Simone Askew, First Black Woman To Be Named West Point’s First Captain

Simone Askew, a Virginia West Point cadet, just made history by becoming the first black woman to ever be appointed to serve as First Captain, which is considered the highest leadership rank at the distinguished military school.

Simone Askew is a 20-year-old International History major from Fairfax, Virginia. She is now in charge of leading 1,502 cadets serving as the Regimental Commander of Cadet Basic Training at the New York military preparation school. Presently, as West Point’s first captain, she will manage ore than 4,000 cadets.

Askew’s new title, which is the highest rank possible for a cadet, will assist her with class schedules and serving as a mediator between her colleagues and administration authorities, along with other responsibilities.

The Huffington Post reports that Nina Askew, Askew’s sister, stated, “It’s a great step for not only women, but African-American women, because it shows that no matter what your sex, or your race, you can really do anything,she said to NBC Washington. “There’s nothing that can hold you back.”

“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,” said Brig. Gen. Steven W. Gilland, commandant of cadets. “I know Simone and the rest of our incredibly talented leaders within the Class of 2018 will provide exceptional leadership to the Corps of Cadets in the upcoming academic year,” per Essence Magazine.

Askew is more than prepared for such a leadership role because her resume speaks to her character, resilience, and dedication. She is a member of the Army West Point Crew team, a graduate of Air Assault School, a recipient of the Black Engineer of the year Award for Military Leadership, a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honorary National History Society, and holds a record for having the highest female Recondo score throughout Combat Field Training II for the 2018 class.

Askew will begin her role this week.

Congratulations, Simone! What an example of Black Girl Magic.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor


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