Second Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache never thought he would be one day standing tall in a commissioned officer’s uniform.
“I am from Haiti and never did I imagine that such honour would be one day bestowed on me,” he explained to USA Today.
As an immigrant from Port-au-Prince in 2009, he had overcome learning English, earned a Congressional appointment, and enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard in order to get to this moment.
On May 21, 2016 Idrache graduated along with 953 cadets from West Point.
“My dad always said, ‘education is the only gift I can always give you, because I don’t have any anything material to give,” he told the US Army.
Now, as a West Point graduate his next step is attending the Aviation Center for Excellence at Fort Rucker in Alabama.
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