BOLIVAR, Mo - The Bolivar Air Force R.O.T.C. program is taking aim at a national marksmanship title. The team finished second in the Air Force marksmanship competition in February and earned the right to compete in the All-Service Competition; and win or lose, they say they plan on putting Bolivar R.O.T.C. on the map.
"They're kind of the elite of R.O.T.C.," says Lt. Col. Patrick Sanders of his five member team, "We take it very seriously."
And even though they come from different levels of experience; "I've pretty much been shooting my whole life; my dad started teaching me as a kid," says sophomore Robert Heydenreich. "I never shot," adds Senior Filomena Rubio, "It was really new for me."
They have the same goal in mind, "Air Force, Navy, Army and Marines; colonel wants me in the top three for that," adds Heydenreich.
To be the best shooter in every branch of R.O.T.C. "Kind of the best of the best that's going to be down there for the all services competition," says Sanders.