This is a very cool development down in Aggieland.
The Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets — formerly an all-male bastion — is going to be led next year by a woman.
Her name is Alyssa Marie Michalke. She hails from Schulenberg and next school year she’ll lead the Corps, the A&M student military organization.
We talk about gender equality all the time. The Pentagon in recent years has relaxed its ban on women serving in combat; women now are able to participate in the combat arms — infantry, armor and artillery. Yes, women have been flying aircraft in combat for years, be they high-performance fighter jets or bombers or close-support helicopters.
Michalke’s leadership role at the Corps of Cadets, though, signals a new day at A&M, which for many decades has taken great pride in the military officers it trains.
The Texas Tribune reports: “It’s a great honor and a great privilege,” said Michalke, a junior … who’s majoring in ocean and civil engineering. “There’s been so many well-qualified cadets that have come before me. It’s just an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as these remarkable young men and women.”
Michalke told the Tribune that she once was shy, such as when she enrolled at Texas A&M as a freshman.
It’s a good bet, now that she’s about to lead the Corps of Cadets, that she’s gotten over her shyness.
Gig ’em, Alyssa.