FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadets from 1st Regiment, Advanced Camp, completed the field leader reaction course at Fort Knox, Ky., June 12, 2023. The FLRC challenged the Cadets today on thinking critically, solving problems, working under pressure, and learning more about each other as a leader. Some obstacle courses had a solution, and some did not have any solution, but the whole point of the FLRC is to teach Cadets on how to work together as a team while assimilating the Army values.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Hernandez is an active-duty member of the U.S. Army. His military occupational specialty used to be a motor transport operator or 88M. The motor transport operator’s primary job is to operate military vehicles and transport cargo and personnel. After being a motor transport operator, Hernandez said he transferred into an instructor while still holding the MOS as active duty training.

Hernandez’s role at Cadet Summer Training is as a Cadre member. His job at CST is to teach the FLRC at Advanced Camp. He said that the purpose of the FLRC is to build team skills within Cadets’ squads. He said that they can train and learn to work well together not only for the FLRC event throughout but also for their time here at CST.

Hernandez’ said his goal at CST is to train Cadets on how to be a leader, get out there, formulate a plan, execute the mission, and get to the end result.

Cadet Chinguun Gankhuleg from Olivet Nazarene University (in the middle), 1st Regiment, Advanced Camp, is trying to figure out ways that he can help his squad complete the course at Fort Knox, Ky., June 12, 2023. | Thaliya Martinez, Olivet Nazarene University, CST Public Affairs Office.

Cadet Chinguun Gankhuleg from Olivet Nazarene University said that he joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to do something more as a Soldier leading others.

While thousands of Soldiers are enlisted members of the U.S Army, Gankhuleg decided to attend basic training while in ROTC during the summer of August 2021. Basic training is known as boot camp and it trains you to be an enlisted soldier. He said that he decided to do basic training because he wanted to get his naturalization through his military service.

Cadet Chinguun Gankhuleg from Olivet Nazarene University (to the right), 1st Regiment, Advanced Camp, and his squad are trying to get the wood to the other side of the obstacle course at Fort Knox, Ky., June 12, 2023. | Thaliya Martinez, Olivet Nazarene University, CST Public Affairs Office.

Gankhuleg is now a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He works with the 739th Multi-Role Bridge Company. Their MOS is 12C, Army bridge crewmembers, and they operate on bridge trucks and provide bridge support. 

Gankhuleg said the purpose of the FLRC is team building and problem-solving. He mentioned one thing the FLRC has taught him as a leader. He said the FLRC taught him to communicate with every member of his team.

Gankhuleg mentioned where his motivation comes from during FLRC. He said he remembers when he was wet and cold while doing land navigation. Land navigation is another Advanced Camp event that Cadets have to pass at CST. 

Gankhuleg’s favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “where God knows our plans, and He guides us through it all,” Gankhuleg said.

After Advanced Camp, Gankhuleg will go to air assault training at the U.S. Military Academy West Point.

About the Author: Thaliya Martinez
Thaliya Martinez
Thaliya Martinez is from Evanston, Illinois and attends Olivet Nazarene University. She majors in Multimedia Communications with a concentration in Film Studies along with a minor in Military Science and Military Affairs. Her passion for photography and videography started when she was young. Her passion for photography and videography grew stronger from capturing her soccer, cross country, and track and field team in high school. Also, working as a professional sports videographer and photojournalist for MileSplit Illinois. In college, she has some experience of being a Cadet Public Affairs Officer from her Rolling Thunder Battalion Army ROTC program. Her goal for the internship is to let God lead the way in her showing the world the 100% that the Cadets put in every day and that there’s more behind these Cadets then just them in uniform. Thaliya wants to strengthen her night photography, audio skills, and writing skills while interning for the Army ROTC Public Affairs CST team at Fort Knox.