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COL(R) Crossley ’80 Centerstone's Exec Dir of Military Svc

We are thrilled to announce Centerstone has hired retired Colonel Kent Crossley as the Executive Director of Centerstone Military Services (CMS). Courage Beyond is a program of Centerstone Military Service along with Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), Veterans Entering Transition (VET) Home, and Indiana Veterans Behavioral Health Network.

Kent served in multiple command and leadership positions, including: Commander of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Ft. Campbell, Ky., Commander of the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade in Portland, Ore. and Iraq, Chief of the Center for Army Lessons-Learned in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Special Forces Operations Officer in Iraq, and Lessons-Learned Team Leader in Norfolk, Va.

Also a 15-year U.S. Forest Service civil engineer, Kent retired from military service in 2010 for a role with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) in Washington, D.C., a defense contractor working with the military to reduce improvised explosive device casualties and develop equipment for IED detection. For the last two years, Kent has served as owner and president of Libre Energy Utility Professionals, a small business that reduces energy consumption in commercial and industrial buildings. Read More

Nash ’01 Helping Homeless Veterans Find Employment

CPT Justin Nash is bringing the leadership skills he mastered on the battlefield to help his fellow veterans at home. Nash was awarded several honors for his bravery including the Bronze Star. But, a shoulder injury and nerve damage in his elbows cut his military career short. “To this day, I'm upset that I'm not able to serve. My body let me down,” Nash, who is a father of six, said. “The sense of purpose that comes with being a leader of men especially a leader of men in combat. That's a very difficult and challenging thing to step away from. Click here to watch the video.

It's a non-profit geared at reducing veteran homelessness, unemployment and helping them adjust back into civilian life. Learn more about 'Til Duty is Done. “It's really our duty, our obligation, our responsibility, to serve our veterans as they transition, out and enter this very challenging environment,” Justin Nash said. Justin Nash said that veterans should feel comfortable reaching out for help. Read More

Noles ’90 Awarded the AHF Greenshaw Svc Award

Jim Noles was awarded the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF)’s Wayne Greenhaw Service Award at the AHF’s annual awards luncheon for his leadership on the organization’s board of directors and his successful efforts to establish the AHF’s first endowment. Jim served on the AHF’s board for nine years and served two years as its chairman. Jim is a partner at Balch & Bingham LLP, a corporate law firm, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he practices environmental law. AHF, Alabama’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects Alabama’s communities through engagement in the humanities, tailoring its programs and funding projects to address prevalent needs. More information on the AHF is available at www.alabamahumanities.org.

MAJ Horn ’01 Making a Difference with Veterans

Horn told local veterans the ceremony is part of the Maine Veterans Services partnering with the national 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War to honor veterans.

Horn encouraged all Maine veterans to contact her office with any questions about their benefits. Horn believed many veterans who suffer from combat related issues are reluctant to access benefits they’ve earned.

She encouraged them to think differently, and not succumb to believing other veterans’ ailments are more deserving. She told them veterans are entitled to such benefits as doctor’s care, assisted living programs, and burial in a military cemetery.

“You didn’t have to be shot in combat to qualify,” she said. “You’ve earned those benefits, so don’t leave them on the table.” 

She encouraged all veterans to contact her at the Maine Veterans Service offices in Augusta. Horn’s job is ensuring veterans access the benefits in both state and national programs. In Maine, her department is focusing on veterans’ employment, education and homeless programs. Full Story »

Messmer ’92 Appointed President of Carlisle Brake & Friction

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Carlisle Companies Inc. has announced the appointment of Karl “Ted” Messmer as President of Carlisle Brake & Friction (CBF), effectively immediately, replacing Matt Dietrich who has left to pursue other opportunities. Ted brings with him a solid history of leadership experience, demonstrated success and a global perspective.

He was most recently Vice President & General Manager of Belden, Inc.’s Enterprise Networking Division which consisted of manufacturing plants, R&D facilities and commercial operations across North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Belden, Ted was Global Director of Commercial Operations with Danaher, Inc.. Following his active service in South Korea with the U.S. Army as a Captain and Aviation Officer, Ted held a variety of leadership positions with Corning, Inc.. Ted holds a Masters of Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business from Duke University. Story

BG Jones ’85 New Infantry Chief at Fort Benning

Fort Benning welcomes Brig. Gen. Peter L. Jones as the 56th chief of infantry. Jones assumes the duties after serving recently as the director of Future Plans, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, North Atlantic Organization, Operation Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Some of his awards include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Expert Infantryman Badge. He also was presented the Pathfinder Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. Read More

GEN Dempsey ’74 Retires

WASHINGTON - Retiring Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey was hailed Friday as “a singular leader” who led the military with a steady hand during unsteady times. In an emotional, family-filled ceremony, Dempsey was at once funny and overwhelmed, noting that he felt very much on the last day of his 41-year career as he felt on his first.

