FORT KNOX, Ky. – 3rd Regiment Advanced Camp (Cadet Leaders Course) Cadets united with loved ones at Waybur Theater July 10 after 30 days of intense training.
With commissioning an hour after the family day ceremony and graduation July 11, Cadets’ families, friends, and significant others have the option to come to Fort Knox and reunite with their Cadet. Being given this time to reconnect with loved ones prior to these commencement activities is important to families as they travel from across the nation to recognize their Cadets’ accomplishments.
Cdt. Ashley Srikoon, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, had family who drove in from Louisville and Oklahoma to be with her.
“It was a good surprise. I didn’t know my parents were going to be here, I thought it was just my grandparents, so it was a good surprise,” she said.
Col. Lance Oskey was one of many speakers as family members and friends learned about what training had occurred. After watching a video, looking at photographs of training, and being briefed on the nature of the training, the floor was opened up to loved ones to ask questions to better understand the training that occurred. The cadre of 3rd Regiment Advanced Camp were also introduced to the audience. Still, it was easy to identify which part of the event was everyone’s favorite: after being told their Cadets had arrived, the audience moved outside the theater to greet their Cadet with words and hugs that had been a month in the making.
Cdt. Ashleigh Flannery, University of Alabama, was excited to see her family again. “Now I can show my family how far I’ve come. This is the longest I’ve been away from them.”
A slew of family day activities and luncheons were planned as loved ones collected their Cadets for a day they’d enjoy.