Connor Lambert, a recent graduate of Las Cruces High School and White Sands Missile Range resident, will continue his family’s legacy by being the fourth generation to attend West Point Military Academy.
Lambert, 17, will follow in the footsteps of his great grandfather, his grandfather, and his father TRAC Director retied Col. Garrett Lambert.
“I just considered it destiny. I lived in and around the Army my entire life. It’s a good education, a stable job, I figured it would be a good place to go,” Lambert said.
Lambert maintained an above 4.0 grade point average while also serving as the swim team captain for Las Cruces High School, and earned the Eagle Scout rank with the local Boy Scout troop. During his time as team captain, Lambert placed 2nd at the State level for the 100 meter breaststroke. He graduated as a top 10 student from Las Cruces High School earlier last week. Lambert is scheduled to arrive at West Point on July 2.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a shock. It’s just going to be tough and you’ve just got to rise to the occasion,” Lambert said of the strenuous courses and physical activities West Point is known for.
In order to be considered for the prestigious academy Lambert had to interview with Congressman (R-N.M.) Steve Pearce and staff members from Senator (D-N.M.) Tom Udall’s office. The congressman and senator then had to write a letter of nomination for Lambert based on the outcome of the interview.
“We’re just very happy and proud. I’m a proud mom. We were very focused on making sure it was what he wanted to do,” said his mother Bea Lambert, who works with NIE operations at White Sands Missile Range.
Lambert said he will focus his studies in either science or engineering. Once Lambert completes four years at the academy he will be commissioned into the Army as a second lieutenant for a minimum of five years.
“We look forward to our son serving his country. All of the hard work has paid off,” Bea said.
Connor’s younger brother will be a junior at Las Cruces High School next school year. Lambert said his brother will also be applying to West Point to continue with the family tradition.