|A joint team of UAA and UAF Army ROTC cadets won the Northwest Regional Ranger Challenge|
last fall. They will compete at the brigade-level competition the last weekend in February.
The competition involved a series of arduous events that test leadership, critical thinking, decision-making and physical fitness skills. Events include a single-rope bridge, rappelling, the Army Physical Fitness Test, a timed beach run and shooting an M4 carbine in the Engagement Skills Trainer, a simulation device used for marksmanship training.
The 10-member team is made up of cadets from the University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks. One of the smallest programs to compete, the team’s win is even more impressive since the cadets never had the opportunity to train together in preparation for the competition.
“Participating in the Ranger Challenge is a testimony to the cadets’ dedication,” said Capt. Chad Ausel, assistant professor of military science who heads the UAA Army ROTC program. “They have put in many extra hours above an already demanding fitness schedule to prepare themselves physically and mentally for the competition.”
After emerging as the victor during the regional Ranger Challenge last fall, the team will move on to the brigade-level competition that will be held in Washington state at Joint Base Lewis-McChord the last weekend in February. The team trained together over the winter break in preparation for the event.
Best wishes, Army ROTC Seawolves and Nanooks! We hope you see another first-place win!
The Army ROTC is responsible for recruiting, training, and commissioning Army officers. The UAA program was established in 2009 as a partner program with UAF. The program commissions officers into the Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. The program is staffed by members of the Alaska National Guard. For more information about the UAA Army ROTC program, visit their website.
By Capt. Chad Ausel, Assistant Professor of Military Science, UAA Army ROTC and Kirstin Olmstead, Communications Coordinator, UAA Community & Technical College