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Old 10-21-2008, 08:06 PM #1
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Becoming a US Army Ranger is one of the hardest things a person can do. But Master Sergeant Alexander Barnett, who can march miles a day wearing a 50-pound pack and do more than 50 pushups per minute, thinks wish kid Riley, 14, can teach him a few things about being tough.

Barnett met Riley when he asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to see how the Rangers train. The 16-year Army veteran was often awed by the teen diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as he ran him through drills at Camp James E. Rudder, where the Rangers tackle the swamp phase of their training.

“I was shocked that he asked to do this,” Barnett told reporters. “He’s a city boy. He could’ve asked to go to the Super Bowl.”



Riley returns from a helicopter mission.
Watching movies like Black Hawk Down and Band of Brothers inspired Riley to research the physically and mentally exhausting training Rangers endure. That led him to the 6th Ranger Training Battalion. The secluded camp houses Ranger trainees and instructors during the final phase of their training.

Fortunately, Riley didn’t have to arrive like the other students: by parachute.

But that doesn’t mean his hosts planned for him to be a spectator. They started slowly, seeing how he reacted to challenges like crawling in mud and crossing a rope bridge in frigid water. They wanted to give him a sense of accomplishment and see how he far he wanted to push himself.

“We pushed him to the limit, and he was awesome,” said Master Sergeant Jose Marengo. “That boy’s got nothing to prove. He’s tough.”

Marengo didn’t even deduct points when Riley decided not to rappel.

“That was too scary,” Riley told The Bayonet, a newspaper covering Ft. Benning. “I just couldn’t do it.”

During his training Riley also floated through a swamp on a Zodiac inflatable boat and watched as 64 Rangers parachuted from a C-130 airplane at night. He also did a practice jump from a mockup of a C-130.

On graduation day at Fort Benning, Riley’s mother pinned the Ranger tab to the custom uniform the Rangers gave him. He recited the Ranger creed from memory. And he did his best to keep his eyes dry…along with his mentor, Marengo.

“I wasn’t the only one,” Marengo insisted.


^^ paragraph above taken from the "make a wish foundation" website

i thought this was so cool that they did this.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:17 PM #2
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:21 PM #3
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They should send him to Iraq to get the full experience...
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:33 PM #4
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...the army rangers... so easy a 14-year-old can do it.



That's pretty cool, though. props to the kid.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:03 PM #5
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Awesome story, send him to BUDS next
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:07 PM #6
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Oh your in buds? I was thinking of being a sniper in the seals, but now im leaning more air force.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:16 PM #7
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i just thought it was wicked cool that the kid had one wish and besides anything in the world he could have done he went to ranger school. that says a lot about his personality. wheather or not he is sick he's a born fighter.

and im sure if they sent him to iraq he'd take the tab off real quick lol
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:36 PM #8
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Oh your in buds? I was thinking of being a sniper in the seals, but now im leaning more air force.
Thats a real tough job to get but hey you can always go BlackOps in the Airforce... Even though every operator i know is now lunatic
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:13 PM #9
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this is a great story and now the trainers have something to say if someone wants to leave "if a kid with cystic fibrosis can do it, anyone should be able to"
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:06 PM #10
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thats cool ****.

And I had a friend who fought on my MMA team that was a former SEAL operator who served as a sniper. He was bat **** nuts but cool as hell.
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Saw this a while, still really cool
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:10 AM #12
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While I was active duty we had a kid come thru BUD/S and the team area from the make a wish foundation, this is a great experience to be part of.
We all helped him at different parts of the O'course and with paddling out past the surf zone.

Hey FrogmanStud have you been thru BUD/S? You sig says Midshipman-BUD/S 2011.
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:10 PM #13
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No i'm going to BUDs in 2011, after i hopefully graduate from the Virginia Military Institute
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Old 10-25-2008, 03:53 AM #14
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Old 10-25-2008, 07:39 AM #15
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Scary thing is, I guarantee that kid is more disciplined and respectful than, say, DM6 Killa.
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:56 PM #17
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Thats a great thing for the kid!
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They should send him to Iraq to get the full experience...
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Thanks man, so you got any tips about BUDs i should know?? haha
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