Approximately 446 Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadets from the 13th Regiment graduated from the 2013 Leader Development and Assessment Course August 5 during a short graduation and commissioning ceremony at Watkins Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. As part of the ceremony, 6 Cadets from the 13th 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, four 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 James Park, Bravo Co., 13th Reg. from Northeastern University (13th Reg. Distinguished Honor Graduate), and Cadet Jacob Emery, Alpha Co., 13th Reg. from Pacific Lutheran University (13th Reg. Honor Graduate).
Recognized as the top male and female APFT scores from the regiment were – Cadet Zachary Sheffield, Bravo Co., from Florida State University (13th Reg. top male APFT score with 373), and Cadet Celeste Diamond, Bravo Co., from Claremont McKenna College (13th Reg. top female APFT score with 369).
Finally, a Cadet from the regiment was chosen that best represented the Warrior Ethos. Cadet Ethan Froelich, Bravo Co., 13th Reg. from Niagara University was chosen from 13th 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.