Long graduates from United States Military Academy

by celia shortt

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John (third from left) and his closest friends as saber bearers at a military wedding in Phoenix, AZ.

John Long, Newnan resident and Landmark Christian School graduate, grew up wanting to be an Army officer, and he achieved that goal this year when he graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.

“I wanted to be an Army officer and serve my country,” said Long. “I thought that West Point was the best way to do that.”

Long’s training at West Point included academic, military and physical training. His jobs while in school included: platoon sergeant, platoon leader, company information systems officer, and the Second Regimental S4. Long knows that his training at West Point was intense but feels prepared for his life inside and outside of the military.

“It was very difficult at times, but there is nothing that the academy throws at you that you can’t handle,” he said. “West Point ingrains character, honor, and integrity into your brain. If you don’t get it, they kick you out. A lot of people have a lot of opportunities coming out of West Point because of that.”

Long said that the academic training he received was “unreal” and that the military training prepared him for the Army.

“My field was economics,” he said. “I got to interact with a lot people that field including major CEOs on Wall Street. Militarily, West Point prepared me for my career in the Army because of the level of training.”

Long is one of six children and comes from a military academy family. His older brothers James and Sam are both Naval Academy graduates, and his other older brother Charlie is a 2010 West Point graduate. His two sisters, Lainie and Lindy, are both students at the Air Force Academy.

“I always looked up to my brothers,” he said. “Part of it was following in their footsteps.”

Following graduation, Long’s first post is Ft. Stewart in Savannah, GA, where he will be a Field Artillery Officer in the 3rd Infantry Division, 1st Brigade. He is due to report there in September.



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