*Idrache was a leader in his class of 950 cadets and was named a regimental commander. Idrache said that he grew up in Port-au-Prince watching U.S. troops perform humanitarian missions in his native Haiti. He became West Point’s top graduate in physics, earning the school’s Brigadier General Gerald A. Counts Memorial Award.*
*"I am from Haiti and never did I imagine that such honor would be one day bestowed on me. Men and women who have preserved the very essence of the human condition stood in that position and took the same oath. Men who preserved the Union in a dark period of this country’s history. Men who scaled the face of adversity and liberated Europe from fascism …Women like CPT Griest, LT Haver, MAJ Jaster who rewrote the narrative and challenged the status quo to prove themselves worthy of being called Rangers.”*
*“Knowing that one day I will be a pilot is humbling beyond words, I could not help but be flooded with emotions knowing that I will be leading these men and women who are willing to give their all to preserve what we value as the American way of life. To me, that is the greatest honor. Once again, thank you."*
Fuck, I can feel the fucking overwhelming sense of personal pride and honor he feels from just the look on his face.
We had a kid, back in 2014, in my psychology class junior year of high school who I guess escaped from some horrible child military camp in Africa under the cover of night while being shot at. This guy I was friends with the entire year until he graduated and I didn't know his backstory until after he left and it seriously left me shook. You can't even imagine what people like this have been through. He showed no signs whatsoever of anything that happened and never talked about it for obvious reasons.
I have to say this for the US: Damn snappy uniforms!
Have we learned nothing from France? Haitian military men can mobilize the population against the colonial power.
I was in his major and shared many classes. A really amazing guy!