In order to preserve tradition, I'll keep many of the details out of this post when it comes to recognition.
But yes, on February 11th, 2018, the Rook Class of 2021 was Recognized as Cadets at 11:04pm.
This is a momentous mark in their journey here at Norwich, and it's only the beginning. This is when the true test begins, this is when they show me and the rest of the cadre just how much they really want to be here, and how much they want to improve themselves on a daily basis. It was very strange to be on the other side of Recognition. When I was a Rook, it was obviously a great feeling because I was able to relax and close my door and sleep and not feel like a robot, but as Cadre, Recognizing my 24 freshmen was my proudest achievement thus far.
On August 20th, I was entrusted by the university to take care of 29 recruits. It's been a long 18 weeks, for the Rooks and for myself, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
The ability to have my hand in shaping ad molding these young minds to be the image of myself, is, truly a privilege and honor. I've learned many lessons this year, and I've made many mistakes. All of these are a part of leadership. I've seen so much growth in every one of my kids, it's astounding.
I am so proud of you, 4-1. You are my proudest achievement.
Always a hoot.