Monday, August 07, 2017

Finally, An Official Press Release

I'd seen the pdf file of the orders identifying the senior cadet leadership positions at West Point, and I saw a blog post (from a blog I'd never before heard of) identifying that the brigade commander, known colloquially as the First Captain, will be a black woman for the first time.  Here's an army public affairs story containing the press release:
Cadet Simone Askew of Fairfax, Virginia, has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy's Corps of Cadets for the 2017-2018 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. She will assume her duties on Aug. 14.

Askew, an International History major, currently leads 1,502 cadets as the Regimental Commander of Cadet Basic Training II.

As First Captain she is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. Her duties also include implementing a class agenda and acting as a liaison between the Corps and the administration.

Askew is the first African-American woman to hold this esteemed position. 
The press release itself is here.

It's hard to tell from the unisex names on the press release of leadership positions but I read that three of the four regimental commanders are also women.

I wish good luck to all of them as they undertake their last year at West Point.

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