October 23, 2020

Qualifying members of Army ROTC’s Rudder’s Rangers Company were recently awarded the coveted Rudder’s Rangers Pin. The pin is a symbol of the hard work and dedication these cadets put in over the course of the school year to achieve proficiency in the soldiering skills taught by the Rudder’s Rangers Company. Many of the cadets who earned their pins this fall now serve in a variety of leadership positions within the company. To earn the pin, cadets must complete a variety of tasks, including:

  • Pass the Army Ranger Physical Fitness Test
  • Complete the TAMU Obstacle Course in under 3:30 minutes
  • Pass the US Army Combat Water Survival Test
  • Successfully complete a 12 mile ruck march with a 35 pound rucksack in under 3 hours
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the M4A1 Assault Rifle, M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), and the M240B Machine Gun
  • Successfully conduct both day and at night land navigation
  • Successfully call for and adjust indirect fire
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) radio and the 9-line Medical Evacuation request
  • Successfully perform Tactical Combat Casualty Care on a wounded soldier
    Pass written exams on both land navigation and military tactics


The cadets who earned the Rudder’s Rangers pins are:

Justin Funk   John Gilbreath
Benjamin Jackson   William Hunter
Colin McCrorey   An Trinh
Connor Smythe   Omar Jaimes
Amira Lambertis   Trevin Hernandez
Wesley Parrish   William Fontana
Connor Fortier   Asher Freese
Presley Luce   David Tulli
Spencer France   Isaac Olson
Jed Kennis   Carlos Loeza
Ryan Hane   Brendan Ertle
Matthew Olmstead   Michael Rodriguez-Garza
Benjamin Vu


Congratulations to these newly pinned Rudder’s Rangers cadets! We are all very proud of them!