FORT BENNING, Ga. — A total of 46 teams from the Southeast descended on Fort Benning last week for the Army ROTC Ranger Challenge.
Thirty-nine universities within U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 6th Brigade sent at least one representative to the annual event, a 28-hour endurance test that started Friday and ended Saturday morning. The schools came from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.
“The main purpose of this is to develop leaders, foster healthy competition and promote esprit de corps,” said Col. Leo Impavido, commander of 6th Brigade, which is based at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.
“When you place the cadets under a good amount of physical and emotional stress, it challenges them. We’re building lieutenants. This is ROTC’s varsity sport.”
The field was comprised of 542 cadets, freshmen through seniors. Cadre, supervisors, medics and brigade staff accounted for another 150 visitors to post.
The Ranger Challenge kicked off at 4 a.m. Friday with a nine-mile road march at Harmony Church involving every school. The rest of the competition featured four tiers, with each team rotating through six day and five night events, most of which occurred in the vicinity of Todd Field.
Other major events included the Malvesti Obstacle Course, Trauma Lane, Call for Fire, Stress Shoot, Ranger Stakes and Zodiac Challenge at Victory Pond.
The 6th Brigade sponsored the Army ROTC Ranger Challenge. Impavido said it dates back decades, but this marked the third year at Fort Benning.
Organizers praised the 4th Ranger Training Battalion and U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit for the use of facilities, their contributions and assistance.
RESULTS Overall champion: Florida State University (Team 2)
Tier winners Red Tier: Florida State University (Team 1)
White Tier: Florida Southern College
Blue Tier: University of Southern Florida
Green Tier: Florida State University (Team 2)