STEPHENVILLE (April 1, 2019) — It’s a Texan-style pep rally at 3 p.m. Friday, April 5, to send Tarleton State University’s Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team to the prestigious Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point in New York. Everyone’s invited
The rally takes place at the statue of Maj. Gen. James Earl Rudder on the Stephenville campus.
Expect lots of hat throwing, hand clapping, foot stomping and cheering as cadets head to the premier academy-based military skills contest April 12-13.
“What a special thing to have Tarleton’s Ranger Challenge team
Tarleton will compete against 14 international teams, 16 ROTC programs, 16 U.S. military academy teams and three U.S. service academies in a rigorous 27-mile course to test individual and squad military skills
The Tarleton team qualified for Sandhurst after dominating the preliminary regional competition at Fort Hood, making university history by winning both first and second places, and finishing second in the Army’s ROTC 5th Brigade challenge at San Antonio’s Camp Bullis.
Called the varsity sport of the Army ROTC, Ranger Challenge focuses on basic infantry skills, demanding countless hours of training and self-sacrifice.
“Ranger Challenge consumes a tremendous amount of time and demands
“These cadets embrace the pride and spirit of their fellow Texans and certainly understand the honor of representing Tarleton State University at this momentous event. We encourage the entire community to help us send these young men and women off Texan-style.”
Team members are Adam Arata, Nick Bonicoro, Justin Bray, Layne Chidester, Jacob Garcia, Gabby Howes, Robert “Scout” Lindsey, Yvonne Martin, Christopher Mazzocchi, Esias Ortiz, Luis Zamora and John Zellner. Austin Laughlin leads the team, and Master Sgt. Jacob Gilmer and Capt. Matthew Stapay, both active-duty U.S. Army Rangers, are coaches.