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 Good News: Army ROTC students show they are up to the challenge 



SRU Good News for Oct. 22, 2009

Army ROTC students show they are up to the challenge

The Slippery Rock University Army ROTC program placed sixth overall in the Army Ranger Challenge competition staged Oct. 17-18 at Fort Indiantown Gap. Twenty-four teams from institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York competed in intelligence gathering, land navigation and one-rope bridge events, among others.
            SRU placed fifth in several of the individual competitions, including weapons, one-rope bridge and the 6.2-mile road march, and sixth in land navigation, said Cadet Meredith Gruseck, an SRU elementary education major from Mason, Ohio. Students also competed in a patrolling test, grenades, Army physical fitness and first aid.
            "It definitely gives you a great experience and a great sense of real Army life," Gruseck said.
            The final event was a 10-kilometer march with a 35-pound backpack.
           "The training that you get in order to prepare for this competition and the competition itself gave us military, technical and tactical skills that post us above and beyond what most cadets at this stage of the game learn," said Cadet Thomas Foster, criminology major from Grove City.
            In its 30-year history, SRU's ROTC has won several awards, including the Governor's Trophy for the Best ROTC Unit in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Award as the best unit of its size.

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