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Kaitlyn Fahsel '11, above, gets "pinned" following completion of Air Assault School at Fort Drum in the summer of 2009. (Photo courtesy Clarkson Army ROTC)

Kaitlyn Fahsel '11, of Watertown, NY, finished ahead of nearly 500 other Army ROTC cadets in the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) held as part of cadet training at Join Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Passing the test is a prerequisite for becoming commissioned as a U.S. Army lieutenant.

Thousands of college students from around the globe converge each summer to attend Army ROTC's capstone training and assessment exercise, the 29-day "Leader Development and Assessment Course" (LDAC).

Fahsel scored 309 points on an extended scale; 300 is the army standard maximum score. Her achievement on the APFT was the top score for a female cadet in her Regiment of 426 cadets. The test, which measures students' strength and endurance, consists of sit-ups and push-ups, and a two-mile run.

Fahsel, a psychology major, is one of three St. Lawrence students attending LDAC this year. Chris Shineman '11, of Palatine Bridge, NY, and Andres Ciro '11, of Wellesley, MA, also attended the course. Successful completion of the course means all three are on track to commission into the Army as Second Lieutenants when they graduate next year. These three cadets were among 20 from Clarkson's Golden Knight Battalion. This year, over 6,500 ROTC cadets will attend LDAC in 14 ROTC regiments. Each 500-person regiment will undergo a 29-day cycle of progressive training, culminating in the regimental graduation ceremony.

Fahsel has participated in lacrosse and soccer at St. Lawrence. She is a graduate of South Jefferson Central School.

Posted: July 30, 2010


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