The UCCS Army Officers’ Training Corps program took first place during the regional ROTC Ranger Challenge.
The grueling three-day event took place Oct. 17-19 at the Jack’s Valley Training Area on the U.S. Air Force Academy. In total, 16 teams from four states participated in challenges that included a hand grenade assault course, weapons assembly and disassembly, marksmanship, a timed forced march and a mystery event.
The nine member teams of men and women must include a representative from each academic class at the school.
As the winner of the regional event, the UCCS team will travel to San Antonio on Oct. 31 to compete against four other regional winners in head-to-head competition for a chance to advance to the United States Military Academy’s annual Sandhurst Competition.
The Mountain Ranger ROTC Battalion traces its roots at UCCS to 1965. The university was designated a host institution in 1981 and in 1983 was reorganized as cadet battalion of two cadet companies and renamed the Mountain Ranger Battalion with partnerships at other Colorado Springs-area universities while remaining based at UCCS.