The Fresno State Army ROTC Program will celebrate the nationwide observance of the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps’ 100th anniversary with the 2016 JROTC Raider Challenge 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5 on campus.
The battalion also will honor an alumnus, Colonel Roger P. Hedgepeth, commander of the 3rd Military Police Group in Savannah, GA , for his nomination by Fresno State to the National Army ROTC Hall of Fame and a cadet recruit will be announced as the recipient of a $100,000 Army ROTC National Scholarship.
For the Raider Challenge, JRTOC programs from nine Valley high schools will participate in ten events that include a road march, situational awareness and critical thinking tests, a grenade assault course, a physical fitness challenge and drill and ceremony.
At 9 a.m., the competition will kick off with the 3-mile ruck march on campus beginning at the Grosse Industrial Technology building (Barstow and Jackson Drive). At 10:30 a.m., the teams will move to Bulldog Stadium to begin the synchronized events. Drill and ceremony exercises occur throughout the day.
The event concludes at 3 p.m. with an awards ceremony at the stadium presided over by Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, Fresno State provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, and Maj. Boyce
Maj. Buckner and Master Sgt. Jose Quijas will present two $1,350 checks to Lt. Col. Lorenzo Rios, the CEO of Clovis Veterans Memorial and former Bulldog Battalion commander, and VFW Post 3225 Commander August Flach.
This year’s Veterans Day 5K Run is set for Saturday, Nov. 5.
Also during the awards ceremony, Colonel Hedgepeth, who was commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps in 1991 at Fresno State, will be recognized as the Fresno State 2016 nomination for the National Army ROTC Hall of Fame. He was nominated for the honor by University President Joseph I. Castro and Maj. Buckner.