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February 25, 2013 - Alina Wheeler, OD2, Commissioned as 2nd Lt. in US Army


Second year student, Alina Wheeler, was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in a small ceremony on Friday, February 15th.  With family, friends, faculty, and staff present, Ms. Wheeler was sworn in by her older brother, 1st Lieutenant Frank Wheeler.  Sergeant 1st Class Alwin Johns presided over the ceremony.


Ali was awarded a two-year scholarship through the F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program which provides a stipend, tuition costs, and supplies for the remainder of her optometric education.  Upon graduation, she will be promoted to 1st Lieutenant and will attend officer’s training in Texas.

 The NECO community proudly congratulates Ali on this great accomplishment. 




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