Bataan Memorial Death March Results

I received some great news last week regarding our Cowboy’s performance at the Bataan Memorial Death March.

  • Cadets Summerbell, Flanscha, Goodwin, Rusk, and Galvin placed 2nd out of 44 teams in the ROTC Men’s Heavy Category
  • Cadets Carollo, Johnson, Lichtfuss, Hamblen, and Carswell placed 8th out of 16 teams in the Military Coed Heavy Category
  • Cadet Kelchner placed 2nd overall out of 128 in the ROTC Male Heavy Individual Category and 2nd Place in his age group.
  • Cadet Reiner placed 5th overall out of 748 in the Civilian Female Light Category and 2nd Place in her age group.
  • Cadet Plush placed 31st in the Civilian Female Light Category and 9th Place in her age group.

If you get a chance, let these cadets know how proud of them we all are. I’ll add the story as soon as I can.

Mentorship Kickoff Tomorrow Night

We are having our Mentorship Kickoff tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Laramie VFW. If you are close enough please come and meet this year’s commissioning class. It will be a great chance to connect with the program help out some soon to be 2LTs. We’ll have a sandwich tray and a cookie tray but you’ll have to buy you’re own beer.

Who is a Company Commander Right Now?

We would like to have any current Company Commanders write a short open letter to current cadets, focused on MSIVs. We would like you to describe the qualities and characteristics that you look for and would like to and/or expect to see when a new 2LT shows up in your Company for the first time. We would also like you to describe some common mistakes that you see.

We are starting to put together several of these letters, we’ll post them on our website and use them to show some of the things we have to offer current ROTC cadets. We’ll reach out to them through ROTC Cadre and the cadet FaceBook Page, and any other means we can think of. Hopefully these can start some good discussions.

Of course we would like to hear from people other than Company Commander’s. I just picked that one to start because my first Company Commander had a huge impact on me, greater than any other person I worked for in the Army. He’s still a man that I look up to and respect.

Let me know if you are interested regardless of your current rank and position. If you want to just write something and send it in that’s fine too. I just ask that you write from the perspective of your current position for current MSIVs.

Also, remember that it’s just one week and a day to the mentorship kickoff event. I have spoken with LTC Day and he’s assured me that the MSIVs will be there. For those alumni who are close enough to get there, it promises to be fun, and not the mandatory type of fun either.

It will start at 6:30, Tuesday, March 25th, at the VFW in Laramie.

2LT Longo Graduates Ranger School

I try to avoid posting more than once a week but I though I should pass this along.

“Just got this from LT Longo.  Our first Ranger out of last years crew.  Thought it may be nice to share with the Alumni” – LTC Day

Longo Ranger Graduation


Congratulations 2LT Longo, we’re all proud of your accomplishment and to include you in the ranks of Cowboy Battalion Alumni.

Mentorship Kickoff Event

Hey everyone, at 6:30 PM on March 25th at the Laramie VFW we are going kick off our mentorship program for the year with a Mentorship Kickoff Event. If you come, and I hope you do, remember that it’s not about us and our stories, the point is the cadets and finding out what makes them nervous or exited about being a 2LT.

This is a great chance for alumni to make it clear that we are here to help and no question is beneath answering.

We will bring current MSIVs together with alumni in a very relaxed and unstructured environment so everyone can get to know each other and get comfortable with each other.

We will be providing some food and everyone can buy their own booze.

Posse Club Trains to Support Search and Rescue

The UW Army ROTC Posse Club has done some great work helping the Albany County Sheriff’s office and the Albany County Search and Rescue. The storyboard below covers one of their training events last fall.



On the 28th of September, the Posse Club conducted a training event in vicinity of Happy Jack Trail near the Lincoln Monument. The Posse Club focused on various vital training skills, which are inherent in the Search and Rescue (SAR) aspect of the club. These skills included First Aid (practical and improvised means) and Knot Tying (for use when rappelling and climbing).

One of the Posse Club’s main missions is to provide support for the Albany County Sheriff’s Dept., as well as other law enforcement departments in the surrounding area in SAR. During the outing the Posse rehearsed how to take care of an individual injured in back-country hiking. The members learned techniques utilized by both the US Military, and those that are more applicable for a civilian setting (see top picture). The Posse also set up a “Rope Corral” to practice tying knots that are used while conducting high-angle climbing and rappelling, which is pictured at the bottom. One of the Posse’s main goals is to be proficient in this skill set in order to provide specialized support during missions. A brief class on building improvised shelters using a poncho and bungee cords was also given.

Along with training, the Posse came together and had a barbecue for lunch in order to build better team cohesion. The outing was an overall success, and others like it will be planned in the future to ensure the advancement of team knowledge and abilities in extreme cold weather environments.

Cadets Stanfill and Wass Graduate Air Assault School

Now that we have CBAA business out of they way for a while I’ll resume posting the ROTC storyboards I have on deck. Last summer the Cowboy Battalion had two cadets graduate Air Assault School, Adam Stanfill and Kyle Wass. As usual, I’ve copied and pasted the text below the storyboard to make the reading a bit easier.

Air Assualt Storyboard 2013


Every year select Cadets of the Cowboy battalion attend the US Army Air Assault School. The school focuses on training Cadets for airmobile and air assault operations through a mentally and physically challenging 12 day course.

Day zero consisted of an early wake-up and a grueling Physical Training (PT) session, followed by a timed two mile run and obstacle coarse. The Cadets that where able to complete these tasks were then rewarded with being in-processed and assigned their roster number and squad.

The day-to-day of phase 1 consisted of PT followed by classes introducing the Cadets to the Army’s various rotor winged aircraft and their capabilities. The Cadets were also introduced to the basics of sling load and pathfinder operations. It was during Phase 1 that Cadets received their orientation flight on a UH-60 Blackhawk.

Phase 2 began with a timed 6 mile road march. After that the Cadets learned the various types of sling load kits, their capacities, and how to properly rig them on various pieces of Army equipment. Cadets then practiced inspecting sling loaded equipment and finding deficiencies in preparation for the sling load test. The Cadets also witnessed a live sling load operation, consisting of their rucksacks compiled in a cargo net.

Phase 3 focused on preparing the Cadets for the culminating event of Air Assault, rappelling out of an airborne helicopter. The Cadets were slowly introduced to rappelling and made various rappels in different styles with various gear loads. Cadets spent three days at the rappel tower preparing for the aircraft rappel. On the day of the aircraft rappel, cadets are lifted roughly 90 feet into the air to execute a basic rappel to land safely on the ground below.

Finally, Cadets completed a timed 12 mile ruck march on graduation day to earn their Air Assault wings.

CBAA Meeting Tomorrow

Our next CBAA meeting will be 6PM on this Tuesday February 11th at the Laramie VFW. The agenda is on the meetings page of the website. As always, feel free to chime in with your two cents and anything you want to add.

Be sure to say thanks to the VFW by joining, or at least buying a few drinks.

I look forward to seeing everyone who can make it.

Next CBAA Meeting

Our next CBAA meeting will be 6PM on Tuesday February 11th at the Laramie VFW. I’ve posted the agenda on the meetings page of the website. Let me know if you want me to add anything else.

As usual, in order to say thanks to the VFW for letting us use their space please join if you are eligible and buy a few drinks from them.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it.