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On January 22, Capt. Natalie D. Collins promoted Sgt. Richardson to 2nd Lt.

On January 22, Capt. Natalie D. Collins promoted Sgt. Richardson to 2nd Lt Photo by Steven Galvan

From a specialist to 2nd Lt. in eight days

By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
02 FEB 2013

Being promoted from a specialist to sergeant and then a second lieutenant in eight days is not common in the Army, but that’s the promotions that Jonathan C. Richardson saw during the month of January. Richardson, a medical laboratory technician (68K) at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR) was promoted to the ranks of a non-commissioned officer January 14 and commissioned as an officer January 22.

The newly commissioned 2nd Lt. began a new chapter in his Army career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (71E) January 23 when he began the Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sam Houston. For the next two-and-a-half months Richardson will be a student at the U.S. Army Medical Command Center and School before transferring to for his first assignment at the 153rd Medical Detachment (Blood Support) Fort Lewis, Wash.

“This is fantastic,” said Richardson. “Before this promotion I was unsure if I was going to make the Army a career, but now I know that I am.”

Richardson left the ISR after three years in the Research Directorate and said that he still hasn’t accomplished what he has set out to in life, but he’s off to a good start. Three years ago, he and his wife, a first lieutenant in the California National Guard and environmental scientists (72D), aimed to earn a commission in the Army when they were attending Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam. Earning a commission is just a stepping stone for his ultimate goal.

“My goal is to go to medical school and become a doctor,” he said.