On 6 July 1976, for the first time in the history of the U.S. Naval Academy, 81 female plebes were sworn in as midshipmen alongside 1,217 male classmates. Thirty years later, on 28 June 2006, 273 young women were inducted along with 945 male classmates, forming the Class of 2010. One of those young women is my daughter and one of those young men is my son. As a member of that first class of women, I am very proud that my children have chosen to serve their country, and I feel a great sense of accomplishment at having survived those challenging first four years so that my daughter will have much greater opportunities than the women of the Class of 1980 ever could have imagined.