By Lt Col. Thomas GenterJune 14, 2018
Another busy summer at Fort Knox recently began with the arrival of key personnel and leaders from across U.S. Army Cadet Command for Cadet Summer Training.
Similar to other years, a large contingent of recently commissioned second lieutenants will spend their summer as observers, coaches, trainers, committee staff officers, and opposing force platoon leaders prior to attending their branch's Basic Officer Leader Course in the fall.
Cadet Summer Training cadre, with support from about 1,000 second lieutenants, will provide training on basic Soldier skills and leader development opportunities for third-year Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, also known as MSIIIs, from across the nation.
The first batch of officers arrived in mid-May and were immediately put to work filling out processing paperwork, taking online training courses for computer access, and then sent to Burke Motorpool for vehicle licensing and dispatch.
Second Lt. Jessica Mozie, from South Carolina State University and assigned to Advanced Camp Tactics as the S1 personnel officer, said she is glad to be at Fort Knox.
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to learn about my job as a newly commissioned [Adjutant General] officer, be with my peers, network with others and start my Army career," she said.
Mozie and 23 other second lieutenants were among the first to arrive at the Fort Knox Copple Center and be greeted by Col. Richard Garey, a professor of Military Science at Penn State University. As the deputy commanding officer of Advanced Camp Tactics and a four-year CST veteran, Garey took charge of the new officers, counseling them on their responsibilities and high expectations for the summer.
Before the summer is complete, Advanced Camp Tactics will receive 60 junior officers to assist with the management of multiple training areas and