Graduating West Point In 2014
Right around the time Lindsey Danilack was an ACES leader, she and her family took a day trip to the United States Military Academy at West Point. It was during that trip that Lindsey decided that West Point was where she wanted to go to college. From then on she worked to excel at everything she did. Whether it was in school, at home, or on the athletic field, Lindsey was determined to do her best. As an honors student in high school and a captain of the track team, Lindsey eventually realized her dream. She was recruited by West Point as a track athlete and decided it would be the only place that she would apply. Four days after high school graduation, in June of 2010, Lindsey’s hard work and dedication led her to Cadet Basic Training, better known as Beast. Lindsey continued to pursue excellence throughout her time at West Point. A four-year member of the Army track team, Lindsey has not only become the captain of that team, but was chosen to be the First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets for the 2013-14 academic year, achieving the rank held by John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur and William Westmoreland. Since women were first admitted to West Point in 1976, she is the fourth woman to serve as the Brigade Commander, the highest ranking cadet in the cadet chain of command. While such a prestigious list of predecessors may leave some star struck, Lindsey has remained humble. Her focus is still to be a part of something bigger than herself and to serve others.
At the conclusion of the graduation of her class, Brigade Commander and First Captain Lindsey Danilack had the privilege of dismissing the class and sending them off to “make the world a better place.” This experience was one of many highlights of her time spent at West Point. Highlights such as the Army women’s track team defeating Navy for the first time since 2007!
Lindsey was then commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army by the Superintendent of West Point, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen in the gardens of his home. Now that this milestone has been passed, Lindsey once again has her sights set high. Having branched aviation in the Army, Lindsey will be attending Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Her goal now is to fly the Apache because they are the most combat oriented helicopter, and as always, Lindsey wants to be where the action is.
“ACES provides an opportunity for everyone to come together, exercise, share a common goal, and have fun all at the same time. It is so important to show young kids the importance of exercising and what better way is there than ACES? The exciting environment that ACES provides stimulates a true desire to exercise and have fun with friends!”
Lindsey Leading Project ACES In 2003
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