The Class of 2019 entered into BCT with 1,250 basic cadets, and as of December, 2015, number 1,125 cadets. Their class motto is Conquer Mind, Conquer All and their class color is gold, to represent the grass of the plains. The exemplar chosen by the class of 2019 is Neil A. Armstrong. On 12 March, 2016, the class of 2019 was recognized by the Cadet Wing, and received their prop and wings, as well as the repealing of most fourth class ROEs.
Class Exemplar – Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong is the Class of 2019’s Exemplar. Neil Alden Armstrong was born on August 5th, 1950 and was the oldest of his two siblings. A ride on a Ford Trimotor as a five year old provided him his first experience with aviation. He was an eagle scout and received offers from both MIT and Purdue, but Armstrong chose to study at Purdue University under the Holloway Plan. Armstrong was eligible to be selected as the class exemplar as he was a Naval aviator for 3 years and served in the Korean War. He became an astronaut in 1962 and performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space on the Gemini 8 mission in 1966. Armstrong Landed the lunar module, Eagle, on the moon on 20 July 1969 with Buzz Aldrin and with Michael Collins acting as command module pilot in Columbia. Armstrong took the first steps on the moon on 21 July 1969 at 2:56 UTC, famously saying “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”. He left behind an American flag, a patch from Apollo 1, and a plaque stating, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” His other achievements include receiving a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of South Carolina, having logged over 900 hours as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station. He was the Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics at NASA Headquarters and a professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971-1979. Armstrong has been decorated by 17 different countries, earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the Octave Chanute Award, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Harmon International Aviation Trophy. Neil Armstrong died on 25 August 2012 at the age of 82. He was buried at sea in the Atlantic Ocean and given the honor of a 21 gun salute aboard the USS Philippine Sea. He died while married to Carol Held Knight with three children, Karen, Eric, and Mark. Throughout his life, Neil Armstrong was an engineer, aviator, professor, test pilot, astronaut, father, and true American Hero.
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