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Utah State University ROTC Cadets take Second at Ranger Challenge

Thursday, Nov. 01, 2012

USU ROTC Jim Bridger Detachment at Ranger Challenge 2012

Nine Utah State University cadets (standing) competed in a regional Ranger Challenge competition at Camp Williams. The USU team placed second out of the 22 teams. (Photo courtesy of USU's ROTC Jim Bridger Detachment)

USU ROTC cadets in Ranger Challenge on one-rope bridge

As part of the competition, USU's ROTC Jim Bridger Detachment competed a one-rope bridge crossing. Photos courtesy of the Utah State University’s ROTC Jim Bridger Detachment.

USU ROTC Ranger Challenge trophy

USU's award.

Cadets from Utah State University’s ROTC Jim Bridger Detachment placed second out of 22 teams at a regional Ranger Challenge competition held at Camp Williams the weekend of Oct. 20. The 15-hour tournament included field exercises, fitness drills and a written exam, all designed to test their leadership and critical thinking skills, physical and mental endurance and Army knowledge.

Ranger Challenges are considered one of the most prestigious events for cadets in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Students at USU had to earn a spot on the nine-member team. The competition at Camp Williams required cadets to complete a 6-mile road march, land navigation and field leadership courses, first aid test, a medical evacuation request simulation, weapons disassembly and reassembly with functions check, cross a one rope bridge and cross the crisp waters of the Jordan River, among others.

“In my 21 years of military service, that is the toughest Ranger Challenge course I have ever seen,” said Major Aaron Campbell.

Caleb Rose, a business administration major, participated in the competition and came away feeling proud of the skills he has developed through the ROTC program.

“Ranger challenge has reinforced to me what every person and especially student should know,” he said. “The more dedication, work and time that is put towards a goal, will eventually be paid back in some form. Most of the rewards are not witnessed by nor held with esteem by the public, but are taken and used by the individual.”

Brigham Young University’s Army ROTC won the competition and Northern Arizona University rounded out the top three, finishing just five minutes after Utah State. The nine USU cadets include Bradley Lagemann (captain), Blake Moore, Annie Smith (co-captain), Alexander Smith, Tristan Jensen, Tanner Smart, Kyle Stodtmeister, Caleb Rose and Tyler Worsley. Captain Michael Ditto and Sergeant First Class Adam Petrone coached the cadets.

“I am very proud of their effort and success,” said Major Matthew Badell, department head for Military Science and Leadership at USU. “I extend my gratitude to the team and the coaches who made this recognition a reality.”

Related links:

USU Military Science Program

USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Contact: Major Matthew Badell, (435) 797-0949,

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