Waldron Accepts Commission

Christopher L. Waldron, son of Dale and Nancy Waldron of Exeter, was one of six Officer Candidates from the 58th Officer Candidate School (OCS) graduating class who accepted their commissions as 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Army from the 2nd Battalion 209th Regional Training Institute last month. The ceremony was held on site of the Nebraska National Guard training site, Camp Ashland, in Ashland.
The OCS program  consisted of 17 months of rigorous academic and physical training conducted in four separate phases. Phase 0 was an introductory phase allowing the candidates to be acquainted with the customs/traditions of becoming an Army Officer and preparation for Phase 1. Phase 1 was spent in Salina, Kan., for two weeks. This phase consisted of intense physical training, day and night land navigation and experience in leadership roles.
Phase 2 was spent at Camp Ashland for  13 months. This phase consisted of weapons qualification, academics with 10 testings, leadership roles, rucksack marches, first aid, field training exercises, urban operations, tactics and leading missions.
Phase 3 was the final phase before graduation and was spent at Fort Lewis, outside of Seattle, Wash., for two weeks. This phase consisted of taking everything that was learned in the previous phases and apply it to field exercises. Upon successful completion, all candidates returned to their home states to await graduation.
Lieutenant Waldron will now temporarily join the 402nd Military Police Unit out of Omaha as an Operations Officer until the return of his assigned unit, 192nd Military Police Unit, which is currently overseas until next year.

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