By: Katie McGuire
Sunday morning cadets form the Cadet Leadership Course 9th Regiment participated in their final event at Fort Knox, Kentucky: graduation. Over 600 cadets stood at attention for the last time before they got on the bus to head home.
The graduation ceremony began like every other this summer, with the formation of the troops. The four companies, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta, took the field facing family and friends and honored guests.
After the invocation and honors to the nation, the cadet cannonade and cadet creed were given as the ceremonial cannons were shot off in the distance as a symbol of R.O.T.C. and their dedication to duty, honor and country.
Later in the ceremony, 12 cadets were recognized with awards for their outstanding performance in their 31 days here at Cadet Summer Training. Each award was presented to the cadet by a distinguished guest, ranging from plaques to a sabre.
The Reviewing Officer’s Address was given by Brig. Gen.Try Kok, Deputy Commanding General U.S. Army Recruiting Command-Support. He began his speech encouraging a big ‘Hooah” from the cadets, a word frequently used between cadre, cadets, and other military personnel alike as a word of agreement or acknowledgement. Kok jokingly reminded the cadets that he is, “what is standing between you and those buses to go home!” and demanded the loudest Hooah of the summer. After a deafening response, cadets listened as he congratulated the cadets in their completion of CST and encouraged them to continue on not only in the Army, but also in education, an important skill and a requirement in becoming an officer in the United States Army.
Finally, 9th Regiment marched in the pass in review, a final march in front of their audience as a symbol of their graduation.
The ceremony ended with the cadets and the audience, the new members of the Army family, singing the Army Song, written originally in 1908 and adapted in 1952 to its current version, the song tells the story of the army’s past, present, and future, a fitting end to a new beginning for the cadets of CLC 9th Regiment.
To view the ceremony on live stream please visit clc.futurearmyofficers.com
Photo gallery of today’s ceremony will be on armyrotc.smugmug.com