Ranger Challenge 2019 (Taskforce East) Day #2 Events

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Day #2 Events (Oct. 26th)

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Event #5 – Land Navigation

Task: After post air-movement consolidation, each team will receive all 42 coordinates. Teams will decide how to divide the points amongst the members.

Condition: Teams must return within the allotted time/ with all key equipment.

Standards: Teams have two hours to collect as many points as possible.  Teams with any members arriving late will have their scores penalized by 25% for every 5 minutes.

Camp Seven Mile
The picture shows part of the thickly forested terrain that composes Camp Seven Mile.

Land Navigation Grading

Event #6 – Hand Grenade Assault Course

Task: As a squad, receive a mission and move along a prescribed azimuth to take out three dismounted targets and an enemy bunker utilizing hand grenades.

Condition: Given 6 hand grenade simulators.

Standards: Cadets will move and engage targets with grenades as a squads. Squads will high crawl from a marked location to a marked throwing location. Thrown grenades that land within an engineer taped circle or around the target will be considered ‘hits’. For the bunker, the grenade must land inside the structure to be considered a ‘hit’.

HGAC Grading

Event #7 – Mystery Event

Cadets will find out what this event is when they arrive to the station.

Event #8 – Grinder / TCCC

Task: Assess a casualty, move squad with simulated casualty from the start point, up hill 1800 to end point via the route described. Once at end point, the team will provide the grader with a 9-line call for medevac.

Condition: Teams are given the option to carry either 1 200+ lb. ‘rescue randy’ with their entire squad, or they can carry a random (picked from a hat) member of their squad.

Standards: Cadets negotiate the route described while carrying the dummy or squad member via poled litter or SKEDCO. Cadets may take breaks, but may not remove the casualty from litter. Once complete, the team will provide a 9-line call for medevac in the proper format.

Event #9 – HMMWV Push

Task: As a team, load a HMMWV with the prescribed equipment, man all seats, and push the vehicle from the start point to the endpoint.

Condition: Given a M1151 HMMWV and assorted gear.

Standards: Teams will load the HMMWV with the prescribed equipment, occupy 4 seats within the vehicle, and push the vehicle 200m. At 100m, they will stop and teams will exchange all 4 seats before continuing to the endpoint.

LZ at Seven Mile
This is where the HMMWV Push event will be executed.


Event #10 –Road March

Ranger Challenge 12K Road March: 8thBrigade conducts 12K Road March VIC Camp 7 Mile IOT score Battalions on physical fitness within the Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition.

Road March Route

road march grading


Throwback Thursday: The 1968 Eastern Washington University Rifle Team

1968 EWU Rifle Team

1968 EWU Rifle Team

The Eastern Rifle team, under the direction of Sgt Kyle Payne, captured the conference title with a clean sweep. The undefeated marksmen were victorious in all six of their conference matches and scored their second flawles.s season in three years. The men fired .22 calibers that were specially designed for the range. They are 15 lbs. and ten pounds heavier than regular .22 rifles. The model 52C weapons are precision-made for accuracy and have several added range features. The cost is approximately $400 per weapon.  Jim Zimmerman, who placed eleventh in the Big Sky conference at the invitational match, led the team and the league with a 287.8 average for the year. A perfect score is 300. Pat Aegerter finished the season with a 285.5 average, good for second in the league.

In target competition, each man is required to make ten shots in each of three positions; prone, standing and kneeling. Time is a prime factor in the contest as each man has 36 minutes to complete his rounds. Points are accumulated according to the distance from the center of the target. A man receives ten points when he completely shoots out the “Bull’s Eye”. Eastern placed five marksmen in the top ten positions in the conference at the end of the season. On the squad are Zimmerman, Aegerter, Rich Hamrich, Ray Grimes and Cal Kam. Pat Culllgan, who failed to accumulate enough points for conference standings, won third in the Big Sky Invitational for the prone position.  [1968 Kinnikinik Yearbook]

Did you know that Eastern Washington University still has a rifle team today?  If you are interested in competitive shooting and would like to be part of the rifle team you do not need to be part of Army ROTC program to do so.  The rifle team is an elective college class open to everyone in the university to enroll into.  Anyone with questions can contact our EWU Army ROTC office at Cadet Hall at 509-359-2386 with their questions.


Three Eastern Washington University Cadets Graduate from ROTC Advanced Camp

Congratulations to Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) “Fighting Eagles” battalion Cadets Austin Bristow, Jacob Villasenor and Hunter Smith for graduating today from Advanced Camp’s, 10th Regiment at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

From left: Austin Bristow, Jacob Villasenor, and Hunter Smith take a picture together during the Field Training Exercise (FTX) portion of Advanced Camp at Ft. Knox, Kentucky

Advanced Camp is Cadet Command’s premier annual training event that assesses Cadets on their ability to conduct basic officer leadership tasks.  Cadets usually attend Advanced Camp during the summer between their junior and senior years of college.  Passing Advanced Camp is a mandatory requirement for all Cadets who want to commission as an officer in the U.S. Army after graduation.

Eastern’s ROTC program sent 22 Cadets to Advanced Camp this year and our final two Cadets will graduate from Advanced Camp’s 11th Regiment on August 18th.

With the successful completion of Advanced Camp Cadets Bristow, Villasenor, and Smith are one step closer to commissioning as Second Lieutenants after graduating from Eastern.  Congratulations to all three Cadets for achieving one of the benchmark accomplishments of the ROTC program.

Go ROTC!  Go Fighting Eags!