Back then, as now, “I was a little nervous. I was humbled to wear the uniform of an Army officer ... and I was in love with a girl named Deanie,” Dempsey said, choking up. As he spoke, Dempsey’s wife, Deanie, his high school sweetheart, wiped her eyes and held one of their nine grandchildren close. One last song.

Dempsey’s last decade of service was dominated by Iraq. He assumed command of the then-Germany-based 1st Armored Division in Baghdad in 2003. He commanded the 1AD in Iraq for 14 months as the U.S. focused on reconstruction efforts to improve the countries water, sewage and electrical systems. Dempsey’s term, however, was also marked by deteriorating stability and the earliest indications of the insurgency to follow. Read More.

2016 Award Nominations

The deadline for submitting nomination packets for the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award and the 2016 Thayer Award is approaching. In past years, the materials placed before award committees were often voluminous and disparate. As a result, committee members were unable to read all of the material and make valid comparisons among nominees. Therefore, a nomination for either award must adhere to a specific format. The deadline for nomination letters and endorsements is November 3, 2015. Read more details.

MAJ Dean ’02 Receives 2015 Nininger Award

On the morning of April 4, 2004, the Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment were in a great mood. Having been part of Operation Iraqi Freedom for nearly a year, they had turned in their tank’s main ammunition days prior, expecting a move from Camp War Eagle in the Sadr City section of Baghdad to Kuwait. This was to be their last official duty day in Iraq. “We were about to turn into a pumpkin,” said Major Christopher P. Dean ’02, who was a first lieutenant and the unit’s platoon leader on that fateful day. “We had ceased all patrols and were all sitting around on cots saying, ‘We’re done!’ and then the radios opened up in the TOC.” Full Story »

Sultemeier ’84 Named Dir of Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

ARLINGTON, Va., The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (http://www.cmohfoundation.org) appointed Walmart U.S. executive vice president Chris Sultemeier to the Board of Directors at the Foundation meeting. Sultemeier, who joined Walmart in 1989, is executive vice president of logistics for Walmart U.S. He has company responsibility for all distribution centers, fulfillment centers and domestic and global ocean transportation functions.

His previous role was senior vice president of transportation services. He served in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of captain, prior to joining Walmart. "It's humbling to represent Walmart on this amazing Board and support this incredibly important mission," he said. "I'm well aware of the sacrifices these heroes have made on our behalf, and on behalf of our country, and of the sacrifices they're still making to safeguard our future. I'm honored to serve, and I look forward to helping the Foundation pave the way to a bright future for America." Read More

Hokanson ’86 Promoted to Lieutenant General

Daniel R. Hokanson was promoted to Lieutenant General on Aug. 15 at a ceremony in Camp Withycombe, Oregon. He was previously serving as the Adjutant General of Oregon, and is now the Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command, and Vice Commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command.

He holds multiple master’s degrees, and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Government. He has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade combat team levels, and his combat deployments include Operations JUST CAUSE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Read More

Class of 1985 1 Million Dollar Reunion Gift

Class of 1985 1 Million Dollar Reunion GiftOn Saturday, September 21, the USMA Class of 1985 presented its gift of $1 million to the Superintendent in support of the Superintendent’s Endowment -- a critical pool of unrestricted funds that help to bridge the gap between federal funding and various cadet activities, academic programs, military and ethics training, and outreach programs that require additional aid. In honor of this gift, the Class is being recognized with the naming of a new auditorium in Bartlett Hall. Congratulations to the Class of ’85 as they celebrated this accomplishment during their 30th reunion!

GEN Milley Honorary Member of the Class of 1980

The USMA Class of 1980 proudly recognizes the 39th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley as an honorary member of the Class of 1980.

Photo left to right: General Robert L. Caslen, Jr. 59th Superintendent of West Point - The U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1980 President Bret Dalton '80, General Mark A. Milley 39th Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Bob McClure President and CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates.

Lee ’68 Releasing Book about Schwarzkopf ’56

With Schwarzkopf is Gus Lee's remembrance of his mentor and friend, H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and his firsthand account of how Schwarzkopf shaped his life. In 1966, Lee, a junior-year cadet at West Point, was bright, athletic, and popular. He was also on the verge of getting kicked out. Near the bottom of his class due to his penchant for playing poker and reading recreationally instead of studying engineering, he was assigned a new professor: then-Major Norman Schwarzkopf. Schwarzkopf's deeply principled nature and fierce personality took hold of Lee, and the two began meeting regularly and discussing what it meant to be a scholar, a soldier, and a man.

