Cadet Naomi McGonagill, daughter of John and Teresa McGonagill of Auburn, recently completed cadet basic training at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

McGonagill entered West Point on June 28 and successfully completed seven weeks of cadet basic training. Also referred to as “beast barracks,” the training is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.

The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological and chemical training.

McGonagill began classes Aug. 16 and plans to graduate from West Point in 2014 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. She is a graduate of St. Dominic High School.


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