Missouri State University’s Bear Battalion Ranger Challenge team took first place in the Task Force Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 13-14 in Fort Leonard Wood, defending their championship.
The win ensures that the team advances to the Brigade Ranger Challenge competition Nov. 3-5 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Difficult and complex competition
The Bear Battalion competed in the 11-person team challenge, according to Major Eric Wahner, assistant professor of military science.
Maj. Wahner described the difficulty and complexity of the competition.
“The competitive tasks the team faced on the first day of competition included a very difficult timed obstacle course with monkey bars, rope bridges, cargo nets and rope climbing,” Maj. Wahner said.
After that, the team interacted with a “call for fire” digital trainer, which tested the cadets’ ability to request artillery against an enemy target.
Next, the team completed a land navigation written exam, followed by a competitive test at a chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear defense station, which required donning protective equipment and performing several dexterity tasks.
The team concluded with a fitness event that required them to run one mile while carrying two 40-pound kettle bells and two ammo cans.
“The entire 11-person team crossed the finish line together, as a team, in a record seven minutes,” Maj. Wahner said.
And that was just Day 1.