Rudder’s Rangers Drill Practice at A&M TonightNews Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Information courtesy of Texas A&M University:
Texas A&M students, faculty and staff, along with visitors and local residents, are being advised that a mock military exercise — complete with the firing of blank ammunition and pyrotechnics — will be held on the university campus, beginning with a rehearsal at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 13) and the actual demonstration at 6:30 p.m.
The training and demonstration exercise will be held in the Corps of Cadets’ quad area — specifically in the vicinity of Dorms 3, 5 and 7.
Col. Michael L. Gibler, professor of military science at Texas A&M, explains the exercise, conducted by members of Rudder’s Rangers, a unit in the Corps of Cadets, along with members of the Army and Texas National Guard, will be a practical demonstration of light infantry and Ranger tactics. He says that means it will include the use of blank ammunition, simple pyrotechnics and military vehicles from the National Guard.
The intent is to demonstrate the Army’s capabilities while giving students an idea of what joining the Rudder’s Rangers would entail, Col. Gibler adds. Members of Rudder’s Rangers will participate in the mock exercise with an opposition force and share in a great Aggie tradition that honors the memory of Gen. James Earl Rudder, a former Texas A&M president.
The Corps of Cadets is coordinating the event with the University Police Department to set up a boundary around area as an added safety measure.
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