28 Feb '17, 2am

Army

Lt. Gen. Nadja West is the youngest of 12 adopted children — 10 of whom joined the Army — raised by a logistics warrant officer and his journalist-activist wife. Her father's 33-year career inspired her to join the Army, and her West Pointer brother encouraged her to attend the newly integrated U.S. Military Academy. But it was Mr. Spock, the science officer on the starship Enterprise, who inspired her to go into biology. "I thought he was really cool," she told Army Times in a Feb. 22 interview. "Oh my gosh, I wanted to be a Vulcan. And I wanted to be a scientist." West, a career family medicine doctor and dermatologist who boasts airborne and air assault qualifications, became the 44th Army Surgeon General in December 2015. She is the first black female lieutenant general in the Army and the highest-ranking woman to graduate from West Point. She sat down with Army Times ...

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