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UI ROTC participates in military skills competition
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa Ranger Challenge team participated
in the annual Tri-State military skills competition Oct. 23-25 at Camp
Dodge in Des Moines, placing fifth in the overall standings.
The nine-member team from the UI ROTC Hawkeye Battalion placed first
in two skill events a written infantry tactics exam and disassembly/assembly
of the M16A2 rifle and M60 machine gun. Individual first place awards went
to sophomore Michael Dunlap in the tactics exam and freshman Tyson Jewett.
"Our team put a great deal of time and effort to prepare for this
competition, training for two months, at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday,"
said Capt. Kyle Kolthoff of the Hawkeye Battalion. "We did well for
a young team, and we look forward to competing next year."
The Hawkeye Battalion competed against teams from Iowa State University,
the University of Northern Iowa, Creighton University, Kansas State University,
Kansas University and Pittsburgh State University. Kansas won the competition.
Other events included a physical fitness test, construction of a one-rope
bridge, a grenade assault course, orienteering, rifle marksmanship and
a 10-kilometer march.
The UI Ranger Challenge team also included seniors Josh Busard and Jake
Cannon, juniors Eric Finch and Travis Johnson, sophomore Cal Thoman, and
freshmen Stephen Sheets and Adam Everett.