On the Sidelines With VT Corps of Cadets

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By Karen McNew McGuire on August 9, 2018

More than 1,000 cadets gather daily on Virginia Tech's campus for morning formation.
“I actually love waking up every morning and knowing I’ll be working with the high caliber individuals here on campus,” said Joelle Pond of Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
Routine is important and every moment of the flag raising is deliberate.
“I think the best part about being a cadet at Virginia Tech is the community,” said Maddie Mitcham of Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
A community filled with a competitive drive to be the best.
“There’s training every single day and we kinda push ourselves to the limit,” said Patrick Rives of Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
And on one day of the year, the Joint Military Athletics Competition or J-MAC, drives cadets to be even better than their best. More than obstacle course, if it requires strategy and strength you’ll likely find it here.
Even Corps ambassador Growley II gets in on the action.
Calleigh Fangmeyer, an athletic trainer for Carilion Clinic Sports Medicine, is on the sidelines, but she is more than the head athletic trainer for the cadets, she’s a mentor.
I would say the biggest thing that Callie brought to the corps was here in the military...like in the military environment it’s hard to say let me take a step back and admit that I’m hurt,” explained Rives.
“Callie’s been there every step of the way with anything from the actual physical exercises and therapy to the emotional support you need when you’re stressed out and in college and have an injury,” noted Mitcham.
“She’s able to bring them right back to full status in terms of their physical fitness, their health and get them into their training mode as quickly as possible,” said Major General Randall Fullhart, Commandant of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. “She has become an integral part of not only our staff but of our entire corps.”
“It's nice because you can create these connections with all these different humans,” said Calleigh. “And just as much as they learn from me I learn from them.”
Lessons she hopes, will create a ripple effect of success for the future.