Those called to the military profession draw inspiration from a rich heritage â€“ a heritage bequeathed to them by individuals of courage and integrity who have protected our country throughout its history. In like manner the heritage of West Point draws cadets and graduates to the metaphor of the â€śLong Gray Line.â€? Something in those formative early years, annealed by the life experiences of our distinctive calling, binds us in spirit, one to another. It is a remarkable, and durable, bond that extends from one generation to the next â€“ tying lives from the past to those of the future. It exerts a powerful influence within the halls of West Point as well as throughout the larger community of those attracted to the military profession and making up our armed forces. Indeed, the reflections in this book are intended for all who seek enlightened leadership â€“ throughout the entire American military, and beyond.