Temple Times Online Edition
    NOVEMBER 10, 2005
NewsEventsArchivesPhotosStaffLinksTemple Home

Temple ROTC wins Ranger Challenge

Photo courtesy Temple University ROTC
The Temple ROTC team used hard work and a new training strategy to defeat its rivals at the annual Ranger Challenge Competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

Six miles into the forced foot march competition, Cadet Christopher Griffenkranz felt that the team had an opportunity to win, “Leave it all out here,” he yelled, encouraging the team to continue to push themselves.

Their hard work paid off when the winner was announced. Competing against 170 other cadets from 16 other colleges and universities, the Temple ROTC Ranger Challenge Team came in first in its division at the annual Ranger Challenge Competition at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.

The Temple team, consisting of 10 cadets and two alternates, got off to a great start when it completed its pre-combat inspections without any deficiencies. The team members continued their strong performance through the tactics lane (second place), the forced foot march (first place), the one-rope bridge (second place), a timed obstacle course (third place), the leaders reactions course (first place) and the Commander’s Challenge event (second place). Although the team did not place first in each of the different events, their strong and consistently competitive performance allowed it to edge out McDaniel College and Marshall University.

The victory is the first in more than 10 years for the Temple team, and came as a result of hard work and a change in the training strategy initiated by Master Sgt. Stephen Edgerton, and implemented by Griffenkranz and Cadet Joseph Dominick, the team captains; Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Wilkins, the team coach, ensured the cadets put all of the information together and supervised the practices to make sure each event was practiced to standard.

The Ranger Challenge Competition fosters camaraderie and focuses on team success. The Ranger Challenge plays an important role in furthering cadets’ development as leaders and future Army officers.

- By Maj. Linda Gray