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Adams ’83 Appointed CEO of PaySpan

PaySpan, Inc., the leading provider of health care reimbursement and payment automation, today announced the appointment of Rex Adams as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Kevin Arner. Mr. Adams' extensive operational experience and senior leadership roles in organizations including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, CareCentrix, WellCare Health Plans, AT&T and BellSouth are well suited to continue PaySpan's rapid growth and expansion. Mr. Adams' breadth of experience crosses operations, information technology, product development and management, and strategy and corporate planning. Mr. Adams is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Harvard Business School. PaySpan's leading health care payment and financial services solutions are utilized by over 950 health plans and over 700,000 health care provider payees, representing the largest health care payment connectivity network in the nation. Read More

Babb ’89 Named in the Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyers

Bryan Babb is the chair of the firm's Appellate Services Group, and a member of the Litigation Group. He is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Before joining the firm, Babb served as a judicial law clerk for Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (B.S., 1989), Boston University (M.S., 1994), and Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington (J.D. cum laude, 1999). Babb has been named in the Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyers since 2012 and has been included in the Best Lawyers in America® 2008-2015 for appellate law. In 2014, he was named the Best Lawyers 2014® Indianapolis Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year.

Spieth ’85, Publishes Award Winning Fiction Book!

Susan I. Spieth has published the Award winning book Gray Girl: Honor isn’t always black and white, 2014 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award! 2014 Eric Hoffer e-book fiction winner!

Years before the Army’s Zero-tolerance policy on sexual assault and shortly after the United States Military Academy allowed women cadets, Jan Wishart must defend herself at a West Point Honor Trial. When a friend is raped during the Army/Navy football weekend, Jan suspects the predator is also her accuser. Jan is determined to prove her innocence and, if possible, reveal his guilt. Yet, two hundred years of fraternal bonds stand in the way.

The worst is yet to come when Jan and her roommate sneak out after Taps one night. Their discovery in an unauthorized area is more likely to get them kicked out—or killed.

Jan realizes the grayness of West Point is not only in its buildings and uniforms. Even honor isn’t always black and white. Relying on her wits and a few friends in the hostile environment of the U.S. Military Academy, Jan discovers the value of friendship, the genuine marks of leadership and her own inner warrior.

Gray Girl II, Area Bird—Duty doesn’t always follow the rules. Jan Wishart is back in her second year at West Point. Triggered by her former roommate’s sudden resignation, Jan's mission becomes finding out what's happening to women at the academy. She discovers a systemic problem that has been ignored and perhaps cultivated at the highest levels. In order to fulfill her duty, Jan must break with tradition and the longstanding culture of the United States Military Academy. Her coming-of-age year is thrown into further chaos by the death of a classmate. Yet not everything is as it seems. Once again Jan's worldview is about to be upended by the secrets of West Point.

Boyd ’73 Honored Among Georgia Super Lawyers for 2015

Robert D. Boyd honored among Georgia Super Lawyers for 2015 in the area of family law. Boyd, who has been included in the guide annually since 2004, is also included among the Top 10 List of all Georgia Super Lawyers, an elite group of lawyers who received the highest number of votes during the research process. For the seventh consecutive year, and eighth time, Nolen has been included in the elite Top 100 List.

Only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named as Rising Stars. The complete list of honorees is available at http://www.superlawyers.com/georgia.

The selections forSuper Lawyersare made by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn. Each year, Law & Politics undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the Law & Politics’ attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. Rising Stars are attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

First Data Appoints Charron ’86 as Executive VP

ATLANTA--First Data Corporation, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, today appointed Dan Charron as Executive Vice President, Global Business Solutions. “Dan Charron is a legendary leader in payments who has worked creatively and tirelessly throughout his distinguished career to build one of the outstanding organizations in our industry,” said Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano. “We’re honored to have Dan on our team, working to strengthen our client and partner relationships and to greatly expand our business solutions footprint around the world.

Before joining First Data, Charron spent 14 years at Chase Paymentech, the global payment processing business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. He joined that company in 2000, taking on roles of increasing responsibility until being named president in 2013. Prior to Paymentech, Charron was a managing partner at US Web-CKS, a global internet consultancy, and served in multiple executive roles at Total System Services (TSYS), a credit card processor, merchant acquirer and bank credit card issuer. Read More

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Class of 1965 50th Reunion!

Registration is now open for the Class of 1965 50th Reunion, May 17-20. Registration and Details

Distinguished Graduate Award Alumni Exercises & Luncheon

May 19, 2015
12:15pm - 1:15pm

Cadet Mess Hall (Washington Hall), West Point, NY 10996

Alumni Exercises: 10:20am - 10:50am*
Alumni Review: 11:00am - 12:00pm*
Alumni Luncheon: 12:15pm - 1:15pm*

*All alumni are invited to participate. Registration is required for the Alumni Luncheon.

In the event of inclement weather, call the USMA Hotline at (845) 938-7000 for an update on the Review. If the Review is cancelled, the luncheon will begin at the scheduled time.

Bowdish ’01 Appointed as MagMutual Regional VP

ATLANTA -- MagMutual Insurance Company, the Southeast's largest policyholder-owned professional liability insurer, announces Bryan Bowdish will serve as regional vice president for Florida. He will lead sales and policyholder services for the largest state in the company's footprint, and marshal resources to support independent agents in growing their book of business.

His role is part of MagMutual's focus to align sales, claims, underwriting and patient safety at a regional level as well as provide greater presence and influence within Florida's medical, legislative, legal and regulatory communities.

Prior to joining MagMutual, Bowdish served as national director of business development with Capson Physicians Insurance Company and as national sales and marketing director for NORCAL Group and Medicus Insurance Company. In his military career, Bowdish earned a Bronze Star for service during Operation Iraqi Freedom after rising to the rank of Captain at Ft. Hood, Texas. He earned an engineering degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was captain of the Army football team. Read More

Kyler ’10 Inducted into District 9 Wrestling Hall of Fame

Kyler, now a Captain in the US Army stationed in Fort Benning, GA, graduated from Clearfield in 2006 as the all-time win leader with a career record of 136-16. Kyler won PIAA gold in 2005 at 103 pounds, and sandwiched that with two third place finishes in 2004 and 2006. Kyler continued his wrestling career at West Point, where he finished there as the all-time win leader as well with a career record of 146-31. Kyler claimed two Eastern Inter-Collegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) championships and was a four-time NCAA national qualifier, earning All-American status in 2008 with his sixth place finish at 141 pounds. Story

Ring Melt 2015: The Golden Gift

Traditionally, crystal is the gift associated with a 15-year anniversary, but at the 15th annual West Point Association of Graduate’s West Point Class Ring Memorial Melt ceremony, held on Monday at Pease & Curren, Inc., in Warwick, RI, the gift was gold. It has always been gold.

Since 2001, gold from West Point class rings has been donated, melted and later added to the rings of next year’s First Class cadets. This year, the Class of 2016 received gold from 34 West Point class rings, the oldest belonging to LTC (R) Reeve Douglas Keiler from the Class of 1924. In addition, they received a class ring belonging to LTC (R) John Hamilton Boyd III from the Class of 1966, which is the Class of 2016’s 50-Year Affiliation Class.

LTC (R) Ron Turner ’58 developed the idea for the Ring Melt in 1999, believing that such a program would provide a tangible as well as symbolic link between the members of the Long Gray Line. “Hopefully, this program will make West Point class rings of the future more meaningful than those of the past,” Turner wrote in the May/June 1999 issue of ASSEMBLY, “because all the new rings will contain traces of the rings of West Pointers who have gone before.”

These traces come from gold shavings that are added to the crucible at the end of the ceremony. The shavings are drilled from the ingot formed at last year’s Ring Melt and include gold dating back to the inaugural one. Because of this annual process, the rings for the Class of 2016 will have gold once belonging to Colonel Percy Myers Kessler, Class of 1896, who fought in the Philippine Insurrection; gold from the ring of 1LT Frank S. Reasoner ’62, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam; gold that was taken into space by Astronaut (Colonel) Bill McArthur ’73 on NASA’s 100th mission, and gold worn by eight 4-star generals—in total, gold representing 356 West Point Graduates.

All the rings and shavings were melted in a 2,300-degree-Fahrenheit furnace to create a single gold bar, representing the service and sacrifice of all the graduates who once wore the gold. In presenting this gold bar to 2016’s class officers (who then turned it over to a representative of Jostens, which will manufacturer their class rings), WPAOG and all the ring donors ensured that the tradition of “Duty, Honor, Country” will remain in the gold of the next generation of the Long Gray Line. There’s a feat that crystal could have never pulled off. View photos from the ceremony.

Cummings ’93 & Kopser ’93 Establish RideScout Veterans Fund

Veterans make great innovators, if given the opportunity, say RideScout co-founders Craig Cummings and Joseph Kopser. Most of the early money put into RideScout, an app that compares local transportation times and costs, came from fellow veterans. "We're huge believers in veterans, and we want to support them becoming entrepreneurs," says Cummings, the company’s chief operating officer.

After Cummings and Kopser sold RideScout in September 2014, they decided to invest some money from the sale to help veterans launch their own startups. Two months later, Cummings and Kopser introduced the $70,000 RideScout Student Entrepreneurship Endowment."As a 20-year Army veteran and an entrepreneur myself, I understand the challenges out there for service members looking to start businesses, but I also understand the huge opportunity," Kopser says. "We have been trained as leaders, and as veterans we have thick skin, a necessary trait for any entrepreneur."

Cummings and Kopser put $2,000 of the endowment toward creation of the James Pippin Veteran Entrepreneurship Award, an award named for the first veteran (after Cummings) to invest in RideScout. A program where competing teams of MBA students compete with startup business plans, Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) awards the scholarship to the most promising startup with at least one veteran creator. Last week, the Texas VLIC announced that Blackbox Trainer had won the veteran award.

Adam Burke, ’04, is the founder of Blackbox Trainer, a website that provides personalized diet and exercise plans to those who cannot afford a personal trainer won the veteran award. Full Story »

Purchase a Brick, Leave a Legacy

The Brick and Paver program allows graduates and friends of West Point the opportunity to etch a meaningful inscription on a brick or paver that will be placed on the historical grounds surrounding the James K. Herbert Alumni Center.  These paths serve as a permanent, elegant, and recognizable remembrance to visitors entering the building from Mills Road and surrounding areas.The submission deadline for the Herbert Hall brick and paver spring installation is March 1. For more information about the program, visit westpointaog.org/brickandpaver to learn more.

Richkowski ’92 Appointed Vice President of Operations at UAM

North Canton, Ohio-based United Architectural Metals (UAM), a designer, manufacturer and fabricator of unitized curtainwall systems, named Richard Richkowski its new vice president of operations.

“I am excited to have Rick on board with us,” says Tom Nesbitt, president and chief executive officer of UAM. “We took our time with this search to find the right person that has the qualities to oversee our operations and Rick surely met and exceeded all expectations.”

Richkowski, who brings years of experience in program management, continuous improvement and lean manufacturing, is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has a master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Story

Eberle '04 Receives the Distinguished Service Cross

For their actions in Afghanistan spanning more than two years, soldiers from 3rd Special Forces Group on Tuesday were presented with 68 awards. Among them was Capt. William Eberle, who earned the Distinguished Service Cross, which is second only to the Medal of Honor. Eight other soldiers from 3rd Group received the Silver Star, the third-highest award for valor.

In all, Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, presented one DSC, eight Silver Stars, 21 Bronze Star Medals with Valor device, 16 Army Commendation Medals with Valor device, and 22 Purple Hearts during the ceremony at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. "These warriors set the example in everything they did, and they did it in the moment that mattered the most," Votel said during the ceremony. "They acted often times without regard for their own safety because they knew the job had to be done." Full Story »

Kiper ’67 New Book, Spare Not the Brave

The Special Activities Group (SAG) and its subordinate companies have received little attention from historians. Rarely receiving more attention than a footnote, their story usually begins and ends on the night of September 12, 1950, with an amphibious raid near Kunsan. Until their inactivation on March 31, 1951, SAG simply disappears from most Korean War histories. Spare Not the Brave corrects this omission. The book tells the story of a group of soldiers who were recruited primarily from the Far East Command headquarters. After six weeks of training, they were thrust into combat in Korea. Boarding rubber boats in the Yellow Sea and paddling to shore far behind enemy lines, they conducted a diversionary landing near Kunsan, then landed at Inchon, and sailed to the Wonsan area of North Korea. They then conducted counter-guerrilla operations until overwhelming Chinese intervention forced all Allied units to withdraw from the North. Those critical operations continued into the difficult fighting of early 1951. Much of this volume is based upon the words of the participants themselves. Using previously obscure primary sources, oral histories, and official records, the author tells the tale of this unit. Drawing upon his twenty-six years of infantry and special forces experience, the author brings critical analysis and insight to this previously untold story.

Save The Date West Point Diversity Leadership Conference May 5-7, 2015

Hotel Blocks are now open! Please click here for more information

This conference is jointly planned by the U.S. Military Academy and the West Point Association of Graduates. The theme is Today’s USMA – Tomorrow’s Leadership for a Diverse Army. At the conference, you will have the opportunity to hear:

•  Inspirational and Informative Presentations
•  USMA and Cadet Panel Discussions
•  Distinguished Guest Speakers

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact the Alumni Events Department at 845.446.1649 or AlumniConferences@wpaog.org.

Horn ’01 Named as New DIR of the ME Bureau of Veterans Svc

AUGUSTA, ME -- The Adjutant General and Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management announced today that Ms. Adria O. Horn has been selected to replace Mr. Peter W. Ogden as the Director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services.

Horn will begin working with Ogden for the transition and officially take over the position after Ogden's scheduled retirement in June.

Horn, a West Point graduate, currently serves as a US Army Reservist with US Pacific Command. She has deployed in support of the Global War on Terror five times in her 14-year career. She will be leaving the office of Senator Susan Collins where she served as a State Staff Member. Read More

Melson ’03 Fight to Walk and Pushups for Paralysis

LONG ISLAND, NY - For Boyd Melson, professional boxer and Captain in the US Army Reserves, being co-founder of the non-profit organization Team Fight to Walk is a labor of love. The group’s mission is to raise awareness and to make all possible efforts to fund a cure for spinal cord injuries in the United States.

In 2002, while a junior at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Boyd Melson met Christan Zaccagnino. Christan was paralyzed in 1993 at just ten years old when she broke her neck after diving into a backyard pool. It didn’t take long for the two to fall in love.

“She shared her dream of walking again,” Melson said. “That dream became mine. I told her, ‘I’ll never stop fighting unless you stop fighting.’” Full Story »

Parent Newsletter, February 2015

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Van Trees ’52 Elected to National Academy of Engineering

George Mason University engineering professor Harry Van Trees has received one of engineering’s highest honors––being elected to the National Academy of Engineering. His influential work in “detection, estimation, and modulation theory and leadership in defense communications systems” prompted the honor, according to the independent, nonprofit academy.

Van Trees also won the IEEE Kilby Gold Medal for Signal Processing, named after the Nobel Prize winner who invented the transistor. “Being elected to the National Academy of Engineering and receiving the 2015 IEEE Kilby Gold Medal represent the culmination of my professional career,” Van Trees said. “Both citations refer to my contributions to detection, estimation, and modulation theory, which were based on my books first published in 1968. The first volume had 30 printings and was used to educate several generations of engineers. Read More

Ostrander ’91 AP Exhaust Technologies New CEO and President

GOLDSBORO, N.C. – AP Exhaust Technologies has announced the appointment of Chris Ostrander as CEO and president. Evangelos “Vange” Proimos will continue as executive chairman working directly with Ostrander on developing the company’s strategic vision, organic and acquisition growth initiatives, and customer relationships.

