Warrior Forge Overview

Warrior Forge 2012 has come to an end. In this video Cadets and cadre share advice in order to aid future Cadets in excelling while at the Leader Development and Assessment Course. Congratulations for those who graduated and good luck!

LDAC 2012 Public Affairs Office

WF2012 Hooah Video

Compilation video of all that Cadets endure while completing the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

The Importance of Logistics

Warrior Forge Commandant of Cadets, Col. Dean Shultis, discusses the importance of logistics for mission success.

14th Regiment’s Top APFT Scores

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Brigham Young University Cadet Eric Lowe scored a 367 on the Army Physical Fitness Test and Cadet Shanterra Scott from the University of Northern Iowa scored a 350, both earning the top scores for 14th Regiment.

Scores and regiment standings:

14th Regiment Cadet pushes through her two-mile run during her Army Physical Fitness Test. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky

Top Overall
367: Eric Lowe, Brigham Young University
350: Shanterra Scott, University of Northern Iowa

Top 2-mile Run
9:55: Michael Kurvach, Rochester Institution of Technology
12:48: Shanterra Scott, University of Northern Iowa

Top Sit-Ups
111: Eric Lowe, Brigham Young University
95: Shannon Gardner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Top Push-ups
99: Eric Lowe, Brigham Young University
63: Amy Klivans, The Johns Hopkins University

13th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Hofstra University Cadet Katie Jacques scored a 365 on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and Cadet Ryan Trees from the University of Pittsburgh scored a 366, making them both the top scorers for 13th Regiment.

Scores and regiment standings:

Cadet Eugene Breaux from the University of Central Arkansas pumps out sit-ups during the Army Physical Fitness Test at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky

Top Overall
365: Katie Jacques, Hofstra University
366: Ryan Trees, University of Pittsburgh

Top Two-Mile Run
12:54: Katie Jacques, Hofstra University
9:52: Brian McKenna,  Weber State University

Top Sit-Ups
96: Katie Jacques, Hofstra University
96: Aurora Caban, University of Illinois – Chicago
104: Jerel Abas, University of Nevada

Top Push-Ups
72: Rebecca Fry, University of Virginia
97: Samuel Metz, Saint Johns University- Minnesota

12th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – San Diego State University Cadet Jessica Plaschka scored a 367 on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and Cadet Michael Bogda from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities scored a 349, making them both the top scorers for 12th Regiment.

Scores and regiment standings:

Top Overall
367: Jessica Plaschka, San Diego State University

Cadet Russell Sears from Sam Houston State University pumps out another push-up during the Army Physical Fitness Test while at Operation Warrior Forge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky.

349: Michael Bogda, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Top Two-Mile Run
10:58: Thomas Inwood, University of Virginia
12:23: Chelsea Farquhar,  Northern Michigan University

Top Sit-Ups
106: Michael Bogda, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
101: Jessica Plaschka, San Diego State University

Top Push-Ups
107: David Hensonheard, Lincoln University
62: Joan Lee, Temple University

11th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – University of Virginia Cadet Aimee Moores achieved a 398 on the Army Physical Fitness Test and Cadet Daniel Coffeen from the University of Arizona scored a 383, making them both the top scorers for 11th Regiment.

Scores and regiment standings:

Cadet Travis Park from the University of Texas at Arlington performs push-ups during the Army Physical Fitness Test at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky.

Top Overall
398: Aimee Moores, University of Virginia
383: Daniel Coffeen, University of Arizona

Top Two-Mile Run
10:07: Caleb Bernhardt, Wheaton College
12:21: Margaret Smith, Georgetown University

Top Sit-Ups
105: Daniel Coffeen, University of Arizona
101: Aimee Moores, University of Virginia

Top Push-Ups
112: Daniel Coffeen, University of Arizona
85: Aimee Moores, University of Virginia

10th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

Cadet Logan Byars from Jacksonville State University strains for one more sit-up during the Army Physical Fitness Test while at Operation Warrior Forge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Michigan State University Cadet Wolfgang Petermann scored a 357 on the Army Physical Fitness Test and Cadet Chantelle Whipple from the SD School of Mines and Technology scored a 342, making them both the top scorers on the test for 10th Regiment.

Scores and regiment standings:

Top Overall
357: Wolfgang Petermann, Michigan State University
342: Chantelle Whipple, SD School of Mines and Technology

Top Two-Mile Run
10:36: Atom Young, The Citadel
13:19: Elyshia Lederer, Georgetown University

Top Sit-Ups
105: Wolfgang Petermann, Michigan State University
94: Chantelle Whipple, SD School of Mines and Technology

Top Push-Ups
98: Joshua Butler, Georgia Institute of Technology
59: Tiara Brown, Saint Bonaventure University
59: Kristi Murphy, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

9th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

9th Regiment at APFT

U.S. Army photo by David Behm

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Top scores on the Army Physical Fitness Test for 9th Regiment were achieved by George Mason University Cadet Chavez Leonen with a score of 366, and University of Virginia Cadet Kaitlyn McQuade scoring 370.

