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Mackenzie Riford completes cadet basic training at West Point

September 02, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet Mackenzie Riford, daughter of Maria Rubeling of Hagerstown and Tom Riford of Mercersburg, Pa., completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy.

Riford entered West Point on July 2 and has successfully completed six weeks of cadet basic training.

Also referred to as “Beast Barracks,” cadet training is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy. The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the corps of cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological and chemical training.

Riford began classes Aug. 20.

The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Riford graduated from Mercersburg Academy. She plans to graduate from West Point in 2016, and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

The mission of the U.S. Military Academy is to educate, train and inspire the corps of cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of duty, honor, country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U.S. Army.

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