ROTC takes Ranger Challenge by storm

Ten Cadets from UVM’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program competed in a two-day competition known as the Ranger Challenge on Oct. 16-17. The Green Mountain Battalion took the top spot in their division and second place for the entire competition, according to University Communications. The purpose of the Ranger Challenge is to test team cohesion, leader development and physical and mental toughness of the participating Cadets. Some of the events in the competition include an army physical fitness test, first aid, building and crossing a rope bridge, disassembling and assembling weapons and conducting military operations in urban terrain, a news release stated. The team took first place in the rope bridge competition and the 10K road march. Cadet Bradley Patnaude won the top score for male physical fitness, according to University Communications. The 2010 UVM ROTC Ranger Challenge team is composed of senior captains Bradley Patnaude and Warner Clark. The rest of the team consists of senior Travis Gerbatsch, juniors Jill Bardon, Ryan Finnerty, Dallas Apotheker, Brian Hamel and Patrick Wright, first years Matt DeMenna and Ryan O’Leary and sophomore alternate Andrew Stillman. UVM ROTC is hosted at the University of Vermont and also includes participants from Saint Michael’s College, Champlain College, Middlebury College, Johnson State College, Castleton State College and SUNY Plattsburgh.