Scores and regiment standings:

Top Overall
370: Kaitlyn McQuade, University of Virginia
366: Chavez Leonen, George Mason University

Top Two-Mile Run
13:22: Kaitlyn McQuade, University of Virginia
11:18: Aaron Shimizu, University of Oregon

Top Sit-Ups
100: Kaitlyn McQuade, University of Virginia
104: Aaron Bretz, Truman State University

Top Push-Ups
68: Kaitlyn McQuade, University of Virginia
118: Chavez Leonen, George Mason University

8th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

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Cadet Airolmae Salanga from Seattle University performs push-ups during the Army Physical Fitness Test while at Operation Warrior Forge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Top scores on the Army Physical Fitness Test for 8th Regiment were achieved by Weber State University Cadet Bradley Lagemann with a score of 396, and Marquette University Cadet Valerie Kehl scoring 366.

Scores and regiment standings:

Top Overall
396: Bradley Lagemann, Weber State University
366: Valerie Kehl, Marquette University

Top Two-Mile Run
10:45: Joseph Ward, University of Louisville
12:58: Valerie Kehl, Marquette University

Top Sit-Ups
116: Bradley Lagemann, Weber State University
107: Lauren Gregory, University of Central Missouri

Top Push-Ups
116: Bradley Lagemann, Weber State University
77: Valerie Kehl, Marquette University

Behind the Scenes at LDAC (Pop-up Video)

Get an inside look at Warrior Forge 2012 from Cadets who share some of their personal experiences while attending the Leadership Development and Assessment Course.

7th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

Cadet Christopher John from the University of Connecticut performs push-ups during the Army Physical Fitness Test on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Cadet Elizabeth Provost from The Johns Hopkins University and Cadet Benjamin Dagg from Wheaton College achieved the top overall scores for 7th Regiment on the Army Physical Fitness Test, with Provost scoring a 355 and Dagg scoring a 366.

Scores and regiment standings:

Top Overall
355: Elizabeth Provost, The Johns Hopkins University
366: Benjamin Dagg, Wheaton College

Top Two-Mile Run
12:09: Elizabeth Provost, The Johns Hopkins University
9:57: Brian Charland, Bucknell University

Top Sit-Ups
102: Taylor Hansen, University of Connecticut
104: Benjamin Dagg, Wheaton College

Top Push-Ups
76: Ebony Starr, Cameron University
112: Jeremy Bowling, University of Hawaii at Manoa

6th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – University of Northern Iowa Cadet Vince Marcantonio scored a 371 on the Army Physical Fitness Test and Cadet Christina Jones from the University of Alabama scored a 373, making them the top scorers on the APFT for 6th Regiment.

Scores and regiment standings:

A 6th Regiment Cadet completes the two-mile run required as part of the APFT. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky

Top Overall
371: Vince Marcantonio, University of Northern Iowa
373: Christina Jones, University of Alabama

Top Two-Mile Run
10:22: Robert Finicum, Brigham Young University
12:50: Erica Wade, Colorado State University

Top Sit-Ups
110: Vince Marcantonio, University of Northern Iowa
109: Christina Jones, University of Alabama

Top Push-Ups
107: Aaron Olson, Colorado State University
77: Astrid Cruz, Seton Hall University

5th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

Fifth Regiment completes sit-ups during the APFT. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – University of Montana Cadet Zachary Wagner scored a 394 on the Army Physical Fitness Test and Cadet Robin Furrer from the University of Montana, and Cadet Johanna Guarino from Old Dominion University both scored a 332, making them all the top scorers on the APFT for 5th Regiment.

Scores and regiment standings:

Top Overall
394: Zachary Wagner, University of Montana
332: Robin Furrer, University of Montana
332: Johanna Guarino, Old Dominion University

Top Two-Mile Run
10:22: Richard Everett, SD School of Mines and Tech
12:47: Robin Furrer, University of Montana
12:47: Kayla Dejardin, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Top Sit-Ups
116: Zachary Wagner, University of Montana
95: Katherine Panek, University of Connecticut

Top Push-Ups
110: Zachary Wagner, University of Montana
68: Brianna Hugya, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Cadet Lindsay Keith from the University of Washington scored a 366 and Cadet Anthony Nicholson from Marquette University scored a 356 on the Army Physical Fitness Test, both gaining the top scores for 4th Regiment.

