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Ranger school grad hopes to inspire future candidates

By Staff Sgt. Ashley Morris July 9, 2020

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Addison B. Lukfin-Collier, an armor officer assigned to Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, stands in front the squadron headquarters building on Fort Polk, La., July 1, 2020, after graduating from U.S. Army Ranger school. Lufkin-Collier endured four months of vigorous physical and mental training at Fort Benning, Ga. (Staff Sgt. Ashley Morris)

FORT POLK, La. – There is a line in the Army Ranger Creed that states, “Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite Soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other Soldier.”

For 1st Lt. Addison Lufkin-Collier, an armor officer assigned to B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, that quote is more than just a line from a creed — it has become part of the 24-year-old’s personal mantra.

“As a lieutenant graduating from ROTC, I chose the armor branch because I thought it was unique,” said Lufkin-Collier, a Vancouver, Washington native. “There is a light and a heavy side. Each side offers different opportunities and career paths.”

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