JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- A Weber State University student has been presented the Association of the United States Army Leadership Excellence Award at the U.S. Army Cadet Command's Leader Development and Assessment Course or LDAC.
Timothy DeLeon, of Roy, ranked first among his training regiment of more than 400 Army Cadets at the 29-day Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge -- the capstone training and assessment exercise for the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
Cadets at Warrior Forge are tested on their physical stamina, endurance, ability to navigate over difficult terrain, and their team-building and leadership skills. An Army saber to signify the award was presented to DeLeon at a graduation ceremony on July 9 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Wash.
More than 6,000 college students from around the country converge at JBLM each summer to attend the course. Successful completion of this rigorous training is a prerequisite for becoming commissioned as a U.S. Army lieutenant.
Supporting this massive training event are more than 3,000 cadre and staff from all Army components, including Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, civilian employees and contractors. This combination of personnel makes LDAC one of the largest training exercises in the Army.