Ostrander joins AP Exhaust with more than 16 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket and OEM industries. In his most recent role, he served four years as senior vice president and president of the Americas at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Prior to Cooper, Ostrander led multiple business units and sales organizations at Eaton Corp., including its global commercial vehicle and aftermarket sales group, torque control products division, performance products division, fuel emissions division and mirror controls division. Read More

Dean ’53 to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Robert L. Dean, Jr. USMA 1953, has been selected to receive a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Oklahoma Military Academy which he attended before West Point. The award will be presented on June 6, 2015 in Claremore, Oklahoma. Dean is a world renowned sculptor, playwright, and musician. He is most noted for his statues of distinguished military heroes to include Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Patton, and DE Gaulle. His statues of Eisenhower on the Plain at West Point and the American Embassy in London are two of his more famous works. Some of his other works are in the West Point Library’s Haig Room. Dean continues to sculpt, and to compose and write for the theater from his home in Oklahoma.

Bellis ’46 Honored by Wyoming Governor

On January 27, 2015, Governor of Wyoming, Matt Mead, read and signed a Governor’s Proclamation which proclaimed January 27, 2015 as Lieutenant General Benjamin N. Bellis Day in Wyoming in recognition of General Bellis’ game changing contributions to aviation and national defense. The ceremony was held in the Governor’s conference room at the Wyoming Capitol in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Among those in attendance were a number of Wyoming officials, United States Air Force leaders from Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, the Mayor of Wheatland, Wyoming (the General’s home town), the Kiwanis Rocky Mountain District Governor, Stephen Plank, and members of General Bellis’ Monument Hill Kiwanis Club located in Monument, Colorado. His Kiwanis club annually provides approximately 20,000 service hours and grants over $100,000 for many worthy community needs.

General Bellis graduated from West Point in 1946 with a Military Engineering degree. He began his career with the Strategic Air Command and served in the Special Weapons Project related to atomic weapons. He later was the project officer for the Matador and MACE missiles and served on the Thor and Atlas ballistic missile programs. His greatest achievement for the nation was as the System Program Director for the successful development of the SR-71 “Blackbird” strategic reconnaissance aircraft and F-15 “Eagle” fighter aircraft.

Among General Bellis’ many military decorations is the prestigious Defense Distinguished Service Medal. He is also a Command Pilot, was awarded the Master Missleman Badge, and holds Masters Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Business Administration. General Bellis retired in August 1981 from the United States Air Force as Vice Commander in Chief of U.S. Air Forces in Europe.

Following retirement he was President of the Falcon Foundation for eighteen years – this organization provides one hundred prep school scholarships annually to young men and women interested in Air Force careers and ultimately competing for entry into the Air Force Academy.

WPAOG Welcomes New Vice President

WPAOG is pleased to announce that Elizabeth A. Barrett has joined us as Vice President of Communications & Marketing. Prior to joining WPAOG, Ms. Barrett was Senior Director of Marketing, Communications, and Events at Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration. At Fordham, she worked to transform institutional branding and increase program enrollment for the MBA and 13 graduate MS business programs. Prior to Fordham, she worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management & Technology as Director of Marketing and Communications and Director of MBA/MS Programs. Ms. Barrett received her BA from Harvard University, an MBA from Yale School of Management, and a Diplome d’Etudes Francaises from the Universite de Grenoble.

Lennox ’71 Named President of Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University has announced the ninth president to head the private catholic school in rural Pasco County. William J. Lennox Jr., already a member of the Board of Trustees, will start his new role this summer. He replaces outgoing President Arthur K. Kirk Jr., who is retiring after 18 years at the school.

The board of trustees selected Lennox because of his experience leading soldiers, veterans, faculty and students, as well as his familiarity with Saint Leo, according to a Friday statement. "We are so pleased that Dr. Lennox will assume the presidency of Saint Leo University," said Cindy Brannen, Chair of the Board of Trustees, in the statement. Read More

Baum ’86, Starts Church With Help of Fellow Grad

David Baum ’86 has started a church with the instruction and support of Brad Evangelista ’93, the pastor of CrossPointe Church in Columbus, Ga. David had previously served 5 years as an infantry officer and then 17 as a chaplain, retiring in November of 2012. David credited his fellow grad’s assistance in launching Fountain City Church in Columbus, Georgia,  “It has been an invaluable training experience observing Brad’s leaders at CrossPointe Church in order to learn how to be a local church pastor these last 18 months. Brad and his team practice excellent leadership principles in a church setting. It has been extremely helpful to see his team selflessly serve, motivate, and lead their flock.” 

First Call February 4th

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Distinguished Graduate Award 2015

WPAOG is pleased to announce this year's recipients of the Distinguished Graduate Award.

LTG(R) Max Noah '53 LTG(R) Max W. Noah '53

Mr. Roderic B. Vitty '55 Mr. Roderic B. Vitty '55

LTG(R) John H. Moellering '59 LTG(R) John H. Moellering '59

Mr. William F. Murdy II '64 Mr. William F. Murdy II '64

Mr. Jodie Glore '69 Mr. Jodie K. Glore '69

LTG(R) Thomas F. Metz '71 LTG(R) Thomas F. Metz '71

Brown ’81 Heading to Next Challenge in Army Career

MG Heidi V. Brown has spent her three-decade-plus career breaking down barriers and being a trendsetter for women in the Army. Brown, a 55-year-old El Pasoan, is about to embark on the latest challenge in her ground-breaking career.

In mid-February, she will become the director of global operations for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. U.S. Strategic Command oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, space operations, cyber operations, missile defense and joint electronic warfare, among other missions. The command also is responsible for combating weapons of mass destruction.

Brown will be the first Army general officer to serve as operations officer with Strategic Command, a position normally occupied by a two-star Air Force general or a two-star admiral. Brown has also been told that she is the first woman to serve as operations officer for any combatant command, of which there are nine across the Department of Defense. Full Story »

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Wince ’88 Gets Wounded Warrior Executive Position

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team announced that Monessen native Dennis Mark Wince will be joining the organization as its executive director. Wince, 50, is a graduate of West Point and served in the Army for 22 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Since his retirement in 2014, he has been a consultant at Deloitte Consulting.

A resident of Manassas, Va., he starts his executive position with WWAST on Feb. 9 and his office will be located in the corporate offices of the WWAST in Alexandria, Va. He will be involved in the day-to- day operations of the organization. Story

CenterPoint Energy Announces Rogers ’82 as CFO

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. announced that the board of directors approved the appointment of William (Bill) D. Rogers, 54, as executive vice president of finance and accounting, effective Feb. 9. He will succeed Gary L. Whitlock as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective March 3. "Weare excited to have Bill join our company and senior leadership team,"added Prochazka. "With his vast knowledge of the utility industry, priorcapital markets experience and proven financial expertise, Bill is anideal fit for our executive team."

With more than 20 years of financial experience, Rogers was mostrecently vice president and treasurer at American Water Works Company,Inc., the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility.American Water Works provides drinking water, wastewater and otherrelated services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states and Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. Previously, he served as chief financial officer for NV Energy, Inc., an investor-owned utility headquartered in Las Vegas. The utility serves approximately 1.5 million electric and gas customers in Nevada and has annual revenues of approximately $3 billion. He had previously served as vice president of finance, risk and tax, as well as corporate treasurer. Read More

Class of 1955 60th Reunion!

Registration is now open for the Class of 1955 60th Reunion, May 17-20.  Registration and Details.

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Tronsrue ’78 to Sponsor USMA Pistol & Combat Weapons Teams

Battle Ready International™, the exclusive tactical products brand of MFSI Government Group (MFSI) announced its sponsorship of the USMA’s Army Pistol and Combat Weapons teams. Battle Ready has agreed to donate five M5 Government (9mm) pistols to each team for their use in training and competition. “We have partnered with Israel’s premiere firearms manufacturer, Bul Transmark, Ltd, to import the M-5 line of tactical, high capacity 1911 pistols, used extensively by special operations, military/SWAT, law enforcement and competitive shooters around the world,” said George M Tronsrue III, MFSI’s Founder/Owner and President. “Our family has a long history with competitive marksmanship, especially at West Point and we felt this was another great opportunity to add value to these top quality, highly competitive Army programs,” Tronsrue said.

“Battle Ready’s M-5’s are built on a fiber-reinforced polymer/steel frame and come standard with a match-grade heavy ramped bull-barrel, full length guide rod, fiber optic front sight, lowered and flared ejection port, extended ambidextrous thumb safeties, match-grade hammer, high-ride grip safety, and an integral magwell,” said Evan Bailey, MFSI’s VP of Business Development. “We felt West Point Cadets would be proud and eager to have BUL pistols in their competitive arsenal and that it would help them continue to dominate in intercollegiate competition.” Bailey said. Full Story »

New Book from Arnhym ’53 - Start Everything Finish Nothing

In what is being recalled as the largest peacetime troop movement of its time, retired U.S. Army Lt. COL Rolfe G. Arnhym successfully transferred more than 10,000 officers, men, cadets,midshipmen, relatives, supporters and officials when he conceived andexecuted the first relocation of the Army-Navy football game across the nation from Philadelphia to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

In his new book, "Start Everything Finish Nothing: The curse of modern management," Arnhym documents for the first time a full case study of the inaugural movement of the Army-Navy game out of Philadelphia in 1983 – a tradition that continues to this day when the game is played in a venue outside Philadelphia every five years.

"It had never been done before," commented Arnhym, a 1953 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. "But, as military officers are taught, that did not mean it could not be done. So, we did it." Read More

Glee Club & Alumni Glee Club to Perform First Joint Concerts

Glee Club and West Point Alumni Glee Club to Perform First Joint ConcertsThe West Point Glee Club will be in concert starting at 2:30 pm, Saturday, February 14th at the Historic Christ Church of Philadelphia in Old City (2nd Street above Market). Doors will open at 2:00 pm. Sponsored by the West Point Society of Philadelphia, the cadets will be joined in this special performance by the West Point Alumni Glee Club from Washington, DC, in a salute to the “Greatest Generation,” in this the 70th anniversary year of the end of World War II. The concert will also commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Click here for more info on the Philadelphia concert.

The two clubs will also appear in a rare Northern Virginia concert starting at 4 pm, Sunday, February 15th at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on NOVA Alexandria Campus (4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria VA 22311). Click here for more info on the Northern Virginia concert.

For more than a century, the cadets of the West Point Glee Club have touched audiences around the world as musical ambassadors for the United States Military Academy, the U.S. Army and the nation. Through live performance, recordings, TV and film, the Cadet Glee Club is recognized for its exceptional standards of vocal excellence across a broad repertoire of music, and is always in high demand for public appearances.

Comolli ’82 to Receive Military Service Award

Bret Comolli is being honored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business for his commitment to the Stanford community and especially for his generous support of military veterans at the GSB. He is "proud to represent West Point given the list of previous honorees" which includes Paul "Bud" Bucha '65, Medal of Honor Recipient (MBA '67).

Bret serves as the Chairman of Asurion overseeing the growth and success of Asurion’s strategies and business operations. He brings more than thirty years of proven leadership, business management and consulting experience to Asurion’s executive team. Bret’s prior business experience includes CEO, COO and General Manager positions at companies such as Excite@Home, Kendara, Risk Management Solutions and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

He also worked at McKinsey & Company, consulting to Fortune 500 companies on strategic, operational and organizational issues. Bret graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in engineering and earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He serves as an officer of the Board of Directors for CTIA - The Wireless Association. He sits on the Board of Directors of Stanford Hospital and Clinics, as well as serves on the Stanford Business School Management Board.

Maples ’14 is Saluted by City Council

Raymond Jamal Maples, a product of West Philadelphia, has something in common with U.S. presidents and the nation's most honored war generals: As of Dec. 19, he became a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The journey gave Maples, 23, yet another distinction: He's one of the few African-Americans from Philadelphia to have graduated from the prestigious university in West Point, N.Y. "It's a pretty big accomplishment and I feel grateful that I'm the one that had the privilege to do it, coming from the area that I'm from," Maples said yesterday. Read More

Esposito ’90 Appointed New President And CEO of Amune BoScience, Inc.

David A. Esposito has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Armune BioScience, Inc. to succeed the founding and outgoing President and CEO, Eli L. Thomssen. The Company also completed the first close on a $2.5 million Series A financing round designed to underwrite the launch of Apifiny™, its innovative, non-PSA blood test to aid in the early detection of prostate cancer.

"As Armune prepares to launch Apifiny, it is pleased with the financial support it has attracted and the growing interest from the Urology community in the utility of its prostate cancer risk assessment assay,” said Thomssen. Board Chairman Donald R. Parfet stated, “The Company is grateful for the years of service provided by Eli Thomssen in overseeing the development of our technology and capabilities.” As part of the transition, Thomssen will now become the Chief Business Officer for the company. Parfet continued, “We are excited to have David assume the CEO role at the Company. His extensive experience in the industry will serve our commercialization efforts very well.” Full Story »

Coach K ’69 Becomes 1st Div. I Men's Coach to Reach 1,000 Wins

Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win Sunday, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's in the second half for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden.

Tyus Jones scored 22 points and the Blue Devils (17-2) went on an 18-2 run down the stretch to put Coach K in four figures on his first try. "I'm not sure I've ever been a part of a game like that. That's kind of nuts, huh?" Krzyzewski said. "It just seemed like three different games." "It just, boom! It was great," Krzyzewski said. "It was beautiful, really, to see them fight today and win." Read More

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Clifford ’80 and Wife Rescued by Plebes

"My wife & I were the two people rescued by these two great young men. We were hit by an out of control rental car who was exiting RT 279 while we were entering the highway. The rental car was coming up the exit ramp and without slowing down it crossed over 4 lanes a traffic and hit my Suburban at the gas tank. My car did a complete barrel roll and landed on the driver's side. My wife had put her hands on the ceiling of the car as we were rolling and her hand became lodged inside the car door. We were both hanging by our seat belts. We smelled gas. I released my seat belt and kicked out the windshield. I started to yell for help. My wife released her seat belt and was now dangling with her hand stuck in the door. I yelled for help again and out of nowhere came these two good Samaritans and asked me what they could do.

"With my wife screaming, I pleaded with them to climb on top of the car and try and open the passenger door. The smell of gas was getting stronger. With total disregard for their own safety one of the boys jumped up on the car. He started to pull on the car door as it had been crushed in the roll over. On his second pull the door opened and my wife was able to pull her hand out. The other fella helped me and my wife away from the car. They both started to check us of injuries and helped remove glass from my head and back. They stayed with us until the police and EMT should up. I wrote the attached letter to the Supe and am very happy to hear the school has recognized their actions.

"Luckily we were not seriously hurt, and as I got a good look at our good Samaritans I knew immediately that they were military. I asked them if they were Army or Navy and they informed me that they were plebes from B1 at West Point. My wife later learned their names were Liam Lynch and I believe James Vogel. I wrote a letter to the Superintendent and am very happy to hear the school has recognized their actions.

"As a graduate from the Class of 1980 and a father of a member of Class of 2015, I cannot be more proud of these two future members of the Long Gray Line. As my wife says fate had us in this terrible accident, it was fate that put these two special cadets in our path on Sunday morning. We thank God they were there and we thank you for training them so well. Thank you and the Academy Staff for doing a great job inspiring our future leaders of character. These two young men definitely have it."

Terrazas ’99 Named Partner for Weisbart Springer Hays Law Firm

Weisbart Springer Hays LLP has two new partners in attorneys Kevin Terrazas and Tim Cleveland, the Austin law firm announced Tuesday. Terrazas also joined the firm in 2013 after practicing as a partner in Austin firm Yetter Coleman LLP. He has experience representing clients involved in intellectual property, antitrust, employment and contract cases, among others. He is a 2007 graduate of Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of West Point. He also was a field artillery captain in the U.S. Army with combat decorations. Story

Holton ’87 Named NCFI Polyurethanes New President

NCFI Polyurethanes, and its parent company, Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. (BMC), said the board of directors has named Chip Holton as the company’s president. Holton joined NCFI as director of operations in 2012.

