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Elizabeth M. Lochiatto, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn., has graduated from the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The 29 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although 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 by exercising the cadet’s intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet’s performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

Cadets usually attend LDAC between their junior and senior years of college, and they must complete the course to qualify for commissioning. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve.

Lochiatto has also completed the Nurse Summer Training Program.

This program assigns cadets who are nursing majors to Army medical facilities throughout the continental United States as well as in Germany, where they develop and practice leadership skills in a clinical environment. The cadets work side-by-side with an Army Nurse Corps officer preceptor.

When these cadets complete Army ROTC program requirements, graduate from their colleges or universities, and complete licensing requirements, they are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army Nurse Corps.

Lochiatto is the daughter of Vicky and Carl Lochiatto of Harvard, granddaughter of Phyllis Lochiatto of Falmouth, and niece of Kate McCarey of Lexington, Teresa Maguire of Key West, Fla., Alice Denormandie of Pelham, N.Y., and Tom Denormandie of Lincoln.

She is a 2011 graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury.

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