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Army cadet succeeds in leadership class

Sandy grad receives training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord


Army Cadet Samuel G. Westfall has graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Leader Development and Assessment course.

The class is also known as “Operation Warrior Forge” at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash.

The 32 days of training provide professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support.

Continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum. The primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet’s officer potential as a leader.

This is accomplished by exercising each cadet’s intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina.

While attending the course, each cadet’s performance and progress is measured in officer traits, qualities and professionalism.

Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course.

Upon completion of the course as well as the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.

Westfall is a student at Oregon State University, Corvallis.

His parents are David and Niki Westfall of Sandy.

Westfall graduated in 2009 from Sandy High School.