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Roma High School JROTC Program Participates in Pre-Raider Training

 

The Roma High School Gladiator Army JROTC Battalion ventured into the South Texas brush country with 65 cadets to conduct a pre-raider training initiation Field Training Exercise at La Copa Ranch, Ed Rachell Foundation, near the Falfurrias check point on Sept. 29, 2018. The new members of the Raider Teams were exposed to all of the rigors of being a JROTC Raider, including the Army Modified Physical Fitness Test, an obstacle course, rope bridging techniques, knots training, Jacob’s Ladder, the log-jam, a Tomahawk Bridge and lots of walking in the South Texas brush. The upper level cadets served as team captains and instructors for all the events, supervised by the Army instructors. The instructors trained on all of the events prior to the FTX and were well versed on their tasks. Most are former participants of the La Copa Ranch Raider Challenge that takes places annually, at which Roma High School has had two back-to-back championships. With this training freshmen cadets now have a new outlook on what Roma JROTC is all about. Thanks for making this training possible goes to Roma High School Army instructors LTC(R) Luis Barrera and 1SG(R) Juan Cruz; Roma ISD bus driver Mr. Torres; Roma High School JROTC Program alums Crystal Campos, Daniela Barrera and PFC Eleazar Hernandez who served as chaperones; and the staff at the ranch, Mr. Hugo Bazan (Army Retired), who was amazed by the performance of the RHS trainees and instructors. They invited Roma High School back to bring more JROTC units to the greatest outside classroom in South Texas!

 

Roma High School JROTC Program Participates in Pre-Raider Training.

 

Roma High School JROTC Program Participates in Pre-Raider Training.

 

Roma High School JROTC Program Participates in Pre-Raider Training.

 

 

By: RHS JROTC Program Instructor Luis Barrera