Washington Native Selected First Captain at West Point

Cadet Holland Pratt of Liberty Lake, Wash., has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2021-2022 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command.  She will assume her duties on Aug. 15.

Cadet Holland Pratt

Most recently, Pratt, a military history major and Arabic minor, led approximately 1,200 cadets as the Regimental Commander of Cadet Field Training. She was instrumental in preparing cadets to assume duties as non-commissioned officers in the Corps of Cadets, instilling the warrior ethos in each cadet, and inspiring cadets to professional excellence through physically and mentally demanding training.

As First Captain, she is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. Her duties also include implementing a class agenda and acting as a liaison between the Corps and the administration.

“The motto I live by and shared with new cadets this past summer during training is “Eager to Serve, Willing to Lead. This phrase means that your number one priority is always service to others, your leadership position is a tool to accomplish that service and is never the end state,” Pratt said. “Being named First Captain means for me an opportunity to serve others to the best of my ability and pay tribute to the legacy of those mentors and friends who have helped me throughout my time at the academy.”

Pratt’s cadetship includes a variety of accomplishments and activities such as receiving the Phi Kappa Phi Peter Zhu Scholastic Achievement Award for exceptional academic research and performance, the Dean’s Pentathlete Award for five semesters for earning an “A” in every graded academic, military, and physical event in one semester, Superintendent’s Award for Excellence for being in the top five percent of the class academically, militarily, and physically, co-captain of the Women’s Handball Team, mentor for the Elevation Initiative Leadership Club, and earning the Recondo, Norwegian Foot March, and Air Assault badges.