Texas Tech University - La Ventana Yearbook (Lubbock, TX)

 - Class of 1985

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Texas Tech University - La Ventana Yearbook (Lubbock, TX) online yearbook collection, 1985 Edition, Page 301
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Combat-ready soldiers develop Endurance I An Alvarez t ' V Oil uant to he in Texas Techs Coun- 1 e r g u e r i 1 1 a Unit, you ' d better be ready to sweat and push your body to its limit. ■ " We have a high mortali- ty rate. " said Jeffery King, first sergeant. No, Counter- guerilla pledges don ' t die — but they do find that be- coming a member of the organization is a difficult task. For example. King said, during the 1984 fall se- mester Counterguerilla started with 26 initiates and wound up with three new Waiting their turn, Ray Proskeand Courtney Paul get a good look at what awaits them during a field training exercise. Keeping things secure. Master Sgl. Virgil Dillon, Mike Hight and John Francis carefully take pre- cautions. members. " We ' re not looking for quantity. " King said. ' We ' re looking for quality. " King said Countergueril- la ' s purpose is to train ROTC members in small unit tactics and guerilla op- erations. In case of war. Counterguerilla trainees would be combat-ready and able to enter a platoon-type position. Counterguerilla pledges are called Grunts, and they must endure a semester of training before receiving Counterguerilla member- ship. " Not everybody can get in, " King said. Training consists of patrolling and squad tactics; at the semes- ter ' s end. pledges take the Jeff King and Carl Tucker try out the champaign fountain during the " Dining In " activities at the Hil- ton Inn. Grunt test. The Counterguerilla Unit performs field training ex- ercises at the Macy Ranch near Post. In January, the unit underwent rappelling field training exercises, and in February and March, members and Grunts per- formed patrolling field training exercises. In April, the unit participated in a combined rappelling and patrolling field training ex- ercise. King said Grunts work forthe Black Beret. " In the Army, ranger units wear the black beret. " he said. " That ' s what the Grunts work for. " Officers were Carl Tuck- er, commander; King, first sergeant; Courtney Paul, first squad leader; and Mike Hight, second squad lead- er. — Camille Wheeler m Counterguerilla Unit — 297

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