President Peter A.C. Long, Ph.D., Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired) presented the new Regimental Commander, Matthew R. Pledger, with the American Flag to run up the flagpole.
In commemoration of the school's Diamond Jubilee, Long
related the story of the VFMAC's beginning and how the vision of LT GEN Milton G. Baker had become a reality.Referring to Baker's success in earning the school national prominence, Long
detailed the "basic rules" that established and maintained prevalence in the success of Valley Forge
raised standards and expectations," he
said, "They set a higher standard of behavior, thinking and performance.This is a powerful step individually and organizationally...If one has the courage to raise standards, change the comfortable status quo, coupled with the determination to persevere, success is virtually boundless."Long said that, in establishing this school, our founder never faltered in his confidence in his own abilities.
"We must allow our minds to unlock our hidden potential.Empowering faith in oneself is behind every great success," he
The next step is to make it happen."General Baker never allowed setbacks to alter his
vision or strategy on how to proceed.He
simply found a way to make it work.Many people know what to do, but few actually act on that knowledge," Long
"At Valley Forge
, for the past 75 years, we have enabled young men to gain the self-confidence to act on the knowledge of their potential," he
continued."Our goal is that every cadet will emerge from this institution with a greater sense of duty, honor, and courage, coupled with the confidence that he
can meet every challenge."Long
pointed out that the task is to decide what our commitment and contribution to Valley Forge
will be while we are here."General Baker knew that it took a multitude of individuals pulling together to accomplish his
vision.That has not changed."
"Our 75th year celebrates a remarkable past, an energetic present, and a limitless future," Long