FORT KNOX, Ky. – Nineteen Cadets from the 7th Regiment Advanced Camp (CLC) commissioned as second lieutenants July 31 at Waybur Theater.
The ceremony began with a welcome video, the national anthem and invocation by guest speaker Lt. Gen. Kevin Mangum, Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Mangum spoke to the Cadets about the memories they will create as officers. He then led the Cadets in the Oath of Office before they officially became second lieutenants.
Family members and loved ones were present and unveiled the gold bars on the shoulders of each new officer, watching proudly as they received their first salute. Mangum also presented each of them a certificate of commission.
Jacob Donahue, brother of 2nd Lt. Cassie Donahue, was present at his sister’s commissioning ceremony.
“It was really special to be able to see all of her hard work pay off and watch her be recognized – it was great that she chose us to be part of the ceremony with her,” he said. “She has done so many amazing things in her short time with the Army already and she can accomplish anything that she sets her mind to.”
2nd Lt. Cassie Donahue, Missouri State University, was grateful to be a part of the Army tradition.
“It’s been five years in the waiting, this day has been coming for a very long time. I’m grateful for this opportunity and it felt great to finally celebrate this moment with my family,” Donahue said. “It’s an incredibly humbling experience to get to partake in the military’s time-honored traditions. It was great to be able to be a part of almost 300 years of history for the United States Army.”
Donahue said she decided to become an officer so that she could be a leader in the Army.
“I enlisted at 17 and then contracted into Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) two years later after I decided I wanted to become an officer,” she said. “Being enlisted I was able to see a lot of the military and I decided I wanted to be an impact and step up to the plate as a leader that the Army deserves.”
Everyone at the ceremony wished the second lieutenants luck as they set forth on their paths as officers of the United States Army.