Hard work pays off for ROTC Cadets

U.S. Army photo by Heather Cortright.

U.S. Army photo by Heather Cortright.

Approximately 899 Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadets from the 5th and 6th Regiments graduated from the 2013 Leader Development and Assessment Course July 19 during a short graduation and commissioning ceremony at Watkins Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. As part of the ceremony, 21 Cadets from the 5th Reg. and 18 Cadets from the 6th 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 Bryan Honeycutt, Bravo Co., 5th Reg. from North Carolina State University (5th Reg. Distinguished Honor Graduate), Cadet Christopher Brown, Alpha Co., 6th Reg. from the University of Texas at San Antonio (6th Reg. Distinguished Honor Graduate), Cadet Cameron Mathewson, Bravo Co., 5th Reg. from Florida State University (5th Reg. Honor Graduate), and Cadet Joel Bradt, Bravo Co., 6th Reg. from Eastern Michigan University (6th Reg. Honor Graduate).

Recognized as the top male and female APFT scores from each regiment were – Cadet Zachary Colangelo, Alpha Co., 5th Reg. from Bucknell University (5th Reg. top male APFT score with 354), Cadet Nicholas Huether, Alpha Co., 6th Reg. from University of South Florida (6th Reg. top male APFT score with 372), Cadet Margaret Edmiston, Alpha Co., 5th Reg. from the University of Wyoming (5th Reg. top female APFT score with 359), and Cadet Alicia Cook, Alpha Co., 6th Reg. from Creighton University (6th Reg. top female APFT score with 371).

Finally, a Cadet from each regiment was chosen that best represented the Warrior Ethos. Cadet Samuel Scherer, Alpha Co., 5th Reg. from Purdue University was chosen from 5th Reg. and Cadet Zachary Creutzinger, Bravo Co., 6th Reg. from Eastern Kentucky University was chosen from 6th 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.

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