The 6th Regiment of the 2013 Leader Development and Assessment Course was officially activated during a Regimental Activation Ceremony, June 25 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Following the activation ceremony, which signifies the official starting point of the course for the regiment, the 6th Reg. Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadets will journey through a 29-day leadership infused training exercise that serves as a rite of passage prior to entry into the U.S. Army as commissioned officers.
Also known as Operation Warrior Forge, this year’s exercise is schedule to host approximately 6,064 Cadets from universities across the country divided into 13 different regiments, each affiliated with a distinguished Army unit of historic lineage.
The 6th Reg. is affiliated with the 6th Infantry Reg., stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas that originated during the War of 1812 and has played an active role in most of this country’s major battles including the American Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. In 1814 during the Battle of Chippawa, a British commander was quoted as referring to the 6th Inf. Reg. as, “Those are regulars, by God,” thus earning the unit the nickname of “The Regulars”.
During the short ceremony the unit colors were uncased and Lt. Col. Peter G. Knight, the 6th Reg. commander offered a few inspirational words to the Cadets to help them through the arduous journey ahead.
Cadets from the 6th Reg. that fully complete the course will be honored during a graduation and commissioning ceremony open to the public at 9 a.m. July 19 at Watkins Field on JBLM’s main post. Family and friends unable to attend the ceremony can log on to the Operation Warrior Forge Ustream channel to view a live stream video of the ceremony at http://ustre.am/3nmd.