On Saturday, August 31, 2019 the Eastern Washington University (EWU) hosted a cross country meet called “The Clash of the Inland Northwest” that featured collegiate cross country teams from across the region. Great job by all our Eastern cross country athletes that competed in the race today. In support of the meet, the EWU Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cannon Crew fired its historic World War II era pack howitzer to start each race.
Our historic pack howitzer first entered service during World War II with the 10th Mountain Division where it saw action against enemy forces during division operations in Italy.
Our cannon is pulled by our historic Army Jeep called “Lil Eag” that has been part of the Army ROTC program at Eastern since the 1960’s.
Any student who enrolls into the EWU ROTC program is allowed to participate as part of the Cannon Crew. The Cannon Crew will be in action again next weekend on September 7th for EWU’s home opening football game against Lindenwood University. Kickoff is at 13:05 and we invite alumni and friends of the EWU ROTC battalion to stop by and visit with our Cadets conducting Cannon Crew duties that day. It should be a great time!
Go ROTC! Go Fighting Eags!