Ranger Buddy is held annually at the University of Kansas – April 10, 2021
Cadets train for months to be ready for the physical and mental challenges of participating in the Ranger Buddy Competition. The annual competition is held each spring in Lawrence, Kansas at the Rim Rock Farm facility on the University of Kansas (KU) campus.
Two-person teams from various Army ROTC units across the country gather to compete in this day-long event. Teams can be either all male, all female or co-ed. The teams are put to the test through a series of challenging obstacles, team movements and tasks. These challenges require strong physical skills and a mental mind-set to work through each objective.
This year the Golden Buffalo Battalion sent five teams to compete:
1. Co-ed Team #1
CDT James Laucirica, a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder
CDT Lauren Hernandez, a sophomore at the Colorado School of Mines
2. Co-ed Team #2
CDT Jane Geisman, a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder
CDT Josh Greulich, a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder
3. Male Team #1
CDT Christopher Mauger, a junior at the University of Denver (DU)
CDT Owen Brennan, a junior at the University of Denver (DU)
4. Male Team #2
CDT Jonathan Cattan, a sophomore at the Colorado School of Mines
CDT Jack Dobrotka, a freshman at Colorado Christian University
5. Female Team #1
CDT Helen Boyles, a sophomore at the University of Denver (DU)
CDT Brooke Hawkins, a freshman at the University of Denver (DU)
The competition began with a 15K buddy ruck run with only the top 50% of the teams qualifying to proceed to the next challenge. Two of our teams (CDT Cattan/Dobrotka and CDT Boyles/Hawkins) made it to the second round.
In the second round, teams conquered fifteen/timed Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) lanes. The fifteen lanes are broken down into three categories, including medical, weapons and patrol lanes. Some of the tasks within the 3 categories consisted of first aid/medical treatment; weapon assembly/disassembly and basic skill tasks; military reporting formats/range card writing and identifying map topography; with a final 5K buddy run. A team is disqualified if they receive a total of four “No Go’s” across all EIB lanes.
Our top team, CDT Cattan/Dobrotka, successfully completed all of the EIB tasks, but they were unable to finish the 5K run because they ran out of time.
Although our teams did not come away with an actual placement number, they represented the Golden Buffalo Battalion with honor and courage.
Great job Cadets!!!