National Guard holding strong in Best Ranger, looking to win back title from Ranger Reg.

SSG Luke Katz and teammate 1SG Troy Conrad are competing on behalf of the National Guard in the Army's Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, GA. (U.S. Army)

The Army National Guard is making their way up the ladder in the 2018 Best Ranger competition, currently placing third in the Malvesti event and looking to take the competition- much like they did in 2016.

Best Ranger Competition Team 45 members SSG Luke Katz and teammate SFC Troy Conrad are no strangers to the competition, representing the Army National Guard and placing tenth in 2017.

As of earlier today, the duo has placed third after the Malvesti event, which is a grueling test of physical strength and endurance involving push-ups, rope climb, and an obstacle course.

 

The underdog race to the top is reminiscent of the 2016 Best Ranger Competition when National Guard “Citizen-Soldiers” CPT Robert Killian and SSG Erich Friedlein took first place.

While members of the 75th Ranger Regiment placed first in 2017, 2018 looks as if it may be the year the Guard strikes back.

A member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Conrad was previously teamed up with Nebraska Guard 165th Quartermaster Company member Katz in 2017, where the two forged their team spirit.

As the event progresses, standings are recorded and posted to the US Army Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade social media page.

Conrad and Katz will likely move up and down the rankings throughout the multi-day event, but one thing is for certain- they are aiming for the top.

Update (2:00 PM EST):

 

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