By: Savoury Jacobson.
FORT KNOX, KY. –On August 6, 2017, 8 Regiment, Advanced 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 Advanced Camp. Cadet Edward Andino, East Carolina University, received the Norton Healthcare Award. Cadet Edward Andino, East Carolina University, received the Norton Healthcare Award.Cadet Alyvia Orsini, Florida Southern College, received the First Command Financial Services Award. Cadet Alyvia Orsini, Florida Southern College, received the First Command Financial Services Award. Cadet Geena Cantalupo, Towson University, received the Bold Leader Spirit Award. Cadet Brandon Sakbun, Indiana University, received the Armed Forces Services Corporation Award. Cadet Kiana Whitney, University of Vermont, received the Armed Forces Services Corporation Award. Cadet Bernard Fowler, University of Alabama, received the National Guard Association of the United States Award. Cadet Austin Olson, Indiana University Northwest, received the Reserve Officers Association Award. Cadet Dillion Sutton, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, received the Apex Tech Warrior Award. Cadet Jessica Domingo, Seattle University, received the Armed Forces Bank Award. Cadet Kelton Heinemann, University of Wisconsin, received the USAA Warrior Spirit Award. Cadet Matthew Jones, Texas A&M University, received the Military Officers Association of America Award. Cadet Dominic Gomez, Texas A&M University, received the Military Order of World Wars Award. Cadet Matthew Degliobizzi, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, received the AUSA Warrior Ethos Award.
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 a doubt, Cadets gained a broader understanding of leadership during Advanced 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