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West Point Women of Indiana: Stories of Determination, Leadership, and Service
Personal narratives by five female Hoosier graduates of the United States Military Academy reveal stories of determination, leadership, and service to our country in a new paperback compiled by Hoosier Bestselling Author and Professor, Susan E. Israel.
Fishers, Indiana – Susan E. Israel, PhD releases West Point Women of Indiana: Stories of Determination, Leadership, and Service. The book is available at Amazon.com or at bookstores. Five female cadets: Jennifer A. Hanson USMA 1981, Joy Gibbon USMA 1983, Amy Williams Franklin USMA 1989, Rebecca Benedict Stachel USMA 1999, and Aubrey Williams USMA 2007 share moments that define elements of what it means to serve our country and train at West Point. The stories capture moments of humility and humor, as well as training missions. The stories are organized based on a historical timeline from the early days of West Point when women were first admitted to the present. This book is relevant to anyone interested in serving in the United States Military Academy. Each contributor summarizes their story with lessons and reflections, making this an ideal book for future female cadets who want to serve in the military.
Susan E. Israel has lived in the Fishers Community since 1992. She is an author of historical literacy books along with over 20 other publications in literacy. She has also published a children’s book called, Be Just Me (2013).
Israel states in her closing Chapter 7, Reflections on West Point Women of Indiana, “The message in these stories is about women who realized their dreams through sincere devotion for the common good of all women and their country. What is important about these stories is how they reflect the history of women at West Point. They reflect what women have endured. They reflect the added pressure the females in the early classes encountered and they help validate that women should be at the United States Military Academy.”
One male reviewer who is a graduate of the USMA writes, “I found it especially interesting to see that they experienced many of the same cadet trials and tribulations that we did.” Regardless of the various military branches, these five women served in, their stories of determination and leadership embody the motto, “Duty, Country, Honor.”