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2 local grads finish ROTC course
Richard M. Auletta Jr. and John R. Pflug graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.
Auletta is a 2006 graduate of St. Anthony's High School, South Huntington, and is the son of Richard M. and Donna L. Auletta of Halsey Place, Lindenhurst.
Pflug, a student at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, is the son of John R. and Ellyn G. Pflug of Lawrence Hill Road, Cold Spring Harbor, and a 2005 graduate of Cold Spring Harbor High School.
The 32 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 as a leader 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 in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve.
The U.S. Army issued this statement Thursday.
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