As a 20-year-old student at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Simone Askew has already earned her spot in the history books.
Stepping into her new role this week as the first African-American woman to hold the position of First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy's Corps of Cadets, Askew will be responsible for overseeing the performance of approximately 4,400 students, according to the Associated Press.
"Simone truly exemplifies our values of Duty, Honor, Country," Brig. Gen. Steven W. Gilland, commandant of cadets, said in a statement to CNBC Make It. "Her selection is a direct result of her hard work, dedication and commitment to the Corps over the last three years."