LAWRENCE — Army ROTC and Marine ROTC Cadets from the University of Kansas Jayhawk Battalion will be catching a ride home from Fort Riley on Chinook helicopters this week.
On Sunday, March 10, cadets will be airlifted as part of a joint training exercise. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters will land at approximately 3 p.m. on Shenk Sports Complex, Iowa Street and Clinton Parkway. The helicopters and aircrews are from the B Co. 7-158 AVN FLT Ops out of New Century.
At approximately 2 p.m., the cadets will load up on the helicopters at Fort Riley following a four-day field training exercise.
Members of the media and public wishing to view the exercise are welcome to do so from two areas: adjacent to parking lot 218 on the south side of the sports complex and parking lot 301 north of the complex. Both can be accessed via the intersection of Crestline Drive and Clinton Parkway. For their safety, visitors must stay off the field itself.
The KU Army ROTC program is home to cadets from not only KU, but also from Washburn University, the University of St. Mary, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Baker University, Haskell Indian Nations University, Johnson County Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College. KU is one of just 50 universities in the nation offering an ROTC program that represents all branches of the military.
Photo: A 2016 airlift training exercise at the University of Kansas. Credit: Meg Kumin, KU Marketing Communications.