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Bobcat battalion snags top spot
Freshman team captures top ranger ranking  

Apr 30, 2009  
By Katie Ronske  

Cadets Joe McGrew and Grant Perry are a big reason why Ohio University's "Bobcat battalion" enjoys such a top reputation, according to their instructor Sergeant First Class (SFC) Denis Stewart.

The two freshmen from Ohio University's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) recently finished first out of 20 teams at this year's 7th Brigade Best Ranger Challenge at Xavier University. 

"McGrew and Perry displayed the highest level of intestinal fortitude I've ever seen out of freshman cadets. These guys aren't supposed to be this good... yet," Stewart said. "I'm absolutely impressed and proud of what these two young men did here today."

McGrew and Perry competed against cadets from every ROTC program in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan. During the challenge, they participated in eight events, finishing with a 10K ruck/run that required carrying 35-pound rucksacks and full battle equipment during the 6.2-mile course.

"I think, because we were just freshmen, the competition simply took us for granted," said McGrew, a civil engineering major. "We always knew we could win -- never any doubt in our minds."

In addition to McGrew and Perry, Ohio University was represented by two other teams at this year's competition. Duo Chase Rahm and Phil Hale placed fifth, and the team of cadets Matthew Huff and Alex Sayre finished 10th overall.

The Bobcat battalion has consistently placed in the top half of the competition in the last several years, thanks to rigorous training and top-notch instruction.

"The instructors set a pretty high bar high for us -- much higher than at other ROTC schools," said Perry, who's pursuing a sociology degree. "So we know going in to an event like this that we're that good, it's just up to us to prove it to the rest of the country."



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Ohio University Army ROTC:  http://www.ohio.edu/armyrotc/ 

Published: Apr 30, 2009 9:19 AM  

Army ROTC Cadets Grant Perry (left) and Joe McGrew  are all smiles after
winning the 7th ROTC Brigade's Best Ranger Competition this past Saturday
at Xavier University.  

Photo(s) courtesy of Army ROTC  

Cadets selected to attend seminars 

Based on their academic and military excellence, three Ohio University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) senior cadets were selected to participate in national-level seminars in April.

Alex Churnushin, a finance and business economics major, attended the George C. Marshall ROTC Seminar April 15-17 in Lexington, Va. There he met top U.S. military officials, such as Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey and Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, and discussed issues relating to national security.

Linguistics major Connie Theobald and business economics major Eric Richards attended the Battalion Command Conference April 20-21 in West Point, N.Y. The conference aims to provide cadets with a greater understanding of officership and how it applies to commanding during battle.

Churnushin, Theobald, and Richards, along with senior cadet Jared Fliegel, will graduate and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army on June 13. All four will graduate with the title of Distinguished Military Graduates, meaning they are within the top 20 percent of all Army ROTC cadets in the nation.

- Megan Greve



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