Approximately 906 Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadets from the 3rd and 4th Regiments graduated from the 2013 Leader Development and Assessment Course July 15 during a short graduation and commissioning ceremony at Watkins Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. As part of the ceremony, 23 Cadets from the 3rd Reg. and 30 Cadets from the 4th Reg. were sworn in and pinned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
The ceremony capped off 29 days of leadership-infused training designed to develop each Cadet’s leadership abilities through a sequentially organized training schedule that incorporated the basic necessary skills to become an effective military leader.
During the ceremony, eight Cadets were honored for individual accomplishments that set them apart from their peers. From each regiment, awards were handed out for distinguished honor graduate, honor graduate, the top male and female Army physical fitness test scores and the Cadet that best represented the Warrior Ethos, a term coined to reflect the embodiment of a Soldier.
Recognized as the top overall Cadets from each regiment were – Cadet Claire Yakabe, Alpha Co., 3rd Reg. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (3rd Reg. Distinguished Honor Graduate), Cadet Nicholas Kocher, Bravo Co., 4th Reg. from Ohio University (4th Reg. Distinguished Honor Graduate), Cadet Jeremy Hancock, Bravo Co., 3rd Reg. from the University of Central Florida (3rd Reg. Honor Graduate), and Cadet Caleb Chin, Bravo Co., 4th Reg. from Niagara University (4th Reg. Honor Graduate).
Recognized as the top male and female APFT scores from each regiment were – Cadet Timothy Mooney, Bravo Co., 3rd Reg. from Colorado State University (3rd Reg. top male APFT score with 407), Cadet Joshua Smith, Alpha Co., 4th Reg. from the University of Virginia (4th Reg. top male APFT score with 378), Cadet Holly Reiner, Alpha Co., from the University of Wyoming (3rd Reg. top female APFT score with 367) and Cadet Ellen Loran, Alpha Co., from the University of Colorado (4th Reg. top female APFT score with 359).
Finally, a Cadet from each regiment was chosen that best represented the Warrior Ethos. Cadet Monday Price, Bravo Co., 3rd Reg. from the University of New Mexico was chosen from 3rd Reg. and Cadet Kayla Starnes, Alpha Co., 4th Reg. from the University of Northern Iowa was chosen from 4th Reg.
The leadership course is one of the final steps for Cadets prior to completing the ROTC program and entering the Army as commissioned officers. Cadets that were not commissioned during the ceremony are scheduled to return to their ROTC programs to finish out the commissioning requirements.
Story by Sara Nahrwold