FORT KNOX, KY. – 7th Regiment Basic Camp (CIET) graduated from summer training on Sunday August 14 at Fort Knox after completing 30 days of training toward becoming future Army leaders.
Reviewing Officer Col. Jason Halloren addressed the 7th Regiment Cadets and families present during the graduation ceremony.
“Raising your right hand to the answer the call of enhancing justice worldwide, believing the threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, is a calling that less than 1% of our nation answers,” Halloren said. “Gold is a precious resource, but standing on the field in front of me, are 396 pieces of our nation’s most precious resource: the men and women who will raise their right and hand and proclaim “this we will defend.”
Halloren said he believes the 7th Regiment Cadets will leave a strong legacy behind after they depart Cadet Summer Training (CST).
“100 years ago Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) was born and I can think of no better way to celebrate the centennial anniversary than with the caliber of Cadets on the field today,” Halloren said. “The 100th class of 2016 have set the bar extremely high and the Cadets that follow will have to be really on their game to meet the challenge laid down by 7th Regiment.”
7th Regiment graduated in honor of Maj. Gen. William F. Dean, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1922) and Korean War veteran. Dean received a Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman in 1961 for his defense of Taejon despite still being a prisoner of war in Korea.
The graduation ceremony consisted of the formation of troops, presentation of command and honors, invocation, honors to the nation, Cadet cannonade, Cadet creed, presentation of awards, reviewing officer’s address, pass in review, army song, and the conclusion of the ceremony.
The Cadets will go on to finish another year of ROTC at their respective universities before returning for Advanced Camp training for their final year of CST.