Lee's vibrant, witty narrative brings Schwarzkopf and his teachings to life. Schwarzkopf—or “The Bear” as his pupil called him—imparted wisdom on everything from friendship and courtship to leadership and courage. As Lee took on more professional and personal roles, he approached every crisis and difficult decision by channeling his mentor, and he inspires readers to do the same. In With Schwarzkopf, Lee passes along the lessons he learned so future generations can benefit from Schwarzkopf's philosophies and values.

Ross ’73 Finalist for Sammie Award

Ron Ross '73Ron Ross ’73 is a finalist for a public service award known as a Sammie and an inaugural People’s Choice Award. Awarded by the Partnership for Public Service, Sammies are known as the “Oscars” of government service—a highly respected honor with a vigorous selection process. Ross is recognized for instituting a state-of-the-art risk assessment system that has protected federal computer networks from cyberattacks and helped secure information critical to our national and economic security.  

Ross, a fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a preeminent leader in helping the government better secure its information systems. He developed the first set of unified information security standards and guidelines for all federal agencies, and most recently helped establish the government-wide program for cloud security assessment and authorization. As a result of his widely respected work, Ross has become an international cybersecurity ambassador, called on by U.S. industry, academia and governments around the world to help protect information. He has led U.S. cybersecurity teams to Australia, India, Japan, Canada, and the European Union, promoting U.S. information security concepts and best practices.

This year’s honoree will be announced at the 2015 Sammies gala on October 7 in Washington, DC.

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Doll ’81 Releases Trailblazers, Book Two of Series

It’s not easy to change tradition, especially if the institution that is moving toward change involves the military. Explore the world of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and the active duty Army of the 1970’s Army as seen through the eyes of some of the first female ROTC commissioned lieutenants, and West point cadets, described in realistic detail, in “Refined by Fire, (released August 2014) and “Trailblazers” (released August 2015). Get a behind the scenes look at the early days of women at West Point, thanks to a realistic historical fiction series written by two female veterans. Read More

Miller ’83 Named Conn’s CEO & President

Conn's announced that its Board of Directors, implementing a long-planned leadership succession, has appointed Norman Miller to serve as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer and President, effective September 7, 2015. Mr. Miller will also be elected to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Miller brings over 30 years of transformational business leadership experience to Conn’s, including serving as President of Sears Automotive and as President and Chief Operating Officer of DFC Global Corporation. He also has held progressive management and leadership roles at ARAMARK, Nestle, Kraft and Pepsi. Mr. Miller brings a unique and highly relevant combination of leading businesses with retail models as well as financial services serving unbanked and under-banked consumers.

Mr. Miller’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer and President of Conn’s follows a year-long initiative to explore strategic alternatives and to prepare the Company to execute its growth strategies. Read More

LTC Barnett ’74 Elected American Legion National Commander

Dale Barnett of Douglasville, Ga., was elected national commander of the 2.2 million-member American Legion on Sept. 3, 2015, in Baltimore during the 97th National Convention of America's largest veterans organization. A member of American Legion Post 105 in Fayetteville, Ga., he served The American Legion at every level, including Department CommandeGeorgia from 2007 to 2008. After leaving the military, Barnett taught high school social studies and coached basketball, baseball and cross country. He was the Creekside High School Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006 and a national board certified social studies teacher in 2003.

Barnett served from 1990 to 1991 as the battalion executive officer of the 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. His decorations include The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (two awards), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and Pathfinder Badge. Read More

Dr. Floyd ’71 Improving Canine Sniffing Ability

After five years of service in the U.S. Army, Jim Floyd graduated from veterinary school and entered private veterinary practice, first as an associate and then as a practice owner. Following an internship and residency in theriogenology at the University of Illinois, he served as Extension veterinarian and professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at Auburn University and then as department chairman. He was later named professor and head of the Department of Farm Animal Health and Resource Management at North Carolina State University.

