BROADENING EXPERIENCE October 18-22, 2013 by
CDT Kirsten Jex
For a number of years the Senior Military Science class takes a trip to Gettysburg, PA, and Washington, D.C. I was fortunate enough to take part in the Broadening Experience this fall, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity. Spending quality time with my fellow Cadets was great, but being able to walk the Battlefield of Gettysburg and the National Mall with them was remarkable. Our tour of Gettysburg was focused on the involvement of Michigan units in the battle and began with a short video summarizing the battle. Cadet Andrew Stow put his knowledge of American history to work and acted as our tour guide through the battlefield. The next day, we were able to visit the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institute, and Arlington National Cemetery, as well as the monuments found all over our Nation’s capital. We took a bus tour of Arlington and watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On our last afternoon in Washington, D.C., were attended the AUSA convention where we were able to meet people from all different military backgrounds. The experience was extremely valuable for soon-to-be Lieutenants like me, and a huge thank you goes to Mr. Terry Moore for making the trip possible.