One tough Bulldog

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One tough Bulldog

Kayla LaChance (far right) successfully completed the Army’s Mountain Warfare Course on Jan. 15.

A UGA student and the only female in her class of 66 soldiers, Cadet Kayla LaChance was one of only five cadets to successfully complete the Army’s Mountain Warfare Course in January.

Elite soldiers from all branches of the military, including Special Forces teams and senior enlisted soldiers, attend the Mountain Warfare Course in the mountains of Jericho, Vt., hosted by the U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School. The course provides tactical and technical training for cold weather operations, a training based on techniques learned from Army units currently engaged in mountain warfare. Graduates earn the skill qualification identifier “Military Mountaineer.”

As a member of UGA’s Bulldog Battalion, LaChance represented the 6th Brigade U.S. Army Cadet Command, which includes the 39 schools with ROTC programs in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her selection was based on her academic excellence, military domain knowledge and a high level of physical fitness.

After graduating from UGA in May, LaChance, a political science major from Newnan, received a commission as a second lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. She will attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.