Cadets get their first taste of Army life

| August 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Pfc. Marcus Fichtl
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Five cadets arrived to train and learn to lead from units of the 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, during Cadet Troop Leadership Training, here, this month.

For the cadets who were top students in their leadership development course, which was a necessity to get a slot in Hawaii, this opportunity was their first taste of Army life.

“They told me at me at (Leadership Development and Assessment Course that) I need to work on my leadership and command presence,” said Cadet Dallas Critchfield, a senior at Eastern Kentucky University.

Not only was Critchfield, a forensic science major,  excited to directly focus on the areas he believes needs improvement, but also he was excited to work with units that directly correlate with his interests.

“I went from the stereotypical new guy asking a thousand questions to (being able to) lead, even if it was just (physical training),” Critchfield said, adding that the experience of interacting with Soldiers was a valuable one. 

Capt. LeRhonda Washington, commander, 71st Chemical Company, 8th MP Bde., described his transformation in a word: “awesome.” 

The cadets universally agreed they were going to learn as much from Hawaii Soldiers as possible during their time here.

“I want to be working with my peers from small tasks to large tasks, and observe and learn as much as I can,” said Cadet Sean Laughlin, a Florida Institute of Technology graduate student.

Cadet Nathan Brock, a senior at the University of Cincinnati, was assigned to follow Chaplain (Capt.) Randy Curry, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Bde., as the first CTLT chaplain cadet here, in 23 years.

But this chaplain recruit had a twist. 

“I was originally thinking about getting an exemption, going to seminary and going immediately to the Chaplin Corps,” Brock said, “but one of the lieutenant leaders at LDAC (told) me that I needed to be (with) the troops and help Soldiers as a peer, rather than immediately going into the chaplaincy and preaching from above.”

As the cadets set about returning to their colleges, to graduate and join the ranks of their fellow Soldiers who guided them and mentored them, one of the cadets had a simple message for other cadets participating in CTLT.

“Listen and learn what the Soldiers have to teach,” Laughlin said. “And, if you’re coming to Hawaii, bring an extra set of civilian clothes.”

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