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United States Military Academy, West Point, NY Presentation of Award on behalf of National American Legion Auxiliary

June 7, 2018
By Nicole Clapp, National VA-R Chairman , Northern-Sun Print

Once I arrived at the United States Military Academy (USMA) and drove directly to the West Point Museum and Visitor's Center. I enjoyed learning some of the expansive history of the 1st United States Military Academy founded in 1802 by President Thomas Jefferson. I then embarked upon a 1.5-hour bus tour of the military post with stops at the Protestant Chapel, Trophy Point, and the marching field, known as the "Plain."

The Superintendent's reception was held at the Eisenhower Hall on the banks of the historic Hudson River. At the evening reception, I met CDT CPT/Commander, Second Regiment Bailey Bowlin and her parents. The Bowlin family's hails from Walton, Kentucky.

Besides commanding the 2nd Regiment, CDT Bowlin is also a cheerleader for the Black Knights. She regaled her excitement as she cheered for the winning Black Knights in the Army-Navy Football game the past 2 years. CDT Bowlin academic field of study is international relations. Her immediate future orders upon graduation and being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant include military intelligence with the 2nd Brigade at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. At that time, she will be reunited with her fianc a 2016 USMA graduate, who is a chinook helicopter pilot for the United States Army.

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Following the reception, I had the privilege to represent the American Legion Auxiliary at the 2018 Awards Convocation and Superintendent's Awards for Excellence and Achievement and Distinguished Cadet Awards Ceremony. The donors were seated on the stage of the very large Eisenhower Hall Theater. The USMA Corp Band provided incredible background music for this distinguished event. One of the donors was a Medal of Honor Recipient, Colonel (Ret) Roger H.C. Donlon. I presented a beautiful pewter tray to CDT Bailey Bowlin, the Cadet Officer commanding the Second Regiment. The American Legion Auxiliary established this award in 1952.

The following day, I was seated in the reserved section of the Superintendent's Stands for the USMA Corp Parade. The maneuvers included cadets parachuting from a helicopter, the playing of the fife and drum corp and military band, along with the impressive marching of the 2018 and 2019 cadets.

I had the opportunity to share both the awards reception/ceremony and the parade with Paula Stephenson, The American Legion National Vice Commander from the Department of Utah.

I truly believe this worthwhile event provides the American Legion Auxiliary with brand awareness and future membership potential.



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