It was cold and wet Friday morning on Fort Knox as cadets from the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 1st Brigade competed in its annual three-day Ranger Challenge.
For brigade commander Sean Barnes, the conditions were ideal to test the cadets’ grit and determination.
“You’ve got the rain and cold to contend with and that will play a factor on your physical and mental capabilities,” he said. “The weather is a good combat multiplier and they’ll have to do this when they become second lieutenants, wherever they may serve across our globe to defend our way of life.”
The competition consisted of a select few of the roughly 5,000 cadets in the brigade. Teams originated from the six senior and four junior military colleges the brigade encompasses. These schools range from Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Pennsylvania to the New Mexico Military Institute.