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Ernie Chachere, the regimental CTLT program coordinator and one of the former cadets, Jim Jogerst, recall their experiences and provide brief career and life updates.Ernie Chachere I received the copy of the Blackhorse Newspaper article regarding CTLT from Bob and it really brought me back.The program was only open to the Military Academy in the 1970s, however, some years later, ROTC cadets were also given this important pre commissioning opportunity.At Frankfurt, the cadets were met by their unit sponsors and driven to their posts throughout Germany in POVs, staff cars and jeeps.At Daley Barracks, two or three cadets arrived each summer for a three week assignment with one of the cavalry troops.
We were able to locate two of the participants from the cadet visit to Daley Barracks detailed in the 1976 article.The Blackhorse, on the other hand, flew our cadets back to Fulda NOE (nap of the Earth) courtesy of the Air Cav Troop.The July 1976 issue of the Blackhorse Newspaper recalled the brief assignment of select West Point cadets to the Eaglehorse squadron as part of the Cadet Troop Leader Training program.This program, designed to provide Military Academy cadets with first hand exposure to Army life at the unit level, has a long history dating to the late 1960s.
I graduated from West Point in 1974 and arrived in Germany in 12/74.
I was a Platoon leader in E 2/11 and an XO for F and G Troops. Col Saint was a West Point grad, he realized this program could really pay benefits and took it very seriously.