At West Point, is Trump speaking worth the risk?
Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling is a national security, intelligence and terrorism analyst for CNN. He served for 37 years in the Army, including three years in combat, and retired as commanding general of US Army Europe and the 7th Army. He is the author of “Growing Physician Leaders.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely his. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)As a graduate of West Point, I never thought I would write this, but the leadership at the US Naval Academy got it right. After telling the midshipmen to “stay at home” after spring break on April 10 and conducting distance learning classes since, Navy’s Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck canceled the Annapolis graduation and commissioning week to “safeguard the health and welfare of the entire Naval Academy family.” Buck and Commandant of Midshipman Capt. T.R. Buchanan then approved a “virtual ceremony.” While not as impressive or tradition-filled as a normal academy graduation on the banks of the Severn River in Maryland, this a smart risk mitigation measure given the rages of the coronavirus pandemic.Like Annapolis, West Point also ordered all their students to stay at home at the end of their spring break in March due