By Alex Mclaughlin
Photo By: Erica Lafser
FORT KNOX, Kentucky—
Seventeen LDAC cadets joined the Officer Corps as Second Lieutenant Sunday after completing LDAC with seventh and eighth regiments.
Brigadier Gen. Peggy C. Combs of U.S. Army Cadet Command in Fort Knox addressed the new officers during their commissioning ceremony and welcomed them into the Army.
“To the families, I don’t know who’s prouder of these cadets who are becoming second lieutenants.” Combs said. “You or I? As I look at them I see so much potential for our future and I am excited about it.”
Combs, during her speech, emphasized the importance of teamwork and integrity and emphasized the importance of their mission.
“The Army’s one purpose is to defend the freedom of this great nation,” Combs said. “I believe America’s wealth is best invested in the potential of our youth.”
The LDAC cadets, who finally reached the long-awaited dream of becoming officers, were pinned by a person of their choice. Some chose fellow cadets, while others chose siblings and other family members.
Second Lt. Jessica Perez, LDAC graduate from Interamerican University Metropolitan in San Juan, chose two of her fellow cadets to pin her during her ceremony. She said they were the obvious choice when selecting who would pin her.
“We’ve been through a lot together. “Perez said. “I would’ve had all of my battle buddies here with me but it’s too many people. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Second Lt. James Fullen, LDAC graduate from University of Massachusetts in Boston, was pinned by his mother, father and sister. He said he is looking forward to achieving more.
“This is awesome,” Fullen said. “I’m really excited to move on to the next chapter. I’m hoping to branch armor and I will find that out in September.
Second Lt. Antoinette Wilson, LDAC graduate from Drury University in Springfield, chose her daughter and her spouse to pin her during the ceremony.
Wilson’s Spouse, Taren Wilson, said the experience was surreal.
“Pinning her felt great,” Wilson said. “It was a long time coming. I’m very, very excited for her. She set a goal and she met it.”