Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 317th Regiment, 2nd BDE is located in Culpepper, Va., while a small detachment, a total of nine Soldiers, is located across the country at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This hearty group may be small, but they knock out critical training each month in preparation for their Annual Training at Cadet Summer Training (CST) at Ft. Knox.
The detachment Drill Sergeant team is charged with giving new Cadets a good overview of what to expect from military training by putting them through something similar to Basic Combat Training (BCT). The Drill Sergeants have just one month at CST to train the Cadets in leadership and Soldier skills such as: marksmanship, drill and ceremony, customs and courtesies, and physical fitness.
Many of the Drill Sergeants in Echo Co. detachment have been down range on deployments and have also trained new recruits at BCT earlier in their careers. Their experience and expertise contribute to a successful CST mission each year.