Author: Photography Courtesy of the Brown Family

The Long Gray Line

In his last moments as a true civilian, Richard Brown stood on the football field at the United States Military Academy at West Point among a throng of incoming freshmen and their proud parents. It was August of 1998, and Ricky, as he was known to his loved ones beside him and back home in Sebastian, Fla., had one minute to say goodbye to his family – and his old identity.