The Department of Physical Education recognized Class of 2022 Cadets Carter J. Macias and Mennat-Allah T. Mohamed with the Lt. Gen. Hal Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award for their achievements and dedication to physical development on Nov. 10 at the Haig Room in Jefferson Hall.
After a three-month screening process, it was determined that the cadets who were chosen best exemplified the qualities of Lt. Gen. Moore, the tenets of the warrior ethos and performed at the highest level in the physical pillar at the U.S. Military Academy.
The award is named after Lt. Gen. Harold “Hal” G. Moore, who graduated from West Point in 1945 and is well-known for leading the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile) in the Battle of la Drang during the Vietnam War.
Each year, with this year being the 10th iteration of the award, the excellence award is presented to one male and one female who demonstrates not only the Department of Physical Education’s warrior ethos in the boxing and combatives programs, but also shows the qualities of Moore — mental toughness, perseverance, a winning spirit and humility.
The son of Lt. Gen. Moore, retired Col. David Moore, attended the ceremony and presented the history of “Hal” and what his experience was like growing up with such an influential leader. He also reminded cadets, staff and facility to take their time at West Point seriously and also enjoy every second they spend at the academy.
He later recalled parts of his dadʼs visit and speech back at West Point in 2010, when his dad recalled his time at the academy and how it influenced his career.
“In any situation, in any problem, thereʼs always a solution. Thereʼs always one more thing you can do to influence the situation in your favor,” Moore said. “He used to always say he was proud to say that he had graduated at the top of ... the bottom 15% of his class. But the point is that he finished his diploma at West Point and that’s what he wanted most.”
Master of the Sword and DPE Head, Col. Nicholas Gist, later took the floor and introduced Mohamed.
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Mohamed is an Arabic major assigned to Company F-2. She has excelled intellectually and physically and hopes to branch engineers.
Mohamed is a member of the Competitive Club women’s powerlifting team and spent two years on the boxing team. She has made the Dean’s List all six semesters and currently serves on the Cadet Brigade Staff as a Respect Captain.
“She leads with a mindset to never settle but to adapt and exceed the last performance — Always getting better. Her powerlifting coach, Dr. Daniel Jaffe, described her as self-aware and a role model,” Gist said.
Mohamed was honored to receive the award and talked about her growth as a leader.
“West Point has taught me to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations and, now looking forward, Iʼm excited for situations that I could be uncomfortable in. I know Iʼll grow the most in those,” Mohamed said after receiving the award.
Gist then introduced Macias.
From Ortonville, Michigan, Macias is an engineering management major and member of company E-2. He hopes to follow his calling to serve by branching either infantry or engineers.
Macias is a member of the Army West Point Baseball team and excels in boxing and combatives.
Macias described his commitment as, “All in for the team” and used the sacrifice bunt as a metaphor as a team player.
Carter’s baseball coach, Jim Foster, described Carter as not afraid to stand up for what he believes in and added that he exhibits moral courage.
“It’s truly an honor to win this award. It took everything,” Macias said. “It took the simple things like people taking time out of their day to help me throughout my four years here. The speech that Lt. Gen. Hal Moore gave years ago really inspired me and stuck with me. I hope to continue to emulate all his values in my future as an Army officer.”
After receiving their medal, Macias and Mohamed were met with congratulations from those who were in attendance.
Their names will be added to the award recipient plaque in the first floor hallway of the Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center.