Beating LDAC

Cadet Christopher Nash learned he could beat box in high school and hasn’t stopped since. He is days from graduating from the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. U.S. Army photo by Jesse Beals

By Hannah Van Ree
U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash.- Cadets at the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) already have a steady battle rhythm to follow throughout their 29-day challenge, but Cadet Christopher Nash follows a rhythm of his own.

Nash, a 27-year-old active duty soldier from the University of Massachusetts, said that he found out he could make unique sounds in high school and that was just the beginning of his beat boxing career.

“In high school I had some buddies into music and found out I could make a ‘dwoom-dwoom-dwoom’ noise,” said Nash, giving a preview of his fast-paced, rave type echo.

Beat boxing is a musical art form using a person’s mouth, lips, tongue and voice to create instrumental rhythm and beats. Nash has perfected the art and can produce a beat simulating background music instantly.

Nash said he then joined a cappella groups in high school and was the beat boxer in a male a cappella group at his first college. Later, he became a member of the group D.C. Vocals in Virginia, playing shows at venues around the area.
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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