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Cadets share challenges, triumphs of CST with family members

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Out of all the experiences cadets have gone through while at Basic Camp, there is always one experience that they can’t wait to tell their family and friends about when they get the chance.

On a Saturday morning, cadets from 7th Regiment, Basic Camp, got that chance as they were greeted by the familiar faces of family and friends outside of Waybur Theater for Family Day.

For Cadet John Hupka, John Carroll University, the gas chamber portion of his Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear training was the first story he planned to tell his family — “just going through it [and] how painful it was but knowing that when it ended, you had a great story to tell.”

Cadet Anna-Elise Anderson, Georgetown University, shared stories of her own with her dad and uncle, both of whom have prior military service.

“I started Day Zero with zero knowledge and jumped right in,” Anderson revealed. “I think the [high ropes] confidence course [is the story] … because I actually really enjoyed that one when I wasn’t expecting to.”

Anderson’s father, John Anderson, reminisced about the career path Anderson originally wanted to take.

“This is a little girl who said in the past she always wanted to be a librarian,” John continued, “[but] she is doing well, and I’m very proud of her and happy she chose to serve her country.”

Instead of a favorite training exercise, Cadet Destiny Rosario, University of Texas-Arlington, said she was excited to tell her family about a reward she received while being at Basic Camp.

“Winning the individual drill and ceremony competition, getting first out of almost 150 cadets, was definitely a good experience,” Rosario stated.

Unable to wait until Family Day to tell them, Rosario decided to use one of her phone calls earlier in the week to celebrate the good news.

The news all the cadets at Basic Camp shared was that camp is almost over. Onto Advanced Camp! n