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Oswego Grad Completes Officer School

Michael P. Lacombe has graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

During the 14 weeks of training, the officer candidate received “basic soldiering” instruction in leadership, professional ethics, soldier team development, combined arms tactics, weapons defense, combat water survival, squad drill, intelligence, field training exercises, day and night land navigation, confidence obstacle course, common core tasks, communications, staff and general military subjects, and physical fitness tests which include three, four and five-mile runs, and foot marches between 5-10 mile routes.

The candidate is tested on leadership skills and team work abilities required of a commissioned officer. Students learned to utilize acquired skills to function in “leader and follower” positions in squad and platoon sized elements, and evaluated in various leadership garrison positions while in a stressful and demanding field environment.

The second lieutenant will serve as a Patriot missile battery platoon leader assigned to the 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

Lacombe is the son of Peter J. Lacombe of New City, N.Y., and Patricia R. Lacombe.

He graduated in 2003 from Clarkstown High School North, New City, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2007 from the State University of New York at Oswego.