Shift Happens, But Not Without Struggle

  Like many of the other 1500 students who entered the United States Military Academy with me in July 1976, I was drawn to an educational opportunity at a prestigious college subsidized by US taxpayers. I had first visited West Point with a high school friend whose brother was a cadet. The school impressed me;…

That was then, this is now…

7 July 1976. Forty years ago. It was the year of the bicentennial of the United States. A flotilla of tall ships paraded in New York City harbor. And I entered West Point for Beast, probably the most psychologically and physically grueling voluntary seven week of my life. But I and the other 1500 new cadets…