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Tower Shines Orange Oct. 27 in Celebration of Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Co-Ed Team

AUSTIN, Texas - The Tower at The University of Texas at Austin will be lighted orange Wednesday, Oct. 27 in honor of the university's Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Co-Ed Team, which placed first this past weekend in the 2010 5th Apache Brigade Competition. 

The Texas Army ROTC competed in the two day Ranger Challenge Competition that included nine other ROTC programs throughout Texas.  The competition is designed to challenge cadets mentally and physically; enhance leadership, critical thinking, and team cohesion; develop healthy competition among battalions and help retain cadets. It includes a physical fitness test, 10 kilometer foot march in which cadets carry more than 40 pounds , a written exam, a first aid /obstacle course, a hand grenade assault course, day and night orienteering that spans more than 10 cross-country miles, and a rifle assembly and disassembly competition.

The Army ROTC team will now go on to compete in an international competition in West Point.

For more information on the university's Army ROTC program, please visit