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NIU Cadets Honored

Huskie basketball standout Ally Lehman receives U.S. Army Infantry commission, meets U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

Included among NIU’s newly minted graduates is Huskie women’s basketball standout Ally Lehman, who is also one of only 10 female Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets in the country commissioned this year as officers in the U.S. Army Infantry.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an NIU alumna and decorated Black Hawk helicopter pilot, visited campus for the May 12 commissioning of Lehman and seven other NIU cadets.

The U.S. Army Infantry commission is one of the most hotly pursued placements each year among the thousands nationwide who complete four years of officer training through the ROTC. Such combat jobs were made available to females for the first time last year, when a dozen women were chosen for the honor.