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The Military College of South Carolina

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Kashmeir Kirkpatrick

Corps Grad ’15

Kashmeir KirkpatrickMy hometown is Olney, Maryland. I attended The Citadel on a Navy ROTC scholarship, where I studied civil engineering and graduated in the Alpha Company Class of 2015. I am now in Navy flight school as a Student Naval Aviator, following my dreams and aspiring to become a Navy fighter pilot!

What about your time at The Citadel had the most positive impact on your career or life?
In my trade I rely on a great deal of skills that I developed and honed at The Citadel. This includes accountability, adaptability, hard work, patience, teamwork, humility, professionalism and the importance of preparation, communication and perspective. Here I was also able to tune my own leadership style by observing and pulling ideas from a diversity of others. It is a great benefit to already know what kind of leader I want to be once I hit the fleet.

How do you think your experience at The Citadel got you to where you are now?
Nothing could have prepared me better for flight school than The Citadel's engineering department. I will succeed because I learned essential problem-solving skills and ingenuity that can be applied in the cockpit every day, as well as what it truly means to push myself academically on the ground. In addition, the Navy ROTC department and numerous alumni provided mentorship that helped me on the road to follow my dream. I strive to be a great pilot and Naval officer because of the people who have believed in me along the way.

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