FORT KNOX, Ky., — Cadets from 5th Regiment Basic Camp (CIET) ended their 31-day training and reunited with their families present at the General George Patton Museum July 28.
The Cadets will be graduating from Basic Camp on July 29, however, families and loved ones have the opportunity to arrive a day before and spend time with their Cadet during their down time.
Before families are able to reunite with Cadets, they arrive at the Patton Museum and are shown videos and photographs explaining what Cadet training looks like.
Curtis and Rhonda Hawn, natives of Clinton, Tn., were present at Family Day to visit with their daughter, Cdt. Erika Hawn.
“This is the first time she’s been away from home for so long. I was excited for her and nervous. This is where I went for basic training, it was exciting for me to see what she was doing but I was nervous for her because I knew what she was getting into,” Curtis Hawn said. “She has always played sports in high school, and when she had a look at the ROTC program she took off with it and has loved it ever since. She calls it the best team out there.”
Hawn said he gave his daughter advice before she left for Basic Camp.
“I told her to hang in there and keep your head down, it would be over before she knew it,” he said. “We are going to explore the museum today and then have dinner.”
Guest speaker and Task Force Leader Commander Col. Jason Halloren, gave a speech during the Family Day ceremony, informing parents about the training their sons and daughters has just completed.
The Cadets and their families left Family Day to attend a luncheon held at Saber & Quill or to explore the surrounding areas outside of Fort Knox for the rest of the day.