Benjamin T. Polins has completed a U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) field training encampment at Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.The four-or six-week summer training camp is designed to motivate, educate, and evaluate the cadets' leadership potential to be Air Force officers, and to determine their potential for entry into the ROTC Professional Officer Course (POC). Normally, cadets between their sophomore and junior year of college attend the encampment. The training gives students their first exposure to a working Air Force environment and an opportunity to learn and apply officer leadership theory, techniques, and responsibilities.
Encampment training includes leadership evaluation exercises, officer specialty orientation, survival techniques, confidence course, physical fitness, aircraft and aircrew orientation, small arms handling, human relations orientation and equal opportunity education, and study of the organization and functions of an Air Force base.
Upon graduating from the attending college or university and successfully completing the ROTC program requirements, the cadet is commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Polins is currently attending Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He is the son of Mark E. and Kathleen E. Polins of Lafayette Ave., Wyomissing.
The cadet is a 2006 graduate of Wyomissing Area Junior-Senior High School.