Story by DeJanay Booth and photos by Mike Galloucis
The first regiment of ROTC Cadet Leader Course (CLC) Cadets arrived at Louisville International Airport for Cadet Summer Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 3. This marks the second year that both CLC and Cadet Initial Entry Training (formerly known as Leader Development and Assessment Course, and the Leader Training Course, respectively) will be held at Fort Knox. Inside the airport, cadets were welcomed by administrative teams, they signed in, received their bus ticket, and then spent an hour getting to know their new comrades on the drive to Fort Knox.
Major Scott Jackson, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, said he and the team of cadre have been preparing for the cadets’ arrival for a few months. Jackson is the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the process. “The team and I are real excited,” He said. “We were ready for them to come in to welcome them to Fort Knox and welcome them to Cadet Summer Training.” The team will conduct the processing for every regiment arriving this summer.
“We are the first people they see,” said Master Sergeant Brent Garrett from South Carolina State University. Garrett is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC). “Having somebody to greet them is vital — Anything we can do to facilitate the cadets’ arrival and reception.” Simultaneously, another group of cadre stood outside and rehearsed for their first group coming in on Monday. Such rehearsal are routine for this operation, officials said.
A number of newly commissioned ROTC officers are also participating. Second lieutenants Zachary Smith and Frederick Timmons said there is difference between participating in training, and are working behind the scenes as cadre. “It gives you a new found appreciation for cadet training,” Smith said. Smith and Timmons completed CLC training last year and hoped to give cadets advice from their experience. “I advise cadets that teamwork is big,” Timmons said. “Being able to lead but also follow others in a leadership position.”
Cadet Peter Sleeper, a junior at Cornell University, said he is ready for training. “I’m looking forward to meeting new people from across the country.”