Scores and regiment standings:

Top Overall

Cadets of 4th Regiment march to the APFT field in full PT gear. U.S. Army photo by Jesse Beals

366: Lindsay Keith, University of Washington
356: Anthony Nicholson, Marquette University

Top Two-Mile Run
10:43: Steven Jackson, Norfolk State University
12:26: Alanna Sparrow, University of North Florida

Top Sit-Ups
108: Derrick Elliott, Hampton University
108: Gregory Raupp, University of Wisconsin – Madison
98: Bethany Koshinsky, Capital University

Top Push-Ups
107: Nathaniel Wherley, Campbell University
83: Michele Deegan, Old Dominion University

3rd Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

Cadet Jerold Edwards from Georgia Military College performs the push-up portion of the Army Physical Fitness Test on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Cadet Meghan Clark from Loyola University of Maryland and Cadet Dillon Grover from Oregon State University achieved the top overall scores for 3rd Regiment on the Army Physical Fitness Test, with Clark scoring a 365 and Grover scoring a 364.

Scores and regiment standings:

Top Overall
365: Meghan Clark, Loyola University of Maryland
364: Dillon Grover, Oregon State University

Top Two-Mile Run
10:35: Jordan Baker, University of San Francisco
12:26: Shauna Dool, University of Portland

Top Sit-Ups
108: Meghan Clark, Loyola University of Maryland
108: Zeke Dodd, Virginia Military Institute

Top Push-Ups
113: Dillon Grover, Oregon State University
70: Emmalena Kelly, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

2nd Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Jessica Tarsa and Lyle Rogers achieved the top scores on the Army Physical Fitness Test for 2nd Regiment with Tarsa getting a 377 and Rogers getting a 368.
Scores and regiment standings:

Second Regiment Cadets complete the two-mile run portion of the APFT at LDAC. U.S. Army photo by Jesse Beals

Top Overall
377: Jessica Tarsa, Duke University
368: Lyle Rogers, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Top Two-Mile Run
10:54: John Gatewood, Citadel
13:15: Kayla Amsler, Gannon University

Top Sit-Ups
107: Lyle Rogers, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
104: Jessica Tarsa, Duke University

Top Push-Ups
115: Joshua Brownlow, University of Florida
76: Jessica Tarsa, Duke University

1st Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

First Regiment Cadet Abigail Drew from Texas Christian does push-ups for the APFT at Lewis-McChord, Wash. U.S. Army photo by Jesse Beals

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Cameron University Cadet Ariel Bergeron and North Carolina State University Cadet Ben Bizzell achieved the overall top scores on the Army Physical Fitness Test for 1st Regiment, with Bergeron scoring a 374 and Bizzell scoring a 373.

Scores and regiment standings:

Top Overall

374: Ariel Bergeron, Cameron University
373: Ben Bizzell, North Carolina State University

Top Two-Mile Run

9:58: Parker Thompson, Wheaton College
13:20: Jashay Bingham, University of Houston

Top Sit-Ups

107: Kelly Lindemann, Seattle University
105: Ashley Pierce, Ohio State University
105: Ariel Bergeron, Cameron University

Top Push-Ups

119: Ben Bizzell, North Carolina State University
75: Ariel Bergeron, Cameron University
75: Jashay Bingham, University of Houston

Forging Professionals

United States Army Cadets at the Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, survey the training area during a patrolling exercise. Photo by J.M. Simpson. Used by permission.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — The Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, is U.S. Army Cadet Command’s flagship training and assessment exercise held here each summer. Every Army ROTC Cadet hoping to pin on the gold bar of an Army lieutenant must successfully complete Warrior Forge. After graduation, most attendees will go back to their colleges or universities to finish their degrees and then be commissioned. Some Cadets, having completed all other commissioning requirements, will receive their gold bars on the parade field during the graduation ceremony.

Warrior Forge is a 29-day odyssey in leadership and Soldiering skills. This summer, 14 regiments will take part in the course — with nearly 500 cadets in each regiment.

From the moment Cadets arrive at Joint Base Lewis-McChord they are challenged to excel. From the Army Physical Fitness Test held within the first few days of a Cadet’s arrival, to the ultimate challenge of managing a patrol squad in the field as events unfold without warning, Cadets are put through their paces and evaluated for their fitness to lead American Soldiers.

What Is This Training All About?

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — The mission of the Leader Development and Assessment Course is to train U.S. Army ROTC cadets to Army standards and to develop leadership and evaluate officer potential. This is accomplished through a tiered training structure using light infantry tactics as the instructional medium.

