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Echo Cadets share motivations for attending the course

 

Echo Company Cadets are introduced to their Drill Sergeants who describe and take any contraband they brought with them upon their arrival to LTC on July 3. Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

Echo Company Cadets are introduced to their Drill Sergeants who describe and take any contraband they brought with them upon their arrival to LTC on July 3. Photo by Rebecca Thompson.

By Sydney Callis
Leader’s Training Course

As Echo Cadets arrived Wednesday to begin training, each Cadet’s personal reasons

motivated them to spend 29 days of their summer at Fort Knox for the Leader’s Training Course.

On the bus ride from Louisville International Airport to the post, Echo Company squad tactical officers gave Cadets a rundown of the course, telling them this is no ordinary summer camp.

Cadet Chike Egbuna came prepared for that. A student at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina studying pharmaceutical science, he wants to pursue a career in the Army upon graduation, something he’s hoping his time at the course prepares him for.

“I’m looking to learn, become a better Cadet and prepare myself for LDAC (Leader Development and Assessment Course) next summer,” Egbuna said. “I would like to go active upon completion of pharmacy school.”

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of people like Colin Powell and past surgeons general, Egbuna is looking forward to making life-lasting connections through LTC and his future career in the Army.

“With the Army, I have better connections, and as long as I have connections I can build upon that,” Egbuna said. “I want to work with our government to help other countries suffering from HIV, AIDS and diabetes.”

Cadet Paris McMurray of Grambling State University in Louisiana said she’s wanted to pursue a career in the Army since high school. A graduate student at her university, McMurray wants to take her master’s in criminal justice and use it to become a military police officer.

“I’ve always wanted to go into the military,” McMurray said. “I feel like the way Soldiers carry themselves and the discipline they learn will help me have more discipline in raising my son. I can be a better parent.”

McMurray’s 6-year-old son, Larry, is staying with her parents while she is at Fort Knox. Her dream of joining the military and being a good parent will motivate her during her 29 days of training.

“I have to qualify at everything,” McMurray said. “I have to come out on top.”

Like a lot of others coming to the course, Cadet Caleb Jean of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York wants to pursue an Army career.

“I came to LTC to challenge myself to see if I could do it, so I will be able to serve my country in the future,” Jean said. “I want to be a military police officer.”

Jean is prepared for the challenges presented by the course. He said he is looking forward to improving self-confidence and conquering fears.

“I have a lot of fears, like heights and I can’t swim, so I’m ready to face those challenges,” Jean said. “I’m excited about everything and the whole experience I’m going to gain.”

From pursing a career in the Army, to being a better parent, to learning how to be a good leader, each Cadet has their own reason for coming to LTC. Echo Company Cadets arrived motivated.

“I’m going to give it my all,” McMurray said. “I’m excited.”

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