I had the opportunity recently to tour the West Point Military Academy. It was an interesting and inspiring tour. Most impressive was the tour of the Chapels and the Cemetery. The emphasis on Duty, Honor and Country gave you a sense of the commitment to and respect for our country these men and women have.
President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy in 1802.
The United States Military Academy has been educating, training, and inspiring leaders of character for our United States Army and for the nation for more than 200 years. West Point provides a 47-month leader-development program steeped in academic rigor, military discipline, and physical challenges, all built upon a moral-ethical foundation. The academy is an internationally recognized institution for academic, military and physical excellence, and we are proud that today’s cadets will become tomorrow’s military, public and private-sector leaders.
West Point’s purpose is to produce leaders of character who are prepared to provide selfless service to our Army and the nation. In World War I, Academy graduates again distinguished themselves on the battlefield. After the war, Superintendent Douglas MacArthur sought to diversify the academic curriculum. In recognition of the intense physical demands of modern warfare, MacArthur pushed for major changes in the physical fitness and intramural athletic programs. “Every cadet an athlete” became an important goal.
Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Ulyseses Grant, Norman Swartzkopf and many other distinguished military leaders were graduates of the academy.
Perhaps your call is not to serve in the military or to attend a Military Academy but what is your role to live a life of “Duty, Honor and Country”?
One of the great privileges you have when you work with emerging leaders is to see them grow. Adam McGahee is one of those leaders. You tend to find that people as they grow model themselves after others as we all do, but leaders do so carefully. They are careful who they choose to model their lives after. One example of a leader worth modeling was the great Martin Luther King. It is not unusual for other aspiring leaders to choose him as a leader to model. In the process they themselves become figures whom others want to emulate. Adam McGahee is such a man, a former member of theU.S. Army once stationed in Germany and fluent in German, a Pastor, and musician, Adam is creating a legacy worth following. Adam McGahee has a son, Adam currently a college student at Kings College. Young Adam while in high school competed on the debate team at the college level and was quite successful. Adam Sr. who is the cousin of Willis McGahee of the Denver Bronco’s has another son Isaiah who is a young aspiring football player who is very competitive and always positive in his speech.
Of course they say that behind every successful man is a strong and supportive wife and that is definitely the case of Lisa McGahee. Lisa herself an accomplished speaker and active in the ministry has created a home environment that nurtures.Their home is warm and one cannot feel anything but welcome. And you can tell the leadership of the parents by the behavior of their children and the respect they show their parents. These sons of Adam and Lisa are two of the most polite young men I have ever met. What a foundation for a legacy.
Adam and Lisa McGahee along with their eldest son –LIFE Members