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. (CNN)