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    December 5, 2006
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ROTC takes top honors for second year


Temple University ROTC
Temple ROTC cadets compete in the one-rope bridge crossing during the annual Ranger Challenge Competition at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. In this teamwork exercise, eight cadets worked together to build the rope bridge cross a 40-foot stream in just 3 minutes and 42 seconds.
(Photo courtesy Temple University ROTC)

Temple University’s ROTC cadets have proved once again that they can compete with a balance of brains and brawn. 

For the second year in a row, the Ranger Challenge team took first place in its division after competing against 18 other University ROTC programs from across the country during the annual Ranger Challenge Competition at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia recently.

In addition to achieving high scores in physically demanding events such as the tactical hand grenade course, weapons proficiency testing and the Army physical fitness test, Temple’s cadets placed first in the commander’s event, which tested their knowledge of world geography and international terrorist organizations.

“This event measures the cadets’ ability to think under pressure and also forces the team members to demonstrate their knowledge base on both strictly military subjects and current world events,” said Capt. Brock Schultheis, assistant professor of military science.

Members of the Ranger Challenge team started training for their grueling competition on the first day of the school year under the guidance of Master Sgt. Stephen K. Edgerton and Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Wilkins. 

“Each and every one of them motivated the others and used their strengths to improve the team,” Schultheis said. “Their training philosophy is ‘work hard and work together.’ 

Teamwork and hard work paid off for this team, just as it has done for them in the past.”

For more information on the Ranger Challenge Team or ROTC at Temple University, contact Captain Will Griffin at wgriffin@temple.edu.


- Jazmyn Burton




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