“Cowards run from challenges, while warriors run to the sound of battle,” West, an Army veteran, wrote on his Facebook page.
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“There may be those who criticize my decision but consider if Henry O. Flipper or the Tuskegee Airmen had taken the easy out over the hard in,” West continued. “Those men are part of my legacy as a career military office, a proud legacy.”That makes me happy.