Army ROTC run team participates in largest run event in nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 13, 2011)—The Tuskegee University Army ROTC Running Team competed in the largest 10-mile run in the nation. They were among 30,000 runners in the Army Ten-Miler. This was the first time the university’s Army ROTC Golden Tiger Battalion ever participated in the run held Oct. 7-9 in Washington, D.C. According to its website, “the Army Ten-Miler proceeds support Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families.” Tuskegee was the only historically black college or university represented in the run.

The race started and finished at the Pentagon, and the course passed by historic landmarks. The team consisted of six cadets: Julius Murphy, Ranisha Reese, Samuel O’Garro, Tia Rhodes, Dzman Colquitt, Amani Fann-Bradley, cadre member Lt. Col. Robbie Cross and cadre support member Staff Sgt. Pedro Broomes. The team was one of 62 Army ROTC units participating in the event; they ranked 56 in the race.

Cross said it was important for the team to participate in the event so the cadets could professionally develop and get a sense of what it means to lead America’s children.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow. And for us to connect with what it means to be an American,” he said.

The university’s Army ROTC unit was also selected by the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s public affairs officials as a highlight for its Facebook page and an upcoming marketing DVD. Cadet Command commissions officers to meet the Army’s leadership requirements and provides a citizenship program that motivates young people to be strong leaders and better citizens.

“(The DVD) tells the story of what it means to be a cadet and what it means to be in ROTC,” Cross said.

The team was filmed as it toured landmarks such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. Four cadets —Reese, Murphy, O’Garro and Rhodes — placed a wreath in Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on behalf of the Golden Tiger Battalion, 6thBrigade and the university.

The team met the commanding general for Cadet Command, Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, and Deputy Col. Peggy Combs. Also, the team met with Tuskegee alumni: Sandra V. Richardson, deputy undersecretary for the Department of Defense’s Resource Issues division; Traci Wabbington, financial management analyst for Washington Headquarter Services in the Pentagon; Col. Kevin Peterson; Lt. Col Derek Streeter; and Lt. Col. David Johnson Jr.

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