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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
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Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

October 5, 2005
TO: Reporters, editors, producers
FROM: Amy Cowles | 443-287-9960 | amycowles@jhu.edu
RE: Johns Hopkins ROTC cadets to participate in "Ranger Challenge"
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 23
WHERE: Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia

A team of 10 undergraduates — nine from Johns Hopkins and one from Villa Julie College — will participate in the Army's Eastern Region ROTC 3rd Brigade Ranger Challenge later this month. The annual event pits 18 schools in a competition aimed at fostering camaraderie and testing individuals' leadership abilities. The event features the best cadets from participating schools. The Johns Hopkins Ranger Team has won the Ranger Challenge twice in the past three years. This year's JHU ROTC Ranger Challenge Team includes Johns Hopkins students captain Gavin Maguire, Michael Barnhart, Jenna Parkinson, Justin Bristow, Craig Gridelli, all of whom are seniors; junior Andria Caruso; sophomores Joe Henderson and Alex Johnson; and Patrick Nordahl, a graduate student. Ryan Gerner, a senior at Villa Julie College, is also on the team.

The challenge covers eight events: the Army physical fitness test, basic rifle marksmanship, construction and execution of a one-rope bridge, patrolling, weapons assembly, orienteering, hand grenade assault course and a 10K road march. The focus is not so much about individual achievement as it is about team success. The Ranger Challenge plays an important role in furthering cadets' development as leaders and future Army officers, Eastern Region commander Col. Robert Frusha said.

The media is welcome to attend training sessions on the Homewood campus in Baltimore as the team gets ready for the big event. To do so, contact Capt. Amy Eileen Wallace, 410-916-6806, or amy.eileen.wallace@us.army.mil for information.

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