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SU Navy ROTC Dronet Challenge set for Nov. 21 - Thursday, November 19, 2009
Southern University's Navy ROTC unit is gearing up for the 3rd annual Dronet Challenge set to take place November 21 from 8:45 a.m. to noon at Southern University's A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Opening remarks will kick things off at 8:45 a.m. and the remaining schedule of events are as follows: Push-ups and sit-ups at 9 a. m., relay races at 9:30 a.m., pull-ups at 10:30 a.m., 2-mile orienteering run at 11 a.m., combat fitness test at 11:30 a.m., tug-of-war at 11:45 a.m., and an awards ceremony at noon.

The challenge is in honor of SU alumnus and Marine Corps Officer Lt. Brandon Dronet, who was killed in 2006 after his helicopter collided with another military helicopter during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Five ROTC units from regional universities are expected to compete. Teams include Southern University's Army and Naval ROTC units, Prairie View A&M University's Army and Naval ROTC units, and Louisiana State University's Air Force ROTC unit.

Trophies will be awarded to the best performing units at the end of the event. The ROTC units will be graded by staff from ROTC units.

Concessions will also be sold during the events and all proceeds raised will be donated to charity in Lt. Dronet's name.

The Dronet Challenge is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lt. Patrick Cooke of the Southern University Navy ROTC at 225.771.4370 or by email at