I've just attended my first board meeting at The U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Wow. What an experience.
It's rare these days to find an individual or organization that actually lives up to its image and reputation. But, the "Point" does. Since 1802, West Point has been responsible for training, motivating and educating our nation's leaders. Men like Lee, Grant, Pershing, Eisenhower, Patton and MacArthur were just a few who stood at attention on "The Plain." In fact, there's a saying at the Point aimed at the current crop of students that I'll paraphrase: ''You'll be studying history made by the men who attended these very same classes."
Like every institution of higher education, West Point has its challenges: most notably, a declining awareness level among high school students. But, the board I've joined is intent on changing that.
I'm genuinely pumped to have the honor to serve on the Civilian Public Affairs Committee at West Point. It's a great group with a great job: proselytizing on behalf of a great institution. And the fringe benefits are unreal: being a military history buff, I loved sitting where Ike sat, walking where Pickett and Longstreet walked and viewing the barracks where cadets like Custer resided.
Oh, and each and every cadet is schooled in three words they repeat at each and every checkpoint on campus: "Duty. Honor. Country." One wishes our current crop of leaders adhered to even one of those ideals.