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FORT KNOX – 11th Regiment Advanced Camp Cadets’ confidence and teamwork were put to the test as they climbed, crawled and weaved their way through the confidence course, July 27.

Cadet Jeffery MacRae, Xavier University, 11th Regiment, Advanced Camp climbs up an obstacle at Fort Knox, Ky., July 27, 2019. | Photo by Mary Kate Griffin, CST Public Affairs Office.

Today marked the last iteration of training on the course for Cadet Summer Training (CST) 2019.

“After the Cadets complete their training here today, we [Cadre] put everything away until next summer,” said Sgt. Frank Marscelli from San Diego State University.

Staff Sgt. Mark Minnmann, a reservist stationed at Fort Knox, said that being a CST instructor had been a fun experience.

“I am used to working with call for fire, artillery and other such training,” said Minnmann. “This has been a treat.”

For the past two weeks 11th regiment Cadets have been receiving instruction in a classroom. The confidence course is a chance for Cadets to move and develop familiarity with their squads.

“This is fun but intense,” said Cadet Liam Lacey, attending Virginia Military Institute. “It’s good to be outside.”

An 11th Regiment Advanced Camp Cadet continues the weaver obstacle at Fort Knox, Ky., July 27, 2019. | Photo by Mary Kate Griffin, CST Public Affairs Office.

A Cadet from West Virginia University expressed that the course was an outlet for team morale-boosting.

“Everyone was really encouraging and it really helped,” said Leonardo Sanchez. “This [training] brought the squad closer.”

Cadet Zachary Smith, a fellow squad member of Sanchez, echoed his sentiments.

“Our squad was cohesive, we are a tight squad,” said the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Cadet. “We build each other up even when we aren’t do things like this.”

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