FORT KNOX, KY. – The 4th Regiment of Advanced Camp (CLC) graduated at Brooks Field, July 16.
583 Cadets took to the field in front of family and friends to commemorate the end of their 31 days of training.
Multiple distinguished guests were also in the audience, including the Mayor of Radcliffe, the Gold Star family of fallen Capt. Aaron J. Eidem, and other members of the community in attendance to present awards to selected Cadets.
The ceremony consisted of presentations of honors and awards, a cannonade, the Reviewing Officer’s address, a Pass In Review, and the playing of “The Army Song”.
Col. Stephen K. Aiton, Fort Knox Garrison Commander and the Reviewing Officer for the ceremony, offered words of advice and encouragement to Cadets, and thanked Veterans, cadre, family members, and the Gold Star family during his brief speech.
“The desire to serve is not innate in most, with less than 1% of our nation actually answering the call. This desire was cultivate in you by your parents, by your family, and by others whose example you’ve looked up to and admired.”
Thirteen Cadets received various regimental awards from various organizations and groups. Dr. Jodie Dunkelburger, the Director of Patient Care Services, presented the Norton Healthcare Award.
“There had not been an award before for the top nursing student, and we felt that it was really important that health care be able to award this.”
Cdt. Shayna Studenski, who received the Norton Healthcare Award, felt honored to have been recognized for her hard work. “I’m going to be a civilian nurse and do the National Guard . . . I’ll be going to Fort Bliss right after this for a nursing internship through ROTC.”
Col. Aiton encouraged Cadets to create their own plans for success.
“Cadets, anything is possible in our Army. Your future starts now.”
The regiment was named in honor of Cpt. Aaron J. Eidem, who passed away on February 18th, 2016 after attempting to help a stranded motorist.