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Clarkson University Senior Army ROTC Cadets Score High

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Senior cadets of Clarkson University’s Army ROTC Golden Knight Battalion came back to campus this fall having accomplished their last major challenge before becoming officers in the Clarkson University Senior Army ROTC Cadets Score HighUnited States Army.

The leadership development and assessment course, commonly referred to as LDAC or Warrior Forge, is a 33 day camp, which the cadets attend at Ft Lewis, Wash., between their junior and senior year of college.

The camp is designed to test the students on all of the skills they have learned and acquired over the past three years in ROTC, serving as a measure of technical knowledge, physical fitness, and leadership.

The cadets’ performance at LDAC directly impacts their ranking against every other ROTC student in the country. This ranking determines career field and duty assignment placement.

This year cadets from the Golden Knight Battalion performed well at camp. Four out of the 17 cadets sent to Fort Lewis receiving an overall excellent or "E" rating were Clarkson students Michael J. Ives of Ogdensburg, N.Y., Michael G. Frisone of Rexford, N.Y., SUNY Canton student Christopher Hamberger of Potsdam, N.Y., and SUNY Potsdam student James Sanders of Kingwood, Texas. This was an improvement over last year’s performance.

Receiving an "E" means the cadet received high ratings on their leadership evaluations, received a high score on his or her physical fitness test and scored well on a written exam given to all the students.

Additionally, Ives and SUNY Potsdam’s David Tiedeman of West Granville, N.Y., qualified for the coveted RECONDO award, which is earned by cadets who achieve a score of 90 percent or higher on every graded event. To receive this award, the cadet is both physically fit and exceeds the standard at every task, always passing it on the first try. This is a difficult award to win since the student is constantly tested and observed for 33 days. There is no room for error and the student must remain focused and motivated the entire time.

The cadets of the Golden Knight Battalion also scored significantly better on their individual fitness tests. Frisone, Ives and Tiedeman achieved a maximum score. Last year only one cadet was able to achieve this feat.

Also attending LDAC this year were Clarkson Cadets Jason W. Burgess of Wolcott, N.Y., Amanda J. Crosley of South Colton, N.Y., Adam R. Martin of Cohoes, N.Y., Jeremy A. Paro of Richmond, Vt., Robert E. Walsh of Rochester, N.Y., Lewis E. Lizotte of Sutton, Vt., and Michael F. Herman of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. SUNY Potsdam students Derrick Hairston of Watertown, N.Y. and Jason Salte of Stroudsburg, Pa., and St. Lawrence University student Erin Cook of Hogansburg, N.Y., also completed the camp.

The students of the Golden Knight Battalion have consistently set high goals and achieved success at LDAC. The rigorous training, done primarily during their junior year, planned by the senior class and overseen by the cadre, has ensured that the Golden Knight Battalion continues to perform well at camp. The current junior class has begun to prepare for next year’s camp and expects to continue the tradition of excellence.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Army ROTC cadets Jason Burgess, Chris Hamberger, Michael Frisone, and Jeremy Paro conducting spring training in preparation for summer camp at Fort Lewis, Wash.

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