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New Army Families Reunite With Cadets

"Brandon Crossett from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia hugs his mother after the family day event. The families of CLC 5th regiment come to Fort Knox to see their cadets the day before they are set to graduate from Cadet Summer Training at Waybur Theater. U.S. Army photo by Matt Lunsford. July 19, 2015."

“Brandon Crossett from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia hugs his mother after the family day event. The families of CLC 5th regiment come to Fort Knox to see their cadets the day before they are set to graduate from Cadet Summer Training at Waybur Theater. U.S. Army photo by Matt Lunsford. July 19, 2015.”

By: Lindsey Ross

FORT KNOX, Ky—Emotions were high as cadets embraced their family members outside of Waybur Theater July 19, 2015. Cadets of the fifth regiment of Cadet Leadership Course had not seen their families for 30 days.

Families from all around the United States traveled to Fort Knox, Kentucky for the Cadet Summer Training Family Day Program. Col. Sean Gainey, the main speaker at the event, educated them on the cadets’ accomplishments throughout Cadet Summer Training (CST).

Cadet Brianna Nunez said she feels like a new person since the last time she saw her family.

“I’ve developed so much here,” said Nunez.

Gainey touched on the importance of family during the program, thanking them for supporting their cadets and the United States Army.

Cadet Kent Etherton said, “I couldn’t imagine not having my family’s support. They help me get through.”

The Cadets trained at Fort Knox for one month. Their cell phones were confiscated at the beginning of training. Many cadets turned to mail to stay in touch with their family and friends back home.

Helen Etherton, mother of Cadet Kent Etherton, said that it was different not knowing what her son was doing everyday.

Cadets left with their families after the program ended, but they were required to return to Fort Knox by 9 p.m. Many families had the same activity planned.

“I’m excited just to be able to talk to my son and feed him,” said Etherton.

Families will return to Fort Knox on July 20 to watch their cadet graduate from CLC.

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