Boyd continues the "long gray line" of West Pointers who have received this award. He follows Neil Ravitz, '99 and Dustin Greenhill and Daniel Helmer from '04.
Boyd, who boxes at 69 kgm, didn't take up boxing until his plebe year at the academy, has been very successful since then; he was a 3-time NCBA All-American boxer; 4-time West Point Brigade Open Boxing Champion; the Colonel Marcus Award Recipient (given yearly to the best boxer at West Point upon graduation); in 2004, Boyd was the gold medalist at the All Army Boxing Championships, the World Military Boxing Championships, and the Armed Forces Boxing Championships. In 2005, Boyd was gold medalist at the All Army Boxing Championships and the Armed Forces Boxing Championships, while he took home a bronze medal at the 2005 U.S. Championships. He has earned a spot on the U.S. National Team for the rest of the year.
Lt. Melson, who is taking graduate courses in business, is a member of the elite boxing stable at the Army's world class athlete program at Fort Carson, Colorado. Boyd is qualified as a platoon leader, a fire support officer or a fire direction officer.