THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES BENJAMIN O. DAVIS AND JEFFREY H. SMITH AS MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF VISITORS OF THE U. S. MILITARY ACADEMY The President today announced his appointment of Benjamin O. Davis
and Jeffrey H. Smith as Members of the Board of Visitors of the U. S. Military Academy.
General Davis led the 99th and 332nd Fighter Squadrons of the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black flying unit, during World War II. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1970 at the rank of Lieutenant General. General Davis later served as the Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Environment, Safety, and Consumer Affairs. In addition, he was the first African- American to graduate from West Point in the 20th century.
Mr. Smith is a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter. He formerly served as General Counsel to the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He was graduated from West Point in 1966.
The Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy provides recommendations to the President on the Academy's morale and discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods and other related matters.