PORTLAND, OREGON (April 12th, 2019) – Gerber, a leading direct supplier of mission-essential knives, tools and equipment to the US Military, is proud to support the 36th annual Best Ranger Competition in Fort Benning, Georgia. A testament to teamwork, dedication, and strength – the competition seamlessly aligns with Gerber’s continued effort to honor the men and women of the US Military. Actively supporting the event for many years, Gerber has participated at the ‘Hero level’ for the past seven with contributions including financial support and the donation of life-saving knives, tools, and equipment.
This year’s competition is particularly special, celebrating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. It was there, during the battle of Pointe Du Hoc that Brigadier General Normal Cota uttered what would become the Rangers’ motto saying: “Well then, Goddamit, Rangers! Lead the Way!” The Rangers would go down in history that day, scaling the cliffs, attacking, and capturing the prominent point along the coast of Normandy.
“Gerber’s commitment to the US Military is unwavering, and we’re honored to support this important event alongside other brands in the industry and our category” said Andrew Gritzbaugh, GM/VP of Marketing at Gerber.
For this year’s competition, Gerber donated custom-engraved products with the Best Ranger Competition logo and/or the Ranger’s motto: “Rangers Lead The Way!” to commemorate the anniversary year.
The top 2 winning teams will receive a custom-engraved Downrange Tomahawk, Gerber’s iconic, multi-functional breaching tool.
The top 7 teams will receive a Fastball, a brand-new, American-made finger flipper that is built for everyday carry.
Along with the winners, each competitor will receive an Impromptu Tactical Pen w/ integrated glass-breaker tip.
The original mission was simple: salute the best two-man team in the Ranger Department at Fort Benning. Over the years, the competition has grown to include two-man teams that represent the entire United States Armed Forces – the competition is where the world’s most elite soldiers come to test their endurance and skill. Spanning across 60 grueling hours, the event plays host to an array of challenging obstacles and tests.
While the three-day competition is indeed a test of physical and mental fortitude, it represents much more. Spectators scattered throughout the course remind us that it is not only the men and women who serve that sacrifice. Competitors quietly honor fallen friends. In a job that often goes without recognition, the Best Ranger Competition serves to do just that: recognize those who deserve it most.