CPS scientists, trainers, staff and volunteers work constantly to improve canine detection science and technology in service and defense of the nation and society. There canine breeding program produces dogs that are continually improving their genetic ability to detect odors in a wide variety of situations, including explosives, weapons, invasive or endangered wildlife species, narcotics, microbial pathogens like fungi and viruses, or diseases such as cancer. CPS has a unique blend of scientists and trainers who are flexible, open minded and visionary. Auburn can be exceedingly proud of this program, which has no state budget support and whose research has fielded dogs that have saved lives in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and offers the potential to save many more. Read More

BG(R) Beavers ’60 Honored with National Award

Mickey Mouse-Jim Wartski 82-Les Beavers 60-Jim Beamesderfer 91 and Minnie MouseOrlando, FL (September 2, 2015): Brigadier General (Retired) Leslie Beavers of Frankfort, KY was honored with the 2015 National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) President’s Award during NASDVA’s annual conference.  General Beavers is Executive Director of NASDVA where he serves and advocates for our Nation’s 20 million Veterans. He routinely represents the views of NASDVA and its members (50 states and four territories) before Congress, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and national Veterans Service Organizations. Outgoing NASDVA President, Lonnie Wangen, commended Beavers for his outstanding service and stated, “Les Beavers continues to be a mentor to all of us and is unmatched in the positive impact he has had on the welfare of America’s Veterans”.

Photo: Mickey Mouse, Jim Wartski ‘82 (DVEO), Les Beavers ’60 (NASDVA Executive Director), Jim Beamesderfer ’91 (Prudential Director Veterans Initiatives), and Minnie Mouse

Leslie Beavers is the former Commissioner of Veterans Affairs for Kentucky. He served his country in uniform for over 27 years and is a distinguished and decorated combat Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Jim Wartski ’82 had the pleasure of addressing the organization on 1 Sept and catching up with some old and new friends.

BG Beahm ’68 Three Year Re-Appointment as ARA

BG Beahm ’68 Three Year Re-Appointment as ARAArmy Reserve Ambassador Robert H. Beahm, United States Army Reserve Ambassador for Maryland, has received a three-year re-appointment to his position by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of Army Reserve. Beahm is the former Corporate Security Director for a Fortune 500 energy company and a nationally recognized expert in energy critical infrastructure protection and security risk management. He currently consults for electric utilities.

Beahm has devoted countless hours to community service organizations including the Baltimore County Police Foundation, Metro Crimestoppers and the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves on the Military Outreach Committee of the Maryland Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. He holds an M.S. in Management. Beahm completed a 30-year active and Reserve Army career and is a Vietnam, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort veteran. Read More

LTC Graff ’91 New Commandant at NMMI

LTC Graff ’91 New Commandant at NMMILTC Jonathan K. Graff Jr. (USA Retired) is NMMI’s newest Commandant of Cadets and Dean of Students. LTC Jon Graff assumes the position of Commandant after serving for nearly 4 years as a principal staff member. Graff started his NMMI career as the Chief Operating Officer/Professor of Military Science and Leadership, and then served as the current NMMI Service Academy Prep Director. His background will provide the New Mexico Military Institute a diverse and decorated representation of the pillar of excellence NMMI must have in such a vital position.

LTC Graff brings 23 years of Military Service in the U.S. Army to his title. Graff has served in a variety of positions over his career around the country and overseas. His assignments included duties as a rifle platoon leader, company executive officer, company commander, battalion operations officer, executive officer, and battalion commander. He was one of three captains in the Army selected for an Olmsted Scholarship for the class of 2000 and studies at the Technical University of Dresden in Dresden, Germany. He has deployed overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

“I feel honored and humbled to be among the officers selected to train NMMI’s future leaders,” said LTC Jon Graff. “We have tremendously capable cadets in the Corps, and I am looking forward to leading them in their journey to become better leaders.” Read More

CPT Bacik ’02 Helping in the Advancment of Prosthetics

Army Captain Matthew Bacik is standing on a treadmill as an operator tries to knock him down. The operator stops and starts the treadmill without warning, but Bacik stays on his feet. What makes that remarkable is that Bacik has only one of the feet he was born with. The other was lost to an improvised explosive device, or IED, in Iraq.

Because so many veterans like Bacik returned from Iraq and Afghanistan missing limbs, there has been tremendous advancement in the design of prosthetics. Watch the video: http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/artificial-limbs-now-rival-real-thing/

Bacik is trying out a new design at a company called Limb Lab, co-founded by Dennis Clarke. “Anybody can make a leg,” Clarke says. “That’s not the idea. It’s to match the appropriate technology with the appropriate person to meet their goals and objectives.”

The leg Bacik is testing has a flexible sleeve, designed to make it more secure and less painful. “Normally these things get uncomfortable soon,” Bacik says. “You end up changing your position a little bit, trying to sit differently or stand differently or walk differently throughout the day. I don’t feel I have any of those issues right now.” Read More

MG Daly ’87 Pins on Second Star

Following the pinning of his second star, newly-promoted Maj. Gen. Edward Daly took a moment to reflect on his career and the choices he made that led him to this momentous occasion. Quoting Yogi Berra, the famed New York Yankee who won 10 World Series and was named MVP three times, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Daly said that's exactly what he did.

