Cameron ROTC squad claims second place finish in regional Ranger Challenge

The Cameron University Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team placed second in the most recent regional competition, held at Camp Gruber in Muskogee. The CU team faced tough opposition from squads from eight other universities. 

"Our cadets consistently displayed their outstanding leadership skills throughout this military competition," says Major Rod Boles, CU professor of military science. "Both the men's and co-ed teams maintained a high level of mental and physical fitness. Their training and motivation throughout the competition resulted in outstanding results in every area. CU Army ROTC cadets traditionally do well in this competition as signified by the number of streamers we have on our guidons, which show excellence in each event."

Representing CU on the men's and co-ed teams were Rodney Brown, Amanda Coates, Jason Elbert, Calab Ellis, William Fleshman, Brandon Landrum, Michael Ortner, Justin Walley, and Scott Walley, all of Lawton;   Andrew Baughman, Charleston, SC; Mauro Bazan, Fairfax, VA; Briar Bohach, Mustang; James Brown, Binger; Emmanual Campose, Ft. Polk, LA; Beatrice Finnegan, Arlington, TX; Zachary Higginbotham, Snyder; Stephen Jackson, Arkoma; Jeremiah Lo, Tumwater, WA; Justin Maywald, Wichita Falls, TX; Daniel Oberrender, Trenton, FL; Michael Roberts, Mineola, TX; and Lesa Stevens, Kansas City, MO.

The regional competition proved both mentally and physically challenging as teams rotated through events over a 36-hour period, testing their technical ability on military skills and overall leadership qualities. The competition consisted of military stakes training including the Army Physical Fitness Test, written exam, 10K forced road march, First Aide Assault Course, Hand Grenade Assault Course, M16 Rifle Assembly and Disassembly, and Day and Night Land Navigation Courses.

The regional competition mirrors the U.S. Army's Best Ranger Competition in that it is a non-stop event over a short period of time with numerous events testing the team member's physical and mental abilities and their leadership skills by working as an integral part of a team. 

For information on CU's Military Science program, contact Major Rod Boles at or at 581-2341.



December 7, 2009