WEST POINT, N.Y. — An African-American woman will take the top position in West Point’s cadet chain of command for the first time in the academy’s history.

The U.S. Military Academy announced Thursday that Cadet Simone Askew of Fairfax, Virginia, has been selected first captain of the Corps of Cadets for the upcoming academic year.

Askew, who is in the Class of 2018, will be responsible for the overall performance of the roughly 4,400 cadets at West Point. She also will act as a liaison between the corps and the administration when she assumes her duties on Aug. 13.

West Point officials say Askew exemplifies the academy’s values of duty, honor and country.

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