NEWS | July 26, 2013

Two West Point Alumni hope to bring new ideas to Honduran military forces

By U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jarrod R. Chavana Joint Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs Office

Less than 50 miles north of New York City, lies a school on the shores of the Hudson, which for more than 200 years has been entrenched with honor, steeped in tradition of honing military discipline and educating future leaders.

In May 2013, a West Point cadet cheered for her brother, Isaac Martorell, as he walked across the podium to receive his long awaited diploma/commissioning. This brother and sister duo wasn't from California, Texas or even from the U.S., but foreign nationals from Honduras.

On July 15, Beatriz Martorell, a West Point junior, performed her cadet leadership training (CTLT) back in her home country of Honduras.

CTLT provides cadets the opportunity during their junior year to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and Equipment units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions with active-duty units to get a better understanding of their future position.

"I always wanted to be just like my brother, Isaac," said Martorell. "I attended a military academy in Tegucigalpa, when my brother returned home from West Point and spoke to us about the school and that's when I realized I wanted to attend."

"He's always been a leader and that's what I wanted for myself," she added. "After I graduated, I submitted an application to the Honduran army and I was chosen as one of six finalists from all of Honduras. The list was then submitted to the U.S. Embassy and I was selected."

Martorell was valedictorian of her class and scored more than a 30 on the ACT, more than 2,000 on her Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and 115 out of 120 on her Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

"It's an amazing feeling that Beatriz and I had the opportunity to attend West Point," said 2nd Lt. Isaac Martorell, Honduran military academy platoon officer. "The academic and military aspects are unparallel, but the most important aspect of West Point for me was all the values and leadership qualities they teach you."

"I'm hoping to bring the leadership styles I learned while attending West Point," he added. "I want to incorporate those two and create a hybrid and with this knowledge I believe we can better equip the Honduran military."