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2nd Lt. Elizabeth Babcock of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research presents Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hann with a silver dollar after he gives the traditional first salute during her commissioning ceremony May 16.

Babcock commissioned as clinical laboratory scientist officer

Story and photo by Steven Galvan, DBA
USAISR Public Affairs Officer

U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
15 JUNE 2017

Sgt. Elizabeth Babcock, a Biological Sciences Assistant noncommissioned officer in charge at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Clinical Research Support Division, has been selected for a direct commission as a clinical laboratory scientist in the U.S. Army.

Babcock has been in the Army for six years and the ISR for 16 months and has a Master’s degree in health sciences. She received her commission on May 15 and will attend the Direct Commissions Course in June at Fort Sill Oklahoma with the 6th Air Defense Artillery, and the Basic Officer Leadership Course in mid-July at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Her follow-on orders will take her to Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital at Fort Polk, Louisiana as the Deputy Lab manager.

I am extremely excited,” she said. “I know this will open a lot of new doors of opportunity for growth and provide stability for my family’s future. I am a bit nervous about what lays ahead as this is all so new. But I feel that to truly find your full potential you need to expand past your comfort zone.”

Babcock said she joined the Army because she wanted to join an organization that held the same values that she has.

At the age of 27, when I joined I had already reached my professional goals that I had initially set out to accomplish,” said Babcock. “I knew that I could do more, and should do more. The Army just seemed the next logical and progressive choice. My father served in the Army, as well as many other family members that had served or were currently serving among the Armed Forces branches.”

The Michigan native has been accompanied by her two children—her 10-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter. Her short-term goals are to excel at her upcoming courses at Fort Sam and to build new relationships with her new peers. Her long-term goal is to go to post-graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in Translational Medicine.

Her advice to anyone who would like to follow in her path is: “To never give up. Most people who have commissioned will tell you that they weren’t selected for commission until their second or third time applying. Take that time in between board selection years to continue building your packet to make yourself more competitive.”