Written by Ariana Aubuchon and Sade’ Wilson
FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadets and cadre members were in for a treat when Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Lt. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, visited Cadet Summer Training (CST) July 30 and 31.
Mangum began his visit by joining the Cadets of 10th Regiment Advanced Camp at their patrol base in the field. After a debriefing of all operations and a layout of all relations with local villagers and interactions with enemy forces, the general was able to share a meal of MRE’s with the officers-in-training. During this time he spoke about the moments that made him a great leader, and emphasized the importance of discipline.
Mangum then ventured into the local village, whom had called a 24-hour cease fire to pay respect to their dead. He spoke to the villagers about their roles in the key leader engagement scenarios and praised them on their part in the Cadet Summer Training.
Mangum’s visit to the field was followed by a stop at the Combat Support Hospital (CSH) where he engaged with CSH personnel.
Task Force Medical 21 Commander Col. Jenifer Meno, Fort Hood, Texas, briefed Mangum on the CSH’s health service support plan for CST, current operations, preventative strategies, successes and major challenges.
“I wanted to demonstrate that we have multiple arms, and we are trying to utilize every capability to ensure these Cadets stay in training,” Meno continued, “The biggest thing we focus on is maintaining their readiness.”
Operating as a full-spectrum field hospital would in a deployed environment, the CSH is responsible for providing health care and treatment to anyone participating in CST.
Mangum stopped by to greet and interact with CSH personnel in the field hospital’s various clinics.
1st Lt. Mckenzie Lake, Albuquerque, N.M., a nurse in the CSH’s Urgent Care Clinic, said “it’s always impressive” to engage with Army personnel who have much experience in the profession.
“I haven’t been in the Army that long, so I’ve only seen a few generals. I wanted to make sure that we represent what we’re doing here well,” Lake expressed.
Sgt. Nathan Brown, Orlando, Fla., a medic in the CSH’s Urgent Care Clinic, said the rare and surprising visit inspired him.
“That could be me one day,” Brown shared.
On day two of his visit, Mangum served as the guest speaker and presiding officer for Advanced Camp (Cadet Leaders Course), 7th Regiment’s commissioning ceremony.
22 newly commissioned officers received words of encouragement from the TRADOC commander.
“Seek everyday to be the best of your kind,” Mangum continued, “Be yourself. It’s hard to lead when you try to be somebody else.”