Holton is a former serving US Army infantry officer. His work career began with Alcatel (now Alcatel-Lucent) fiber optics division where he served in multiple capacities from line supervisor to plant manager in Claremont. Holton joined GE Plastics in 2003, where he served as Southeast region operations manager, overseeing logistics, distribution, and manufacturing for up to 13 facilities. Read More

Opsens Appoints Harrington ’83 to its Board of Directors

Opsens Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Denis Harrington as a Director of the Company. Denis Harrington owns a management and strategy consulting firm he founded in 2012. Prior to managing his own company, he worked for several medical companies and, among other things, led BridgePoint Medical, Inc., as Chief Executive Officer, from the development stage through commercialization and to a successful acquisition by Boston Scientific Corporation in October 2012.

He joined Boston Scientific Corporation in 1993 and worked for them for 18 years in various roles of increasing responsibility in the U.S. sales organization. Some of his most impressive achievements included managing over 1,800 people and US$3 billion in revenue as Senior Vice-President Cardiology, Rhythm and Vascular Sales. He also played an integral role in the launch of Boston Scientific's Taxus Stent platform as Sr. Vice-President Cardiology Sales – driving unprecedented revenue growth for the corporation. Read More

Cavise ’72 to Green Global Technologies Board of Directors

OXFORD, Conn., Go Green Global Technologies Corp. "Go Green", an innovative water and fuel technology company announces that Mr. Paul J. Cavise Jr., Esq. will join its Board. In December of 2014, the board decided to expand the number of directors to include a fifth member. Mr. Cavise showed his entrepreneurial nature early on in his career when he founded the Computer Law Corporation in 1980, which he later sold in 1987. He then held senior level positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co., UBS Financial Services and the AIG Advisor Group. Mr. Cavise brings a wealth of experience with early stage companies and will help Go Green with its financial and legal requirements as a publicly traded company.

Go Green's Interim Chairman of the Board, Mark Del Priore, commented, "On behalf of the other directors, I would like to welcome Paul to Go Green's board of directors. The board set out in early December to add a new director that would provide our executives with additional entrepreneurial perspectives, as well as provide insight into many of the issues we face as a public company. With Paul's legal and financial background, combined with his extensive experience with early stage companies, he was the perfect fit for Go Green." Read More

Cooper ’81 Named Senior VP of Mission Support Services at Cubic

Mission Support Services, a business segment of Cubic Corporation, announced today that Keith Cooper has been named senior vice president of its Operations Support and Education Group (OSEG), reporting to Bill Toti, president of Mission Support Services. Cooper will be responsible for all programs within the OSEG business area, including business development and driving partnerships with key customers.

Cooper joins Cubic from Raytheon, where he served as a business development executive and director of Logistics and Training for the Mission Support Operations product line, serving customers in all branches of the U.S. military, Department of Energy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Transportation Security Administration.

“Keith is a proven leader and knows what it takes to grow a business and deliver on what our customers need,” Toti said. “His distinguished Army career and industry experience supporting Army and Air Force programs uniquely positions him to lead Cubic’s Mission Support Services OSEG business development efforts, and I am confident he will be a great addition to Cubic.” Full Story »

Jeffries ’98 Appointed Director of Illinois Dept of Veterans’ Affairs

Governor Bruce Rauner announced he has nominated Erica Jeffries, 38, as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Jeffries is a former Captain and Black Hawk pilot the United States Army, with more than ten years of additional experience in government and private sector.

Jeffries served in the military for five years as a Captain in the United States Army. She was a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot, and provided operational support to senior military leaders. She also received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Story

Toftoy ’58 Inspirational Book 'Amazing Fireside Talks'

A Compelling & Visionary Approach to Finding Motivation & Inspiration

Based on extensive research, Dr. Toftoy provides practical, rubber-meets-the-road thoughts to INSPIRE us. The ALPHA TEAM, characters from his first two novels, gathers weekly to discuss important topics of life. This book is written TO you and FOR you, the reader, providing insights to help you cope with personal difficulties, make self-improvements, and assist or care for others. It will be beneficial to teenagers, young adults, seniors, men and women. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program. Dr. Toftoy is a Professor, Emeritus at the George Washington University, a disabled veteran, and the recipient of TWO purple hearts.

Millar ’70 Restoring Quality and Style to American Hardware

Upon graduation from West Point, Tom Millar ‘70 became a platoon leader in the storied 101st Airborne during Vietnam. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, he earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1977 and joined the McKinsey & Company consulting firm. Recruited to run a struggling aluminum-grill manufacturing firm in the City of Industry in California, Millar diversified the company’s product output and put it on a profitable course as a manufacturer of decorative hardware to order.

That company, Emtek, is the one Millar continues to lead today, successfully bringing together and excelling in product leadership, operational excellence and customer intimacy.

Millar has taken the company from a handful of employees to nearly 400 at the end of 2014. Emtek’s facility, once a mere 40,000 square feet, is five times that today. Millar accomplished this by building the proper management team, starting with plant and sales managers who could keep up with his strategic innovations, and by foreseeing a trend in the marketplace for customer interest in finish and handle options.

Emtek is dedicated to bringing interesting, well-made hardware back into American homes. Millar made it Emtek’s mission to restore quality and style to American hardware by providing a broad, interesting range of quality products. Since he took over the leadership of the company in 1981, Emtek has become a leader in outsourcing of components. Importing as many as 9,000 different components from around the world, Emtek provides a clean-industry environment in the City of Industry, where more than 300 employees assemble the custom ordered hardware.

Elevated from Emtek president to head of Emtek parent company Assa Abloy’s U.S. Residential and Latin America Group in 2006, Millar resides in San Marino, California, and continues to work from Emtek’s City of Industry headquarters when he is not traveling for business. He is active in the alumni associations of Harvard Business School and West Point.

Hill ’00 Named Chair of the Senate VMHS Committee

Sen. Hunter Hill (R- Smyrna) has been named chair of the Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee for the 2015-16 legislative term.“With approximately 800,000 veterans in our state, this committee will work to assure our courageous men and women returning from overseas are taken care of,” said Hill. Read More

Mullin's ’97 New Film to be Screened at USMA Film Forum

The USMA Film Forum, the Cadet Fine Arts Forum, and the Department of English and Philosophy announce the pre-release screening of an original film by Sean Mullin (USMA Class of ’96). The screening is 28 January in Robinson Auditorium from 1900-2100hrs. Admission is free. Q&A with Sean Mullin will follow the film. "AMIRA & SAM" is a story about a U.S. Army veteran attempting to assimilate back into society when he falls in love with an Iraqi immigrant who faces deportation. This is a compelling story about the civilian-military divide and cross-cultural understanding.

As Sean Mullin explains: "While most ‘soldier-coming-home-from-war’ films deal with a soldier battling PTSD, I wanted to flip that well-worn premise on its head to ask: what if the soldier who returns is fine, but it's his country that's lost its mind? America was built on the backs of Immigrants and protected by the courage of Veterans—yet both of these groups have grown increasingly marginalized in today's society. I felt like the best way for me to explore such big, complex issues in the context of a small, independent film was to create an intimate love story with universal implications."

Picciuto ’86 Named President of Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund

HOPKINTON, MASS - The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund recently announced selection of twelve members to its Board of Directors. As are the organization's current Board members, the new Board members are distinguished veterans (All Class of ’86) and leaders in business and their communities. With the Fund's mission of giving back to military veterans and their immediate family members through education assistance, the new Directors will support the organization by increasing outreach and expanding programs.

Tony Guzzi, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund co-founder and President & CEO of EMCOR Group, Inc., commented, "There's no doubt that the addition of these twelve leaders to the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund Board of Directors will significantly contribute to and broaden the awareness of the organization's mission and meaningfully contribute to raising the critical funds needed for education programs for veterans and family members." Read More

DeRienzo ’14 First Female to Tackle Ranger Course

FORT SILL, Okla. -- Second lieutenant Kelly Derienzo shed her long hair Jan. 11 to be one of the first women allowed to go to Fort Benning's Pre-Ranger Course. It's one of many steps the Army is taking to integrate women into combat roles.

"With the Army now saying females are leading combat arms Soldiers, it wouldn't be right for them not to go to Ranger School. It's a leadership school," said Capt. Jonathan Worswick, Fort Sill Pre-Ranger Course officer in charge. "If they can't be afforded the opportunity to get the best leadership training the Army can give then we've done a disservice to all the people we're asking them to lead."

"It's almost a bit of a shock. I didn't come into this expecting this at all. I guess things line up and I'm really lucky I'm granted these opportunities and I've just got to run with it," she said. Full Story »

Dusenberry ’88 Awarded Regions Bank’s Top Associate Honor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Regions Bank today announced that Jackson, Tenn., City President James Dusenberry is the January 2015 recipient of the Regions Bank Better Life Award. The Better Life Award is the top honor given to a Regions associate for outstanding dedication and job performance, as well as exemplary involvement and commitment to the community.

In addition to the recognition, Regions donates $1,000 in the name of the recipient to a charity of the winner’s choice. Dusenberry chose Mission of Hope-Haiti, a U.S. charity that supports the orphanage his church founded in Williamson, Haiti, in 2011. Read More

Benoit ’73 Reappointed in the MA Industrial Accident Board.

The Honorable Paul F. Benoit has been reappointed the Administrative Judge in the MA Industrial Accident Board for a term of 6 years. The Industrial Accident Board, a component of the Department of Industrial Accidents, constitutes the trial court that adjudicates all workers' compensation claims in Massachusetts.

Fouser ’83 Named President & CEO of ESP

The Board of Engineering Solutions & Products, LLC announced today the hiring of Douglas N. Fouser as permanent President and Chief Executive Officer. Douglas brings with him 31 years of strategic planning, business development and government contracting management experience. Most recently, Douglas was Group Vice President and General Manager at Engility Corporation, where he was responsible for approximately 3,000 personnel and $470 million of annual revenue, supporting worldwide Training & Mission Support customers.

Prior to his two years at Engility Douglas spent eight years in Senior Vice President and General Manager positions for L-3 Communications, before moving to Engility during its spin-off from L-3. Previously, Douglas served as Executive Vice President for ManTech International, where he was responsible for their Information Technology Solutions Group. Douglas has also worked for Cubic Defense Systems in a variety of senior management positions, culminating with his assignment as Vice President of their Tactical Electronic Products Division. Douglas holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of San Diego. Read More

Phillips ’77 Named VP of Administration and Finance at NIU

Northern Illinois University announced today the selection of Alan D. Phillips as vice president of Administration and Finance, reporting to NIU President Douglas D. Baker as a member of the university’s senior leadership team. The appointment is subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University and is scheduled to begin March 1, 2015.

“It is an exciting time to be at NIU, and with my background and experience, I believe I will be able to help contribute to NIU’s continuing success,” said the 59-year-old Phillips, who will join NIU after serving the past three years at the Illinois Board of Higher Education, most recently as the executive deputy director. Full Story »

Meier ’66 Best Senior Essay on Constituting America

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - One local man is a devoted patriot, and he now has the award to prove it. History is something that has inspired Meier for years. He said his inspiration comes from more than a half-dozen years of studying the U.S. Constitution and other founding-era documents, the Founding Fathers, the events of America's founding era and the history since the Constitution was written.

"I first became interested in learning more about our Constitution and founding era as I listened to and read commentaries, opinion pieces and news reports about current events," Meier said. "These commentaries and articles often included references to our Constitution. I realized I didn't know as much as I thought I should know about the Constitution to be able to objectively evaluate what I was reading and hearing; so I looked for courses of study that I could do on my home computer." Read More

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Scott ’76 Appointed to Epiq Systems Board of Directors

Epiq Systems, Inc., a leading provider of integrated technology solutions for the global legal profession, today announced the appointment of Brad D. Scott, president and chief operating officer, to Epiq's Board of Directors, effective January 12, 2015. "Brad is an exceptional executive with a proven leadership record that spans legal and eDiscovery settings," said Tom W. Olofson, chairman and chief executive officer. "He has made significant contributions across our global operations and his appointment further strengthens our Board as we focus on delivering value for our clients and shareholders."

Mr. Scott was appointed president and chief operating officer in May 2014. He joined Epiq following the acquisition in December 2011 of De Novo Legal LLC, a leading international document review and eDiscovery provider where he served as president. Since joining Epiq, he has served in various executive roles including executive vice president, chief of staff and chief human resources officer. Story

Langenegger ’96 Made Managing Director & COO of Conrex

Mr. Langenegger comes from Marvin & Palmer Associates, a global equity fund where he was a Senior European Equity Analyst and Portfolio Manager. Prior to M&P, he worked as the Regional Head of Equity Derivative Operations at Goldman Sachs. In addition, he was a Captain in the United States Army. Among his military assignments and qualifications were Battalion Fire Direction Officer for the 3-29th Field Artillery Regiment, Assistant Brigade Fire Support Officer for the 3rd BCT, 4th Infantry Division, Airborne, and Air Assault.

Mr Langenegger cpmments “I am excited to be a part of Conrex as we grow nationally and become a pre-eminent firm in the single family rental space.” Read More

BG McGuire ’87 to Command Fort Polk

BG Timothy P. McGuire, currently deputy director for operations at the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, will replace BG William Hickman at Fort Polk, Army officials said. A date for the change of command was not announced.

This will be at least the second assignment at Fort Polk for McGuire, who as a colonel served as deputy commander of the JRTC's operations group in a tour that ended in January 2008, when he was named commanding officer of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg. Full Story »

Two Members of the Class of 1952 Among Vietnam's Most Highly Decorated

In its August and October 2014 editions, the VFW Magazine featured articles: Vietnam War: COURAGE UNRIVALED.

Two members of the Class of 1952, COL (USA ret) Robert S. McGowan and MG (USAF ret) James E. McInerney, Jr., were honored as being among the top 50 "most highly decorated heroes earning multiple awards for valor."

Each recipient was ranked by the value of the highest multiple awards he received -- (1) the Medal of Honor; (2) Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), Navy Cross or Air Force Cross; and (3) the Silver Star. To be included in this most honored list, a serviceman must have been awarded one of the two top awards. Then, only these three above awards were counted in the overall totals.

Then-LTC Robert S. McGowan, CO, 4th Cav Regt, 25th Infantry Div, earned the Distinguished Service Cross and four Silver Stars. In addition, but not included for the VFW ranking, Bob earned six Bronze Stars with "V" device, plus three purple hearts.

Then-LTC James E. McInerney, Jr., Commander, 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, earned the Air Force Cross and three Silver Stars.  Jim also earned seven Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star and fifteen Air Medals -- all of which also were not counted for the VFW ranking.

Hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women served honorably in Vietnam. For two members of the West Point Class of 1952 to be honored in the top 50 most highly decorated is unprecedented.


A former Class of 1952 President, then-LTC William T. Leggett, earned five Silver Stars for combat valor in Vietnam. Tom also earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and five Air Medals.  Another remarkable honor, but unfortunately not included in the VFW criteria.


Blomquist ’78 Named APWA Public Works Leadership Fellow

KANSAS CITY, MO – The City of Edmond, OK Public Works Director, Herb Blomquist, PWE, was recently designated a national Public Works Leadership Fellow (PWLF) by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Blomquist received the APWA service designation in recognition of this highest level of commitment to the public works profession. The APWA PWLFs mentor other public works professionals in three of the APWA Leadership and Management professional development programs.

“The APWA Public Works Leadership Fellows have pledged to assist those who aspire to become public works directors, executives, managers, and supervisors through APWA’s focused mentoring program” said APWA Executive Director Peter B. King. “All of the Fellows are experienced public works professionals, and they have committed their time and talents to advise public works professionals who are enhancing their professional skills and careers,” said King. Read More

Knowlton ’82 Named Air Force Academy Athletic Director

Knowlton announced his resignation Tuesday morning after seven years as athletic director at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to replace Hans Mueh, who will retire effective Jan. 31. Knowlton was an associate athletic director for the Black Knights and has served on several national athletic committees, with a focus on hockey.

