Howard University
Ranger Challenge is a rigorous two day competition that takes place in Fort Pickett, Virginia. Approximately forty schools in the brigade compete every year in hopes to win first place in the region. The competition consists of multiple military oriented tasks/events that challenge each competing team physically and mentally. Events include, but are not limited to: Obstacle Course, Basic Rifle Marksmanship, M-16 Disassembly and Assembly, One-Rope Bridge, Hand Grenade Assault Course, First Aid Event, Squad and Individual Movement Techniques, Land Navigation Written Test, and a Mystery Event known as the Commander’s Challenge. Each event is scattered across the base and teams must work together using one map of the base to navigate to each event. The competition is timed, so although walking to each event is permitted, it is highly discouraged. To be eligible/try-out for the Ranger Challenge team, a cadet must be physically fit and have exceptional domain knowledge in military tactics. The Howard University Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team of 2013 consisted of twelve student-cadets: C. Mullen, J. Billups, J. Paige, D. Jones, J. Lake, A. Foster, S. Graham, A. Tsarni, A. Obatayo, R. Herring, C. Gaines, and C. Day. Prior to the competition, the team vigorously worked out and trained hard for each event together. This allowed them to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and build team cohesion. The team was very successful at Ranger Challenge and plans to keep getting better every year.

RANGER CHALLENGE - by CDT Shemiya Graham

Ranger Challenge is a rigorous two day competition that takes place in Fort Pickett, Virginia. Approximately forty schools in the brigade compete every year in hopes to win first place in the region. The competition consists of multiple military oriented tasks/events that challenge each competing team physically and mentally. Events include, but are not limited to: Obstacle Course, Basic Rifle Marksmanship, M-16 Disassembly and Assembly, One-Rope Bridge, Hand Grenade Assault Course, First Aid Event, Squad and Individual Movement Techniques, Land Navigation Written Test, and a Mystery Event known as the Commander’s Challenge. Each event is scattered across the base and teams must work together using one map of the base to navigate to each event. The competition is timed, so although walking to each event is permitted, it is highly discouraged. To be eligible/try-out for the Ranger Challenge team, a cadet must be physically fit and have exceptional domain knowledge in military tactics. The Howard University Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team of 2013 consisted of twelve student-cadets: C. Mullen, J. Billups, J. Paige, D. Jones, J. Lake, A. Foster, S. Graham, A. Tsarni, A. Obatayo, R. Herring, C. Gaines, and C. Day. Prior to the competition, the team vigorously worked out and trained hard for each event together. This allowed them to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and build team cohesion. The team was very successful at Ranger Challenge and plans to keep getting better every year.

RANGER CHALLENGE

The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to "compete" with each other completing military tasks. In addition to a written examination where Cadets test their Army knowledge, there are physical fitness drills and field exercises. Battalions leave a Ranger Challenge with stronger bonds and sharper skills.

PERSHING RIFLES

The National Society of Pershing Rifles gives Army ROTC Cadets the opportunity to develop to the highest degree possible. Cadets can take part in precision trick rifle drill teams that provide them with the outstanding traits of leadership, military bearing and discipline.

Pershing Angels

Founded on February 9, 1965 on the campus of Morgan State University, The National Society of Pershing Angels, Inc. is a military drill sorority that exists to promote drill, community service activities and sisterhood in extraordinary women at college campuses. Company G-8-5 at Howard University was founded on April 26, 1976 by nine young women committed to higher achievement in academics, drill, and leadership.

Commissioning Ceremony

One of the most significant events in a Cadets life is the Commissioning into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant..  Depending on their academic alignment, the ceremony normally occurs in the Spring Semester usually May or in the Fall Semester in December.  Families and friends travel great distances to be a part of this event. 

Annual ROTC Day

Each Fall Semester the Department of Military Science organizes an ROTC Day.  This event focuses on the JROTC in the DC, VA and MD area.  Over 30 High Schools are invited each year to compete in a Drill Competition and Uniform inspection.  This year, Forestville Military Academy took the first place trophy home.  The event ended with magnificent performances by the United States Army and Air Force Drill Team.

Howard University Convocation and Charter Day

Each Fall and Spring Semester, Howard University holds a Convocation Day, celebrating the opening of a new year that the University has been an educational institution and a Charter Day celebrating the anniversary of the founding of Howard University.  The administration proudly displays Bison Battalion Color Guard  during these ceremonial events.

Bison Battalion Headliners

APPROVED FOR RELEASE:  We would like to welcome MAJ(P) Landy D. Dunham to the Bison Battalion family.  MAJ(P) Dunham will be taking over as the PMS as LTC Bobbie L. Williams finishes his tour of duty with the Howard University Army ROTC program.

  • We say farewell to MSG Graves as he retires after 25 years of dedicated service to the U.S. Army and our country.
  • The Cadets endured sub-freezing temperatures, sleet, and winds while executing land navigation and STX at Fort A.P. Hill.
  • The Cadets provided their expertise in helping as judges at Dunbar High School’s JROTC Drill Competition.
  • We wish COL Hurt best wishes as she retires from the U.S. Army to embark on her new career path.

Upcoming Events

 

11 Mar-APFT#2

13 Mar-Convocation

14-22 Mar—Spring Break

19 Mar-Our Final Farewell to MSG Graves

25 Mar-4 Mile Ruck March

28 Mar-Land Navigation at Quantico Marine Corps Base

Bison Pride

Read more about the Bisons in their monthly newsletter below:

Volume 3, Issue 1

Volume 3, Issue 2

Volume 3, Issue 3

Volume 3, Issue 4

Volume 3, Issue 6

Volume 3, Issue 7

 

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