By: Katie McGuire
The United States Army welcomed family and friends of the cadets of Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) 10th regiment today, August 12, 2015 for the ceremonial reunion at Waybur Theater on base. Later, 8 cadets commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants.
The morning began with a welcome to the family from the cadre and those coordinating the family day. Then the event started with Col. Sean Gainey, Deputy Commanding Officer, US Army Cadet Command, describing in detail the training their cadets went through and the four phases.
Phase I: Pre-Deployment training, Phase II: Pre-Rotational training, Phase III: Mission Context Leadership Exercise, and Phase IV: Recovery/Reflection/Departure, the current phase they are in now. The cadets tested themselves in these phases both mentally and physically, pushing themselves to their limits to succeed and it was practice for being future army officers.
Col. Gainey then explained to the families that by all 619 cadets in this regiment graduating tomorrow, they have met the Army values which are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage, all attributes of an Army officer. Training such as the high ropes course helped these cadets battle the challenge of overcoming their fear to work as a team and accomplish a mission.
Finally, the families were released to find their cadets and take them for the day. There was a luncheon at Saber & Quill for families as well.
Later that afternoon, eight cadets from this regiment participated in the commissioning ceremony, where they took the Oath of Office and became 2nd Lieutenants. They were welcomed by Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs, the commander of U.S. Army Cadet Command.
Combs commended the 2nd Lts. on succeeding in completing their 29 days of training and reminding them of the importance of today’s ceremony. According to her, these 2nd Lts. Make up one tenth of the one percent of Americans who serve their country in the military, and therefore should feel proud of themselves for their commitment.
“It takes Selfless courage to protect our country. Today is a celebration of achievement and accomplishment,” she stated. She then continued on to encourage the new officers to continue to work hard in their Army careers and to love what they do.
For 2nd Lt. John Nicholson of the University of North Georgia , he already has that passion. This ceremony means, “accepting the burden of leadership and responsibility to defend the constitution and liberty in which our country is built on,” he said. Nicholson plans to go active duty and is hoping to work in the Cyber Corps or Signal Corps, his top two choices. He is excited and sees a future for himself in the Army. “I intend to stay in Army for at least five years, for my passion to serve my country.”
After the Oath of Office each 2nd Lt. was pinned with their gold bars by family and friends, given their commissioning certificate and finally received their first salute from members of the military.
Finally, the ceremony concluded with the Army Song, sung by America’s newest Army officers and members of the Army family.