Merry Christmas and Cadet Boldry Graduates Airborne School

Merry Christmas to everyone from the CBAA. We hope everyone has safe travels over the holidays and makes some great memories with family and friends.

This weeks story board is about Cadet Boldry who graduated from Airborne School last summer.

Boldry_Airborne Storyboard 2013

 

On May 31st approximately 430 other Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Cadets and Midshipmen began the Basic Airborne Course at the 1/507th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, GA. The course is broken up into three phases: one week of ground operations, one week of tower operations and finally jump week.

The first week consisted of a PT test for minimum score on the first day, followed mainly by exit drills from 34ft towers and learning how to properly execute a PLF (Parachute Landing Fall). During the week they practiced exits from both a C-130 and C-17 aircraft via 34ft towers, while also becoming oriented with the two different parachute systems. Both the T-10D and T-11 parachutes are static line deployed, and the main differences are size/shape and deployment time. After learning to exit, PLF, and operate the parachutes, training moved to tower training in week two.

During the second week of the Basic Airborne Course, the school began testing what had learned in week one. The trainees expanded on their exits and it allowed them to master their PLF’s on the Swing Landing Trainer (SLT). They also began to exit in groups of four to simulate a mass exit from both aircrafts and also began to practice jumping with a combat load (assault pack and weapon). They continued their training of PLF’s on the SLT which drops each student from 4-5ft in order to simulate landing in the drop zone. At the end of the week they also learned how to control their canopies during descent, and how to avoid/react to emergency landings and malfunctions. By the end of the week they were ready for the real thing, and moved on to jump week.

During jump week they exited both C-130 and C-17 aircrafts from 1250ft at 130 knots using both parachutes. After 5 jumps and quite a bit of waiting in a harness, they succeeded in earned their wings.

Cadet Schmitt attends WHINSEC

Last Summer Cadet Jade Schmitt had the tremendous opportunity to attend a month long course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) where she excelled.

And for those of you following our scholarship fundraising, we are up to $250 toward our $2,000 goal. You can send us a check or donate through the PayPal button on the website.

Whinsec 2013

 

This past summer Cadet Jade Schmitt spent her time training with South American Cadets in the WHINSEC program. This is the first time that University of Wyoming Army ROTC has sent a Cadet to this challenging internationally-focused school. The course consisted of tactical maneuvers, leadership reaction courses, Ranger obstacle course, combat water survival test (CWST), night and day navigation, and human rights training. WHINSEC is considered a Special Ops school due to all the extensive training. While Cadet Schmitt was in FT. Benning she was placed as the Company Commander of all 132 cadets. This was a very difficult position due to the language barrier and the different culture.

Cadet Schmitt was able to excel in all events. She scored a 275 on her physical fitness test, qualified the first round, and passed the CWST. Based off of her scores and leading performance she was able to make the Commandants list and receive the Leadership Award.

Cadet Tyler Long at Cadet Field Training

Last summer Cadet Tyler Long was selected to attend Cadet Field Training at Camp Buckner, NY.  You can check out the storyboard and read the text below. First an update on our scholarship fundraising drive. So far we’ve only raised $100 out of our goal of $2,000. You can help cadets with scholarships by mailing us a check or donating through the Donate button on our website.

Cadet Field Training Storyboard 2013

 

Cadet Field Training is a three week training event held at West Point. For two weeks prior to CFT juniors and seniors are trained by senior enlisted and officer instructors, to prepare them to lead the training of the incoming sophomores for CFT. CFT is based off the Army ROTC LDAC and is composed of similar events.

In the case of ROTC Cadets, incoming sophomores and juniors are split up and put into different platoons and squads. Upon arrival to West Point cadets are issued gear, are taken to Camp Buckner and introduced to their West Point cadet squads. The prized RECONDO pin is also up for grabs during this training. RECONDO events consist of APFT, a five mile run, three different obstacle courses, room clearing, first aid, radio communications, artillery range, marksmanship, land navigation, and weapon disassembly/reassembly. The first two weeks consist of all these events in preparation for a four day FTX.

During the FTX at Camp Buckner, Cadets are pitted up against infantryman from the 10th Mountain Division in a series of STX Lanes and Platoon operations. Cadets conduct patrol base operations every night. To add to the intensity of the training, the 10th Mountain OPFOR made frequent attacks at night in attempt to infiltrate the patrol base. The use of blanks and artillery simulation rounds are used all through FTX. The failure to repel a night attack would reduce the score of the junior instructors. The second day of FTX cadets are air assaulted into the area of operations. CFT is a great chance for ROTC cadets to get real hands on training and improve on basic skills. Only about 150 ROTC cadets can attend CFT, but have a great success rate and are often standouts in their respective squads.

