Fort Knox, KY – 1st Regiment Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) stopped at Central Issuing Facility (CIF) to return equipment as their training ended for this summer.
Cadets returned any equipment they were issued at the start of training, which could be anything from sleeping gear, bags, or uniforms, before preparing to depart Fort Knox.
Cdt. Adrian Sanchez, San Diego University, native of San Diego, CA, understands the importance equipment has during training operations.
“Coming to CIF for the first time it was important for Cadets to understand the importance of having the proper gear and knowing what was needed to maintain operations in the field and garrison,” said Sanchez, “Going through the full cycle of training, knowing how the gear works and how trusting your gear can get you in the right mindset for the mission.”
Cdt. Quincy Tougher, Gonzaga University, native of Guam, remembers arriving at CIF at the start of training not too long ago.
“When I first got my equipment this month it was kind of overwhelming,” said Tougher, “Getting back here is kind of a relief, we had it all cleaned the past two days and inspected. To drop all this gear off that we’ve been slaving over is a huge relief.”
Tougher believes training went by faster than what she had anticipating at the initial start of the month.
“It’s surreal, it feels like it’s gone by too fast. It feels like we just were moving out to the field yesterday, like we were just at CIF yesterday,” said Tougher, “It’s a huge relief and it feels like an accomplishment. When you start training you don’t feel like you’ll be back at CIF again, you really don’t look that far out, and now it feels like it’s gone by in a flash.”
Sanchez reflected on the training cycle as a positive and rewarding experience.
“Now that the training is almost over, it’s a good feeling. A lot of us are getting ready to do follow up training and go home, I think it was great to get the opportunity to work with other people that we don’t see on a daily basis from around the country.”
Tougher advises to not get discouraged when time seems to drag during training.
“I had a really good experience, it was tough, and there were moments I wished I were somewhere else,” said Tougher, “Just keep a positive attitude, it’s all relative, at the beginning of training it feels like it’s going to take forever but it really won’t.”
The CLC 1st Regiment Cadets are preparing for departure from Fort Knox, ending their training with a graduation ceremony on June 30th.