QUINCY -- The commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, and a new brigadier general, has family connections to Quincy.
Brigadier Gen. Curtis Buzzard, a 1992 graduate of West Point, is the son of Alan and Suzi Heidbreder Buzzard.
Buzzard is a Philadelphia native, but his parents grew up in the Quincy area with his dad graduating from Seymour High School in Payson and his mom from Quincy High School.
Growing up, Buzzard spent many summers in Quincy visiting his grandparents, Harry and Bernice Wissman Heidbreder and Ward and Dorothy "Dodie" Haddenhorst Buzzard, and he has cousins living Quincy.
Buzzard was commissioned an infantry officer 1992 and served in a variety of roles including as Army Military Aide to the President, serving for Presidents Bush and Obama.
He is the 78th Commandant, U.S. Corps of Cadets at West Point, assuming command in June, and oversees discipline and training for the academy's 4,200 cadets. He was promoted to brigadier general in October.
Buzzard and his wife, the former Teri Marie Anderson, have three daughters.