Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Local Boy Makes *Real* Good!

What a surprise it was to learn that someone so close to home was honored with the title of First Captain, the highest rank among West Point cadets:

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Tyler R. Gordy, the son of Linda and Jeff Schweig, of Newcastle, Calif., has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2009-2010 academic year, which begins Aug. 17, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain-of-command.

Gordy graduated from Lincoln High School in 2002 and then joined the Army.

As First Captain, Gordy, a comparative politics major, is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400 member Corps of Cadets. He follows in the footsteps of other notable First Captains such as John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur and William Westmoreland.

Cadet Gordy served in the army before attending West Point, and earned a Purple Heart for wounds received in Iraq.

Newcastle is a few minutes drive up the freeway from Casa RotLC.