Maneuver Training

The Warrior Forge training program is sequential and progressive. It starts with individual training and leads to collective training, building from simple to complex tasks. This building-block approach permits integration of previously-learned skills into follow-on training. This logical, common-sense training sequence is maintained for each training cycle. Every day at LDAC is a day of training. Below are some highlights:

Land Navigation – Days 6/7, 8/9

Land Navigation training must be mastered early in the camp cycle for the cadets to be fully successful in the tactical training which follows. The Land Navigation evaluation consists of three events totaling 100 points. The written examination is worth 20 percent. The day Land Navigation test is worth 50 percent. The night Land Navigation test is worth 30 percent. Each cadet must earn 70 percent on each test to pass this event. A passing score in Land Navigation is a camp-completion criterion. Prior to Land Navigation cadets will learn field craft while living and sleeping in the woods. They will set up field expedient shelters using ponchos and whatever else is available. They’ll learn how to maintain noise, light and litter discipline.

Rappel Training

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Attending the LDAC Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony

New 2nd Lt. Ashley Bailey is congratulated following her commissioning at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., at the conclusion of the 2011 Leader Development and Assessment Course. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky

Every graduation ceremony will be live-streamed on
our Ustream channel at 
http://ustre.am/3nmd starting 9 a.m. PST

Successful completion of Warrior Forge is perhaps the single most significant event in the multi-year Cadet leadership development process. As a result, family and friends of all graduates and commissionees are cordially invited to attend the graduation and commissioning ceremonies.

All graduations and commissioning ceremonies will be conducted on Watkins Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s main post at 9:00 a.m. on the dates listed below. This is an hour-long outdoor ceremony, so please come prepared for the weather.

Graduation and commissioning ceremonies, by regiment for Warrior Forge, are:

  • 1st and 2nd Regiments: July 9
  • 3rd and 4th Regiments: July 13
  • 5th and 6th Regiments: July 17
  • 7th and 8th Regiments: July 21
  • 9th and 10th Regiments: July 26
  • 11th and 12th Regiments: July 30
  • 13th and 14th Regiments: August 3

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Contact!

If you have general questions about LDAC, please peruse the information posted on this web site. If you can’t find the answer here, contact your Cadet. If that doesn’t work, contact your Cadet’s ROTC battalion at the school he or she attends and ask the cadre. Finally, if you can’t find the information you need, contact us at warriorforge.pao@gmail.com.

We will be posting most necessary information on this site as it becomes available.

By the way, we’re also on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/warriorforge/
and Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/LDAC2012/.

You can also follow our live streaming video channel. We’ll be using this platform during Warrior Forge this year so that family, friends, and fans can see what this training is all about. Check it out here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/warriorforgelive. A schedule of coverage will be available soon.

To send snail mail to Cadets:

Cadet Lastname, Firstname
Warrior Forge
x REG, x CO, x PLT
PO Box 339543
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433-9543

(x=the respective regiment, company, and platoon designator. If you don’t know this, just leave it blank.)

14th Regiment: Hamilton’s Own

The U.S. Army Cadet Command established the Regimental Affiliation Program in 1985 to foster unit cohesion, camaraderie, esprit de corps, and the pride of belonging among the diverse groups of Cadets attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course from states around the nation.

Cadets attending LDAC have the unique privilege of being members of one of the Army’s finest combat units. Through the Regimental Affiliation Program, each Cadet organization is assigned to an active Army regiment. The goal of the program is to bind Cadets and cadre together in a close-knit and dynamic organizational relationship with a strong sense of teamwork so crucial to success at LDAC.

LDAC’s 14th Regiment is affiliated with the U.S. Army’s 5th Field Artillery Regiment. “Faithful and Truth.”

History

The 5th Field Artillery was constituted as part of the Regular Army in January 1907, although the lineage dates back to the Revolutionary War. Campaign streamers from the War of 1812, Indian Wars, Mexican War, and Civil War further attest to its long history. Read more of this post

13th Regiment: Men of War

The U.S. Army Cadet Command established the Regimental Affiliation Program in 1985 to foster unit cohesion, camaraderie, esprit de corps, and the pride of belonging among the diverse groups of Cadets attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course from states around the nation.

Cadets attending LDAC have the unique privilege of being members of one of the Army’s finest combat units. Through the Regimental Affiliation Program, each Cadet organization is assigned to an active Army regiment. The goal of the program is to bind Cadets and cadre together in a close-knit and dynamic organizational relationship with a strong sense of teamwork so crucial to success at LDAC.

LDAC’s 13th Regiment is affiliated with the U.S. Army’s 33rd Armored Regiment. “Men of War.”

History

The 33rd Armored Regiment has a proud and distinguished history of service to the nation. The Men of War regiment was constituted Jan. 13, 1941 as the 3rd Armored Regiment and activated April 15, 1941 at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. On May 8, 1941, the regiment was redesignated as the 33rd Armored Regiment. Read more of this post

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