ROTC Suncoast Battalion Competes in Ranger Challenge 2015

February 18, 2015

The Army ROTC Suncoast Battalion Ranger Challenge Team, comprised of cadets from Saint Leo University and the University of South Florida ROTC programs, annually competes in the Ranger Challenge event. The group competed in a series of challenges to test its military skills, physical fitness, critical thinking, and teamwork.

The two-day competition was held January 22-25 at Camp Blanding, FL (near Starke). Top cadets from the southeast including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Puerto Rico competed. Thirty-nine universities and 56 teams participated in eight events such as a 28-mile foot march, rifle marksmanship, a hand grenade assault course, a land navigation course, a patrol boat race, an obstacle course, a river crossing, and a commander’s challenge. All events were timed and graded by active duty military members.

This year, with their two teams, the Suncoast Battalion placed second and 17th respectively. They placed first in the ruck march, marksmanship, and zodiac (boating) events. Between the two teams they combined for 10 Top 10 finishes in the respective events.

ROTC cadets representing Saint Leo University in the Ranger Challenge 2015 were:

CPT. Cadet Jereme Johnston

Cadet Matthew Basin

Cadet Ryan Hart

Cadet Robert Hickman

Cadet Gregory Nobles

Cadet James Swonger

Cadet Katie Thurwanger

Cadet Stephanie Torres

Cadet Cody Walker

The coach/mentor was Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Marschewski.