TACOMA, Wash. - Derek R. Nichols graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, at Fort Lewis.
Nichols underwent 32 days of professional military training, evaluation, and leadership development. 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.
Nichols, a 2006 graduate of Chateaugay Central High School, is the son of Robert F. Nichols, Chateaugay, and Bernadine M. Martin, Merrill. He is a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.