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Army ROTC Cannon Crew


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Being a part of the Cannon Crew gives Cadets an insight on the Field Artillery branch of the army.  For every home Cowboy Football game, a crew consisting of five to six cadets mans our 1943, 75mm mountain pack howitzer.  The gun crews are trained how to load and fire the howitzer at a rapid pace for every point scored by the Cowboys.  We usually fire 12 - 14 rounds a game or about 72 rounds a season.  They also learn how to perform maintenance on the howitzer, which includes cleaning the barrel and firing mechanism.  The Cadets involved with Cannon Crew have a lot of pride and they let the town of Laramie know it by giving off a loud and thunderous roar whenever the Wyoming Cowboys score.  The cannon is also used several times a year outside of the football games.  Events include Memorial Day celebrations across the State and at the Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole in July (1812 Overture would not be the same without some cannons going off).  To be a part of the Cannon Crew Cadets need to talk to their MS instructor.


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