by DeJanay Booth
Photo By: Josh Newell
The sun shined as friends and family joined at Brooks Field for the celebration of Leader Training Course (LTC) Regiment Four. Cadets in the regiment graduated from their 29-day Cadet Summer Training on Friday, July 25.
In formation, the cadets stood at attention as the 113th Army Band Dragoons performed “The Star Spangled Banner.” The three flags — American, Army and Cadet Command — fluttered in the wind. Second Lieutenant Ethan Mack, who narrated the ceremony, cited the Three Pillars of Service.
“Duty,” he shouted through the microphone. Two cannons fired before Mack continued. “Obedience and disciplined performance. Despite difficulty or danger, duty requires self-responsibility and selfless devotion.” The Three Pillars of Service also include Honor and Country.
Cadet Tyler Brown, from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, recited the Cadet Creed.
“I am an Army Cadet,” Brown began in a stern voice. “Soon I will take an oath and become an Army Officer committed to defending the values which make this Nation great.” When he finished, the audience applauded as he left the space in front of the reviewing stand.
The ceremony ended with a pass in review. Cadets marched past their loved ones as they were introduced by company. Cheers erupted from the bleachers as family and friends spotted their young soldiers marching along.
The cadets marched to a set of tents where they changed into their civilian clothes and were officially released.
“Thanks, Dad, for everything,” a cadet said as he and his father walked off the field.
Cadet Lysbeth Vergara, a junior at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, said she enjoyed coming to LTC.
“It has been an awesome experience,” Vergara said. “I learned a lot of new things that I can use to improve my skills in military science. I have so many new friends here and had a pretty good time.”
Cadet Devin Nowakowski, an upcoming freshman at Marion Military Institute in Alabama, said, “I had a great time and I’ve got awesome friends, but it feels like this whole regiment became my family. I’m sad to leave my family.”
Brigadier General Peggy Combs, commanding general of Army Cadet Command, gave the cadets a message to take back home with them. If they choose to join, they’ll be one step closer to becoming Army officers.