Fort Knox, Ky. – 597 Cadets from 4th Regiment Advanced Camp ended their 31-day training exercises with their families present at Waybur Theater. For a majority of the Cadets, Advanced Camp is the only form of combat training many of the Cadets will receive all year.
Family Day is an event Cadet Command schedules for Cadets and their families to celebrate the culmination of their arduous summer training. A cornerstone of military readiness is a strong family support system and ROTC ensures Cadets have ample time to partake in this necessary function, recognizing families and the role they play in successful training.
Lt. Col. Cory Norris, South Dakota State Professor of Military Science, described his experience on Family Day.
“Getting to talk to their parents is a moving experience. I’m a parent, so I can relate to their concerns. Answering their questions is a reward for me,” Norris added.
Bernard Girardot, father of Cdt. Mick Girardot, was overjoyed and eager to to see his son.
“I’m excited to see all that he’s done and his leadership accomplishments. I can’t wait to site-see with him today,” Girardot noted.
Before families are able to reunite with Cadets, they arrive at Waybur Theatre and are shown videos and photographs explaining what Cadet training looks like. Guest speaker, Col. Oskey, gave a light-hearted and humorous speech, informing parents on the training their sons and daughters completed.
Family Day is a welcomed reprieve in the sweltering, summer heat for the Cadets as they get to take a knee from training, be with their families and celebrate successfully completing Cadet Summer Training.