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Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton
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Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton is a 1980 West Point graduate, part of the first class to admit women. She was commissioned in the Army, served as a platoon leader and company commander in Germany, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. She was appointed by President Obama as the first openly gay member of the West Point Board of Visitors. Fulton lives in Asbury Park, NJ, with her wife Penny Gnesin.

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Just Because She's a Woman

(30) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 9:08 AM

"Well, I hope you're not voting for her just because she's a woman," he protested, appalled at the very idea.

"She's best qualified," I said with conviction, but I let it drop.

"Just because she's a woman..." How can I explain to this guy -- a good friend, with progressive...

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Academy Graduates: Open Combat Roles to Women

(6) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 3:24 PM

Sixty graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis recently signed this letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, in response to the Marine Corps's requests to keep some of their units closed to women.

17 September 2015

Secretary Ray Mabus

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A Letter to My Niece About Race

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 5:49 PM

"AJ is taking the Charleston shooting hard. She is feeling overwhelmed and helpless. She said 'I'm tired of people dying, and there is nothing I can do about it.'"

Your mom wants me to say something that will relieve you of this despair. I wish I could.

Would it make...

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A Summit at West Point

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 6:44 PM

As West Point conferences go, it was a great event at the United States Military Academy this past weekend. Graduates from many different walks of life attended; a 2002 grad, currently leading the Illinois Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, talked about how Army and Academy experience informed support for veterans. A...

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Women Are Fit for Combat

(41) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 11:13 AM

When the first class of women at West Point were introduced to the infamous Indoor Obstacle Course, we were confronted with a series of challenges almost entirely geared to upper body strength. About ¾ of the way through, we had to get over "the wall" -- an eight foot vertical...

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