By: Savoury Jacobson.
FORT KNOX, KY. –On July 28, 2017, 5 Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets officially graduated in Fort Knox, Ky, after successfully going through Cadet Summer Training (CST).
A wide variety of attitudes and determinations arrived thirty-one days ago at the program. Many viewed the training as an opportunity to advance their future careers in the military. Some just wanted the experience. By the end of the training, units within the regiment would see themselves as a cohesive, well-trained group ready to meet the world.
The graduation focused on the past and present legacy of leadership the regiment represented. Veterans, high-ranking military personnel, and important players in the community all attended the event, along with proud family members of the Cadets.
A presentation of awards followed for a few Cadets who had surpassed and succeeded during Basic Camp. Cadet Susan C. Fisher, Georgetown University, received the ApexTech Warrior Award. Cadets earn this award for best demonstrating comprehension of diplomatic approaches and the fundamentals of leadership and team building. Cadet John C. Fangmeyer, Vanderbilt University, received the Armed Forces Services Corporation Award. Cadets receive this award for best demonstrating an understanding of the moral requirements for a strong work ethic and positive attitude, achieving individual and group objectives. Cadet Korrie H. Hurlen, Georgia Military College, received the National Sojourners Award. Cadets earn this award for best exemplifying Americanism and devotion to the country. Cadet Sierra A. Schlenker, North Dakota State University, received the National Guard Association of the United States Award. Cadets earn this award for demonstrating the most improvement in physical and mental preparedness for the advanced ROTC curriculum. They must also be an ARNG Cadet. Cadet Stephanie N. Sanderson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, received the American Legion Commander’s Award. Cadets earn this award for best demonstrating characteristics essential in disciplined practices and time-honored customs. Cadet Joshua C. Warren, Georgia College & State University, received the Bold Leader Spirit Award. Cadets earn this award for best demonstrating appropriate motivational techniques, inspirational leadership, and best demonstrating the spirit of a leader. Cadet Emily N. Locascio, New Mexico Military Institute, received the Society of American Military Engineers Award. Cadets earn this award for possession of improved problem solving skills and must be enrolled in engineering program. Cadet Kelsey S. DeWolfe, University of Massachusetts, received the Reserve Officers Association Award. Cadets earn this award for best reflecting the characteristics of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness by demonstrating resilience and the lifelong pursuit of enhanced performance to cope with adversity, and best performed in stressful situations, and thrive in life. Cadet Kelsey S. DeWolfe, University of Massachusetts, received the Reserve Officers Association Award. Cadets earn this award for best reflecting the characteristics of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness by demonstrating resilience and the lifelong pursuit of enhanced performance to cope with adversity, and best performed in stressful situations, and thrive in life. Cadet Jacob J. Eberle, North Dakota State University, received the Armed Forces Bank Award. Cadets earn this award for best demonstrating respect for other cultures and people by effectively using the training scenarios to demonstrate a mastery of cross cultural competencies as they relate to a complex environment. Cadet Kathryn E. Kennedy, Xavier University, received the First Command Financial Services Award. Cadets earn this award for best demonstrating leadership traits necessary to encourage teamwork and unit cohesion. Cadet Tarik J. Bandy, North Carolina A&T State University, received the AUSA Warrior Ethos Award. Cadets earn this award for possessing effective communication skills with the potential to maintain a positive command climate through empowerment, open dialogue, trust, and loyalty. Cadet Jonna L. Baker, Pacific Lutheran University, received the Military Officers Association of America Award. Cadets earn this award for best demonstrating superior dedication to duty through applying self-accountability and leadership fundamentals. Cadet Marlon T. Cammarano, Norwich University, received the Military Order of World Wars Award. Cadets earn this award for best demonstrating the ability to evaluate, analyze, apply, and understand experiences and capabilities to solve tactical problem sets. Cadet Aidam L. Gaffney, Norwich University, received the Military Order of the Purple Heart Meritorious Service Award. Cadets earn this award for showing the most improvement in their development of Character and Accountability and meeting all of CIET standards.
According to the United States Army Cadet Command, for over twenty-five years, Army Cadet Command has produced more than two-thirds of the second lieutenants for the active Army, the Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserve. More than two-thirds of the current active duty Army General Officers were commissioned through ROTC. Army ROTC trained and educated officers bring a hybrid vigor to our officer corps by drawing on the strength and variety of our social fabric. Cadet Command accomplishes this by combining the character building aspects of diverse, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leader development training. This process forges a broad-gauged officer who manifests the strength and diversity of the society from which he or she is drawn, as well as the quality of strong officer leadership.
Without doubt, Cadets gained a broader understanding of leadership during Basic Camp. They will now go on to change their communities and subsequently the world, both while overseas and at home.
Cadet Summer Training will bring around 8,200 Cadets through Basic and Advanced Camp this summer on Fort Knox. These camps are designed to help challenge, grow and improve various skills and leadership qualities within the Cadets. If you think you have what it takes to be a Cadet or if you are interested in a job after college click the following link: https://my.goarmy.com/info/rotc1/index.jsp?iom=IP08-AUTO-R1NA-BR-XXX-XX-XXX-MO-XX-X-BRCMAC:IP08