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Ornelas earns commission as Army second lieutenant

Minooka High School graduate completes Army ROTC program

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 6:59 a.m. CDT

Michael A. Ornelas has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

The new officer will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve. 

The lieutenant will attend an officer basic course relating to his or her particular military occupational specialty/job. Afterward, the officer will complete advanced training by attending basic officer leadership courses for career progression purposes.

The ROTC curriculum prepares students with the tools, training and experiences to help cadets succeed as effective leaders in any competitive environment.  Army officers serve as leaders, counselors, strategists and motivators, who lead other soldiers in all situations occurring in ever-changing environments. As trained problem-solvers, key influencers and planners, they are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.

Ornelas is the son of Saul and Sylvia Ornelas of Youngs Avenue, Joliet.

He graduated in 2008 from Minooka Community High School.

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