October 30th, 2017

Opening the Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitors Center

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All my adult life, I’ve used as my personal and ethical code the motto of my alma matter, West Point. It is three simple words that have a most profound meaning: “Duty, honor, country.” These words have shaped my character, way of thinking, and ultimately my entire life.  I share this feeling among my classmates, of which none of us would have had the lives we’ve had, the satisfaction and joy we’ve had, without the great training, the great experiences, and the ethic that was imbued in us during our time at West Point.

There are many people that I can thank in my life, but the truth of the matter is that the ones to be thanked and recognized are those upon whose shoulders I stood, the men whom I trained and fought with, the class of 1959.

I’m proud to stand next to some of them today, and truly cherished my experience at West Point. It is an honor, not a duty, to do my part and give back to the place that gave me so much.  And in the end, to help enshrine the memories and ensure the millions of visitors who walk through the doors understand the experience of the great men and women who came before them.

I will never be able to fully repay the institution that gave me so much, but am filled with so much pride to have had the opportunity to lead the largest ever capital campaign at West Point, and after 5 years of hard work, design, construction, open the new Frederic V. Malek West Point Visitor Center.

I have worked on many projects in business and in public life, but none of which have been as fulfilling as the work done with the For Us All Campaign, the largest fundraising effort undertaken on behalf of the United States Military Academy.  Along with my excellent team, the campaign shattered it’s $350 Million goal by nearly $100 million.

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.

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.

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