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West Point Cadets

A group of 13 cadets and four instructors from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point take on the weekly 'On Leadership' questions. Who better to explore the gray areas of leadership than members of The Long Gray Line?

The Gray Zone: West Point on Leadership

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Very little about leadership is black and white, and these 13 West Point Cadets are on a developmental journey toward emerging as leaders of character. Who better to explore the gray areas of leadership than members of The Long Gray Line?

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Avi Bakshani
Cadet Avi Bakshani is a junior at West Point, majoring in sociology. He is from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta: The International Sociological Honor Society. Avi is a qualified snowboard instructor and is also a member of the West Point Speech and Parliamentary Debate team.

Lawrence Brown
Cadet Lawrence Brown is a junior at West Point, majoring in management. He is a member of the Class of 2011 and plans to join the field artillery unit upon graduation. He is from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and plays cornerback for the Army Black Knights football team.

Jonathan Bulls
Cadet Jonathan Bulls is a junior from Fairfax Station, Virginia, majoring in management and the starting punter for the Army football team. He attended New Mexico Military Institute prior to entering the academy. He wishes to become a Military Intelligence or Field Artillery officer upon his graduation in May 2011.

Woo Do
Cadet Woo Do is a life science and psychology double-major from Everett, Washington. Woo enjoys traveling through Model United Nations and coaching an intramural wrestling team. Hoping to serve through science and medicine, Woo is currently working on a research project to develop RNA-based therapeutics for wounded veterans facing issues associated with amputation. An aspiring physician, he aims to pursue an MPH following medical school.

Sam Goodgame
Cadet Sam Goodgame is a junior at West Point. He majors in international relations, with further concentrations in mechanical engineering and Mandarin Chinese. At West Point, Sam is the president of the Black and Gold Leadership Forum, responsible for coordinating meetings between cadets and influential leaders in government, business, media, sports, and the military. Sam is also the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Undergraduate Journal of Social Sciences, where he leads teams of editors to acquire and edit articles for publication. Sam has served as First Sergeant within the Corps of Cadets at West Point, responsible for the performance, training, conduct and welfare of 139 cadets. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School and the U.S. Army Air Assault School, and he plans on branching into the U.S. Army Infantry upon graduation and commissioning in May 2011.

Carissa Hauck
Cadet Carissa Hauck is a junior at West Point majoring in leadership. A native of Watertown, South Dakota, she ranks number one physically for female cadets at West Point and fifth overall. Upon graduation in 2011 she plans to become a Military Police officer. Cadet Hauck participates in Army Track and Field and is a member of the 4x400 meter team, which currently holds the Academy record. Other activities include the Black and Gold Leadership Form as well as Black and Gold Crossfit.

Dario Marcelli III
Cadet Dario Marcelli III is a junior at West Point, majoring in leadership. He is from East Hanover, New Jersey, and plans to become a field artilleryman upon graduation in 2011. He attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School and was a former wrestler of the West Point wrestling team during his first two years at the Academy.

Brian McBee
Cadet Brian McBee is a junior and a management major at West Point. He is from Pendleton, Oregon, and plans to be commissioned into the Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation. Cadet McBee is an Eagle Scout and is the Battalion Sandhurst Sergeant Major. Cadet McBee is an active outdoorsman and is a member of West Point's Black and Gold Leadership Forum.

Megan Snook
Cadet Megan Snook is a junior at West Point, majoring in psychology. She is from Concord, Massachusetts, and eventually plans to become an Engineering officer upon graduation in 2011. She is a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as the Army Women's Lacrosse Team. She enjoys competitive sports, listening to music, traveling, and reading mystery novels.

Alexander Stodola
Cadet Alexander Mark Stodola is a junior at West Point, majoring in engineering psychology. He is from Cedar Hill, Texas and plans to becoming an armor officer upon graduation in May of 2011. When not being micromanaged by West Point, he enjoys cracking open a good novel and hitting the pavement for a quick run. Alexander also regularly volunteers his time mentoring an energetic fifth grader through the local Big Brother Big Sister program.

Christina Tamayo
Cadet Christina Tamayo is a junior at West Point majoring in engineering psychology and graduating in May 2011. She is from Humble, Texas and expresses interest in Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), Aviation, or Military Police as her branching options. An avid writer and web designer, Christina has played team handball as a right wing since her freshman year and is passionate about spreading the word about the little known Olympic sport. Christina has earned a gold German Proficiency Badge and has made the Dean's List for the past 5 semesters.

Mel Walker Jr.
Cadet Mel Walker, Jr. is a junior at West Point majoring in sociology. He is from Anaheim, CA and enjoys performing, listening to music, working out, and spending time with his family and friends. He is currently a member of the Army Track and Field team and hopes to branch armor.

Kathleen Woodhams
Cadet Kathleen Woodhams is a junior at West Point, majoring in sociology. She is from Leesville, Louisiana, and plans to become a military intelligence officer upon graduation in 2011. She is a lettering member of the West Point Swimming and Diving team.


Col. Eric Kail
Col. Eric Kail is an Army field artillery officer who has commanded at the company and battalion levels. He is currently serving as the course director of military leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He holds a PhD in organizational psychology.

Donnie LaGrange
Major Donnie LaGrange teaches psychology for leaders at the United States Military Academy. He holds a B.S. in Economics from West Point and a Master's of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Military Police Officer and has commanded at multiple levels in the Army. Donnie most enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children who fuel his ideals but also keep him grounded. He is also an enthusiastic fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs.

Katie Matthew
Major Katie Matthew is an instructor at West Point for leadership and management. Originally from Plano, Texas, she serves as a logistics officer in the U.S. Army. She has an MBA from Kansas State University and her primary study interests include organization and leadership studies, with a focus on resiliency and crisis.

Chris Midberry
Major Chris Midberry is an instructor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point. He is a West Point graduate and holds an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Chris is an Infantry officer and has served two tours in Iraq in both airborne and mechanized units.

By West Point Cadets

 |  March 22, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
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Militaryleadership starts with the platoon level in combat situations,,in my 1st Inf Div Bn,A West point Platoon cmndr. led his troops into an ambush against the advice of senior NCOs and the unit suffered 13 casualties in an attempt to recover a body,It may be a cliche about "leaving no one behind" but using a bit of sense in some situations can prevent a lot more of those bodies.The officer was relieved along with his reputation of being a ring knocker. Vietnam taught all of us great lessons .

Posted by: gonville1 | April 21, 2010 8:45 AM
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