"(He) demonstrated the right level of intensity and experience, while still understanding the unique military culture at our United States Air Force Academy," Air Force superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said in a press release. Full Story »

Turner ’96 Promoted to Partner

Turner, a registered patent attorney, is a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions practice group. Turner represents clients across a broad spectrum of intellectual property disciplines, including the procurement, analysis, and enforcement of utility and design patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property. Turner earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy. Read More

Eggleston '61 Marks Half Century of the Start of U.S. Involvement

Exiting Vietnam book by Michael Eggleston 61Eggleston reminds us that it has been fifty years since the first U. S. combat units entered Vietnam and forty years since the fall of Saigon. His book entitled Exiting Vietnam. The Era of Vietnamization and American Withdrawal Revealed in First-Person Accounts covers the start, our exit, the history between, and includes memoirs of people who fought there. It starts with the involvement of the French in Indo China and ends with the collapse of the South Vietnamese government and the flight of the refugees in 1975. Biographies of the key players such as General William Westmoreland are included. This book is available from Amazon and other booksellers. Other books by Eggleston, his biography and reviews of his books are also on Amazon.

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If You Didn’t Get One for Christmas, Use WPAOG’s

As you probably know, at Christmas time no mall is complete without at least two calendar kiosks. Calendars, you see, are an extremely popular Christmas gifts. It seems a lot of people think nothing makes a better Christmas gift than a 365 Kitty-a-Day desk calendar or a retro Dukes of Hazzard 18-month wall calendar. If you didn’t get a calendar as a gift this year, you could visit the mall and buy one getting a 75-percent after New Year’s discount, but the pickings are pretty slim by now. Instead, why don’t you just sign up for the WPAOG online calendar? True, you won’t have a cute Scottish Fold or Tom Wopat staring back at you with the WPAOG calendar, but you will get a useful system for announcing and marking Academy, Army Athletics, WPAOG events and a whole lot more. 

Want to know which alumni events are happening in your region? WPAOG’s online calendar can be customized to tell you. Interested to know what your local West Point Society has planned for the next quarter? Check out WPAOG’s online calendar. Just interested in Army sports? No problem, just click the “Athletics” box, and WPAOG’s online calendar will give you the date, time, and location of all Black Knight sporting events. Drop-down menus are also available if you are only interested in a particular sport or cadet club activity.

Best of all, you can create your own personalized calendar based on the events that interest you. Simply check the box to the left of an event, and that event will be transferred to your preferred Facebook, Google, Apple iCal, or Microsoft Outlook calendar. There’s even an option to have event reminders emailed or texted to you. You’ll never be out of the loop on a West Point event again thanks to WPAOG’s online calendar, and best of all you didn’t have to step foot in a mall a Christmas time (*shudder*) to get it!

Adam ’68 Named President and COO of Stanson Health

Rick Adam has been named the new President and COO of Stanson Health, a next generation clinical decision support and analytics company. He was Chief Information Officer at Goldman Sachs and Baxter International.  He was the Founder and CEO of Recondo Technology, a health care revenue cycle company.  Rick grew Recondo from a "start-up" company to 750 hospital customers. Prior to Recondo, he was the founder and CEO of New Era of Networks (NEON). Rick took NEON from a "start-up" company to a large publicly traded company with 3,000 customers.

Scott Weingarten, MD, Chairman of the Board of Stanson Health, said, "Rick is a health care executive with a proven track record of delivering value to customers. He has successfully guided companies from "start-up" phase to a large publicly traded company. We believe that Rick's exemplary leadership, operational, and commercial skills will enable Stanson to continue its remarkable growth trajectory and enable Stanson customers to achieve significant improvements in the value, quality, and efficiency of patient care." Read More

Whenever Two or Three Shall Meet…

By Lieutenant Colonel Mike Sullivan, USMA 1994

From left to right: LTC Mike Sullivan USMA ’94, LT Darek Marino ’09, Abigail Watkins and the Falcon, LCDR Jeremy Watkins ’03, ADM James Stavridis ’76. Photo courtesy of LCDR Watkins.This year’s Service Academy football tradition was commemorated in grand fashion at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts. A “treaty” signing marked the commemoration of this tradition. This treaty will ensure continued amity and rivalry among the handful of graduates located here at The Fletcher School.

The signatories of this treaty from West Point included LTC Michael Sullivan USMA’94, USA, and CPT Joel Tolbirt, USMA’04, USA The signatories of this treaty from Annapolis included The Fletcher School Dean, James Stavridis ’76, Admiral, USN (retired), LCDR Jeremy Watkins ’03, USN, LT Darek Marino ’09, USN, and Matthew Keller ‘09. A “mighty falcon” represented Air Force; or maybe it was just a rubber ducky that Jeremy Watkins’ daughter Abigail allowed us to use since no Air Force Academy Graduates are currently at The Fletcher School Masters or PhD program.

It was once again bittersweet for those of us from the Long Grey Line. Again, we suffered a defeat on the gridiron to Navy. Regardless, the traditions we learned as Cadets and Midshipmen were alive and well as we took a few moments to celebrate our shared heritage across Service Academies and generations. BEAT NAVY!

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Sullivan is pursuing a PhD in International Relations as part of the Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program through the School of Advanced Military Studies at The Fletcher School.

Gerlinger ’90 Leads Study of Knee Replacements and Soldiers

Knee injuries are among the most common musculoskeletal injuries in the Army and are typically caused by rigorous physical training. These injuries can have a significant impact on a young soldier’s military career and threaten the loss of their occupation. Studies show that military personnel over age 40 are more than twice as likely to develop osteoarthritis as civilians.

But, there is good news for servicemen and women who struggle with joint problems. Modern advancements in technology and total joint arthroplasty (knee replacement), offer a viable solution for injured soldiers looking to continue their military careers.

A study conducted at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, spearheaded by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) joint replacement surgeon Tad Gerlinger, MD, explored the likelihood of soldiers returning to duty following total joint arthroplasty surgery. The study found that an overwhelming 86 percent of patients returned to duty. Of those, 70 percent were deployed to the combat zone and completed a full tour as assigned.

Gano ’96 Named Des Moines New Public Works Director

The city of Des Moines Wednesday named Jonathan Gano, from Springfield, Mo., as its next public works director.

Gano will replace Pat Kozitza, who retires today after 38 years with the city.

Gano, 39, spent 10 years with Springfield's public works department and currently serves as interim co-director of the department. He has also supported the area art community as vice president of the board of directors for the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Story

Ryan ’96, Service Brewery Named Savannah’s Best New Business

“We are a veteran-owned and veteran-operated brewery,” he said, noting that master brewer Dan Sartin ’78 who played defensive end for the Army football team and assistant brewer Jeff Hyatt recently retired from the Army, where he was a pilot for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment “Night Stalkers” at Hunter Army Airfield.

“So our name reflects our service and the service of all those who came before us and will come after, but, even though Dan, Jeff and I are all former Army and 92 percent of our investors are former military, we don’t want the term service to be exclusive to the military. Many people choose to serve their country and community in different ways. We have priests, nurses, school teachers, police and firefighters up there along with military,” he said.

While Ryan says he has been a craft beer fan since he was old enough to drink, he didn’t start thinking about brewing until three years ago when girlfriend Meredith Sutton — a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and, as Service Brewing’s creative marketing director, the only non-military member of the team — gave him a home brewing kit for Valentine’s Day. Full Story »

Kazmierski ’76 Leading Economic Growth

Kazmierski said EDAWN has focused on attracting quality jobs to the region over the past few years, attracting more than 50 new companies to the region that has helped cut the unemployment rate from over 14 percent to nearly 6 percent. He said the national media attention the region received this past fall, that culminated with landing the Tesla battery gigafactory to be built starting in 2015 with 6,500 jobs by 2020, has helped tremendously with the ongoing message of the region's quality of life as well as its outdoor recreation and major special events. Story

Smith ’91 Confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy

WASHINGTON – Christopher A. Smith was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, as the Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy.

As Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Smith is responsible for the Office of Fossil Energy’s Research and Development program, encompassing coal, oil and natural gas, along with the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Prior to his Senate confirmation, Smith served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas.  During that tenure he also served as the Designated Federal Official for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling that was established by President Obama to investigate the root causes of the gulf oil spill. Read More

Van Trees ’52 Wins IEEE Gold Medal

Dr. and Mrs. Van Trees have endowed the enrichment program in the EECS department and his books are displayed in the departmentDr. Harry L. Van Trees, Class of 1952, is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Gold Medal, which is given for outstanding achievements and for recognized major technological advancement in the field of signal processing. He is the first West Point graduate to win an IEEE Gold Medal.

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest professional association, with over 400,000 members worldwide. Its core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Its roots go back to 1884, when the American Institute of Electrical Engineers was formed by such pioneers as Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.

The Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Award  memorializes Doctor Kilby, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2000 for the invention of the transistor. The medal's citation honoring Dr. Van Trees reads: “For fundamental contributions to detection, estimation, and modulation theory; sensor array processing: and Bayesian bounds.” In each of these areas, Dr. Van Trees has written the classic books.

Dr. and Mrs. Van Trees have endowed the enrichment program in the EECS department and his books are displayed in the department.

Bojarski ’04 Promoted to Mgr of Business Development

Syracuse, NY – SRC, Inc. has promoted Adam Bojarski to manager of business development for product accounts. In his new role, Bojarski will provide the leadership, execution and vision for the business expansion of SRC’s radar and electronic warfare product areas.

“Adam has great versatility due to his varied background,” stated Paul G. Tremont, president of SRC. “His knowledge of our products and capabilities, and his prior service with the U.S. Army, are assets as we continue to find ways to help solve problems of national significance for our customers. Read More 

Penczer ’58 Awarded Fairfielder of the Year

Penczer the chairman of the town's Economic Development Commission, should be "marked a town treasure," said former town official Sherri Steeneck, one of two people to submit Penczer's name for consideration. Steeneck said Penczer is generous with his time, talent and money. He is a member of the Rotary Club, a board member of the International Institute of Connecticut, and serves on the boards of Science Park in New Haven, the Fairfield Museum and History Center, and the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport. Penczer also was instrumental in the establishing the Fairfield Theatre Co.

David Gorbach, who also nominated Penczer, said that as a real estate agent, he often has had clients for buildings Penczer owns, but finds out the space isn't available because Penczer is letting a non-profit use the space. "Peter is a gentleman," Gorbach said. In his remarks to the gathering, Penczer emotionally recalled advice he got from his father: "The town has been good to you; you have to be good to the town." Story

Cruden ’68 Appointed to ENRD Assistant Attorney General

“I am delighted to welcome John Cruden back to the Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.

“John has already devoted more than two decades of his life and service to the department – enforcing our nation’s environmental laws;protecting our air, water, land, and wildlife; defending federal-agencies; and honoring U.S. treaty rights and obligations to Native Americans. From Exxon Valdez to Love Canal to the Deep water Horizon oil spill, John Cruden has consistently demonstrated the tenacity, the leadership, and the strength of character that represents the very best that this Department of Justice has to offer. He is uniquely qualified to lead this division’s efforts to meet the challenges posed by climate change, illegal wildlife trafficking, pollution, and natural resource management, among many other pressing issues. Story

Ray ’70 to Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Board of Directors

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the election of Russell T. Ray to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2015. Ray is a leading investment banker and venture capital investor in the life sciences sector, and has served as a director and advisor for many prominent companies in the healthcare sector during his 30 years of experience.

Ray began his career in investment banking as a member of the High Tech Emerging Growth Group at Merrill Lynch. After his time at Merrill Lynch, Ray spent twelve years at Deutsche Bank and its predecessor entities, BT Alex. Brown and Alex. Brown & Sons, as a Managing Director and Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking. Ray then joined Credit Suisse First Boston and served as a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Healthcare Investment Banking where he focused on providing strategic and financial advice to life sciences, healthcare services and medical device companies.

During his investment banking career, Ray successfully completed over 175 merger and financing transactions for leading healthcare companies in the United States, Europe and Israel. Currently, Ray serves as a Senior Advisor to HLM Venture Partners, a healthcare venture capital firm focused on investing in healthcare information technology, healthcare services and medical technology companies. Ray also serves as a Director of Allergan, Inc. and SWP Media, Inc. Read More

Buning ’82 New Lenexa Home-Care COO

Dan Buning is a highly skilled and versatile executive and manager who has served in many roles that are relevant and useful as AxelaCare manages its future growth," AxelaCare CEO Ted Kramm said in a statement. "Dan has strong abilities and experience in process design, quality management, data analytics and transactional process improvement. We know Dan has been a strong leader throughout his business and military careers who can help growing service-oriented businesses optimize the efficiency and productivity o their overall operations." Story

Worden ’55 From Michigan to the Moon

Al Worden spent three days alone orbiting our lifeless neighbor while his two crewmates explored an area of Mare Imbrium (the Sea of Rains), 28 degrees north of the lunar equator, on the surface below. The name of the Apollo cmmand module he piloted during that time was of course Endeavour, in honor of their aforementioned fellow explorer who had sailed very different seas in a time long before Saturn V rockets and lunar modules.

Growing up in 1930s America, Worden could never have imagined the paths he would take, and the places he would see, in his own lifetime. “There wasn’t such a thing as an astronaut when I was a kid. There were television shows that had ‘spacey’ type themes like ‘Buck Rogers,’ but that was it,” he recalled. Worden earned a scholarship to Princeton University, but a scholastic records check found he hadn’t studied Latin and so that opportunity was taken away from him.

On the return trip to Earth, Worden himself completed an historic first spacewalk in deep space. During his 38 minutes outside Endeavour, he retrieved film cassettes from the SIM bay and observed the general condition of equipment situated there. As the first person to view the Earth and the Moon from deep space outside a spacecraft, it was a personal mission highlight for Worden. “I’d watched the Earthrise 75 times before that so that was an old thing by then, but to see the Earth and the Moon at the same time like that was kind of unique.” Full Story »

Bachmann ’98 Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

In a ceremony conducted on November 14th, 2014, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Chris Bachmann was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the United States Army. This promotion took on added significance because it was the lowest Army promotion rate to LTC in the past 17 years. Chris shared the event with his wife Carrie, children Madison (10) and Christian (8), parents Chris and Carolyn Bachmann, friends, and colleagues. Full Story »

Melson ’03 to Receive Ambassador of Peace Award

New York, NY – Junior middleweight boxer and charitable figure Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson will receive the Ambassador of Peace Award from the World Boxing Council (WBC) during their annual convention today in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since turning pro in 2010, Melson’s garnered international attention for donating 100% of his fight purses and raising awareness about bringing trials to the United States to help cure Spinal Cord Injuries. Along with best friend Christan Zaccagnino, Melson founded Team Fight to Walk and recruited many notable boxers to join the fight to cure paralysis. During the last two years, Team Fight to Walk hosted charity galas titled “Fighting for the Cure” to help raise additional funds for the pending trials. Story

Naru ’79 Named Head Of U.S. Media Relations, Managing Director

Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, announced that Stephen Naru has joined the company as Head of U.S. Media Relations and Managing Director, U.S. Corporate and Financial Practice. Naru will work with a team of media specialists to provide media relations strategy and execution to clients. He also will be responsible for ensuring the application of best practice in media relations for the firm across the U.S.

Naru has spent more than 25 years creating and implementing media relations programs for leading brands, and has developed deep relationships with reporters and executives at many of the world's leading news outlets. Naru joins Burson-Marsteller from FleishmanHillard, where he served as Global Media Relations Practice Leader, providing leadership and direction for the firm's global media council.  He was also responsible for intellectual property and product development for the practice. Full Story »

Parent Newsletter, December 2014

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Daniel Ragsdale '81 Winner of 2014 ESPN Fan Hall of Fame

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Mauldin ’14, 1 of 8 Incredible Women Who Will Inspire You

Mauldin was the first American woman to complete the hellish French Commando School, so when this West Point valedictorian completes her Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, she wants to enter the infantry, which is still closed to women. "I can make a difference."

