After training for a variety of special combat operations and helping fight ISIS in Iraq, local alumnus Alex Dempsey was recently promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army.

“It’s a good feeling,” he said. “I actually have an ability to make a difference in the Army and people’s lives ... so it’s exciting to take on that responsibility.”

Dempsey graduated from Prince Avenue Christian School in 2010, where he served as the class president. For college, he attended the United States Military Academy. While there, he lettered in swimming all four years and earned the USMA record for the 200 Meter backstroke event.

He is also a graduate of the training schools for special operations, combat diving, air assault and airborne skills.

“It’s mentally and physically challenging,” he said. “It builds up your confidence and your ability to do things under duress.”

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