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After 7 rounds, Golf Company takes LTC 2013 to clubhouse

11 Aug , 2013  

The Golf Company color guard stands ready as the final LTC graduation ceremony begins Sunday at Brooks Field. Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

The Golf Company color guard stands ready as the final LTC graduation ceremony begins Sunday at Brooks Field. Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

By Matthew Langston
Leader’s Training Course

After today, the 189 Cadets of Golf Company are one step closer to becoming commissioned officers and leaders in the United States Army.

Golf Company is the seventh and final company to graduate at the Leader’s Training Course, which has seen 1,232 Cadets complete training since the start of the summer. More…

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Golf Company Individual Award Winners

11 Aug , 2013  

Cadet Travis King of the University of West Florida salutes Steve Schafer as he receives the American Legion Commander's Award during the Golf Company graduation Sunday at Brooks Field. The award is presented to one Cadet in each LTC company for military excellence and for demonstrating superior leadership, camaraderie and teamwork. Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

Cadet Travis King of the University of West Florida salutes Steve Schafer as he receives the American Legion Commander’s Award during the Golf Company graduation Sunday at Brooks Field. The award is presented to one Cadet in each LTC company for military excellence and for demonstrating superior leadership, camaraderie and teamwork. Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

Congratulations to all of Golf Company for its successful completion of the Leader’s Training Course. The following Cadets have demonstrated particularly high achievements for which they have received special awards. More…

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Cadets experience personal growth during LTC

10 Aug , 2013  

A Cadet leads his squad through an event on the team development course. Photo by Peyton Hobson.

A Cadet leads his squad through an event on the team development course. Photo by Peyton Hobson.

By Crystal Allen
Leader’s Training Course

Each day at the Leader’s Training Course is long and hard. It pushes each of the Cadets mentally and physically.

They wake every morning by 5 a.m. and usually aren’t back in bed until 10 p.m. More…

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Former JROTC student continues on Army path as Golf Company Cadet

9 Aug , 2013  

Golf Company Cadet Marquis Reed, student at Jackson State University, attended a JCLC course at Ft. Knox in high school, returned this summer as a JCLC platoon leader and is now a Cadet at LTC. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

Golf Company Cadet Marquis Reed, student at Jackson State University, attended a JCLC course at Ft. Knox in high school, returned this summer as a JCLC platoon leader and is now a Cadet at LTC. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

By Sydney Callis
Leader’s Training Course

When Marquis Reed arrived at Fort Knox to begin his time at the Leader’s Training Course, he knew what to expect.

Two years ago, Reed first travelled to Fort Knox to attend the Junior Cadet Leadership Course, or JCLC. The weeklong program is designed to provide high school students the

opportunity to experience new activities and learn about life in the military.

“JCLC is for young individuals,” said Reed, a Golf Company Cadet. “You start learning leadership there.” More…

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STX lanes act as capstone training exercise for LTC Cadets

8 Aug , 2013  

Cadet Sanchez of Golf Company crouches in the brush during a STX training exercise. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

Cadet Sanchez of Golf Company crouches in the brush during a STX training exercise. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

By Sydney Callis
Leader’s Training Course

Under the cover of rustling leaves, maneuvering through the trees and dodging bushes, Leader’s Training Course Cadets make their way through the lanes at the situational training exercise site.

With black, green and brown paint smeared across their faces to increase their camouflage, Cadets are armed with paintball guns and carry out different missions designed to teach them the methods of defensive and offensive battle strategies. More…

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Golf Cadet strives to be Soldier after recovery from debilitating car accident

7 Aug , 2013  

Golf Cadet Thomas Codding was told he would never walk again after his 2011 car accident. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

Golf Company Cadet Thomas Codding, student at State University of New York at Potsdam, was told he would never walk again after his 2011 car accident. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

By Crystal Allen
Leader’s Training Course

On May 9, 2011, Thomas Codding was making a right turn at an intersection with no stoplights. While making the turn, Codding’s car was T-boned by another vehicle coming at him at 65 mph.

The impact smashed his body into a space of 12 inches.

The next thing Codding remembers was waking up in the hospital. He saw about 20 staples running down his chest. He then turned to his mother sitting at his bedside and asked, “What happened?” More…

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Military service a family tradition for Golf Cadets

7 Aug , 2013  

By Sydney Callis
Leader’s Training Course

The military is filled with traditions and customs. Passing on the military values to the next generation of Soldiers is one tradition prevalent at the Leader’s Training Course.

Cadets from schools across the country have different motivations for attending the course, but some chose to attend because they’ve seen firsthand how life in the military works.

Golf Cadet Amber Harris grew up in a military family. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

Golf Cadet Amber Harris grew up in a military family. Photo by Corey Ohlenkamp.

Golf Company Cadet Amber Harris, a student at Missouri State University, grew up in a military family. Her father, Tyron, served in the Army for 20 years, and her mother, Valarie, served in the Air Force for 10 years.

“My parents are very disciplined,” Harris said. “They always make sure everything is orderly, and you can always talk with them. Being very disciplined and planning, they had to do a lot of that in the military, so I know how to keep everything in order.” More…

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Cadets reflect on LTC accomplishments during rites of passage ceremony

7 Aug , 2013  

A Foxtrot Cadet shakes hands with her company cadre during the Rites of Passage ceremony. Each company undergoes a Rites of Passage ceremony to mark their entrance into the Future Leader phase of LTC. Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

A Foxtrot Cadet shakes hands with her company cadre during the Rites of Passage ceremony. Each company undergoes a Rites of Passage ceremony to mark their entrance into the Future Leader phase of LTC. Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

By Matthew Langston
Leader’s Training Course

After a month of learning to become a leader, battling fears and being challenged by physical training, Foxtrot Company, like the five companies before it, arrived at the last leg of its Leader’s Training Course journey.

Although exhausted from the road march, Cadets stood proud in their respective platoons as the sun slowly rose. They were ready to move into the final phase of training, as marked by the brief, but monumental rites of passage ceremony. More…

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Road march presents greatest, final challenge of LTC

6 Aug , 2013  

Foxtrot Company cadre lead Cadets back to the barracks at the end of their 10K road march.  All companies complete this challenge as their final training event. Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

Foxtrot Company cadre lead Cadets back to the barracks at the end of their 10K road march. All companies complete this challenge as their final training event. Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

By Matthew Langston
Leader’s Training Course

Foxtrot Company Cadets lined the road and stood in complete silence as they waited to move out. At 3:45 a.m. Thursday, the Cadets turned on their flashlights and started the final event of the Leader’s Training Course: the 6.2-mile road march.

The Cadets, with 35-pounds ruck sacks strapped to their back and carrying with their weapons and other equipment, started marching on flat terrain but were quickly faced with a series of lengthy, steep hills. Their breathing grew heavy and their scuffed across the grounds, but the Cadets pushed forward. More…

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