"The fantasy books I read as a kid, with girl warriors, were influential — I never think of being a woman as a limitation." Story

First Call December 10th

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Part of Brigade Staff at the 2012 Graduation Parade

Janovic ’93 Assumes Command of the 504th

The last time COL Ryan Janovic was assigned a command at Fort Hood, he spent three days on post. He took command on Cooper Field, then moved his battalion to Fort Knox, Ky. “I’m glad to stay longer,” he said with a smile Friday after assuming command of 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade in a ceremony on Sadowski Field.

He is a military intelligence officer and joins Fort Hood from the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., where he completed graduate studies. The former Fort Hood unit he took to Fort Knox was the Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Full Story »

Hina ’04 Graduates Command and General Staff Officers Course

FORT MEADE, MD – Army MAJ Jacob S. Hina has graduated from the Command and General Staff Officers Course at the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kan. The college is the Army's senior tactical school.

The 10-month course educates and trains intermediate level Army officers, officers from other U.S. armed services, international officers, and civilian leaders from other federal agencies to operate in full spectrum Army, joint, interagency, and multinational environments as field grade commanders and staff officers. Read More

Newman ’98 Named Chief Counsel for TX Sen Cruz

Newman clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Chief Judge J.L. Edmondson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Newman comes to Sen. Cruz’s office from the law firm Jones Day, where he focused on legal analysis, strategy, and briefing in complex civil litigation and appeals. Read More

Sweatt ’05 Promoted to Toffler Corporate Development Director

As Corporate Development Director, Tyler will focus on the business end of things, optimizing the firm's growth by expanding relationships with new and existing clients, exploring strategic partnerships, and increasing capability to take on new business. "We have worked to establish a strong foundation for growth over the past few years", he notes, "and I look forward to helping us build on our success and expand into new markets and industries in the coming years." Read More

Houston ’87, Silliman ’66 & Winton ’78 Jersey's to be Retired

Army Hall-of-Famers Kevin Houston (USMA '87), Mike Silliman (USMA '66) and Gary Winton (USMA '78) will be honored in a jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of the men's basketball game against Loyola on Jan. 31, the team announced Monday.

Houston, Silliman and Winton will become the first men's basketball players to have their jerseys retired and raised to the rafters inside Christl Arena.

The ceremony will conclude a two-day celebration that will feature a cocktail reception and dinner for family members of the honorees on Friday, Jan. 30 and a brunch on Saturday, Jan. 31 prior to the team's 3 p.m. game. Saturday's brunch will be open to the public. Read More

Smith ’84, Del Giorno ’86 & Macfarlane ’04 Jersey's to be Retired

Army Hall of Famers Melody Smith (USMA '84), Julie Del Giorno (USMA '86) and Katie Macfarlane (USMA '04) will be honored in a jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of the women's basketball game against American on Jan. 24, the team announced Monday.

Del Giorno, Macfarlane and Smith will become the first women's basketball players to have their jerseys retired and raised to the rafters inside Christl Arena.

The ceremony will conclude a two-day celebration that will feature a cocktail reception and dinner for family members of the honorees on Friday, Jan. 23 and a brunch on Saturday, Jan. 24 prior to the women's basketball team's 3 p.m. game. Saturday's brunch will be open to the public. Read More

Odierno ’76 Receives Andrew J. Goodpaster Award

Odierno made it clear who he thought deserved the award.

"This award is not about me. It's about the more than one million Soldiers who earn this award. It's their dedication," he said.

Odierno also had words of praise for Soldiers who led the way, setting examples for today's Soldiers to follow: men like Marshall and Goodpaster who "represented what's best about our country; selfless leaders who put their country before themselves." Full Story »

West Point Cemetery

Because the West Point Cemetery is near capacity for new gravesites, the Superintendent has ordered a temporary restriction to the interment criteria found in Army Regulation 210-26.This restriction will only apply to new in-ground burials. This letter from LTG Caslen addresses the situation.

Hopkins ’88 Named 2014 CUP Catalyst Change Agent

NEW YORK, NY (December 4, 2014) - Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Dennis Hopkins, a partner in the firm’s New York office, has been named a 2014 CUP Catalyst Change Agent | Law by the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) at CUP’s 5th Annual Lawyers Forum held in New York City on October 30, 2014.

The CUP list highlights and celebrates accomplished leaders across the legal sector who have achieved extraordinary success in business while simultaneously making a significant impact on their community.  It comprises 10 professionals, between the ages of 35-50, who serve at senior levels of organizations, and who have been nominated by their colleagues and peers.  This is the second year CUP has presented this honor. Read More

First Call December 3rd

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Middle School Re-Dedicated in Honor of Galvin ’54

In recognition of the great success and important contributions of their native son to the causes of freedom and justice, the townspeople of Wakefield chose Galvin Middle School as the name for a splendid new facility. On 15 November 2014 a re-dedication (since the school had for a time made its home and been dedicated in an older building) ceremony and open house were held.

Death of Oldest Graduate

BG(R) Tripp '33 and LilianeWe sadly announce the death of West Point’s Oldest Living Graduate. BG Robert Tripp ’33 (USA, RET) passed away on December 2, 2014 at the age of 103. The Oldest Living Graduate is now LTG William J. Ely ’33 (USA, RET).

LTG(R) Lynch ’77 Special Advisor For Military Robotics Programs

Kairos Autonomi, Inc., a worldwide leader in robotic appliqué kits and developer of the Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit, announced today that Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Rick Lynch will work with the company as a special advisor for military robotics programs, leadership and strategic planning.

“Lt. Gen. Lynch will provide unparalleled insight and guidance to Kairos Autonomi’s robotics programs,” said George “Troy” Takach, president and CEO of Kairos Autonomi. “With his extensive command leadership experience, as well as a strong background in military robotics, Lt. Gen. Lynch has a compelling vision for how the military can fully implement robotic appliqué kits.” Full Story

Wiers ’92 International Trucks 50 Years Strong

Fifty years ago in 1964 a small trucking company, started 7 years earlier by Wayne and Heddy Wiers, was approached about becoming an International Harvester dealership. They saw a great opportunity, sold the trucking company and took the risky entrepreneurial dive into a new side of the trucking business. "As a young married couple, my parents didn't have a lot of capital so the early years were a struggle," said Tom Wiers. "My dad knew trucks through his experience in the trucking industry. However, the truck dealership had other elements like truck sales and parts that were new to him."

Wayne and Heddy eventually hired two mechanics and had a very nice small business in Plymouth, Indiana. In 1992, the Wiers were looking at buying a large parcel of land to substantially expand the truck repair and maintenance side of the business. Their son, Tom, had just graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point and was touring out West on motorcycles with fellow classmates when he got the call. His father had suddenly passed away and his mother was thinking of selling the business. Tom convinced his mother to go ahead with the expansion and to give him a shot at running the business - the second entrepreneurial dive. In 1994, with a strong new start, the company changed its' name from Wiers Truck Service and Equipment to Wiers International® Trucks. Full Story

2015 Register of Graduates

To ensure that your address and email are included in the directory section of the next Register of Graduates (print version only), mail us your signed consent form. You can find a self-addressed form in the latest edition of West Point magazine. OR you can print and fill in this form. EMAIL to lglmail@wpaog.org, FAX to 845.446.1695 or MAIL to ATTN: ROG, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996.

We require your signature with the Yes box checked in order to include your complete mailing address and email. If you only want your career history listed check no on the form.  If we do not receive a form we will only include your most recent career history and there will be no address or email listed for you in the directory section. We will begin taking orders in early spring of 2015.

GEN Odierno ’76 to Receive the Goodpaster Award

GEN Raymond T. Odierno will receive the Goodpaster Award at a luncheon in Washington on December 5 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Gen. Odierno is the 38th U.S. Army chief of staff. He will be honored for his distinguished career in the U.S. Army.

The Andrew J. Goodpaster Award of the George C. Marshall Foundation honors the life and service of General Andrew J. Goodpaster, a longtime trustee and chairman of the Foundation, a champion of the Marshall legacy, an American hero and an extraordinary public servant. The Goodpaster Award is presented to Americans in a variety of fields who have exhibited great courage, selfless service, patriotism and leadership in their lives and careers. Full Story »

Shull ’73 Modernizing the PX

In the past five years, the store has seen a steady decline in sales as troop levels have fallen, and it estimates that profits could tumble by two-thirds by 2017, to $100 million. Now, as the U.S. winds down combat operations in Afghanistan, the Exchange is trying to reinvent itself for customers based at home. In 2012 it hired Tom Shull, its first civilian chief executive officer, a West Point graduate who led the luxury department store Barneys out of bankruptcy in 1999. He went on to run catalog company Hanover Direct and potato-chip maker Wise Foods before serving as the court-appointed chief restructuring officer for Fred Leighton, the upscale jeweler, during its 2009 bankruptcy proceedings. Read More

Cave ’08 Marches Military Path Through Golf

If the college golfers of today think they have it tough trying to balance classes and tournaments, or they fret about how taxing life might be in their post-graduate careers, they need to consider the path taken by Joe Cave.

Cave was one of the better junior golfers in San Diego when he graduated from St. Augustine High in 2004. He chose to continue his golf and schooling at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and that automatically limited his course time amid the 18-hour days of classes and training.

Cave, 29, recently proved himself to be one of the top military golfers in the world. In the 8th World Military Golf Championships staged earlier this month in Bahrain, Cave, an Army captain, shot 4 over par over four rounds to take third place. He helped lead the U.S. military to a team victory over 15 far-flung countries, ranging from Botswana to the Netherlands. Full Story »

Buskirk ’64 New Bishop of Latter-day Saints in New Orleans

William C. Van Buskirk has been named the new bishop of the New Orleans congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As bishop of the New Orleans 1st Ward, Van Buskirk provides ministerial service to about 350 members of the LDS Church who reside in Orleans Parish and St. Bernard Parish.

The calling of bishop is not new to Van Buskirk. He was ordained a bishop years ago and served in this capacity five times before in New Orleans as well as in New Jersey.

"I am happy to be able to serve my brothers and sisters here in New Orleans," Van Buskirk said. "I humbly accept this calling to serve due to my faith in Jesus Christ which is central to my being and has shaped who I am." Read More

Jeon ’12 AH-64 Apache Helicopter Pilot

Jeon was asked to speak at the university to a soon-to-be graduating class of female students. The reason she was a good candidate for the speech is because she is Korean American and she is the first female, Korean AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot. Jeon said she wanted to inspire the group to feel they could do anything they wanted to do and to further strengthen the U.S. and Republic of Korea alliance.

She wanted the female students to know that being in the Army is being part of something bigger than themselves and that they should be proud of that. She also wanted them to know that women are held to the same standard in the work place, so they need to stay on top of their game at all times. She said there will people that try to bring females down and that they need drive on and keep performing to the best of their abilities. Full Story »

McCoy ’96 Honored by Howard Schultz

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2014 Finalists — Fan Hall of Fame

WPAOG Annual Meeting

At the WPAOG Annual Meeting today, the election of Directors and Advisors at Large was the primary agenda item. The following members were voted as Directors and Advisors at Large, to serve from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2017.

LTG Joseph E. DeFrancisco ’65, USA Retired  (3,630 votes)
Mr. George H. Gilmore, Jr. ’71  (3,554 votes)
Mr. James A. Hoffman ’78  (3,576 votes)
Mr. William D. Rogers ’82  (3,552 votes)
LTC Deidre P. Dixon ’84, USA Retired (3,611 votes)

Advisors at Large
LTG Gary D. Speer ’72, USA Retired  (3,362 votes)
LTC Felisa A. Lewis ’90  (3,296 votes)
LTC Jennifer S. Minus ’93, USA Retired  (3,304 votes)
Mr. Spencer T. Kympton ’94  (3,309 votes)
Mr. Young C. Lee ’94  (3,313 votes)
CPT John L. Childs ’07  (3,280 votes)

The Board-recommended Bylaws amendments were also approved (3,401 votes for, 33 votes against) in the election, and the 2014 Chairman's Report was presented.

First Call November 25th

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Hicks ’74 Fortunes #7 Biz Person of the Year

When Ken Hicks retires in December, he’ll be leaving Foot Locker at the top of his game. Since he became CEO in 2009, the company’s stock has quintupled and sales have soared. Foot Locker, a once-struggling shoe chain, has become a rare and improbable mall star. The company is on track to complete its third year of record revenue (roughly $7 billion in 2014). Brisk basketball- and running-shoe sales have helped. Hicks has also played America’s fitness craze masterfully, making well-timed pushes in apparel and the children’s and women’s business. And he’s spruced up stores with new displays and mannequins. Hicks’s successor, COO Richard Johnson, has some big shoes to fill. —E.F. Story

Pick Your Favorite Army Win

Yes, we know. It’s been a while—but we never lose hope! In an effort to forget the past 13 years, here are 13 games to remember in anticipation for Army’s return to glory on December 13, 2014. Take a look at the rollups and decide which one will inspire you to keep the faith that 2014 will be our year!

BG Anderson ’78 to NAOC Board of Directors

BG(r) Steven Anderson ’78Maryville, TN, November 24, 2014 On November 20, 2014, during the NAOC Annual General Membership Meeting, RELYANT Global’s Chief Marketing Officer, BG (Retired) Steven M. Anderson, was honored to be elected to one of the eleven positions on the National Association of Ordinance Contractors (NAOC) Board of Directors, and also to one of six committee chairmen positions with his confirmed nomination as the Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee.

BG Anderson is a perfect election to both the Board of Directors, as well as Committee Chairman, as he served 30 years as a career US Army Ordnance Officer, and is a 1978 graduate of the United States Military Academy. BG Anderson’s military career was nothing short of remarkable. His final tour on active duty in 2008 was as the Director, Operations and Logistics Readiness, G43, on the Army staff at the Pentagon, where he lead a staff responsible for all Army logistics readiness reporting.  Full Story

Terrazas ’99 Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Terrazas ’99 Honored by Texas Bar FoundationMr. Kevin J. Terrazas, (B.S. Chemistry/Life Science, Distinguished Cadet, 1999) an attorney with Austin, Texas-based Weisbart Springer Hayes LLP, has been named as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas.

Do Your Holiday Shopping at WPAOGGiftshop.com

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Camacho ’13 a USMA Boxing Team Founder Going Strong!

Not many people are willing to get up at 4 a.m. every morning for an early-morning workout before work and spend their lunch break practicing punch sequences and drills with a boxing coach before finishing the day with dinner and a quick jog.

But then again, Giovanna Camacho is not like most people. She balances her job as a second lieutenant for 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and training for a tryout to join the All-Army Women’s Boxing Team for this year’s National Police Athletic League Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Sept. 27 to Oct. 4 in Oxnard, Calif. Full Story »

Pediatric Specialists of Virginia Name Moores ’84 1st CEO

Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) announced that Dr. Leon E. Moores assumed duties as its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective Tuesday, October 14. With Dr. Moores officially operating as CEO, PSV’s C-suite is complete. Gregg R. Florentin is serving as Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Hanway is our Chief Surgical Officer, and Dr. Ian Leibowitz is our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Moores’ primary focus will be on successfully developing and implementing strategic initiatives to position PSV as the leader in pediatric specialty care in the Northern Virginia region.

“It’s truly an honor to take on the role of CEO at PSV. We are a growing organization with talented physicians and staff who are dedicated to the mission of providing superb specialty care to our region’s children. This powerful partnership between Children’s National and Inova will leverage the resources and experience of both great organizations to the benefit of our patients and families,” Dr. Moores said. “As we continue to bring additional specialties on board at PSV we will increase our scope and clinical diversity, enabling us to do more and more of what we all love to do – take great care of kids.” PSV Release

COL(R) Johnson ’55 Named Veteran of the Year

A self-described poor country boy from the Deep South received a special honor from New York veterans on Saturday. Charles R. Johnson, who grew up in Mississippi and led soldiers in Vietnam between 1963 and 1971, rising to the rank of colonel, was named Veteran of the Year during a ceremony in the New York State Military Museum.

