Basic Camp

It all begins with the basics

FORT KNOX, Ky.—Cadet Summer Training (CST) 1st Regiment Basic Camp arrived at Fort Knox to begin their training.

Colonel Jason Halloren, Commander of the Cadet Command 5th Brigade based in Houston, Texas, is the Task Force Warrior Commander for Cadet Summer Training Basic Camp. Halloren gives a motivational speech to 1st Regiment Basic Camp Cadets May 26 at Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Amber Vincent)

Upon arrival to Fort Knox, the Cadets depart the buses and group up around Col. Jason Halloren, Task Force Warrior Commander for CST Basic Camp. Nearby, other Cadets unload packs and bags. After a short motivational speech by Halloren, the cadets line back up and go through the rest of the check-in process.

The purpose of Basic Camp is to build basic skills, confidence, and for Cadets to learn the basics of the Army. If a Cadet decides to stay with the ROTC program, Basic Camp will become the foundation for tactical and leadership skills as they move on to Advance Camp.

“At Basic Camp, we don’t really expect you to know anything. Some Cadets are just a few weeks out of high school,” said Halloren.

Cadet Mike Buzy of Boston College, hometown Bridgewater, N.J., listens to a motivational speech given by Col. Jason Halloren to 1st Regiment Basic Camp May 26 at Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Amber Vincent)

Cadet Sierra Cook of the University of Kentucky, hometown Louisville, Ky., says that for her Basic Camp is an excellent opportunity to help her build and refine her skills and gain valuable military experience.

“I hope that Basic Camp will help me gain the confidence to take on obstacles such as the repel tower and high ropes course,” said Cook.

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Amber Vincent

From Kentucky, Amber Vincent is a rising senior at Western Kentucky University where she is majoring in public relations and double minoring in graphic design and digital advertising. Amber has spent her summer as a Public Affairs Intern for Cadet Summer Training for the U.S. Army Cadet Command where she has worked as a writer, photographer, and videographer. In addition to her time here at Fort Knox, Amber serves as Vice-President of Public Relations for WKU's chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority. Amber also serves as the President of WKU's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

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