By: Lindsey Ross
FORT KNOX, Ky—Twenty-four pairs of freshly shined, black Oxfords crossed the Waybur Theater stage, July 19, during an End of Camp Commissioning Ceremony at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The shoes belonged to cadets who commissioned as second lieutenants into the United States Army.
2nd Lt. Erin Fredette says, It’s amazing that we have finally reached the goal we have been trying to accomplish for the past four years.
Cadets completed a 29-day training course at Fort Knox called Cadet Leadership Course (CLC). They began training on Friday, June 19. The Cadets also completed four years of Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC) while in college. They were required to meet the CLC and ROTC requirements to become second lieutenants.
Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs lead the cadets in an oath of office. Each new lieutenant was then honored with a commission certificate and first salute.
Capt. Alberto Frias says, “Today is a day they are always going to remember. It’s a stepping stone, a building block in their Army career.”
The second lieutenants’ next step is to wait for accessions, or their placement in the Army.
Frias says, “They need to be ready to lead from day one. As long as they stay motivated and humble, then they will be okay.”
2nd Lt. Juan Cortez says, “I hope I am assigned active duty.”
The new lieutenants belonged to the fifth regiment of Cadet Leadership Course.