FORT KNOX, Ky. – The 4th Regiment Advanced Camp Commissioning Ceremony took place at Waybur Theater July 26. Friends and family witnessed 11 Cadets officially become second lieutenants.
Mick Chiara, Executive Services Division ROTC Cadet Command, explained the purpose of the commissioning ceremony.
“It’s to celebrate all of their hard work; it’s the culmination of their degree paying off. For the present friends and family, it’s a big deal,” Chiara said.
The ceremony opened with a warm welcome from the Cadre to friends and family of the new second lieutenants. A sequence of timeless Army traditions occurred after, such as the national anthem, the oath of office, the unveiling of gold bars and the first salute. Loved ones of the new second lieutenants had the honor of unveiling the gold bars on the uniforms of the new officers.
After the gold bars are revealed, the second lieutenants render their first salute as commissioned officers. The first salute is a tradition that dates back to the early 1800s. New officers were assigned an enlisted advisor and in exchange for the salute, they pay their advisors a silver dollar. Finally, Maj. Gen. Troy Kok, Deputy Commanding General Support, presented the second lieutenants with their commissioning certificate.
With a bright future ahead, the new officers left to enjoy the day with their loved ones.