As I’ve said before, it’s always an honor and a privilege to give back to West Point, the place that has given me so much more than I could ever even begin to fully repay. For me, it’s a way to say thank you to the world’s greatest greatest institution, that has turned so many young men and women into the greatest leaders in the world. And that’s why I am filled with so much pride to have had the opportunity to lead the largest ever capital campaign at West Point, the new Malek West Point Visitor Center.
I would like to extend my deepest thanks and gratitude to everyone who invested their time and resources to make all of this happen, including the class of 1974, Margaret A. Zipp, the Class of 1972, the Class of 1973, the Class of 1978, the Class of 1984, The Boeing Company, the Class of 1990, the Class of 2004, and the Class of 1988.
The United States Military Academy at West Point attracts more than 1 million people each year from all over the world, including prospective cadets, friends, relatives, and the general public. During their visit they will learn about the significant contributions this institution has made to our great nation. It certainly had an impact on my life, and that’s why I was honored to take part in reaffirming the value of this institution by celebrating the ground breaking of the new West Point Visitors Center.
It is important that we tell the West Point story and inspire new generations to serve our Army and our nation. The 15,000 square foot exhibit space, housed inside the new state-of-the-art visitor’s center, will do just that by honoring the many remarkable leaders that have formed the Long Gray Line.
The visitors center will also highlight West Point’s thriving and historic athletic program by including a new Army West Point Athletics gift shop. The center’s back drop of the scenic Hudson River allows for the possibility of a future expansion that would connect the visitors center to the adjacent West Point Museum.
I’m hopeful that everyone who passes through the Malek West Point Visitors Center will leave with a profound sense of pride in the United States Military Academy and a clear understanding of why West Point is a national treasure. And for every cadet, I hope it will be a gateway to excellence in their future endeavors.
See more about this exciting new addition to West Point here.