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Megan E. Stevens has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from Florida State University, Tallahassee.

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 them 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.

The new lieutenant received a degree in nursing with a minor degree in military science. Stevens will serve as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps and will attend the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

She is the daughter of James Graham Stevens and Elizabeth A. Stevens of Bluestone Place, Clifton. The officer is a 2004 Centreville High School, Clifton.

Army Reserve Pfc. Ashley M. Matlock has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

She is the daughter of Pam Matlock of Rural Route 2, Rose Hill, Va., and sister of Christina Hunter of Braddock Springs Road, Centreville. Matlock is a 2005 graduate of Thomas Walker High School, Ewing, Va.

Army Pvt. Christopher M. Bickhart has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Bickhart is a 1996 graduate of Chantilly High School.