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APSU to be invaded by future military leaders

Dressed in fatigues and ready for battle, more than 250 JROTC are bound for APSU for the 2005 Raider Challenge.

The competition will take place from 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Memorial Health Building, Dunn Center, Governors Stadium and the Armory.

Hosted annually by the APSU Governors Guard, the Raider Challenge tests the skills of area high school JROTC cadets through seven events designed to build camaraderie, team unity and citizenship.
Dressed in fatigues and ready for battle, more than 250 JROTC are bound for APSU for the 2005 Raider Challenge.

The competition will take place from 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Memorial Health Building, Dunn Center, Governors Stadium and the Armory.

Hosted annually by the APSU Governors Guard, the Raider Challenge tests the skills of area high school JROTC cadets through seven events designed to build camaraderie, team unity and citizenship.

This year, cadets from 22 Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Indiana high schools will participate in the following events:

•The High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) Push
•Army Physical Fitness Test
•Rock Wall Climbing
•Land Navigation Test
•Litter Carry
•Rope Bridge

Cadets are unable to prepare for the final “mystery” event, as it is kept secret until the day of the challenge.

The 101st Airborne Division also will participate in the day's events, presenting static displays of the following ground-mounted weapons systems:

•HMMWV with crew-served weapons
•HMMWV with Avenger Air Defense System
•Howitzer cannon
•M240B Machine Gun
•Intelligence gathering equipment

T-shirts and concessions will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting APSU's Cadet Club.

For further information, telephone the department of military science and leadership, at (931) 221-6155 or (931) 221-6135.
—Terry Stringer