12 Jan '18, 1am

From Port-au-Prince to West Point: Maryland Guard's First Graduate

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- A West Point graduation presents an almost unparalleled spectacle of camaraderie, perseverance and adventure. These are tomorrow's military elite, passing through a 214-year institution steeped in honor and tradition. On May 21, as nearly 1000 white hats flew up in the air, cheers of joy thundered through Michie stadium. In the midst of the spectacle, in the front row, stood the soon-to-be pinned 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache. Tears covered his face as he looked back at the crowd. Alix had a reason to be emotional. In seven years he went from speaking basic English in a working class neighborhood in Port-au-Prince to graduating from one of the most prestigious military and educational institutions in the United States. In his youth, Idrache witnessed U.S. forces conducting humanitarian missions in Haiti. Always fascinated with cutting edge technology ...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/168635/from_port_au_prince_t...

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