A Northern Virginian selected to hold the top position in the chain of command for West Point cadets will be the first African American woman to do so at the U.S. Military Academy.

Cadet Simone Askew (Photo Credit: 2nd Lt. Austin LaChance, via WestPointUSMA on Facebook)

West Point this week announced that Cadet Simone Askew of Fairfax will serve as first captain of the Corps of Cadets during the upcoming academic year. Askew, an international history major at West Point, will assume her duties later this month.

“Simone truly exemplifies our values of Duty, Honor, Country,” Brig. Gen. Steven W. Gilland, commandant of cadets, said in a release. “Her selection is a direct result of her hard work, dedication and commitment to the Corps over the last three years.” More….