FORT KNOX, Ky.- 6th Regiment Advanced Camp (CLC) Cadets finished their 30-day Cadet Summer Training (CST) with a graduation ceremony on Brooks Field July 27.
Cadets organized in formation by company for the ceremony which included Honors to the Nation, Cadet Cannonade and Cadet Creed, award presentations, the reviewing officer’s address, Pass In Review and the Army Song.
Graduation is not only a time of celebration, but for many Cadets like Cdt. Alexis Johnson, Arizona State University, it is a time of reflection on lessons learned.
“Patience is definitely something I learned and will take back. For someone who comes in with confidence, I learned a lot about what it’s like to stand to the side and watch and observe. They always say to lead from the front but sometimes standing to the side and absorbing everything is just as important as leading from the front,” said Johnson.
Awards were presented to 13 Cadets for excellence during Advanced Camp training.
- AUSA Warrior Ethos Award: Cdt. Taylor M. Rice, University of Central Missouri
- Military Order of the World Wars Award: Cdt. Zachery J. Christopher, Metropolitan State College of Denver
- Military Officers Association of America Award: Cdt. Lorenzo Cico, The Johns Hopkins University
- USAA Warrior Spirit Award: Cdt. John M. Sullivan, Bradley University
- Armed Forces Bank Award: Cdt. Jaehyeon Lee, Tennessee Technological University
- ApexTech Warrior Award: Cdt. Jose G. Avellaneda, University of California Los Angeles
- Reserve Officers Association Award: Cdt. Arrington D. Matthews, Bowie State University
- National Guard Association of the United States Award: Cdt. John M. Dudley, Georgia Southern University
- Bold Leader Spirit Award: Cdt. Scott C. Blackstock, University of Georgia
- First Command Financial Services Award: Cdt. John W. Yoest, College of William and Mary
- Armed Forces Services Corporation: Cdt. Alexandra M. Bennett, University of North Georgia
- USA Cares Award: Cdt. Frankend L. Ababio, Georgia Military College
- Norton Healthcare Award: Cdt. Mark W. Anderson, Murray State University
Guest speaker and Reviewing Officer Col. Lance Oskey, Task Force Warrior commander, spoke about the importance of summer training.
“We expect them to take all the lessons they have learned here and realize this is not the culminating event of their ROTC experience,” said Oskey. “We expect them to take this as they go to their campuses, become MS 4 Seniors in their programs and apply their leadership lessons to prepare the next class that comes here, and prepare themselves for their commissioning about a year from now.”