Johnson, 82, was born with a sharp wit, but he's a man with a serious past. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry, Johnson led troops in Vietnam on and off from the beginning of the war until past its peak. He served as a Vietnamese Ranger adviser, a special operations officer and battalion commander in the 9th and 25th Army infantry divisions.

Johnson received his military education through the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools and the Pathfinder Course. He retired as a colonel in 1981 after 26 years in the Army. Read More

Lancope Appoints Wild ’87 CISO

ATLANTA, - Lancope, Inc., a leader in network visibility and security intelligence, has appointed long-time information security and risk management professional Andrew Wild as its new chief information security officer (CISO). Wild has spent over 25 years developing effective, customer-driven information security, incident response, compliance and secure networking programs for IT and security organizations including Qualys and EMC. He is also an expert in building and securing cloud and SaaS environments.

Most recently, Wild was the CSO for security provider Qualys, where he was responsible for the risk management, security and compliance of both the internal enterprise network and the production SaaS environments. Previously, he was also responsible for the security of EMC Corporation's SaaS offerings as the company's manager of security engineering. Read More

James ’92 to Command the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade

LATHAM, NY -- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jack James will take command of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, whose members recently spent almost a year serving in Kuwait, during a Saturday morning ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility here. He replaces Col. Albert Ricci, who is retiring after almost 30 years of military service. Full Story

COL(R) Johnson ’55 Honored by the US Army

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York State Military Museum will play host to the 2014 Veteran of the Year Award sponsored by the Association of the United States Army and the Friends of the New York State Military Museum Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will recognize retired Army Col. Charles R. Johnson, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Johnson, who served in the Army for 26 years, was a Vietnamese Ranger adviser, an operations officer in a U.S. Special Operations Group and as a battalion commander in the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions. He retired from the Army in 1981. Johnson's assignments were primarily in troop leading positions, but also included two tours at his alma mater first in the Physical Education Department, and later in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools and the Pathfinder Course. He has graduate degrees from Columbia University and Penn State University. Read More

Grandson of MG Morelli ’56 (Deceased) Earns Rank of Eagle Scout


Max Morelli Grandson of MG Morelli 56Eagle Court of Honor recognizes the achievements of Eagle Scout who was inspired by his family history to assemble veteran’s stories for the Library of Congress
Fifteen-year-old Max Morelli will be honored for achieving the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, on October 25, 2014, after completing an Eagle service project that captured the personal stories of military veterans. The stories are archived as part of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, where they are available for future generations.

WELLESLEY, Massachusetts, October 21, 2014—Fifteen-year-old Max Morelli will be honored with Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, in a ceremony in Wellesley, Massachusetts on October 25.

For his Eagle service project, Max interviewed military veterans from World War II to the present, contributing the videos to the Veterans’ History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In his Eagle application, Max stated:

My project was inspired by important veterans in my family: my grandfather, Donald Morelli, a West Point graduate and Major General in the Army; my great-uncle, George Kane, a World War II POW; and Buck Good, my grandfather and a Navy veteran injured in a blimp crash in 1956. My grandfather Good and my great-uncle Kane were both Eagle Scouts. George Kane attributed his survival of the Bataan Death March and four years as a prisoner of war during World War II to the training he received in Boy Scouts.

For his Eagle project, Max conducted and recorded interviews of veterans who served in conflicts ranging from World War II to the most recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans interviewed for the project included residents of Wellesley, Massachusetts and of Max’s hometown of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Max’s grandfather, Buck Good, an Eagle Scout from 1953, served as an important mentor on the project.

Of his motivation to become an Eagle Scout, Max states, “In my generation, there are not as many people as there used to be with values that are based on code or creed. I feel that it’s important to have more young adults in the world who have values that benefit the entire community. The first step in making a change in the world is making the change in myself. That’s why it was important to me to pursue the Eagle Scout rank.”

Max Morelli is a ninth-grader at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He is the grandson of Major General Donald Ray Morelli (deceased), who is interred at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Corrinet ’02 Helping Students Achieve Holistic Well-Being

Unfortunately, too many of our students aren’t experiencing the benefits that come with being healthy in all aspects. Nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. Low-income students are less likely to have recess and participate in organized sports, and are more likely to live in neighborhoods without physical activity resources like parks and bike paths – making them more vulnerable to be overweight or obese.

While I’ve always been active, I started making the link between physical fitness and holistic well-being while in the Army. The physical training I experienced at West Point and as an infantry officer was paramount to me becoming a more disciplined and focused leader. As my physical abilities sharpened, so did my mental faculties – I couldn’t have made it through Ranger School or my year leading soldiers in Iraq without being at the top of my game.

The CrossFit Kids methodology gets kids to think and make good choices about what they eat. The high-intensity workouts also teach students hard work, grit, teamwork, and how to be leaders in their other classes and outside of school. This past year, 70 percent of my students ‘Agreed’ or “Strongly Agreed’ that CrossFit P.E. motivated and inspired them to participate in more sports and physical activities outside of school. One of my students shared, “CrossFit changed my life because I now feel the need to work out in order to feel healthy. It made me feel better about myself and I feel happier… This experience was the best.” Read More

Staab ’07 Leading From The Front

Leaving the Army was an incredibly difficult decision, but when I was accepted as a 2012 Teach For America Corps Member, I knew I would be able to continue my service to the country in a meaningful, albeit different, way. In retrospect, I had no idea what I was getting myself into – it turns out that teaching is one of the most challenging jobs I’ve ever taken on – but the lessons I learned in the military helped carry me through.

Instead of giving orders, I could give guidance and empower my Soldiers to excel. My Soldiers knew, and I hope still know, how deeply I care about them. That trust gave us confidence in one another, and gave us each the power to succeed. As a result, the teams I was a part of completed work above and beyond expectations, and we took a great deal of pride in our missions and even our daily responsibilities.

When kids know you care, they are willing to become the people you already know they are. And if they fail, and they will, there is great comfort in knowing that a person they trust will be there to pick them up again, a person they trust to help them start again, and a person they trust cheering them on (willing them even) as they continue to succeed in school and in life.

Another, well known, Army lesson is to lead from the front. At West Point and in Officer training courses, you hear it all the time. As a young leader in the Army, sometimes this means getting to work especially early, putting in longer hours, or just getting down to work and doing the heavy lifting. Regardless of the context, it is leading by example. Read More

Army Navy Boxing Classic 2014 Tickets on Sale Today!

Get your tickets now to witness the fierce competition of the Army Navy Boxing Classic, as Army gets set to square off against Navy on Friday December 12, 2014 at 10:00pm. Prelims begin at 9:30pm.  To be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Exhibit Hall G, Inner Harbor Baltimore. Army and Navy boxers will face off in seven action-packed bouts. www.ncbaboxing.tix.com

- On the floor/ringside:  $25
- General admission/bleachers:  $15

Live Internet Streaming:  $8
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Clamon ’07 Joins Miller And Martin

Miller & Martin PLLC announces the addition of Alex Clamon to the firm's Chattanooga office, focusing his practice in the Corporate and Securities practice group, and also joining the firm’s new Crisis Management practice group. A native of Dandridge, Tn., Mr. Clamon graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point, he lettered as a defensive lineman for the Army Black Knights football team and served as a cadet company commander. He then served on active duty as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Prior to attending law school, he worked as a graduate assistant coach for the Army Black Knights football program. He then worked as a consultant for Battelle Memorial Institute and as a project manager for Science Applications International Corporation, most notably planning life safety operations with the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms, which included training and advising Senate staff on emergency preparedness and ensuring OSHA and ADA compliance across all Senate emergency plans. Read More

Jeremy Klages ’92 Measure of Danger

Measure of Danger Jay Klages 92 Jeremy Klages, West Point Class of 1992 The Brave and the Few, recently self-published a Kindle eBook thriller called MEASURE OF DANGER by Jay Klages. Thomas & Mercer, the Amazon Publishing Mystery and Thriller Imprint, entered into a book deal with Jeremy to put his literary work into print, digital and audiobook formats with a target launch date of June 2015. Thomas & Mercer will also have the option on Jeremy’s sequel. The current eBook will remain on Amazon until republication. Jeremy took a chance by self-publishing his very first book on Amazon and thus far, his growing fan base rated his thriller at 4 ½ stars.

“The main character Kade Sims, a Home Depot employee, feels he has been unfairly dumped from the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Officer due to his hypomania condition, but he later discovers his condition is a unique asset when recruited by the FBI to infiltrate AgriteX; otherwise known as The Chapter whose tenets are Knowledge, Truth and Trust and if violated, are punishable by euthanasia.  The Chapter has infiltrated every level of Government from the local police forces, to the FBI, to political action committees. What nefarious plans are at work in The Chapter and how will Kade gain access to this notorious group? More importantly, how will he exfiltrate once his fact gathering mission is complete? This book is nonstop action and suspense; you won’t be able to put the book down until the end…but will the story and thrill really end? Get the eBook to find out!” – Cindy M. Boyd ’92.

Villanueva ’10 Honored Traveling with the Steelers

Alejandro Villanueva, who was signed to the Steelers' practice squad in early September, made the trip with the Steelers to Nashville this past Sunday for the game on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans. Practice-squad players generally don't travel with the team to road games.

"Just a sign or a token of our appreciation for not only the sacrifice he's made but all of the men and women in the history of our country," Tomlin said of the Steelers' decision to have Villanueva travel with them to Nashville. "Truly a humbling thing and it's great to have him be a part of us. It makes it personal in terms of understanding that sacrifice." Read More

First Call November 11th

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Honorable Mission of Wilcox ’92

One West Point Grad's Mission to Get Low-Income Students to College

James Willcox ’92 believes in two things: training and teamwork – the keys to success whether on the battlefield or in the classroom. A former Black Hawk pilot for the Army, James now oversees Aspire Public Schools, which serves more than 14,600 students in 38 schools across California and in Memphis, Tenn. with the goal of preparing students to earn a college degree.

Few people grow up with the goal of reforming education. James is no different. However, he has witnessed firsthand the benefits of an education – at West Point and beyond.

Quality public schools offer a better life for the students served. It’s that simple. Sadly, too many children do not have that option. James started his professional career not in education but in the Army leading troops. He made a switch professionally to allow his focus to be on that simple goal of helping others improve their lives through education.

Attending college is estimated to double lifetime earnings, lifting these children out of a cycle of poverty and into positions of authority. Under James’ leadership, Aspire has implemented innovative new models of teacher training, college readiness, and data-driven assessment of students that has led to 100 percent of graduates being accepted into college.

Hood ’83 Named SamCERA’s New CEO

Scott Hood ’83 Named SamCERA’s New CEOThe county’s $3 billion retirement plan board has named a new CEO starting this week to fill the shoes of his retiring predecessor. The board of the San Mateo County Employees’ Retirement Association unanimously chose Scott Hood in September after a nationwide recruitment. His new position was effective Nov. 9. He replaces David Bailey who is leaving in early 2015. Hood served as SamCERA’s information technology manager for two years before becoming assistant executive officer in 2002. For the last 12 years, Hood has managed the benefits, finance, information technology, communications and administrative staff of the association.

Hood said he was “both humbled and honored” to be chosen. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and all stakeholders to maintain SamCERA’s high level for performance while building for the future,” Hood said in a prepared statement. Hood has a bachelor’s of science in engineering from the United States Military Academy and a master’s of science in computer information systems from Boston University. He completed a military career as a U.S. Army reserve colonel last year, ending more than 30 years of combined active and reserve service. Full Story

NCAA's After the Game Feature Highlighting GEN Ray Odierno ’76

 A military career was not the plan, but now he’s the Army’s chief of staff

GEN Ray Odierno '76GEN. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, United States Army

When GEN. Raymond Odierno joined the football team at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1972, he hadn’t given much thought to a career in the Army. He didn’t come from a military family. He just wanted to play college football.

Now, more than 40 years later, he is the Army’s top leader in charge of more than 500,000 of America’s sons and daughters. Along the way, he became known for orchestrating one of the biggest military achievements in recent history: the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Full Story

West Point’s Newest “Classroom”

Cushing Medal of Honor CeremonyJust in time for Veterans Day, the United States Military Academy has rededicated Cullum Hall’s Pershing Room, which was gifted in 1976 by the Class of 1926, and renamed it the West Point War Memorial Room. In doing so, the Academy removed the hundred or so plaques for the Permanent Professors of USMA and replaced them with 1,157 2-inch by 8-inch nameplates (showing rank and class year) of graduates killed in action, died of wounds in combat or died as a POW in our Nation’s wars. During the ceremony, Colonel Ty Seidule, Department Head of History and Chair of the Museum and Historical Memorialization Committee, said that the new room both speaks to the Academy’s past and highlights its future. “I take all my classes here to understand the vital role West Point played and continues to play in the professionalization of the Army,” Seidule said, “and all the names speak to the sacrifice and the competence of USMA’s graduates.” Thus, in the room’s re-dedication, 100 or so professors have given away to more than 1,000 graduate teachers, and the first to “instruct” cadets was First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, Class of 1861 June, who posthumously just received the Medal of Honor last week, 151 years after his valorous act in the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.

Serving as an artillery commander in Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, Army of the Potomac, Cushing ignored severe wounds to his shoulder and abdomen and, as noted in the first edition (1868) of the Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy, “continued to pour grape and canister into the advancing columns of Rebels until they reached the very muzzles of his pieces.” Cushing’s gallant final act directly impacted the Union Army’s ability to repel the Confederate advance known as “Pickett’s charge” and turned the tide of the Civil War. Addressing the nearly 100 cadets attending the re dedication ceremony, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen ’75, the 59th Superintendent of West Point, said, “With the weight of the Nation on his back, Cushing responded to the call of duty and should remain today as an inspiration to us all.”

VA Secretary McDonald ’75, The VA The Way it Should Be.

DALLAS - The newly minted Secretary of Veterans Affairs told Dallas doctors that staffing is key for helping the VA recover from its massive scheduling scandal. Secretary Bob McDonald's comments come just months after a whistle-blower revealed lengthy appointment delays hidden by manipulated schedules at the Phoenix VA.

Several VA hospitals were placed under review, including the Dallas VA, where employees told Fox 4 the same thing was happening. The Dallas hospital is still under review. McDonald explains, "Our goal is simple: to provide quality medicine and first rate healthcare delivered with the same proactive courteous coordinated serves as the top ranked customer service companies in the county."

McDonald told some 15,000 members of the American Medical Association gathering in Dallas change is coming to the VA, and he offered a peek at his blue print.
It has 4 major points.

  • Improving health care immediately
  • Resetting the VA's culture of how employees relate to and act toward veterans
  • Transform from "sick care" to "health care" targeting preventable diseases
  • An efficient, transparent and accountable level of care.

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Veterans of War and Service

Many of the veterans currently enrolled at Harvard Law School carry the lessons learned in the military into the law school classroom. Their service and unique perspective enriches the entire HLS community, elevating awareness about the legal and policy issues affecting veterans and the significance of law in contemporary warfare.

Two years ago, stationed in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan as a platoon leader with the U.S. Army, then-Lieutenant David E. White Jr. ’17 found himself early one morning sipping tea with a village elder while explaining why his men were searching for bomb-making materials. Outreach to locals, and showing respect to their leaders, is essential in fighting the insurgency: “We want the local populace on our side as much as possible,” says White, a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“Little did I know, as I was leaning up against a six-inch wall made of mud, clay and hay, that behind that wall was over 300 pounds of homemade explosives,” recalls White, whose men found the cache hidden under a haystack. With that discovery, and the detention of seven insurgents, the mission crippled the region’s deadliest bomb-making cell. “Our platoon got very lucky that day,” he says.

