The university’s team competed against 10 other programs in the Ranger Challenge Regional Competition.
Texas Tech University's Army ROTC Red team took first place this weekend at the two-day Ranger Challenge Regional Competition at Fort Hood. They competed against 10 other teams in contests that are both physically and mentally demanding and measure cooperation and personal skills. The red and black teams from Texas Tech had been preparing for the competition since summer.
Lt. Col. John Ring, a professor of military science and head of the Texas Tech Army ROTC Military Science Department, said the cadets represented the university in a professional manner and exhibited great teamwork.
“Our cadets did a fantastic job, and I was impressed with their preparation, efforts through the two-day competition and attitudes,” he said. “I received numerous compliments all weekend from other programs who commented on their exceptional professionalism and teamwork. They represented both Texas Tech and the Army ROTC program extremely well, and I am very proud of them.”
The Ranger Challenge is an annual competition in which ROTC teams demonstrate individual and team proficiency and stamina through various technical and tactical scenarios. The purpose of the challenge is to:
- Challenge ROTC cadets both mentally and physically
- Enhance leadership development
- Develop team cohesion
- Develop a healthy competition between battalions
The challenge consists of an Army physical fitness test, a written exam, a land navigation course, disassembly and assembly of an M16A2 rifle, first aid obstacle course, hand grenade assault course and a 10-kilometer road march.
Capt. Angela Monday, an assistant professor of military science and Ranger Challenge team officer in charge, said the Texas Tech teams trained extensively to prepare for the challenge. Their training included physical fitness, weapons assembly and disassembly, land navigation and map-reading skills, creating and crossing a one-rope bridge, tactical knowledge from the Army Ranger handbook, first aid and tactical casualty care and evacuation and a 10-kilometer forced ruck march among other tasks.
“After 10 long, hard weeks of training at 5:30 a.m., five days a week, they came out victorious,” she said. “All their hard work and dedication paid off to represent the Texas Tech Army ROTC program and the university in front of all the other Division I schools in our region.”
Twelve ROTC cadets participated in the challenge:
- Clint Young, a senior economics/sociology major from Southlake
- Odes Gish, a junior university studies major from Fayetteville, North Carolina
- Ariel Rogers, a junior sport management major from Sunset
- Zach Stokes, a junior psychology major from The Colony
- Christian Condez, a junior kinesiology major from Lubbock
- Alex Katers, a junior accounting major from Fort Bragg, North Carolina
- Michele Greene, a sophomore anthropology major from College Station
- Joshua Kast, a freshman kinesiology major from Rio Rancho, New Mexico
- Steven Hernandez, a sophomore psychology major from College Station
- Jason Gardner, a freshman mechanical engineering major from Cibolo
- Bryce Roberts, a sophomore finance major from Sugar Land
- Collin Edwards, a freshman advertising major from Round Rock
The Red team will compete in the Brigade Competition Nov. 6-8 at Camp Bullis just outside of San Antonio.
For more information about Texas Tech's Army ROTC program, visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/armyrotc/.