I drove south on 695 for three hours. When I finally got there, on the left was three lines of barbed-wire fences, with steel fencing on the inner circle. The center of the fencing held the Gold Vault.
I continued straight and tanks were on my left, with cannons on my right. I approach the gate, and pull out my ID. I roll down all the windows in my car, ask how the guard is, he checks my ID, and I enter.
Fort Knox is in central Kentucky, just south of Louisville. I was chosen as a videographer for the U.S. Army Bases’ Public Affairs Office.
Every day we had a mission where we would go out with our group, and document an activity the ROTC Cadets were participating in that day. Events varied from First Aid Training to Navigation Training in the swampy woods to BIVOUAC where Cadets prepare for a ware-like scenario in the woods with camping, training and defense lines.
Some days we would have events during the night and we had to use night-vision lenses and some days we would wake up at 3 a.m. to go into the field with the Cadets.
I had the opportunity to also cover West Point Cadets training with Fort Knox Cadets for the first time in history. A select number of West Point Cadets came to Fort Knox for their training for only two weeks. I covered these Cadets during their entire stay in Kentucky.
Another opportunity I had was following a MEDEVAC training. I was able to follow the simulation of a Cadet collapsing from heat exhaustion, Cadre members responding to his collapse, calling a Medic and then evacuating the Cadet from the base via a medical helicopter. This opportunity was incredible! And having the chance to go into a Blackhawk, follow the medical sequencing and having my footage shared with higher members of Cadre was an incredible opportunity.
This single experience concreted my desire to become a multimedia producer for a children’s hospital — working with medical cases.
This summer had adventures, ups and downs and a huge learning curve like any other opportunity does. I learned, I experienced, and I braved chiggers, poison oak and the heat of Fort Knox. Another adventure down, and so many more to come.