During his year-long deployment, White, born and raised in upstate New York to a family with a history of military service, led his 21-man platoon on other missions including re-integrating former Taliban fighters into Afghan society, training more than 150 Afghan National Security Forces on the role of the military and police in a constitutional society, and leading his unit’s strike force to partner with special forces from various branches of the U.S military and other nations to capture mid-level Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents. To undermine Taliban funds, White also instituted an alternative seed program for local farmers to persuade them not to grow poppy.  Continue Reading »

[from Harvard Law Today]

Gulakowski ’69 to Host Veteran Day Show

Denis Gulakowski 69-1st Veterans Day Show at WEBR Radio - Nov 2002Radio personality and Vietnam vet, Denis Gulakowski  “The Big G,” will be hosting his annual Veterans Day celebration radio show during K-Radio Flashback, airing on cable radio station WEBR Radio Fairfax Sunday 9 November 2014.  This year’s show will feature Number 1 hits of various Veterans Days and notable events in US conflicts, as well as selections from the American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) that are over 40 years old.  K-Radio Flashback is a two-hour oldies/nostalgia show that airs 8-10 PM Eastern Time Sundays on Cox & Verizon Cable TV Channels  37  and 837 in Fairfax County, VA, Comcast Channel 27 in Reston, VA and worldwide on the internet at www.k-radio.net

Alonzo Cushing 1861 Receiving Medal of Honor Posthumously

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to the family of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing USMA Class of 1861. 1st Lt. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for conspicuous gallantry while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. For more information and to watch the ceremony, click here: http://go.usa.gov/7rEd

450 Grads from the Class of ’84

450 Grads from the Class of ’84 Post game tailgate 450 grads from the Class of 1984 for an aerial group photo at their post-game tailgate! Thank you again for your generous gift.

’89 Reunion Gift to The Point

The Class of '89 $600,000 Gift! Thank you to the Class of 1989 for its 25th reunion gift of $600,000 in support of the Combating Terrorism Center! We Strengthen the Line!

The Class of ’84 Gives Back!

Class of '84 Gift of 1.1 Million! Thank you to the Class of 1984 for its 30th reunion gift of $1.1 million for West Point! Nearly 400 grads gave to their class gift fund in support of the new West Point Visitors Center and the Fallen Graduates Memorial Scholarship!

VA Secretary McDonald ’75 to Appear on 60 Minutes11/9

Secretary McDonald Brings 60 Minutes to VA Boston While touring VA Boston, McDonald talked to researchers, doctors, nurses, administrators, and Veterans with a 60 Minutes camera crew there to capture it all.

“I’m pleased that Secretary McDonald is touring VA Boston,” said Vincent Ng, Director, VA Boston Healthcare System. “Boston is known for cutting edge medicine, sought after programs, educated and highly skilled employees, and world renowned educational affiliations,” he said.

VA has been scrutinized by the press, Congress, and the President; yet, McDonald stood in town hall meetings and asked Veterans, VA employees, and Veterans Service Organizations for feedback with cameras rolling.

McDonald answered questions candidly, and delivered a positive message that promised change and encouraged excellence.

“We are a customer service organization and we’re here to serve Veterans! We’re going to take a look at our organization and see what gets in the way – and we’re going to change it,” said McDonald. Read More

First Call November 4th

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The “Proud & Great” from the Class of 1978


SEC Award Named for Wheeler ’66

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has created an annual award to go to an SEC Employee or other individual who exemplifies outstanding charitable work or volunteerism on behalf of America’s veterans. The award is named after the late John P. “Jack” Wheeler ’66, in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of Veterans. The first recipient of the award will be Susan Schneider, founder of the SEC Veterans Committee. Last year, under her leadership, the SEC was the largest single contributor to the District of Columbia’s Toys for Tots drive. The award presentation will be during the SEC’s Memorial Day Program in May 2015. Chair Mary Jo White and Commissioner Dan Gallagher will present the award.

Wheeler was best known for his Chairmanship of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which raised over eight million dollars in private donations and succeeded in getting Congress to pass a bill approving a site on the National Mall for Maya Lin's controversial design, now known simply as the Wall.

Mumford ’93 Appointed Classic Party Rentals CEO

LOS ANGELES--Classic Party Rentals (“Classic” or the “Company”), the nation’s leading event rental and services provider, announced the appointment of Brent Mumford as Chief Executive Officer effective November 10, 2014. “We are excited to have Brent join Classic as its new Chief Executive Officer” “We are excited to have Brent join Classic as its new Chief Executive Officer,” said Jason Scheir, Chairman of the Board. “Brent’s leadership, operational expertise and track record of growing revenues will position the Company for a strong future.”

“I am both humbled and thrilled to be chosen as Classic Party Rentals’ new CEO,” Mumford said. “Classic has a great track record in the industry and I look forward to working with our talented team as we continue to expand and build the brand on a national level.”

Mumford brings nearly two decades of progressive leadership experience in sales, operations and P&L management with significant knowledge of rental business models. He most recently served as Vice President and General Manager for Sullair and before that was CEO of Hi-Way Equipment Company. From 2002-2009, Mumford worked at NES Rentals where he held multiple leadership roles including Region Vice President and Vice President of Operations. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Business Development at Advanced Navigation and Positioning Corporation (ANPC) as well as Director of Product Management and Sales at Comstor. Read More

Brennan ’66 Receives Physician Community Service Award

Michael W Brennan 66RALEIGH, NCMichael W. Brennan, MD received the E. Harvey Estes Physician Community Service Award from the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) at the society’s Annual Meeting in Greensboro on October 24th-25th. The award recognizes a physician who not only excels in individual patient care, but also serves the larger community. Dr. Brennan is receiving this award because of his devoted service to his patients, state and nation through quality patient care, working to ensure future health care leaders and spreading this message internationally.
Dr. Brennan devoted 20 years of his career to the Army, serving as an aviator for the Army Intelligence Agency during the Vietnam War and as chief of surgery at Fort Bragg, where he gained experience as a comprehensive ophthalmologist. After retiring from the Army, he joined an ophthalmology practice in Burlington, NC.

Dr. Brennan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and, after serving in the Vietnam War, attended Stanford University’s aeronautics and astronautics program to pursue his dream of becoming an astronaut. He quickly realized aeronautics was not his calling and went on to attend medical school at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
Dr. Brennan not only helps to assist his state and nation, he also travels extensively to meet with doctors at global events to discuss practice issues and advocate for quality patient care. He has used his demonstrated leadership skills to become an instrumental part in training future leaders as cofounder of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation’s Leadership College.
Dr. Elizabeth Kanof, the Leadership College’s cofounder, once remarked: “A previous attempt at a leadership program in our state was not successful, but, under Mike’s guidance and with his enthusiasm, future medical leaders in our county and state societies and communities are ensured.”

Army vs Western Kentucky Tailgate

Army Football 2014Rally at this pre-game tailgate brought to you by the West Point Society of Middle Tennessee!!!
Rock the Black and Gold with grads, parents, friends, and Army fans at the Army vs. WKU pre-game tailgate on November 15 from 7:30-11:30am.
Rally for the Army Team with the Rabs and Cadet Spirit Band while enjoying tailgate fare and meeting up with old (and new) friends!
Call 1-800-5-BIGRED to register.


San Antonio Career Conference

San Antonio Career Conference If you are interested in learning more about the current hiring climate in the business world, thinking about a change in your career path, or contemplating returning to school to finally get that advanced degree consider attending SACC!

Service Academy Career Conferences (SACCs) are held four times annually in Savannah, Georgia, Washington, DC, San Diego, California, and San Antonio, Texas. The next Conference is November 20-21, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is open until November 3, 2013 so be sure to register today! More information is available online at SACC-jobfair.com.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at careers@wpaog.org with your questions!

Guarino ’82 Appointed to Liquid Holdings Group Board

Guarino ’82 Appointed to Liquid Holdings Group Board Liquid Holdings Group, Inc., a provider of cloud-based investment management solutions for the financial community, announced that Alan Guarino will join its Board of Directors.

Mr. Guarino currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Global Financial Services Practice at Korn Ferry, where he is responsible for ensuring that the Firm's largest client relationships have access to the full range of their human capital solutions.

He also leads senior executive search and C-suite succession assignments for large Fortune 500 companies, as well as cutting edge FinTech companies within capital markets. His expertise spans indices, rating agencies, exchanges, clearing firms, technology/data/analytics, and processing companies. Read More

Army vs UCONN Tailgate at Yankee Stadium

Army Football at Yankees Stadium Courtesy of MLB


Join us at a private Go Army tailgate inside the stadium. Come for a great pre-game menu and cash bar, all in a specially reserved venue for Army Fans! Space is limited so register now.

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First Call October 25th

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Cadets marching Army Navy Game


2014 Veteran of the Year

On Saturday 15 November 2014 at 1 pm the 2014 Veteran of the Year Award Ceremony will be held in the New York State Military Museum. The Annual Award is Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Military Museum and the Capital District of New York Chapter of the Association of the US Army. Guest Speaker will be The Adjutant General of NY, MG Patrick Murphy, a Veteran. Congressman Chris Gibson, also a Veteran, will attend and present a US Flag. The Public is welcome.

The 2014 Awardee is Colonel, Retired, Charles R. Johnson, a 26 year US Army Officer who served in Viet Nam as a Vietnamese Ranger Advisor, Operations Officer in a US Special Operations Group and as a Battalion Commander in the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions.

COL Charlie Johnson graduated from the US Military Academy, West Point, NY in 1955 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry. His assignments were primarily in troop leading positions, but also included two tours at his Alma Mater first in the Physical Education Department, and later in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools and the Pathfinder Course. He has graduate degrees from Columbia University and Penn State University. He retired from the US Army in 1981.

Since arriving in the Capital District in 1999, COL Johnson has been active in community service, including Troy Mayor’s Ethics Committee, Board of Trustees of Oakwood Cemetery, Habitat for Humanity, and the NYS Governor’s Commission for State Veterans Cemeteries. He is a member and past President of the Tri County Council Vietnam Era Veterans, American Legion Post 1610, VFW Post 8444, Veterans of Lansingburgh, the Rensselear County Veterans Organization and Stratton VA Center Volunteer DAV Van Driver. He also serves on an Advisory Board for a Leadership Program at Duke University and is President of his West Point Class.

COL Johnson is married to Trudy Hall, Head of Emma Willard School. He has three children: Sam, US Army Colonel (Ret), West Point Class of 1982; Joe, a resident at Baddour Memorial Center in Senatoria, MS; and Wendy, a fabric designer in Providence, RI.

Curran ’09 Takes First Place in Marine Corps Marathon

Curran ’09 First Place in Marine Corps Marathon In the male division, Spc. Samuel Kosgei came in first with a time of 2:22:11, and fellow Soldier Spc. Laban Sialo clocked 2:23:48. After the race, when Kosgei learned that a female Soldier also won, he beamed and said simply, "that's awesome." That female Soldier would be Curran, a field artillery officer. She too has an interesting story. This was her first marathon, she said, and it was totally unexpected.

She explained that there were some injuries on the female Army team and she was asked to fill in for someone just two weeks prior to the race. "I wasn't expecting that." Curran simply willed herself to win. "You can't quit because you're wearing 'Army' and you don't want to let your team members down," she related. But Curran didn't describe the race as brutal. It was actually a lot of fun, she said in a chipper voice immediately after winning. She added that the Marines did a good job running the marathon and the entire experience made her especially "proud to be an American." Read More

Joyce ’02 Named Rampage GM

Joyce ’02 Named Rampage GM Florida Panthers Executive Vice-President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Eric Joyce has been named General Manager of the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage. In his new role, Joyce will serve as the point person for all hockey operations matters associated with Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Joyce was an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy where he taught Cadets Counterterrorism and Homeland Security. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Joyce also held numerous positions in the government and the private sector focusing on national security. Joyce served as an Army Captain in Operation Iraqi Freedom III in Mosul, Iraq, from 2004-2005 and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star and the Valorous Unit Citation. Read More

Mackin ’88 CryoLife CEO Elected to Board

Mackin ’88 CryoLife CEO Elected to Board CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY), a leading medical device and tissue processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, announced today that James Patrick (Pat) Mackin, President and Chief Executive Officer, has been elected to the Company's Board of Directors, effective October 21, 2014. Steven G. Anderson, Executive Chairman of CryoLife, stated, "Since joining the Company in September, Pat has proven to be an excellent leader who is well positioned to maximize CryoLife's potential.  His addition to the Board will allow us to draw on his significant experience as we refine and enhance our strategic growth plans."

Mr. Mackin joined CryoLife in September 2014 from Medtronic, Inc., where he most recently served as President of Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, the company's largest operating division. Mr. Mackin is a highly respected professional with more than 20 years of medical device industry experience.  At Medtronic, he previously held the positions of Vice President, Vascular, Western Europe and Vice President & General Manager, Endovascular Business Unit. Prior to joining Medtronic in 2002, Mr. Mackin worked for six years at Genzyme, Inc. serving as its Senior Vice President & General Manager for the Cardiovascular Surgery Business Unit and, earlier, as Director of Sales, Surgical Products division. Before joining Genzyme, he spent four years at Deknatel/Snowden-Pencer, Inc. in various roles and three years as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. Read More

Final Call for Nominations

This is the last week to submit nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Graduate Award and the 2015 Thayer Award. USMA Classes and West Point Societies may nominate up to two Graduates for the 2015 DGA. Classes, Societies, and individual graduates may nominate great Americans to receive the Thayer Award. Please note the criteria and nomination guidelines for both awards. November 3, 2014 is a hard deadline: NO nominations or endorsements accepted after that date.

Bergen ’01 Wins Rutgers Business Plan Competition

Brian Bergen ’01 Brian Bergen said he learned the fundamentals of business while serving in the military. Now that training has paid off with a $20,000 award. Although Bergen admitted he has no green thumb, his company is raking in the green with anticipated annual revenues of $150,000 this year. In Bergen’s entry, employees log each service visit on a mobile application and submit the notes and records of work performed to the clients via email. This streamlines the entire process for both customers and staff. “A young entrepreneur can find one of these service industries with slow-moving, outdated processes and use new technology to be more efficient and look more impressive to potential customers,” Bergen said.

Before studying entrepreneurship at Rutgers, Bergen received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and spent eight years in the U.S. military, where he also served in Iraq. Bergen attributes much of his hands-on business success to the military, where he honed his skills in risk taking, decision making and self-discipline. Bergen Botanicals, a service-disabled veteran-owned business, donates 20 percent of its profits to organizations supporting veterans with disabilities.

Xenos ’84 Elected to Regenesis Biomedical Board

John Xenos '84 The Board elected two new members: R. King Nelson and John S. Xenos, MD.  Scott Brooks, Dr. John Xenos is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and earned his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He then served as the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was directly involved in the treatment of the 75th Ranger Regiment, as well as other infantry units. Dr. Xenos followed his passion for joint replacement and completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at the Anderson Orthopedic Research Institute in Virginia. He then returned to Walter Reed as the Director of Adult Reconstruction, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Corps. Dr Xenos is active in the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Colorado. Read More

Research Grant Award Announcement

LTC Luis Alvarez 97In a first for West Point faculty, LTC Luis Alvarez, Ph.D., an Academy Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, has been awarded a 3.7 million dollar research grant from the US Army Medical Materiel and Research Command to investigate a novel technology designed to improve the regrowth of bone in combat-related injuries. LTC Alvarez will manage the execution of this grant and will oversee the research teams as they conduct the experiments to assess these novel bone regrowth technologies using the delivery of BMP-2, or Bone Morphological Protein, to regrow bone following traumatic injury. He has established a wealth of new opportunities for West Point cadets and faculty to participate in this Army-relevant research program through both academic year research projects at West Point and the summer IAD(A) opportunities at the partner labs (Institute for Surgical Research, National Cancer Institute, The Mayo Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic). LTC Alvarez, a 1997 graduate of West Point and a Hertz Scholar, originally branched Military Intelligence before completing his doctoral studies and research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As the Director of the Center for Molecular Science, LTC Alvarez manages all research and outreach efforts within the Department of Chemistry and Life Science.

