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Saturday, October 14, 2017

First black woman to lead West Point cadets 'humbled' by opportunity

Cadet Simone Askew -- the first African-American woman to be First Captain of West  Point's Corps of Cadets -- cheers on members of the Class of 2021 at a checkpoint.

CNN)When Simone Askew was in fifth grade, she saw military cadets march in formation across the field at an Army vs. Navy football game.

At that time she didn't have a concept of what military academies were. But she was very attracted to what she saw that day from the stands. "I told my mom I wanted to lead (that formation) one day," she said.

Now 20-year-old Cadet Askew is doing exactly what she said she would. She is the first African-American woman to lead West Point's 4,400 member Corps of Cadets as its First Captain/Brigade Commander. In this role, she's the senior leader in her class, responsible for communicating between cadets and the administration and setting a class agenda.


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