Supervisor Horn Meets the Cadets
Late last month, I was invited to meet with the future leaders of our nation at the Army & Navy Academy in Carlsbad. I spoke to the corps of cadets (340 strong) at the academy’s chapel and shared thoughts about leadership and the cadets’ role in preserving our democracy and the freedoms that were secured by the sacrifice of our military.
I talked about growing up in San Diego, graduating from San Diego State University, joining in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation and the experiences I had as a combat Marine in Vietnam during five years of active duty.
I spoke about my life as a businessman and rancher and how leadership training in the military has been put to use in civilian life and in my job as a County Supervisor. I emphasized the need for the cadets to have strength of their convictions and to be true to their word. Too often we see politicians say something to get elected and then fail to deliver on their promises.
I commended the cadets for their patriotism and the discipline they were learning at an early age; character development that is giving them a foundation for future leadership.
Army & Navy Academy is a remarkable institution, situated on the ocean along a breathtaking portion of Carlsbad. The school is committed to developing scholarship and honorable character in young men. To achieve this, the Academy demands high curriculum standards in combination with essential life management, good citizenship and leadership skills. One hundred percent of the Class of 2009 matriculated to a college or university.
The Army & Navy Academy has a tradition of integrating academics, athletics, character development, leadership training, student government, and extracurricular activities such as music and residential life. The academy was founded by Colonel Thomas A. Davis in 1910 and today is guided by ANA President, Stephen Bliss, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired).
On May 11, at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors, I presented a proclamation to General Bliss, marking the 100th anniversary of the Army & Navy Academy.
We continue to make progress on our new Fallbrook library. Recently, Caylin Guerin of my Staff and I attended the annual luncheon for the Friends of the Fallbrook Library. Next year at this time, thanks to tremendous public support, the new library will be open and Fallbrook will have a community center second to none.