Lindsey Danilack, who Wednesday lead and dismissed her fellow new officers upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY shared her experiences, thoughts about leadership and following your dream to the 8th graders at Central Middle School.
Danilack, from Montville, who was appointed First Captain and Brigade Commander of the Senior class was one of only a handful of graduates to receive her diploma personally from the President of the United States, Barack Obama. That is the highest position in the cadet chain of command. She will assume her duties on August 12.
As First Captain, Danilack, a political science major, is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400 member Corps of Cadets.
She follows in the footsteps of other notable First Captains such as John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, William Westmoreland and Kristin Baker.
The First Captain, a senior who is also called the Brigade Commander, is similar to a student body president. Her duties include implementing a class agenda and acting as a liaison between the Corps and the administration. She is also at the top of a pyramid of cadet commanders who make up the chain-of-command for the Corps of Cadets at West Point.
Women were first admitted to the academy in 1976. Since then, Danilack is the fourth woman to serve as First Captain.
Danilack graduated from Montville Township High School in 2010.