After 31 days of emotionally and physically exhausting training in the Kentucky heat, 5th Regiment Basic Camp (CIET) Cadets can 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 during a graduation ceremony held at Brooks Field July 29.
The graduation consisted of a Formation of Troops, Presentation of Command and Honors, an Invocation, Honors to the Nation, a Cadet Cannonade and the 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. 5th Regiment Basic Camp is named after Lt. Col. William E. Dyess, who gave the United States Army the ultimate sacrifice. His sister, Elizabeth Nell Dyess Denman, and his niece Marajen Elizabeth Denman, attended the graduation. His sister received a platoon photo in honor of her brother’s service and sacrifice.
Sixteen Cadets received regimental awards for excelling in certain areas in their training, ranging everywhere from being culturally empathetic to being supportive of their peers.
Cdt. Kathleen Shaw, 19, Slippery Rock University, received a National Sojourners Award.
“I’m so humbled and honored. I received it because I’m confident and a good leader,” said Shaw. “My experience here was positive. It was hard to overcome from the lack of sleep but it was still fun.”
Cdt. Caleb Mann, 20, Campbell University, received an American Legion Commander’s Award.
“I believe I got this award because I did what I was told. I always followed my orders,” Mann said. “Graduation is another step in my journey in the Army as a career.”