WEST POINT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The United States Military Academy is set to graduate its latest crop of second lieutenants, and among them is a man from Pearl River in Rockland County.
The pomp and circumstance of West Point is being put behind him and Mark Owens is ready for what he calls the real army.
“It’s awe-inspiring for me and it’s definitely humbling, but at the same time it’s exciting to know that i’ll be a part of something bigger than myself,” Owens told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.
Owens was a civil engineering major.
“And so I’ll be participating soon as a platoon leader in charge of about 40 men and a few million dollars of equipment,” he said.
He’ll be stationed in Hawaii.
“It’s extremely exciting. I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he said.
While there are fewer troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Owens understands he could be put in harm’s way at any time.
“It’s definitely a reality that we all have to live and it’s something that you definitely cannot ignor,” he said.
Owens says he was drawn by the academy’s structure and it’s all about service for him.
“I wanted to partake in an experience that was more than myself,” he said.
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