After 31-days of emotionally and physically exhausting training in the Kentucky heat, 4th Regiment Basic Camp (CIET) Cadets could proudly say they made it through Basic Camp. Proud Cadre, loved ones, guests, and a Gold Star family helped the Cadets celebrate this milestone in their becoming future Army leaders.
The graduation consisted of: Formation of Troops, Presentation of Command and Honors, Invocation, Honors to the Nation, Cadet Cannonade and Cadet Creed, Presentation of Awards, Reviewing Officer’s Address, Pass in Review, Army Song and Conclusion.
Throughout the graduation, the Gold Star Family was honored. 4th Regiment Basic Camp is named after LTC Brian D. Kerns, who gave the United States Army the ultimate sacrifice. His wife, Lisa Kerns, and his son, Ethan Kerns, attended the graduation.
16 Cadets received Regimental Awards for excelling in certain areas in their training, ranging everywhere from being culturally empathetic to being supportive of their peers.
Whitney Hudson, 22, from University of Alabama Birmingham, was one of the cadets to receive a Regimental Award. She enjoyed her experienced as a Basic Camp Cadet.
“I developed excellent leadership skills. My Cadre strengthened these skills and helped me accomplish more than I thought I could.” said Hudson.
Lt. Col. Clinton Alexander, the 4th Basic Camp Regimental Training Officer, expressed how proud he was with this regiment and included a piece of advice and encouragement to the Cadets:
“It was amazing seeing them work as a team and come together. You’re better than when you arrived. Tell the Army’s story.” said Alexander.