Profiles of Bravery

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks

1980: First black U.S. Military Academy cadet brigade commander or "First Captain"

General Brooks

Brooks achieved the top ranking position for a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., he earned a Master of Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Army Command and General Staff College and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the New England School of Law in Boston. He also served as a National Security Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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