Area student completes basic training at West Point

Cadet Henry Baez Guerra, a 2011 graduate of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, completed Cadet Basic Training (CBT) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Guerra entered West Point on June 27 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT. Also referred to as “Beast Barracks,” CBT is one of the most challenging event cadets encounter during four years at the Academy. This initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion and confidence to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, rifle marksmanship, hand grenades, mountaineering and nuclear, biological and chemical training.

Guerra began classes Aug. 15. The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

At TMI, he was a company commander in the Texas Military Institute Corps of Cadets, played varsity football and lacrosse, earning All State honors in lacrosse. He also was a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society and was named a National Hispanic Scholar and AP Scholar.

As a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Guerra participated as a lector, a Eucharistic minister, altar server and Sunday school teacher. He graduated from San Antonio Academy in 2007.

The son of Celinda Baez Guerra, a local attorney, he plans to graduate from West Point in 2015 and to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.