UH ROTC competes in West Point competition

| May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments
A ROTC cadet from the University of Hawaii crosses a stream at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition, at USMA, West Point, N.Y., recently. (Forrest Berkshire | U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs)

A ROTC cadet from the University of Hawaii crosses a stream at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition, at USMA, West Point, N.Y., recently. (Forrest Berkshire | U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Cadet Command
News Release

WEST POINT, N.Y. — University of Hawaii Army ROTC cadets finished 24th out of 50 teams at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition, here, recently.

Hawaii’s team was one of only two of the eight teams representing senior Army ROTC units nationwide to finish in the top half of the competition. A team from the U.S. Military Academy, or USMA, won the overall title.

Competing teams included U.S. service academies, eight university ROTC teams, the USMA, and international teams from Britain’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Canada’s Royal Military College, Afghanistan’s National Military Academy, Australia’s Royal Military College, Taiwan’s Military Academy and the Chilean Military School.

ROTC cadets from the University of Hawaii help secure a teammate to a one-rope bridge at the water-crossing obstacle. Negotiating a one-rope bridge requires speed, skill, strength and teamwork. (Forrest Berkshire | U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs)

ROTC cadets from the University of Hawaii help secure a teammate to a one-rope bridge at the water-crossing obstacle. Negotiating a one-rope bridge requires speed, skill, strength and teamwork. (Forrest Berkshire | U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs)

The competition’s seven-mile route snaked through a wooded area, where teams engaged in seven events. Running through the course — amid cold and drizzle — took four to five straight hours.

There was no rest and no lunch breaks.

Seemingly simple obstacles came with added requirements. For instance, “The Wall” looked to be a straightforward push to get each of a team’s nine members over a 25-foot high-slant wall.

However, competitors had to haul eight 25-pound sandbags, without any of the bags touching the wall or the ground — blindfolded.

At the water-crossing obstacle, cadets had to erect a one-rope bridge and figure out a way to get almost 200 pounds of sandbags and equipment across the stream, as well as transport their “wounded” team captain who was unable to walk.

Executing the tasks required considerable teamwork and communication.

Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, Jr., superintendent, USMA, said the competition epitomized character and leadership.

“For 44 years, Sandhurst has represented the finest example in military skills,” he said. “Today was a tough test of those skills.”

At the end of the competition, Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, commander, U.S. Army Cadet Command, met with the Hawaii ROTC team memebers to applaud their efforts and present them with a streamer to hang on their guidon.

University of Hawaii team 

Cadet Leah Austin
Cadet Ernest Bean
Cadet Nathaniel Calio
Cadet Jason Crawford
Cadet Kenny Grant
Cadet Victor Lopez
Cadet Michael Lozano
Cadet Lester Manding
Cadet Jheaniell Moncrieffe
Cadet Ethan Pempek
Cadet Angelo Uele
Cadet Christian Walker

 

 

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