FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE NO. 15-12
WEST POINT SELECTS CADET FIRST CAPTAIN – Aug. 16, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Brandon Whittington, son of Jane Whittington of El Paso, Texas, has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2012-2013 academic year, which begins Aug. 20, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command.
As First Captain, Whittington, a Mechanical Engineering major, is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400 member Corps of Cadets. He follows in the footsteps of other notable First Captains such as John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur and William Westmoreland.
"The responsibility to the Corps of Cadets means the world to me,” said Whittington. “What matters to the Corps is extremely important and some of the best solutions to any problems we may face could potentially come from within the Corps. I am extremely honored to be able to represent some of the best and brightest in the world.”
The First Captain, a senior who is also called the Brigade Commander, is similar to a student body president. His duties include implementing a class agenda and acting as a liaison between the Corps and the administration. In addition, Whittington is the top of a pyramid of cadet commanders who make up the chain-of-command for the Corps of Cadets at West Point. Whittington graduated from Burges High School in El Paso in 2008.