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Texas Army Goes to West Point

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Posted: April 13, 2012
Texas Army Sandhurst Team training on a Zodiac for the competition.

Texas Army Sandhurst Team training on a Zodiac for the competition.

Texas Army participated in the 5th Apache Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held at Camp Bullis from the 21-23 October. A total of 12 schools and 22 teams were represented in four categories, championship, co-ed, male, and female. The teams competed in a variety of event to include land navigation, first aid, APFT, ruck march, written test, one Rope Bridge, and stress shooting. Cadet began preparing for the competition three weeks before classes even officially began at most universities and on any given day, these individuals accomplished more before 0700 than their peers did throughout the course of the day. Cadets also sacrificed many of their Saturdays to continue to prepare for the competition and fundraise through bag check at UT football games. Though training was grueling and exhausting, the cadets' hard work was rewarded. Texas Army took three teams to Ranger Challenge competition, a championship team led by Cadet Joe Wishart, an all-male team led by Cadet Rafael Regalado, and a co-ed team led by Cadet Joseph Burell. All three teams excelled in the competition resulting in two first place trophies (championship and Coed) and one second place trophy (male). The iconic UT tower was lit orange for the second year in a row as a result of Texas Army ROTC Ranger Challenge. This year however, Texas Army's accomplishments with Ranger Challenge have been recognized even further. In mid-November, COL Rourke, 5th Apache Brigade Commander, announced that out of all the ROTC programs across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming, Texas Army would represent the Brigade at the Sandhurst competition. The 11 carefully selected Longhorns have been enduring challenging training since the week prior to classes starting on January 17, 2012. Over the past three months they have conducted multiple mini-competitions, 5 strenuous PT sessions a week, and 2 extra labs per week. Not to mention, extra weekend training that consists of going to the range, Zodiac (rubber boat) training, land navigation, obstacle course, and repelling. 56 teams from across the world will compete in the Sandhurst competition for the chance to prove their skills and leadership in a global aspect. Texas Army is honored to represent the University of Texas, 5th Apache Brigade, and Cadet Command at the United State Military Academy West Point, New York on 20-21 April 2012.

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