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Citadel News Service
2 Nov 2009

Ranger Challenge to compete against other senior military colleges

The Citadel’s Army ROTC Ranger Challenge teams will travel to Fort Knox, Ky., Nov 7 and 8 to compete in the first ever “Bold Leaders Challenge.”

The Palmetto Battalion Ranger Challenge teams will go up against Norwich University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M University and North Georgia College and State University in the test of endurance, physical training, military skills and teamwork.

The Ranger Challenge team trains seven days a week while maintaining good standing in their academic requirements and cadet duties. Two teams of 11 cadets will compete. Day 1 of the competition will focus on marksmanship and team recon and practice. Day 2 the teams will compete in a timed series of 12 military tasks, including navigation, an obstacle course, boat movement, equipment inspections and a leader reaction course that uses problem solving skills and teamwork to complete.

“It’s a whole new ballgame this year,” said Cadet David Maggio. “This is a new competition with some new things and teams we have not competed against before.”

Maggio and teammate Cadet Marissa Fowler said they are confident their training and the experience of teammates who have competed before will help both the Black and Gold teams from The Citadel. “We feel good and we’re ready,” Fowler said.

Col. Richard Townes, commander of the Army ROTC unit said the team of extraordinary young men and women represent every class at The Citadel.

“They have truly committed themselves to win a competition against the very best cadets from each of the senior military colleges,” Townes said. “They are no doubt better for the efforts and will make extraordinary officers in our Army.”

Cadets on this year’s Ranger Challenge teams are cadets Guy Perez, Benjamin Hawkins, Rob Musso, Delta Nunez, Evan Minshew , Robert Fraser, Cody Trivellin, Marttin Periola , Daniel Cruz, John Sanford, Timothy Fischer, David Maggio, John Beck, Brian Papke, Paul Wood, Morgan Fowler, Richard Owen and Jesse Thurman.

The winning team will go on to compete against national and international teams at the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the spring.

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