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By Staff Sgt. Victoria Nelson
157th Air Refueling Wing
1st Lt. Andrew Lizotte was named the Lowry Award winner upon graduation from the Introductory Officer Course at the Air Force’s Judge Advocate General’s School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., Dec. 2019.
The award recognizes the student who best exemplifies officership, esprit de corps, service before self and integrity.
“I was just trying to do the best I possibly could do amongst a group of people that I thought were really impressive,” Lizotte said. “They all pushed me, and I hope I pushed them.”
Lizotte said he was one of the oldest airmen in the class.
“I was also trying to prove to myself I could keep up with everybody,” he said, laughing.
The course prepares new judge advocates from the reserve components and active duty for their military legal career. Lizotte said some attendees were brand new lawyers, while others were experienced prosecutors, adding that he found the class make-up motivating.
Lizotte said another source of motivation to excel in the course was his family.
“My family and my kids motivate me to be better,” Lizotte said. “I want to set an example for them. I want to show them you can try something different and serve in a way that maybe you never thought you could. That has been a driving force for me this past year.”