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At Fairfax High School, she was president of her class, captain of the volleyball team and founder of the Black Student Union.

Now Simone Askew, 20, is making headlines and history by becoming West Point’s first African American woman to lead their cadets.

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She currently leads 1,502 cadets as Regimental Commander of Cadet Basic Training II.

As First Captain, Askew will be responsible for the overall performance of 4,400 Corps of Cadets.

Askew achieved the highest position in the cadet chain of command and will assume her duties on Aug. 14, according to the Army.

She graduated from Air Assault School and is an EXCEL Scholar. She was also named the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Military Leadership and a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honorary National History Society.

Askew holds the highest female Recondo score during Combat Field Training II for the class of 2018, according to Army officials.

You go girl.


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