The 35th annual  United States Army Best Ranger Competition was held in Fort Benning, Georgia April 13-15. First Lieutenant (1LT) Jeremy Dettmer, a 2010 S-D-A High School graduate, was part of the two-man team that won third place in the competition.
1LT Dettmer was selected to compete in 2016 when his team won 12th place, and he was thrilled to have the chance to do it again.  Currently, he serves in the Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning.  1LT Dettmer is the son of William (Bill) and Dawn Dettmer of Syracuse.  
At a young age, he knew he wanted to go into the military, and at the end of his junior year, he decided that he wanted to go into the Army.
After four years at UNL (in the ROTC program), he went to Fort Benning for Infantry Officers and Basic Trainees.  He attended the Basic Officer Leader Course from October 2014 to March 2015.  After a month off, he attended Ranger School, Airborne School, and then the Army Reconnaissance Course.  He had set out from the beginning to become Ranger Qualified.
Dettmer was then stationed in Hawaii at Schofield Barracks.
The Army Best Ranger Competition was originally created to salute the best two-man “buddy” team in the Ranger Department at Fort Benning. The competition has evolved to include Rangers from everywhere.  Each year the competition is reviewed and tweaked to what is currently in place in order to determine the best two-man team from the entire United States Armed Forces.
In December, 1LT Dettmer participated in pre-tryouts and advanced through the training and assessments over the next several months.  Of the 75th Ranger Regiment, the finalists were narrowed to just eight, and Dettmer was paired with Cpl Tyler Taormina from Washington.
They trained together with the others in the 75th and were one of 51 teams to begin April 13.  They were scored on a variety of events including buddy run, body armor run, obstacle courses, weighted carries, swim, weapon ranges, and more on the very first day.
After marching that night, the 51 teams were narrowed to just 24.  Those teams competed in night stakes, Spartan Run at Dekkar Strip, and day stakes at Todd Field.
After day stakes, the teams were cut to just 16, and those teams were flown by helicopter to Camp Frank D. Merrill near Dahlonega, Georgia where the 5th Training Battalion runs the mountain phase of Ranger School.  They did night orienteering and later returned to Fort Benning for the final competitions including a water survival assessment and buddy run back to Camp Rogers where the event began.
Third place was a huge accomplishment.  It required a lot of training and dedication on the part of 1LT Dettmer and all of the others in the competition.  Due to his current military duties, he is unsure whether he would ever have the opportunity to spend the time necessary to compete again.  However, 1LT Dettmer thinks he would definitely be on board if he did.