Captain Tunde Osilaja has been wearing the Army uniform since 2006. After serving as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Captain Osilaja graduated in 2011 as a Second-Lieutenant in the infantry. Captain Osilaja completed Infantry Officer training, Ranger School, and Airborne School. His titles include Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, Battalion Operations Officer, and Battalion Army Logistics Operation Center: Officer-in-Charge. Today, he serves as an admissions officer at West Point, where he happily spends his time conducting admissions outreach and helping potential cadets work through the admissions process.
Captain Osilaja’s Veterans’ Day presentation showed students little-known facts about military life, honor, and duty. The Captain emphasized to students that no matter where you start in life, you can succeed with education, discipline, and perseverance. Captain Osilaja also commented on the choice to pursue a career in public service. He said that for Veterans’ Day, people “thank me for serving but I thank them back” because what they don’t know is that his service has given him more than they’d imagine. Captain Osilaja toured the building and interacted with students at every opportunity to answer questions, share college application tips, and give encouragement.
Captain Osilaja is a true American hero. We were privileged to have him with us to honor and thank all who have served during our Veterans’ Day assembly.