Cadets Attend Cultural Understanding and Leadership (CULP) Program
During Summer 2018, 3 Cardinal Battalion cadets participated in the Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program (CULP). Cadets Sam Dugan, Jordan Temme, and Patrick Stewart traveled all over the world to learn about foreign cultures and hone their leadership skills.
Each year, the Cardinal Battalion boasts a busy training schedule that cadets participate in. Some cadets that do not have mandatory training use the time to relax and prepare for the following year. However, some cadets jump at the opportunities to participate in additional training programs, such as CULP.
Cadet Jordan Temme was one cadet who was accepted to attend CULP in Latvia. When remembering her experience, Cadet Temme remarks, " I participated in three weeks of complete immersion into Latvian society, with a few days of in-processing and out-processing at Fort Knox. We spent two weeks traveling across Latvia and our platoon-sized group spent our time walking around and exploring every life and learning about the Latvian equivalent of our NCO school and West Point. We then spent ten days completely integrated into the Latvian Infantry, where we stayed in tents for the first four days and performed basic missions, then six days which we spent traveling from the western border of Latvia across the entire country as a part of NATO Operation Saber Strike. I learned a lot about group organization and how to work with the staff shops, as well as accountability. I also learned how to work with other, how to be confident in my abilities, and how to be sympathetic to people from completely different walks of life. I am forever grateful for my time in Latvia, the people I met on this trip, and Cadet Command for giving me this unique and life-changing opportunity." Way to go Cadet Temme!
Cadet Sam Dugan spent his CULP experience in Sri Lanka, while Cadet Patrick Stewart visited Poland.
Congratulations to all three of these outstanding Cardinal Battalion cadets for a job well done!