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RenoZag
02-18-2016, 01:35 PM
From the Gonzaga Bulletin:

http://www.gonzagabulletin.com/news/article_51b80eae-d5ea-11e5-981f-23e3815d2d6e.html


For the first time in school history, Gonzaga’s ROTC Ranger Challenge team will participate in the Sandhurst Competition at the West Point Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Nineteen out of the last 20 regional championships have been won by Gonzaga’s Ranger Challenge team, “So there’s a long tradition of excellence,” Lt. Col. David Bingham said.

Advancement to the Sandhurst Competition was secured on Saturday, Feb. 6, when the Bulldog Battalion’s Ranger Challenge team won first place at the 8th Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This is not the team’s first win at the 8th Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition however, as the team won first place in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and more recently won second place in 2013.
“We’ve actually never been to West Point,” said MS4

Congratulations !

kitzbuel
02-18-2016, 03:13 PM
That is a great honor and a tough competition. An American team has only won it once in the last 20 plus years. Maybe the Zags can notch another!

RenoZag
02-18-2016, 09:55 PM
Apparently the 2008 team qualified for Sandhurst but the PMS vetoed going ?


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kitzbuel
02-20-2016, 08:13 PM
Seriously?

On a similar note, my Ranger Challenge advisor was a CPT Velasco.

RenoZag
02-20-2016, 08:15 PM
Seriously?

On a similar note, my Ranger Challenge advisor was a CPT Velasco.

There was a Matt Velasco in GU ROTC ; graduated in 1977, two years ahead of me. Made COL before he retired. Calls Spokane home now. Good egg.

kitzbuel
02-20-2016, 08:16 PM
Yup, I know. Same dude.

Martin Centre Mad Man
04-10-2016, 01:33 PM
The ROTC Facebook page is reporting that our cadets took the Bronze.

:clap:

kitzbuel
04-25-2016, 09:31 AM
The ROTC Facebook page is reporting that our cadets took the Bronze.

:clap:
Thanks for the note!

https://www.facebook.com/116635248368450/photos/a.155813261117315.36057.116635248368450/1150825414949423/?type=3&theater