Task Force Dodge/Riley conducts Ranger Challenge 2012 at Camp Dodge, IA from 5-7 October 2012 in order to challenge cadets in a demanding, mental, physical, and team oriented competition and to determine the champion to represent the Task Force at the Brigade Ranger Challenge. To enhance leader development and Esprit de Corps within the Task Forces by inspiring cadets to compete and win their Task Force level competitions.
The Task Force Dodge/Riley Ranger Challenge Competition was a success both for the purpose developing key technical skills and leadership qualities in our Cyclone Battalion cadets as well as recognizing those who competed and put in the hard work and preparation. Participating cadets gained a stronger sense of involvement in the program as well as a sense of pride in themselves and Cyclone Battalion. Cadets gained valuable team building concepts after competing in the Task Force Ranger Challenge. Cyclone Battalion was well represented by hard working and professional cadets at every phase of the competition, reflecting positively on themselves, our ROTC program and the Army.
27 teams from ROTC programs all across the Midwest came to compete in this year’s Task Force Dodge/Riley Ranger Challenge Competition held Saturday, 06OCT12, at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. Cyclone Battalion represented the 9-man division with four teams; the Cardinal and Gold Teams from Iowa State, one male team consisting of cadets from Drake University and Iowa State University and one more team from Buena Vista University. Iowa State also sent one all female team, the Army ROTC Lady Cyclones. It was the first time there has ever been an all female division competing in the Task Force Ranger Challenge Competition. Cyclone Battalion dominated the competition. Among the 20 teams making up the 9-man division, the Cardinal Team placed 1st, the Gold Team in 3rd, Buena Vista took 7th and Drake in 11th. Out of seven teams competing in the female division, the Lady Cyclones came away with 1st place.
The Cyclone Battalion has continued our tradition of excellence, taking 1st place in 10 out of the last 11 Ranger Challenge Competitions .