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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 24, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24936.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24936

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Title Houstonian 1987
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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Title The Community
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript A Tenderfoot Experiences A Recon Mission With ROTC Bobby Knight and Armida Montemayor, juniors, prepare for a night reconnaissance mission. Donald Gentles, sophomore, is timed as he disassembles and reassembles his M- 16 rifle blindfolded. All photos by Merry Jones. The last truck left at 5:30 a.m., headed for a secluded section of Sam Houston State Park. Bundled up in the backs of three personal carriers, 20 Houston-area college students were off to meet 40 others already there. They all were to learn how to defend America, getting ready for a real war. No one talked; the noise of the wind was deafening in the back of the trucks. The 90-minute ride bounced to an end and the gear was unloaded, methodically, just like the military requires. Each bag had a place, according to plans made well in advance. Military food is acronymed like so many things related to the U.S. government. We took the rations or MREs (meals ready to eat) when the truck was unloaded and just added them to the rest of the gear. In all, six reconnaisance "missions" were planned, each designed to teach basic military maneuvers and skills. Members of the UH ROTC program take at least three more such trips each year to different locations in Texas. War and killing seemed like such a distant and unrelated thing until one particular drill - Lane Five. The thick woods, bug infestation and sound of gunfire put me as close as I'll ever get to Nicaragua, I hope. Rambo, I wasn't. Fortunately for the military, I was the only person who seemed really shaken by the sound of gunfire, although the others quickly hit the deck when it came. The cadets, some of the officers later remarked, weren't as serious as they should have been before M-60 opened fire. That changed — even if it was blanks. The platoon then reacted to the attack with a counterattack and rushed the enemy to check the "vital signs." The "good guys" took one prisoner. Two more soldiers were found "dead." Then came the mistake. Neglecting to locate the leader of the ambush (the guy with the machine gun), he then shot into the air to remind the cadets of his presence. They would have been dead if it was real. But five more drills throughout the day gave everybody a chance to win. By nightfall, nearly everyone had become a hero at least once --- some more often than others. Byron Price of Texas Southern has a stint in airborn ahead of him when he graduates on down the line. He was my guide through all of this. If you're not in (or not going to be in) airborne, you're called "legs" — a sort of putdown. Byron reminded people of this often. Price, 24, was a leader, repetitive in what he said and set for the military. "Get down in the grass. If a helicopter flies over Menue No. 7 — which I received when we arrived early in the morning — consisted of specks of diced turkey with gravy, a potato patty, crackers, indestructible grape jelly, fruit nut cake. We also got an acces sory packet of instant coffee (with no way to heat the wa ter), cream, sugar, salt, chewing gum, matches, and trusty toile paper. All of it was packaged in th< same three shades of brown The food had no consistency — so it was spoons or nothing The turkey "entree" had a subtle Spamish taste. No choice of drinks here, either. It was canteen water, with a plastic flavor. As bad as the food seems now, it didn't matter then. It served best as a good excuse to sit down. I saved Menu No. 5 for dinner — six hours away. Of the group 15 were women. Some were completing requirements to become military nurses. During the missions, the women were expected to equal the men's performances. Oddly enough, it was once they had proven themselves that the men treated them more like ladies. Otherwise, there seemed no difference. Another leader of the group, UH junior Ronald Prather filled some of the more boring moments carving dog heads out of the tops of walking sticks. 310