Cadet Bradford at the Combat Diver Qualification Course

Last summer, Cadet Daniel Bradford received one of the rare and highly coveted slots for a cadet at the Combat Diver Qualification Course. You can click on the storyboard or read the text below. And if you haven’t yet, please give a little to our scholarship drive using the PayPal link on our website (we also accept old fashioned checks).

Combat Diver Storyboard 2013

 

CDQC starts in Key West, Florida a week before the course began with about 25 other ROTC Cadets. During this week, Cadets train on the prerequisites for the course. These included a PT test, 5 mile run, underwater knot tying, drown proofing, weight belt swim, equipment recovery, 50m subsurface lap, and surface swims in the ocean.

The following week the course actually began. The schedule was similar to the first week but it was significantly harder. Everything got more serious and the training more focused. This phase is when the majority of the class quit the course. About 15 to 20 guys quit the first day.

The second week of the course started with familiarization of open circuit diving equipment (scuba tanks). Once everyone had become familiarized with the equipment, the train up for the famed one man confidence test began and then the two man confidence. The remaining weeks were split into Bleach landing and zodiac operations.

Army Ten Miler Results

I have received a bunch of story boards from LTC Day covering a lot of things our cadets have done over last summer and this fall. I’ll publish them once a week until they are done. First up is the results from the Army Ten Miler on September 20th. I’ve attached the storyboard and pasted the text below to make it a little easier to read. Don’t forget to contribute to our ongoing scholarship drive.

Army Ten Miler Storyboard 2013

 

The Army Ten Miler (ATM) Race is held each year in Washington D.C. It is sponsored by the United States Army and the coarse begins at the Pentagon and runs past all the monuments. This race is growing every year, consisting of 35,000 runners this October. The University of Wyoming was able to take a team of seven runners. These Cadets began training in the beginning of the semester, working hard so they could all reach their personal records. Training five days a week consisted of distance running and speed training for the race. The team of 4 seniors, 2 juniors, and a freshman started their trip with a long drive to Denver International Airport the morning of the 18th, and a connecting flight to Richmond, VA. They all flew into Richmond and stayed at Cadets Hamblen’s home before the race. Before the race, the team traveled to Washington D.C. from Richmond to sightsee and attend the ATM race expo.

On Sunday October 20th 2013, the race finally kicked off and the Cadets were able to put their training to the test. The team ran exceptionally well with an average time of 71 minutes. The fastest male on the team was the captain, Jake Williams (Sr.) with a time of 64 Minutes, and the fastest female was Holly Reiner (Sr.) with a time of 73 Minutes. Thanks to generous support from the University, family, friends and local business the team was able to attend this event and represent Wyoming without a cost to the Cadets.

Ranger Challenge Results

Back on October 4th our Ranger Challenge teams placed 9th and 11th in a rather unorthodox Ranger Challenge Competition. LTC Day passed along the story board that I’ve embedded into the post. I’ve also copied and pasted the text below the story board to make it a little easier to read.

Congratulations to all who competed!

Ranger Challenge Story Board.001

Ranger Challenge is the varsity sport of ROTC. Every year teams from around the region gather to pit their best Cadets against each other in a one-day, all-out competition. This year, the University of Wyoming was prepared to send two teams, Alpha and Bravo team. Due to lack of appropriations, travel to a central location for Ranger Challenge was not possible. Instead, rather than compete face to face, each school conducted events at their home station and then submitted their scores to be ranked against the other teams from the region.

The first event was the “Ranger Physical Fitness Test.” For this event Cadets completed the standard 2 minutes of push-ups and 2 minutes of sit-ups. Next, each Cadet had 2 minutes to do as many pull ups as possible. After this, Cadets ran a timed two-mile course (the standard APFT distance) inside the Arena Auditorium. This time was recorded but the Cadets had to continue running and complete an additional 3 miles at which point their total 5 mile time was recorded. The average APFT score for both Alpha and Bravo teams was a remarkable 289 points out of a possible 300.

After a quick change into the Army Combat Uniform, the Cadets completed a 5 minute written Cadet Knowledge Test and then set up the One Rope Bridge in more than 6 inches of fresh snow. Both teams completed the event quickly with Alpha team finishing in 11:12 and Bravo in 15:18.

The culminating event was a 10k ruck march, during which both teams braved blistering winds and heavy snow. Alpha Team finished with a time of 1:14:33, with Bravo coming in just 2 minutes behind them. Both teams performed phenomenally, averaging just over 12 minute miles while each member carried a minimum of a 35 pound rucksack and a Load Bearing Vest.

Overall, Alpha Team placed 9th and Bravo 11th out of 15 teams in the region, a strong finish, and especially strong considering the adverse weather conditions that the Wyoming Cadets faced. Though disappointed at not being able to go head-to-head with the other schools in the Brigade, all of the Cadets carried themselves with pride, never complaining but instead pulling up the slack for their teammates whenever possible and fully living up to the Ranger Creed.