Parents' Weekend spirit not damped by rain
Leaders in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets were honored during Parents' Weekend events on Saturday as hundreds of family and friends of cadets flocked to campus.
Saturday morning's military dress parade was in honor of all parents. One of the day's highlights was the ceremony promoting members of the Class of 2012 from cadet recruits to cadet privates. The ceremony marks the end of the cadre military training period, which began on Aug. 16. Cadre is disbanded and the 639 freshmen are fully integrated into the structure of the cadet organization.
As is a Parents’ Weekend tradition, the parents of Regimental Commander Cadet Col. Greg Shoemaker, Rosa and Dale Shoemaker, represented all parents at Saturday’s military dress parade. Dale Shoemaker and his son took part in the jeep review of the Corps of Cadets along with the Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.
In recognition of their leadership in the Corps of Cadets, several cadets were honored and the Regimental Commanders’ Bowl, Cadre Leadership Award and Kelly Cup were awarded during the military dress parade on Saturday.
Regimental Commander’s Bowl
The award was established in 1972 to recognize the cadet company with the most successful cadre as demonstrated by the fourth class attrition rate and fourth class performance in close order drill, physical training and knob knowledge.
Accepting the award for the winning company was Alpha Company Commander Cadet Capt. Joseph Kane. Alpha Company won the award in 2007 as well.
The Cadre Leadership Award
This award recognizes squad sergeants for physical fitness, knowledge of training regulations, ability to teach drill and ceremonies and inspection techniques. The award was created by the training and operations division of the Commandant of Cadets.
Honored were Cadet Sgt. Cameron Turner of Charlie Company and Cadet Sgt. Sam Keeler of November Company. Both are members of the Bulldog football team.
Earning top cadre squad sergeant recognition for working with the Class of 2012 during the training period are Cadet Sgts. Greg Walter, Michael Cannon and James Poston, all of Bravo Company. Each cadet’s name will be engraved on the cadre leadership trophy displayed in Jenkins Hall.
Each year cadet companies compete for the Kelly Cup, which is awarded to the best-drilled fourth-class squad in the Corps of Cadets. The four best-drilled squads were chosen after preliminary competitions among all 18 cadet companies. The four that competed for the Kelly Cup Saturday morning were Palmetto Battery, Alpha, Echo and November.
Alpha Company is this year’s Kelly Cup winner. Staff Sgt. Daniel DellaMonica accepted the award on behalf of his platoon.
Parents' Weekend, which concludes on Sunday, is one of three big weekends held annually at The Citadel. The others are Homecoming Weekend in November and Corps Day Weekend in March. Parents’ Weekend typically is the largest attended.