FORT KNOX, Ky.-After 31 days of emotionally and physically exhausting training in the Kentucky heat, 7th Regiment Advanced Camp (CLC) Alpha, Charlie and Bravo Company Cadets can proudly say they made it through Advanced Camp. Proud cadre, loved ones and guests helped the Cadets celebrate this milestone in their becoming future Army leaders during a graduation ceremony held at Brooks Field August 1.
Parents of Stephen Billiter, a Cadet in 7th Regiment from Truman State University, expressed their pride in their son and their overall excitement to see him.
“This is our second time seeing him graduate,” Michelle Warbritton, Billiter’s mother, said. “We miss him because he’s normally gone over the summers, working at various camps, but we understand that this is his career.”
“He’s getting his Masters degree and is planning on going active duty. We’re very happy and excited for him, for his future plan. ” Brock Warbritton, Billiter’s father, said.
The graduation consisted of a Formation of Troops, Presentation of Command and Honors, an Invocation, Honors to the Nation, a Cadet Cannonade and the Cadet Creed, Presentation of Awards, Reviewing Officer’s Address, Pass in Review, Army Song and Conclusion
13 Cadets received regimental awards for excelling in certain areas in their training, ranging everywhere from being culturally empathetic to being supportive of their peers.
Cdt. Rachel Clark, 25, from Wofford College in South Carolina, received the Norton Healthcare Award.
“I’m a nursing major and was able to use those skills during our time here,” she said. “I think those techniques helped earn this award,” Clark said. “Training here was miserable at times, but amazing. I met people I’ll be with for a lifetime though I’m ready to get out of here and get sushi!”
7th Regiment is named in honor of 1st Lt. Ashley L. Henderson-Huff who made the ultimate sacrifice for her country. 1st Lt. Henderson-Huff died on September 19, 2006, after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near her mounted patrol.