It was an historic moment at the 118th Annual Army-Navy Game on Saturday when Simone Askew stepped onto Lincoln Financial Field.
Askew, a U.S. Military Academy at West Point cadet and Rhodes Scholar, became the first black woman to lead the traditional march-on ceremony in her role as first captain.
That makes Askew West Point's highest-ranking cadet, leading approximately 4,400-member Corps of Cadets.
"Simone truly exemplifies our values of Duty, Honor, Country. Her selection is a direct result of her hard work, dedication and commitment to the Corps over the last three years," said Brig. Gen. Steven W. Gilland, commandant of cadets.
"I know Simone and the rest of our incredibly talented leaders within the Class of 2018 will provide exceptional leadership to the Corps of Cadets in the upcoming academic year," he said.
Historic Moment: @WestPoint_USMA cadet & #RhodesScholar, Simone Askew, became the first black woman to lead the traditional march-on ceremony at the #ArmyNavyGame in #Philadelphia, Saturday. pic.twitter.com/SdM7V3LbSD— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) December 11, 2017