Clarkson and Potsdam cadets march 12 miles to prepare for air assault training
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Cadets Brian Hume of Clarkson University and Cody Stocker of SUNY Potsdam are shown making the 12-mile "ruck march" to Hannawa Falls.

POTSDAM -- Cadets from Clarkson University's Air Force ROTC recently took part in a 12 mile "ruck march" spanning from Potsdam to Hannawa Falls.

The march was led by Captain Timothy Henely. It was designed to prepare the cadets for their upcoming assignments to Air Assault Courses at Fort Drum this summer.

The Air Assault Course is a physically and mentally demanding 10-day program that qualifies students to conduct airmobile and air assault helicopter operations.

Students conclude the course with a 12-mile march with 35 pounds of equipment in less than 3 hours before being awarded their Air Assault wings.

Cadets Justin Harrington, Brian Hume, Cody Stocker and Robert Timian are the first Clarkson Air Force ROTC cadets to attend this course and all finished their practice march in well under 3 hours.

The Commandant of the Light Fighter School at Fort Drum, First Sergeant Gonzalo Lassally, has only recently opened this opportunity up to Air Force cadets to build stronger relations with the local Fort Drum community.