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Columbus State University’s ROTC Ranger Challenge team is headed to Florida this month to compete with the top teams in the South. CSU cadets earned their spot at the competition by placing second in the state competition, which was held at Fort Benning in October.
Ranger Challenge is the Army ROTC Varsity Sport. Teams of ten cadets compete in events like land navigation, weapons qualification, chemical and medical training, hand grenades and a six to 12 mile forest foot march.
The regional Brigade Challenge will be held on Jan. 19 – 21 in Camp Blanding, Florida. The top two teams from five Southern states and Puerto Rico will attend.
CSU’s Ranger Challenge team is comprised of the following cadets: William B. Akoo, Jordan Balzano, Durrell A. Blake, Calvin C. Britt, Jianan C. Britt, Kenney Brown, Alex Diaz, Kayla Dachenhausen, Cedric Parker, Cody Sperry and Troy Tate. The team is led by LTC Carlos Lock, MSG Gary Sanders and SFC Jonathan Flis.