MADISON, Wisconsin (October 15, 2022) – The Miami of Ohio University Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit won the NROTC Fall Invitational Drill Meet and Urban Adventure Race (UAR) overall title here on October 14, 2022 University of Wisconsin-Madison. fifteen.
More than 200 midshipmen from five NROTC units attended the day-long event on the UW Madison campus. The Wisconsin Badger Battalion planned and directed the entire invitation, which has been an annual fall event for 49 years. In 2020, the Invitational was canceled due to COVID-19.
“It feels really good,” said Kelley Smith, 21, Midshipman 1st Class, of Cincinnati, the battalion commander. “At the beginning of the semester I made a goal to come here and win the Wisconsin Drill Meet. It feels really great to travel eight hours (from Oxford, Ohio) and see how we reach our destination.”
The Miami of Ohio RedHawks NROTC Battalion, which has competed in the annual event since 2014 and most recently won in 2015, totaled 844.2 points and won by 87.5 points over second place and last year’s overall winner, the University of Illinois (756 ,7). The host entity, Wisconsin, took third place with (637.5), followed by Marquette University with fourth (596.7), and universities in the Chicago NROTC Consortium (Northwestern, Illinois Institute of Technology) rounded out the top five.
“It means a lot to the unit and is definitely a morale boost,” said Smith, an optional midshipman with the United States Marine Corps. “When we got here the energy was high but I could see it getting much higher as the day went on. We’re a smaller unit so it’s a matter of pride to come here and do well.”
The invitation included military drill competitions, an on-campus fitness run, and a rifle and pistol shooting competition. A flag football tournament was also held along with a “jeopardy” game of Navy and Marine Corps knowledge.
Miami of Ohio Midshipman 1st Class Naya Smith (unrelated), 21, a senior from Rochester, Michigan, and another Navy Option midshipman, said planning for and attending events like the Wisconsin NROTC Fall Invitational will help when they serve as a Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant and go to their first unit in the fleet.
“I think the experience of volunteering (at activities and events) will teach us how to bring that across to our units in the Marine Corps. It also helps motivate our people to want to be
involved in things and don’t feel like they were asked to do things ‘voluntarily’, Midshipman Naya Smith said.
Another Navy option and coordinator of the Miami of Ohio drill teams, Midshipman 3rd Class James Coursey, 19, a sophomore from Shelbyville, Ky., said it took a lot of early morning work and practice time to prepare for the event .
“It means a lot to come here and win. The drill crews and the other teams have put a lot of time and effort into it. I’m really proud of everyone,” Coursey said.
What makes the Wisconsin event unique is the Urban Adventure Race (UAR), a four-midshipman race around the university campus. The UAR averages between 6.2 and 9.2 miles, depending on weather and campus construction. The event includes practice stations on the course. Each practice station was worth points that counted towards the total UAR time.
“I think the event went very well,” said Capt. John Barnett, commanding officer and NROTC professor of naval science for the Wisconsin unit, who hosted his second invitation since being named commanding officer in 2020. “I think we had a great time in the mornings and afternoons doing military drills, esprit de corps building and networking.”
The competition started early in the morning with the UAR around the university campus. The course began in the Department of Naval Science building and consisted of several practice stations, including pull-ups, buddy carries up and down Bascom Hill, which overlooks downtown and the state capital building, and several US Marine Corps drills at the picnic Point on the shore of Lake Mendota. The competitors ended at the NROTC building. Ohio University’s Miami took first place in the adventure race, finishing with 200 total points. Illinois took second place with 160 points, beating out third place Marquette, who accumulated 130 points. Wisconsin and the Chicago Consortium placed 4th and 5th in the UAR, respectively.
At the pistol and rifle competition held at an indoor shooting range in Deerfield, Wisconsin. Miami of Ohio finished first with 180 total points in rifle (100) and pistol (80). Illinois scored 150 total points, 100 pistol points, and 50 rifle points to take second place.
Also on Saturday, the teams competed against each other on the university’s ribbon practice field in three separate disciplines – Platoon Rifle Drill, Squad Rifle Drill and Color Guard. In preparation for the drill competition, the teams practice precise eye movements in unison for months. The event was evaluated by Marine Corps Assistant Marine Officer Instructors (AMOI) from the participating units, who critiqued every movement on the exercise field. Miami of Ohio placed first in both the Platoon Rifle and Squad Rifle Drill. Illinois placed first in color guard with 150 points. Wisconsin clinched the Flag Football title and Miami of Ohio won the Jeopardy title. Marquette did the most pull-ups in the final event of the day before the awards ceremony at the Wisconsin NROTC Department of Naval Science building.
Barnett presented awards and congratulated all midshipmen on completing the 49th event in Wisconsin.
The NROTC Ensigns who attended the Wisconsin NROTC Fall Invitational are among more than 4,000 students enrolled in the NROTC program at colleges and universities across the country.
The NROTC program is supported by Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) commander Rear Admiral Jennifer S. Couture and her staff at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. NROTC was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically. The program also instills in them the highest ideals of duty, loyalty, and Navy core values to employ college graduates as Navy and Marine Corps officers who have a basic professional background, are motivated for careers in Naval service, and have potential for the future spiritual and character development to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.
NSTC supports 98 percent of officer and crewman initial training for the Navy and the Navy’s citizenship development program. NSTC support also includes RTC, the Navy’s only training camp, also at Naval Station Great Lakes; the NROTC program in more than 160 colleges and universities; OTC in Newport, Rhode Island; and the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) citizenship development programs in more than 600 high schools worldwide.
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|Date of recording:||10/15/2022|
|Release Date:||19.10.2022 12:12|
|Location:||MADISON, WI, USA|
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