Wood ’85 Commands 38th Infantry Division

MG Wood ASUDavid Wood ’85 was promoted to Major General on 1 October 2014, and took command of the 38th Infantry Division on 18 October 2014, in a change of command ceremony in Indianapolis, Indiana.  His previous assignment (since 2011) was Deputy CG (Operations), 38th ID.  The outgoing commander was MG Joseph L. Culver.

Melcher ’76 Receives AUSA Dixon Award

David Melcher AUSA Dixon AwardExelis Chief Executive Officer and President David F. Melcher has been recognized by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Council of Trustees as the John W. Dixon Award recipient for 2014. The John W. Dixon Award is presented annually to “an individual of the industrial community contributing to national defense.” According to the AUSA Council of Trustees, the award was created, “to recognize the unique and direct contributions of American industry to the security of the nation and to honor the partnership between the Army and American industry that has produced the most effective and best equipped land force in history.” 

The first-ever John W. Dixon award was presented to its namesake in 1989.  Dixon entered the Army during World War II as a private, served two and a half years in combat in Europe, and left the service as a first lieutenant in 1946. The Council of Trustees selected Dixon to recognize, “his many exceptional achievements as a soldier and government official, scholar and academician, industrial executive and public leader,” according to AUSA.

Melcher, who retired as a lieutenant general after 32 years of service, last served as the Army’s military deputy for budget and deputy chief of staff for programs at the Pentagon. Since leading a spinoff from former parent company ITT Corporation in 2011, Melcher has made Exelis a partner of choice for the Army, empowering Exelis employees to bring efficient, mission-critical capabilities to soldiers on the ground. Read More

Jimenez ’01 Served as Keynote Speaker

CPT Jose Jimenez recently served as the keynote speaker for the Camp Arifjan Hispanic Heritage Month observance.
Reflecting on his Costa Rican heritage, his dreams of becoming an astronaut, and experience as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Jimenez addressed his pride as an officer in the United States Army and attributed his success to his family and culture.

“My dream has changed a little bit as I grew up, from being an astronaut, to becoming an engineer, and then a soldier. But throughout my life, I have always remembered the lessons from mi abuelo (my grandfather), mi mama (my mother), and mi papa (my father).” Jimenez also addressed the challenges with becoming a West Point cadet because of his Costa Rican citizenship at the time of his application. Read More

Robert Spignesi ’91 New CEO of Rapid Micro Biosystems

Rapid Micro Biosystems, a leading provider of automated, non-destructive, rapid microbial detection, announced today that its Board of Directors has named seasoned industry veteran Robert Spignesi as the company's next chief executive officer. As the new CEO of Rapid Micro Biosystems, Rob's priorities will be leading the Company to support the business expansion and widespread adoption of the Growth Direct™ System.

Rob has more than 20 years of leadership experience and joined Rapid Micro Biosystems most recently from Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he was a Vice President and General Manager, Americas. Previously, Rob was the VP of Global Strategy, Marketing and Business Development for Fisher Scientific and held senior roles at McKesson Corporation and its affiliates, including EVP Operations and Development and Vice President of Sales and Business Development within the pharmacy systems and automation group. Earlier in his career, he was a senior consultant within the Life Sciences and Healthcare practice of Deloitte Consulting and an aviation officer with the U.S. Army. Read More

Grant ’71 Longbow Book Release

Are you a fan of old fashioned adventure tales? Then prepare to travel back to the age of Richard the Lionheart and Robin Hood in the pages of LONGBOW, the beginning novel in the SAGA OF ROLAND INNESS trilogy.
Longbow Wayne Grant 71About the book
Roland Inness desperately needs meat for his starving family, but he takes the wrong deer on the wrong nobleman’s land. Worse yet, he uses his longbow, a weapon outlawed and suppressed by the Norman overlords of England. Now they are coming for him. With one shot the 14 year old peasant boy is launched on a desperate flight that takes him from the mountains of Derbyshire to the wild frontier of Wales and on to the court of Richard the Lionheart.  Along the way he is hunted by a paid killer, aided by a strange monk named Tuck, and taken in by a gruff Norman knight, who values his amazing skill with the bow.  That skill and his courage are sorely tested as he fights to earn the trust of his new master.
“An action-adventure set in 12th-century England, this is an appealing read filled with bows and arrows, sword fights, and the like. …By celebrating Roland’s courage and bravery, the author gives audiences an engaging hero they can easily root for.” ~Publishers Weekly
This is an ideal book for lovers of high adventure and particularly for young men who might be persuaded to put down the game controller for a real adventure!  LONGBOW is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions. Search by author or title.

Wayne Grant is a graduate of West Point. He served in the US Army with the 1st Armored Division in Erlangen, Germany and with the 4/7th Cavalry Squadron in Yongugol, South Korea.  He later served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (FM) from 1984-1988.

Coach K ’69 to Receive Prestigious Marshall Medal

Coach K DURHAM, N.C. –Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will added to his impressive awards resume receiving the 2014 George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest award presented by the Association of the United States Army. Awarded annually to an individual who has exhibited selfless service to the United States of America, presented to Krzyzewski by the Association’s Council of Trustees at the George Catlett Marshall Memorial Dinner, the final event of the Association’s three-day Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington.

Krzyzewski will be recognized for his contributions to the United States of America as a strong supporter of national defense and those men and women who have served or are now serving to protect our freedom and liberty. Photo courtesy of Duke Read More.

Hall of Fame Honors ’08, ’46, ’90, ’39, ’70, ’53, ’64, ’48, ’55, ’27

WEST POINT, N.Y.  - Highlighting a host of honors and national accolades, the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was enshrined Friday night. Beginning with the plaque unveiling ceremony at the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside the Kimsey Athletic Center and ending with a black-tie banquet at Eisenhower Hall, the Class of 2014 was celebrated. Ben Holden of CBS Sports Network served as master of ceremonies. Army Athletic Director Boo Corrigan offered remarks during the plaque unveiling while Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen spoke at the banquet.

Three individual NCAA champions, a three-time National Invitational Tournament participant, league boxing champion, a three-time soccer All-America selection, a West Point graduate who served as team physician, a West Point graduate who served as head football coach and later Superintendent, an offensive lineman that opened holes for two Heisman Trophy winners and won three national championships  and the Academy's first wrestling All-America choice are among the many honors of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Rifleman Chris Abalo, football and wrestling standout John Green, women's swimming national champion Jennifer Grzbek, boxer Donald Hull, men's basketball star Jim Oxley, wrestling and football letterwinner Al Paulekas, track and field and cross country extraordinaire Bill Straub, men's soccer's Tom Tyree, Dr. John Feagin and former Superintendent Gar Davidson comprise the Class of 2014. Read More

Salter ’45 To Be Honored at Fitzgerald Festival

James Salter ’45 James Salter will read from his work and receive the Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature on Saturday evening. Earlier in the day, Salter will teach a writing workshop open to the public. Salter, who served in the Korean War, wrote about his combat experience in his first novel, “The Hunters” (1957). He has gone on to write many more novels, short stories and works of nonfiction. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rhea Award.

In 2013, reviewing “All That Is” - his first novel in almost 35 years - Lisa Zeidner wrote that the story provides “what Salter has always offered: a plaintive, impressionistic look at how we live in time, how little we ever understand about the amorphous shape of our own lives.” Read More

Class of ’74 Presented its 40th Reunion Gift

Class of 74 Gift Presentation at MichieThe Class of 1974 presented its 40th reunion gift of $4,074,074.74 for the West Point Visitors Center—the largest class gift ever presented to West Point! Since graduation, Class of 1974 members have given more than $10 million to West Point.

The Visitors Center is General Caslen’s number one priority within the For Us All Campaign. This new 15,000-square foot facility is envisioned as an “experience hub” featuring a striking entry pavilion, high-tech exhibits, a state-of-the-art theater, and new artifacts. In recognition of its gift, the Class of 1974 will name the center’ atrium.

“The Class of 1974’s gift makes a significant impact for the Visitors Center, the campaign, and West Point,” says WPAOG Vice President of Development Kristin Sorenson. “We greatly appreciate the leadership, energy, and support that each and every class member contributed.”

“We are excited to play a lead role in the development of the new Visitors Center,” says Class President Robert Mixon ‘74. “The Visitor Center might be the only impression an individual has of our Alma Mater when he or she leaves Highland Falls. It has to be memorable, and that is why the Class of 1974 has stepped up again.” Click here to see » Photos « from the game.

Parent Newsletter, October 2014

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Parent Newsletter October 2014

Portis ’04 Commemorates Orange County Veterans

Stoney Portis '04On September 29, MAJ Stoney Portis was the keynote speaker at the Orange County Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony in Goshen, NY. The event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Hindenburg Line during World War I. Forty men from Orange County died on September 29, 1918 while fighting as members of the 107th Infantry, a New York State National Guard Regiment. During the event, MAJ Portis honored the fallen by discussing the lasting effects of the Great War, which include the Army’s combat and operational stress control program, the educational curriculum of the officer corps at West Point, and the esprit de corps of military service members and their families.

Class of ’04

Class of 2004 giftThe Class of 2004 made its first reunion gift to West Point in October and set new records for a 10-year reunion gift in both the size of its gift and in the participation of class members. Its gift of $550,000 beat the previous record of $520,000, and the campaign had a 76-percent participation rate among class members, beating the previous participation record of 64 percent. 

The Class of 2004 designated its gift to three specific For Us All Campaign needs: the Visitors Center, the Academy Scholars Program, and the Semester Abroad Program. General Caslen has deemed each of these needs as priorities for the Academy within the campaign, and the Class of 2004’s gift provides great momentum towards achieving these fundraising goals.

First Call October Special Edition

Don't miss out on this month's Special Edition First Call as we focus on the impact of gifts to West Point.

- Cadet Activities
- Academy Scholars and Semester Abroad Programs
- Special Gift from Dr. Harry Van Trees '52
- Outreach from cadets to future cadets

If you have missed any edition of First Call you can find them in the online archives

BG Wesley ’86 "Big Red One"

FORT RILEY (KSNT) – The 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters cased its colors at a ceremony Wednesday morning at Fort Riley’s Victory Park in preparation for its deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility.

The 1st Inf. Div.’s Deputy Commanding General for Support, Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley took the reins of the “Big Red One” rear detachment at the ceremony.

Wesley has been assigned to the 1st Inf. Div. previously and served as the commander of the 1st Inf. Div.’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. Wesley was most recently the director for plans at the ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan. Read More

McBrayer ’74 Appointed to Misonix Board of Directors

Misonix, Inc. an international surgical device company, announced today the appointment of Patrick McBrayer to the Company's Board of Directors effective immediately. With more than 20 years of senior management experience in the healthcare industry, Patrick McBrayer has extensive relevant industry experience to the Misonix Board. Mr. McBrayer currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of AxioMed Spine Corporation, a leading, privately-held, developer of next generation technology for degenerative spine conditions.

Prior to AxioMed, Mr. McBrayer was Chief Executive Officer of Xylos Corporation, a medical biomaterials company. He is also a Founder of Transave Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the site-specific treatment of lung disease. Prior to joining Xylos, Mr. McBrayer served as President and CEO of Exogen, Inc., a company focused on the non-invasive treatment of musculoskeletal injury and disease, which was acquired by Smith & Nephew, Inc. in 1999.

Previously, Mr. McBrayer was President and CEO of Osteotech, Inc., a worldwide leader in tissue technology. In both companies, he was responsible for a number of private placements and both companies' public offerings and led these organizations to dominant market share positions. He received the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 1998 for a biological implant for bone repair that is now a market-leading product. Prior to joining Osteotech, Mr. McBrayer held positions of increasing responsibility for Johnson & Johnson, Inc.

A 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point), Mr. McBrayer served as an Infantry Officer Company Commander in the U.S. Army prior to beginning his business career. Mr. McBrayer has also served on West Point's Association of Graduates Board of Trustees.

BG Clarke ’84 Takes Command of the 82nd Airborne Division

Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., right, shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/144262/all-americans-change-command#.VDKYZhbIKRw#ixzz3FN7VU100 FORT BRAGG, N.C. - In a time-honored tradition that dates back centuries, the 82nd Airborne Division conducted a change of command ceremony, Oct. 3 at Pike Field.

During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke assumed command of the division from Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson, Jr. As he concluded his remarks, Nicholson said that there was no finer officer and leader to take the reins of the division than Brig. Gen. Richard Clarke.

Clarke, who was most recently the commandant of cadets at the United States Military Academy, said he and his family are humbled to be joining the ranks of the division again. As Clarke continued with his remarks, he spoke directly to the sea of sun-drenched paratroopers on the parade field.

“What I pledge to this entire division, with all my heart and all my soul, is that I will give 100 percent every day, and that I will lead by example in all regards,” he said. Clarke continued, promising he would do everything he could to ensure that the paratroopers and families of the division are well-resourced and well-led. Read More

COL Fleming ’89 New COO of Walton Group

RESTON, Va. The Walton Group of Companies announced today that Colonel Edward Fleming, US Army, Retired has joined Walton Development and Management (WDM) as Chief Operating Officer for North America. In this new role, Colonel Fleming will manage the day-to-day operations for Walton’s 88,000 acres of land under administration and 21 development projects throughout the United States and Canada. As a top executive, Colonel Fleming will play a vital role in helping to shape the future of the Walton Group of Companies.

Before joining Walton, Colonel Fleming was the Executive Director of Civil Works and Emergency Operations for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, where he was part of the leadership team that had oversight responsibility of a 194-person directorate managing the nation’s $5.4 billion civic works program comprised of infrastructure with a capital stock value of $192 billion, 170 field offices and 23,000 employees.

During his distinguished career with the US Army, Colonel Fleming managed some of the most pressing and high-profile infrastructure challenges faced by the United States. Following Hurricane Katrina, Colonel Fleming managed the reconstruction of the $14.5 billion Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System in greater New Orleans. The project included 133 miles of levees, floodwalls and gates and the largest drainage pump station in the world. He also oversaw the adjudication of more than 1,800 federal permits each year under the Clean Water and Rivers and Harbors Acts balancing the need for environmental protection and economic development.

Mr. Fleming holds a B.A. in Civil Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Read More

Wrendon P. Hunt ’05 Appointed to Class of White House Fellows

Wendon Hunt 05The President's Commission on White House Fellowships announced the appointment of the 2014-2015 Class of White House Fellows. The Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, varied professions, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and leadership.

The program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders "firsthand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, and a proven commitment to public service. Additional information about the program: www.whitehouse.gov/fellows.

Wrendon P. Hunt of Midland, Mich., was the Associate Commercial Director and previously North America senior product manager for Dow Solar at Dow Chemical Company. Preceding his employment with Dow, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.

Hunt completed two Western Pacific Deployments in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom and led the pre-deployment preparations for two ships as a Training Liaison Officer for Afloat Training Group San Diego. Outside of the office, he served as Dow's focal point for the 100K Veteran's Job Mission, on the Advisory Board for the Children's Ministry in his local church, and as a regular volunteer at the Juvenile Correction Center and Humane Society.

Hunt received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. Read More

Davies ’86 Joins Tiberi Service Academy Nomination Board

U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) announced Monday that Morrow County resident Patricia Davies would join the 12th Congressional District Service Academy Board. Pat Davies graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 with a degree in mechanical engineering and earned the rank of captain before leaving military service.

“I’m pleased to welcome Patricia to the Service Academy Appointment Board. As a service academy alumna, she will know first-hand what attributes will help a candidate succeed both in the academy and in the military,” said Congressman Tiberi.

Following her graduation from West Point, Davies served in the 24th Battalion, 24th Infantry Division stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia as both a shop officer and the Executive Officer. She is currently the Director of Operations for Morrow County. Read More