant McCain and his partner finished in 16th place, which is a heck of an accomplishment.

Probably the best way to follow the action is on the Facebook page of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. GO TEAM 41!

UPDATE: After the morning Workout-of-the-Day (WOD) event, Team 41 was in 33rd place. After the Malvesti Confidence Course events, they had moved up to 26th place. This is crucial, as the cut for the second day is to 32 teams (of the 51 who began the competition). Teams move up or down depending on their score in each event, so it’s good to have some “cushion” above the cut-off number. Of course, it would be nice to finish the first day in the top 16, because that’s the cut-off point for Day Three. We’ll see . . .

UPDATE II: Right after I posted the previous update, we got scores following the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) and Team 41 is now in 22nd place. So they’ve gained 11 spots since the first event.


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