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USciences ROTC Students Are One Step Closer to Becoming Commissioned Officers

By Lauren Kaminski PharmD’21

Published on March 18, 2019

Kaminski SistersUSciences Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets Adam Reed HS’19, Lauren Kaminski PharmD’21, and Trey Hillard MB’19 attended and completed Advanced Camp this past summer at Fort Knox, KY as a requirement to commission as a future United States Army Officer.  At Fort Knox, these students needed to complete rigorous training, build their confidence, and test their physical and mental strength to develop into successful officers and leaders. 

Adam ReedA few of the requirements were the successful completion of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) training, previously known as the gas chamber, weapons training, and three weeks of field training. The cadets also completed a 60 foot repel tower and 12-mile ruck march. Kaminski was the first female in her regiment to finish the 12-mile ruck march in under three hours.


Trey Hillard sitting inside a UH-60 BlackhawkAlso, this summer Kaminski completed an Army Medical Department (AMEDD) internship at San Antonio, TX.  Kaminski had the honor to shadow and work alongside her older sister, Jessica Kaminski PharmD’13, to learn more about different pharmacy pathways.  Some of the areas she shadowed included were academia, out-patient, clinical, and logistics that are all within the United States Army.   


Lauren Kaminski following the 12-mile ruck march.This year, these cadets will have the privilege and honor to commission into the United States Army as Second Lieutenants. Reed will commission as an Active Duty Second Lieutenant into the Army Transportation Corp. Hillard will commission as an Active Duty Second Lieutenant into Army Aviation. Kaminski will commission as a Second Lieutenant and will continue her PharmD career.  Upon graduation she will serve as an Army Pharmacist.

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