Fort McCoy News August 09, 2013

181st NCOs Ranger School graduates

Hanson distinguished honor graduate

FORT McCOY, Wis. — The U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga. is the Army's pre-eminent small-unit leader training organization and one of the toughest courses a Soldier can volunteer to attend.

Photo of Hanson

Over the course of 60-plus days, the Ranger-candidates are tested physically, mentally, and emotionally with the expectation that they push the limits of mind and body.

On June 21, Sgt. 1st Class Kenne P. Hanson, a trainer mentor for the 1st, 310th Infantry Regiment, 181st Infantry Brigade, earned the coveted Ranger Tab as well as the recognition of graduating Distinguished Honor Graduate during U.S. Ranger School Class 06-13.

The distinguished honor graduate must be a first-time "GO" on all evaluated training, and must carry the highest percentage on graded events.
Hanson addressed the infamous "RAP week" (Ranger Assessment Phase; the first three days of Ranger School):

"The events themselves were not hard, but the cumulative effect of the events, exercises in between, lack of sleep, and hunger made those days especially difficult," he said.

Addressing the importance of a home-station support network, Hanson said "You have to have the mindset that you are going to stay until you get your tab no matter how long it takes. I would not have been successful without the support of my unit and Family."

As a senior NCO and Infantryman, Hanson has already seen the effects Ranger School has on his career; he recently came down on orders to Germany almost immediately after completing Ranger School.

"It was the first time I had a branch manager contact me personally with available assignments," he said.

Since completing the course, Hanson has been developing a Pre-Ranger Program of Instruction in order to pass on his knowledge of the course and ensure future First Army Soldiers are mentally and physically prepared for the rigors of the course.

(Submitted by Capt. Jay Droessler, B Team officer in charge, 1st, 310th Infantry Regiment of the 181st Infantry Brigade.)
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Staff Sgt. Jason Burkee became the second 1st, 310th NCO to graduate from Ranger School at Fort Benning, when he earned his Ranger Tab July 12.

Burkee fought through sleep and food deprivation, a case of immersion foot and a cellulitis infection while in Ranger School to graduate with the U.S. Ranger School Class 07-13.

"It was a personal goal of mine and something I thought could make me a better leader and Soldier," Burkee said. "It's all about teamwork. You don't earn your tab; everyone else around you earns it for you."

(Submitted by Capt. John Schaffler, A Team officer in charge, 1st, 310th Infantry Regiment of the 181st Infantry Battalion.)