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Medina resident graduates from ‘long gray line’

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Cadet Preston Horejsi, son of Gary and Connie Horejsi, of Medina, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on May 21.
The summer after graduating from Medina High School in 2009, Horejsi entered the military academy. After two years of study, he took a three-year sabbatical to serve as a missionary for the Church of the Latter Day Saints, traveling to Utah and California.
Horejsi returned to West Point in August 2014 and concentrated his studies in military science, history and German. After graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army in the Armor Branch, an active combat branch.
This month, Horejsi will report to the US Army Armor School at Fort Benning, Georgia, for his first assignment. While stationed at Fort Benning, his additional training will include maneuver tactics, troop- and company-level strategy, and logistical planning.
In addition to his parents, Horejsi’s other family members include his grandmother, Allie Dorine Wheeler, and aunt Betty Welch, both of Bandera; brothers, Gary W. Horejsi Jr. of Fife, Washington, and Clayton Horejsi of Floresville and their wives; grandmother Shirley Horejsi of San Antonio; and fiancée Christie Bailey-Wickins. All Horejsi’s relatives proudly participated in the graduation and commissioning ceremonies at West Point.
In May, more than 950 cadets received their degrees and commissions – among them, the first seven women to be commissioned into combat divisions since restrictions for women serving in combat had been lifted.
After noting the 2016 graduating class would facing a “vast range of complex challenges,” commencement speaker Vice President Joe Biden said, “Whenever the stakes are highest, we turn to the United States Army. Whether it’s fighting terrorism, training our partners, reassuring our allies or providing humanitarian relief, we call on you.” Biden added, “And right now, the stakes could not be higher.”
The US Military Academy is a four-year, co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college located on the banks of the Hudson River, 50 miles north of New York City. Founded in 1802 as American’s first college of engineering, it has consistently ranked as one of the top colleges in the nation.
Its graduating ranks have included two American presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ulysses S. Grant; four additional heads of state; 20 astronauts; 74 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients; 70 Rhodes Scholars; and three Heisman Trophy winners, Doc Blanchard, Glenn Davis and Pete Dawkins.
A preeminent leader-development institution, the mission of the US Military Academy at West Point remains unchanging – to educate, train and inspire cadets in their career of profession service to the Army and the nation.
For more information, visit www.wedstpoint.edu.
The staff of the Bandera County Courier commends Preston Horejsi for his achievements and wishes him the best in his military career.