Midshipman 1st Class (senior) Eugene Yang, 21, of Albany, Calif. is serving as the Naval Academy brigade commander for the spring semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.
The brigade commander is the highest-ranking midshipman leadership position at the Naval Academy, and the selectee is chosen by an internal nomination, application and interview process. The brigade commander is responsible for guiding and directing the approximate 4,400-person student body, called the Brigade of Midshipmen, and serving as the head of the midshipman chain of command.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given to represent the Naval Academy and the Brigade of Midshipmen,” said Yang. “I’m humbled to be in the lineage of such capable and inspiring leaders that have come before me and I will make the Naval Academy proud.”
Yang is a Taiwanese American and was recently nominated and chosen to speak to students at Yale University’s Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association’s 2014 East Coast Conference Feb. 13 – 16. The conference focuses on ideas of activism and service, and equips attendees with knowledge, resources, and skills they need to create positive change in their communities. Yang will lead Yale students in a workshop on leadership and expectations, and will give insight on being an Asian American in the military.
Yang is majoring in computer science and minoring in Chinese at the academy. He spent the fall semester of his junior year studying at the National Taiwan University as part of the International Chinese Language Program and Yang is also an active member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries.
Upon graduation this May, Yang will be commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps and will attend The Basic School in Quantico, Va. He plans to continue his education in computer science throughout his career.
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects like small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a federally funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.