MILITARY ACADEMY ESTABLISHED ON THIS DATE IN 1802

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Congress formally authorized the establishment and funding of the United States
Military Academy at West Point, New York. on 16 March 1802. The entire central
campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings,and 
monuments. The academy sits on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson
River, 50 miles north of New York City. The campus is a popular tourist attraction complete with a large visitor center and the oldest museum in the United States
Army.

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The majority of the campus’s buildings are constructed from gray and black granite like the West Academic Building shown above.

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West Point color guard leading a cadet parade

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HERO PILOT IS 59 YEARS OLD TODAY

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Pictured above are Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger (left) and his First Officer Jeffrey Skiles

Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III was an American airline pilot, safety expert, and accident investigator from Danville, California. Sullenberger rose to fame when he successfully ditched U S Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan, New York City, on January 15, 2009, saving the lives of all 155 people on the aircraft.

Sullenberger is an international speaker on airline safety and has helped develop new protocols for airline safety. As of September 30, 2009, Sullenberger is also the co-chairman of the EAA’s Young Eagles youth introduction-to-aviation program. Sullenberger retired from US Airways and its predecessor airline after 30 years with them on March 3, 2010.

He is the author of Highest Duty, a memoir of his life and of the events surrounding Flight 1549, published in 2009 by HarperCollins. He was ranked second in Time Magazine’s  Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009.

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