FORT KNOX, Ky. – 31 Cadets from the 3rd Regiment Advanced Camp (CLC) commissioned as Second Lieutenants July 10, at Waybur Theater.
All Cadets took the stage to take the Oath for Commissioning Officers after an invocation was given and Col. Michael Wawrzyniak gave remarks. Then each individual Cadet went on stage again, this time leaving as a second lieutenant of the United States Army.
The ceremony consisted of time-honored traditions, like the first salute and the presentation of the silver dollar from a non-commissioned officer.
Parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents and other family members were able to be a part of the ceremony. Loved ones had the opportunity to unveil the gold bars on their Soldier’s uniform and joined them onstage for the first salute and the presentation of commissioning certificate by Wawryniak.
The family of Cdt. Nicholas Duncan, Rose-Hulman University, drove from Cincinnati to attend family day and commissioning. His two brothers, sister, parents and girlfriend showed up to support him, showing their pride. Cdt. Duncan’s parents remember when he first told them he was interested in joining the Army, and how they felt.
“Surprised. Anxious, but very proud. And as he got further into it, we supported him more and more to the point where if he has anything like this then we’re here,”Duncan’s father said.
His mother noted, “he has a couple of brothers that are planning to follow in his footsteps.”
It was harder for his girlfriend Alyssa. “We’re always together, so I miss him.” But she says knowing he’s doing this makes all the time away worth it.
Selfless service, among other Army values, are embodied by Duncan and his battle buddies. The support his family showed by partaking in his commissioning ceremony is one of the hallmarks of a Cadet’s plight in becoming an Army Officer.