Basic Camp

Graduation Info./Family Day

Updated: May 22, 2017
Basic Camp Graduation
Visiting Fort Knox

Live Streaming Channels

You can also follow our live streaming video channel. We’ll be using this platform during Basic Camp this year so that family, friends, and fans can see what this training is all about. Check it out here: Basic Camp Graduation/Family Day. Follow us on UStream us to receive notifications of broadcasts.

Graduation ceremonies last about an hour and take place outdoors, so please dress appropriately for hot weather.  In case of inclement weather the graduation ceremonies will be held indoors at Natcher Gym.

Families will receive graduation/family day invitation letters by email. Please use the link in the email to RSVP. Expect to receive the RSVP email 3 weeks before graduation/family day. Family Day will precede all graduations.

The Saber & Quill invites you for a Celebration Buffet Luncheon in honor of your Cadet’s graduation from Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Please RSVP at www.fortknoxfamilyday.com if you would like to attend this special event.

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Graduation Schedule
Inclement Weather Location (Natcher Gym)

Regiment Event Date/Time Location
1st Regiment
Family Day 25 Jun 17/10:00-20:00 Patton Museum Abrams Auditorium
e-invite Graduation 26 Jun 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
2nd Regiment
Family Day 30 Jun 17/10:00-20:00 Patton Museum Abrams Auditorium
e-invite Graduation 1 Jul 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
3rd Regiment
Family Day 5 Jul 17/10:00-20:00 Patton Museum Abrams Auditorium
e-invite Graduation 6 Jul 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
4th Regiment
Family Day 15 Jul 17/10:00-20:00 Patton Museum Abrams Auditorium
e-invite Graduation 16 Jul 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
5th Regiment
Family Day 27 Jul 17/10:00-20:00 Patton Museum Abrams Auditorium
e-invite Graduation 28 Jul 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
6th Regiment
Family Day 1 Aug 17/10:00-20:00 Patton Museum Abrams Auditorium
e-invite Graduation 2 Aug 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
7th Regiment
Family Day 6 Aug 17/10:00-20:00 Patton Museum Abrams Auditorium
e-invite Graduation 7 Aug 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
8th Regiment
Family Day 11 Aug 17/10:00-20:00 Patton Museum Abrams Auditorium
e-invite Graduation 12 Aug 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field

 

Family Day Schedule of Events:

Time Description
10:45-11:15 Theater Opens for Family Members
11:15 – 11:20 Welcome/Virtual Knox Tour
11:20-11:25 Introduction of Cadre
11:25-11:30 HOOAH! Video
11:30-11:50 CG (or DCG/CMDT) Remarks
11:50-12:00 Administrative Notes – Informal Q&A
12:00 Cadets Released to Parents in Waybur Parking Lot

Cadet Visitation

Graduates. The Commander of Task Force Leader is the approval authority for any exceptions to this policy. Cadets themselves must submit any such request through their regimental Cadre.

Family Day. Parents, family members, and friends are invited to spend time with their Cadet the evening prior to graduation. Cadets will be transported to the briefing location and meet with their guests following the Basic Camp Family Day briefing and post tour. Cadets must be back in their regimental area no later than 7:30 p.m. and are not allowed to consume any alcoholic beverages.

Given the number of graduates and time constraints, post-graduation will be tightly controlled. Unless a pre-approved post-graduation travel request is in force or the Cadet has been authorized to travel by their personal automobile, Cadets will be transported to Louisville International Airport by government-provided transportation following the graduation ceremony. Cadets who live locally may be transported by Cadre from their host university. Please refer to the details listed below for the post-graduation visitation policy.

Post-Graduation Visitation and Travel

Cadets may be released to immediate family members (father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, or others designated in loco parentis) at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony only if the Cadet has received prior authorization. Cadets normally initiate the request for a post-graduation travel change at the beginning of the training cycle and are normally notified of approval by Day 16. Cadets may request a post-graduation travel change at any time, including the day of graduation. Under no circumstances should a Cadet or Cadet’s family initiate a travel change without the approval of the Commander of Task Force Leader.

Transportation and Lodging

Guests attending family day events and graduation activities must make their own transportation and lodging arrangements. Guests arriving by air into Louisville Airport should plan for at least a 45 minute drive to Fort Knox. During the morning and evening commute, the interstate can be extremely congested and the drive may take much longer. There are rental car agencies at Louisville International Airport. Guests with a valid military identification card may also seek a reservation via the Fort Knox Lodging Center.

For information about visiting Fort Knox please access the Visit Fort Knox page
The page contains links to Fort Knox, maps, and the information needed to gain entrance to the post.

For questions and assistance please contact the CST Visitor Bureau
Phone: (502) 624-2804 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Email usarmy.knox.usacc.mbx.cst-vb@mail.mil