News From the Hill – Summer 2017

“Loyalty to Country, Team & Teammate” – Obstacle Course Remembers Fallen Navy SEAL.

Each year Brian’s parents, Dr. Michael and Patricia Parry (center), come to participate and honor the memory of their son. (Photo by Diana L. Weggler.)

Each year Brian’s parents, Dr. Michael and Patricia Parry (center), come to participate and honor the memory of their son. (Photo by Diana L. Weggler.)

The Brian R. Bill ’01 Memorial Challenge is a team-based obstacle course event honoring the life of Navy Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill ’01. This year’s event brought over 150 participants to the course, comprising several teams in the male, female, and coed categories. The Golden Anchor Society is involved with all aspects of planning, setup, and event operation, while NROTC Naval Battalion sends approximately  60 volunteers to help operate the course and provide supporting materials such as rifles, ammo cans, and trail markers.

This year marked the 5th annual Challenge. In past years, the event was held in February, but it became too risky to have volunteers and racers perform in wintery conditions. The race was moved to the warmer month of April in order to boost participation and provide a more favorable working environment for the volunteers. This year the course got a fresh layer of snow in the days before the event, adding an element of difficulty. Proceeds benefit the Golden Anchor Society and the Brian R. Bill Memorial Fund. –Gavin S. Mitchell, Midshipman NROTC, Executive Officer, NUCC

Pictured: (from left) Leslie Villasenor Veleta ’19, Georgia Kuric ’19, Robyn Cristiano-Cepak ’20, and Leandra Flores-Nieves ’18, pick up a railroad tie behind Shapiro Field House.

Pictured: (from left) Leslie Villasenor Veleta ’19, Georgia Kuric ’19, Robyn Cristiano-Cepak ’20, and Leandra Flores-Nieves ’18, pick up a railroad tie behind Shapiro Field House.

 

 

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