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NROTC Takes First In Military Excellence Competition

Penn State’s NROTC unit is undoubtedly one of the best in the nation. This past weekend, it showed just how dominant it can be at the 56th Annual Villanova Military Excellence Competition (MEC), the northeast’s largest military competition. Out of 22 competing schools and more than 1,000 midshipmen, Penn State’s unit finished first overall.

The competition included challenges in drill, athletics, basketball, and combat skills. Drill events included platoon and two man trick, squad and platoon basic, individual drill routine, and color guard. Combat skill events included an ISMIT tactical assault course, cross-fit, a recon challenge, and BUD/S PFT. Athletic events included a crescendo swim, 4×100 Intermedley swim, a 4×400 relay, and a 4×100 relay. There was a also a 5K that was open to the public, which benefited the Breast Cancer Awareness Society as well as Hiring for Heroes.


(Photo Credit: Jacob Longley)

The Penn State NROTC unit was named first overall after taking first in the athletic and combat categories and second in drill. The unit left Villanova with 10 trophies, as well as 10 gold, three silver, and five bronze medals.

Photo: Penn State/Patrick Mansell

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Brandilyn Heckman

is a junior majoring in Secondary Education (English). Though she commutes to class from her home in Penns Valley, she refuses to be called a 'townie.' Along with Onward State, she currently interns with the Centre Daily Times. In her spare time, she is unafraid to show her love for Penn State, Landon Donovan, and Captain America. You can follow her on twitter at @Brandilynh or contact her via email with [email protected]


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