Embry-Riddle Army ROTC Team Triumphs at Southwest Regional Ranger Challenge
Prescott, AZ., October 11, 2013
An Army ROTC student team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., campus won the Southwest Regional Ranger Challenge held Saturday, Sept. 28, at Arizona State University, beating 12 other ROTC units from colleges in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
The Ranger Challenge is an intercollegiate extreme sport open to Army ROTC teams from more than 1,160 schools nationwide that tests the training, endurance and teamwork of cadets in a series of physical and mental tasks such as a six-mile road march with field gear, one-rope bridge, assembly and disassembly of standard arms, marksmanship, land navigation with map and compass and tactical patrol operations.
The winning Embry-Riddle team, which completed the 11-mile course in just over three hours, was led by team captains Ryan Hernandez and Kyle Richardson; the other team members were Shawn Adelgren, Shane Brayton, Timothy Carver, Brady Harrell, Marc Nicholes, Robert Phillips, Macy Rasley, Stephen Stanis and Rikki Stutsman.
“It was a total team effort,” said Maj. Chip Goodrich. “Army ROTC cadets organized a sendoff and reception, Air Force ROTC cadets also rallied behind us and at the Ranger Challenge itself our team was the only one with a cheering section.”
Goodrich and Sgt. 1st Class Jason Tatro were the primary Ranger Challenge instructors, assisted by Lt. Col. John Strandberg, Capt. Jesse Hill and faculty members Chris Dahlen and Norm Mullenix.
The Embry-Riddle team now advances to the next step of the Ranger Challenge in Texas in the hope of progressing to competition at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which will determine the team representing the United States at England’s Sandhurst International Competition in April.
Army ROTC at the Prescott Campus is open to men and women at the freshman through senior class level and may lead to a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The Reserve Officers Training Corps program enhances a student’s education with leadership and management training along with practical experiences. Cadets develop the skills needed for success in both the military and civilian worlds, such as confidence, motivation and the ability to make sound decisions. Two-year, three-year and four-year scholarships are available to those who qualify.
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