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May 19, 2015

UAA Army ROTC defeats Air Force ROTC to win Commander’s Cup

UAA Air Force and Army ROTC cadets compete annually in the Commander's Cup.
UAA Air Force and Army ROTC cadets compete annually
in the 
Commander's Cup.
During the spring 2015 semester, the Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC held the annual Commander’s Cup competition, a friendly rivalry with a rich tradition at UAA.

This year’s competition was held at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on UAA’s Main Campus and featured five events – volleyball, dodgeball, capture the flag, tire flip tug of war and an obstacle course. The events emphasize team cohesion, strategic planning and physical fitness as well as endurance in a friendly competitive atmosphere.

Army ROTC cadets cheer on their teammate during the tire flip tug-of-war competition.
Army ROTC cadets cheer on their teammate during the
tire flip tug-of-war competition.
The tire flip tug of war was a new event. Each team had 10 cadets with the same number of males and females. The purpose of the event was to flip a 200-pound tractor tire as many times as possible onto the opposing team’s side within one minute. The teams had a total of five minutes each to flip the tire. The only rule was that each member of the team had to flip the tire at least once.

The competition was planned and organized by Air Force Cadet Stephan Jenkins and Army Cadet Nikki Polzin. The two determined the five events, organized the location and briefed teammates on rules for each.

Army ROTC emerged victorious this year, defeating Air Force ROTC to reclaim the trophy. Congratulations to both teams for their hard work and dedication!

The ROTC programs at UAA help develop students to become future officers in the military while pursuing their respective degrees. For more information visit and

Written by Army ROTC Cadet Nikki Polzin.