DATE:  November 14, 2006       
CONTACT: Steven Lasker (512) 923-4401; Steve Paschal (361) 825-2336
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi ROTC Battalion Takes Third Place at Annual Army Ranger Challenge

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Army ROTC team from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi took third place in a field of 30 universities competing in the Ranger Challenge competition at Camp Bullis in San Antonio.
The A&M-Corpus Christi team, which trained extensively for six weeks prior to the competition, consisted of cadets Steven Lasker, Joshua Snyder, Ryno Van Leeuwen, Otto Vindikilde, Tadeo Mar, Glen Milen, and Ryan Hunke. Among the competing teams were: The University of Texas-Austin, Texas A&M University-College Station, New Mexico State University, The University of Texas-San Antonio, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and The University of Texas-Arlington.
The Ranger Challenge is a series of seven events that test the mental and physical toughness of team members while developing team cohesion and fostering healthy competition among ROTC battalions. The competition includes a 10K ruck march with a 30-pound pack in battle dress uniform; a physical training test; day and night land navigation courses; written land navigation and first aid tests; M-16 assembly and disassembly; and a commander’s obstacle course.