Last week West Point announced their next first captain of the Corps of Cadets will be Cadet Simone Askew of Fairfax, VA. This is the first time since the school’s opening in 1802 that an African American woman has held this position.
In a statement, Brig. Gen. Steven W. Gilland, commandant of cadets, said, “Simone truly exemplifies our values of Duty, Honor, Country. Her selection is a direct result of her hard work, dedication and commitment to the Corps over the last three years.”
The first captain is responsible for the overall performance of the West Point cadets, requiring Cadet Askew to act as liaison between the corps and the administration and work on a school curriculum.
West Point did not allow female cadets until 1976.