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Brown graduates at West Point

Commissioned a second lieutenant with 101st Airborne Division

by: Submitted Photo - Cody Brown in his cadet uniform displays his lieutenant bars.


   After four years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Cody Brown graduated May 31, with a bachelor of science in international relations, with a minor in nuclear engineering.
   Of his time at West Point, Brown said, "I'm definitely glad I did it. Some days were better than others, but it was a great experience over all."
   His parents, Tom and Janet Brown, were able to attend his graduation ceremony. Brown is the grandson of Shirley Cowden and Helen Brown, both of Madras, and a 1999 graduate of Madras High School.
   He has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and Aug. 1 will report to Fort Benning, Ga., for 16 weeks of training at an Infantry Officer Basic Course and 56 days at Ranger School.
   Brown chose to be attached to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kent., and will report there for his assignment after the training.
   "I'm assigned to the infantry and hope it will be as a rifle platoon leader," he said, noting a platoon has 30 infantrymen.
   "I will go wherever the 101st goes, and it has one unit that's ready to go anywhere in the world within 36 hours," he said.
   Brown was back in Madras in time to participate in the July 4 Todd Beamer Memorial Run, and will be here on leave through July 18.