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UAFS ROTC Cadets Receive Awards

UAFS ROTC Cadets Receive Awards(Posted: August 30, 2013)

Two University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets – Leonardo Padilla and Samuel Mosley – earned top marks at the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Maj. Kevin Cox, professor of military science at UAFS, said both cadets exceeded the standards in every aspect of LDAC, receiving a final rating of "excellent" based on their performances. Padilla is a graphic design major, and Mosley is a criminal justice major. Both live in Fort Smith.

"This achievement is definitely no easy task," said Cox. "The national average for those receiving an excellent rating at LDAC is historically 17 percent. LDAC is the capstone training event that ROTC cadets undergo between their junior and senior years in college."

The 29-day scenario-based training event tests cadets on all the basic military skills they were taught during their previous three years of Senior ROTC. More than 6,000 cadets from around the nation attend LDAC each summer.

Cox said the UAFS ROTC Program, which started in 2010 and now has 43 cadets enrolled, has quickly grown to become one of the state's most solid programs. The ROTC cadets perform physical training three times per week, attend lectures, conduct field training exercises and perfect their leadership skills while preparing to lead the nation's soldiers.

"I couldn't be more proud of the accomplishments made by Cadets Padilla and Mosley at LDAC," said Cox. "They both represent our UAFS Army ROTC Program very well in everything they do, and LDAC was no different. They both have already begun sharing their lessons learned at LDAC with the other cadets in our program."

ROTC offers various two-, three- and four-year scholarships in addition to other education benefits already due to cadets with prior military service or cadets who are current members of the Army National Guard or Reserves.

Cadets also have the opportunity to attend additional training events, such as Air Assault, Airborne and Mountain Warfare Schools. Others travel to foreign countries for three weeks while participating in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program.

For more information on the UAFS ROTC Program, contact Maj. Cox at 479-788-7522 or Capt. Jason Blackston, assistant professor of military science, at 479-788-7523.

Photo(s) by: Cadet Nicole Schneider

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