Pictured above, Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt welcomes and talks with West Point Cadet Enoch No of Suffern, New York during West Point Day in the Assembly.
“As a mother whose son is serving our country, I can relate to the level of pride that Cadet No’s parents must have for their son. This group of future leaders exemplifies the level of diversity comprised in our state and truly shows the dynamic makeup of the people of New York,” said the Assemblywoman.
West Point Superintendent Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon, Jr. stood before the chamber at the speaker’s podium to deliver a speech commemorating the day and the group of cadets that he and his instructors have led to this point. Prior to receiving the superintendent commission in July 2010, Lieutenant General Huntoon previously served in Korea and was Deputy Director of the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry during Operation Desert Shield and ultimately Desert Storm. A graduate of West Point in 1973, Huntoon also received his master’s in International Relations from Georgetown.
“With West Point next door to my district, I am constantly reminded of the true historical and contemporary significance of West Point and all those who have been commissioned as officers from this educational center. As an elected official and member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I am able to, in return, do whatever I possibly can do to honor those who attend West Point and provide for them before and after their times of service,” stated the Assemblywoman.
A video of the Assemblywoman’s introduction can be viewed on her Facebook page.