Basic Camp (CIET) 3rd Regiment graduated from summer training July 18 at Fort Knox after 31 days.
Basic Camp 3rd Regiment graduated in honor of Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, a graduate of the University of Virginia. Khan was killed in action June 8, 2004. Khan’s parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, were present at the graduation ceremony in his honor.
Col. Jason Halloren spoke during the Reviewing Officers Address about his humble beginnings as a Cadet.
“When I think back to my days as a Cadet, I can assure that I never dreamed that I would find myself on this podium addressing the next generation of our nations leaders,” Halloren said. “I can honestly say that if this publicly educated kid from the north side of Detroit can do it, you can too. Anything is possible in the Army.”
Cdt. Roberto Rivera-Leal, Penn State University, said he was inspired by the stories Halloren told during his address.
“I really liked the speech the colonel gave. I liked how he mentioned his past before a Cadet and how he made it to be a colonel,” Rivera-Leal said. “I sometimes wonder how I am going to do in the Army, and if I’m going to make that rank. It’s good to see that someone who maybe didn’t have the best background get there, and maybe I can too someday.”
Halloren reminded the Cadets that every single one of them have a legacy to lead and leave behind in the Army.
“Cadets, as you go back to your campuses and leave, remember that you are creating a legacy. A, legacy that will continue to make a difference long after you have served,” Halloren said.
The graduation ceremony followed the events of formation of troops, presentation of command and honors, invocation, honors to the nation, Cadet cannonade, Cadet creed, presentation of awards, reviewing officer’s address, pass in review, army song, and the conclusion of the ceremony.
The Cadets will now return to their respective universities before beginning Advanced Camp (CLC) next summer for their final Cadet Summer Training (CST).