West Point sets a guideline for my life conduct. West Point is not perfect but points out what can be better. It has been forgiving when I strayed from the path of doing what is right in the name of expediency. West Point helped me to understand perfect conduct is an impossible goal and I must sometimes take a step backward to move two steps forward.
West Point taught me to admit when I was wrong. Admission of wrong is very powerful and allows me to walk the path in a more honorable way.
West Point also taught me the benefits of teamwork and respect for every team member. I gained the courage to embrace interdependence, not independence. I owe my company mates for many lessons shown to me.
West Point’s motto “Duty, Honor, Country” has become for me “Duty, Honor, Humankind.” So, today, I may think in global terms, but I try to work and accomplish goals which are local.