“I Still Remember That to This Day.”

Lt. Col. Joseph D'costa

Lt. Col. Joseph D'costa

“She laughed at me for my dream of going to West Point telling me it would be impossible because I wasn’t an American and Uganda had no ties to the U.S.,” he recalled. “I still remember that to this day.”

The 13th of 14 children raised by an Indian father and African mother, D’costa was exiled to Austria at age 7 following Idi Amin’s rise to power in 1971. Two years later, he came to the United States and ultimately got into West Point on a third and final attempt, earning his commission in 1989.

Now a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, he just completed a 10-month mobilization at Fort Benning as commander of 1st Battalion, 378th Infantry Regiment, a Lafayette, La.-based unit activated to augment basic combat training for the 192nd Infantry Brigade on Sand Hill.

Read the rest of Ltc. Joseph D’costa story at “Battalion Commander Escaped Dictator in Uganda to Pursue Dreams in America.”

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