The Jersey City, New Jersey, native spoke about a moment during his youth with his father, Ed. At Johnston Station in Liberty Park overlooking the New York harbor, his father told him that all everything would work out and God would provide the right direction and the road to travel. "That road, the road less traveled, led me to attend the United States Military Academy, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made," said Daly, the deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

Daly spoke to the crowd of nearly 300 people, during his promotion ceremony at the Summit at Redstone on Aug. 28. "I have always believed that life really comes down to a couple of key decisions, a handful of significantly life changing moments and literally the support, the love and the confidence of hundreds of people along the journey," said Daly. Read More

Harada, Hajost and Hoffman ’82 on Inc. Mag 500 List

Inc. magazine ranked Pivotal Systems No. 301 on its 34th annual Inc. 500; an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

“Our goal is to be the leading global supplier of flow monitoring and control systems through meaningful innovation and enhanced customer productivity. The unrelenting commitment to our customers by our employees is what is driving Pivotal Systems’ success. We have been very fortunate that our customers are global industry leaders that embrace innovation,” says CEO, John P. Hoffman. "The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident."

Pivotal Systems Chief Operating Officer, Larry Harada added, “we are quite pleased to be on the Inc 500 list this year and to be #1 in Engineering Growth is very important for an American Company in High Technology.” Pivotal Systems provides best-in-class monitoring and process control technology for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Our vision is to enable an order of magnitude increase in fab productivity and capital efficiency for current and future technology nodes.

USMA in Top 10 Highest Paid for Mid-Level Grads

"Some Ivy League schools aren't as high up on the list as people would expect them to be," Frank noted. "The thing that's different is we aren't taking into account reputation or biases people may have about the schools. All we are looking at is financial outcomes." Many of the colleges with the highest-paid graduates have a common theme: They focus on the so-called STEM fields, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

That jibes with Payscale's research into the majors that reward their students with the highest salaries, which list petroleum engineering, nuclear engineering and actuarial mathematics as the three top-earning majors, based on incomes of graduates with bachelor's degrees in those fields. Read More

LTG(R) Linnington ’80 First Dir of Defense at DPAA

Mr. Michael S. Linnington was appointed by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on June 19, 2015, as the first permanent Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), following his retirement as a Lieutenant General from the United States Army. He is responsible for all aspects of accounting for the nation’s missing personnel from past conflicts including policy, control, and oversight. In this capacity, he leads the entire process of research, investigation, recovery, and identification in order to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel to their families and to the nation.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Linnington served as the Military Deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) from 2013 to 2015. From 2011 to 2013, he served as the Commanding General, Military District of Washington and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region. Leading up to his assignment to the National Capital Region, Linnington held General Officer positions of responsibility as Deputy Commanding General, Fort Benning, Ga.; Commandant of Cadets, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; and in Kabul, Afghanistan (International Security Assistance Force Joint Command).

Mr. Linnington’s 35-year military career included duties in key command and staff positions worldwide. He served on the Army Staff, The Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Staff. Mr. Linnington’s combat experience included command of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Read More

COL Duryea ’60 & Sherden ’60 Annual Appalachian Trail Hike

’60 Classmates John Sherden (AKA “Dundee” on the trail) and Lyman “Chan” Duryea (AKA “Duzzer” on the trail) decided to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail in Maine during late July-early August of 2015 before the Marchback. They hiked together for 37 miles from Andover, ME to Rangeley, ME all the time sharing memories about their West Point years, their academic prowess in the various subjects, their disagreements with the tactical department, and their military careers. The discussions were equally as lively as the exercise! Sherden then continued his hike from Rangeley to Stratton, ME – another 32 miles –with Ron Hudnell with the Class of 1969.

COL Anderson ’88 Sen VP & CFO of Uniformed Svcs Benefit Assoc

USBA (Uniformed Services Benefit Association) announced the appointment of Colonel Matthew R. Anderson, USA (Ret.) to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the non-profit association. Anderson, comes to USBA after 27 years of service in the United States Army. A combat veteran of five tours in Iraq, Anderson held many high-level positions in the Army and retired as the Director of the Combat Training Center Directorate at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

"Throughout Matt's military career, he has held leadership positions for a wide range of management, operational and strategic responsibilities," noted President and Chief Executive Officer, Colonel Robin A. Snyder, USAF (Ret.). "It is exactly this kind of experience that will make him a valuable asset to USBA's senior management team." "Matt's impressive background as an effective and creative leader in often times demanding and challenging environments will be exciting for us at USBA," says Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Connie R. Markovich. "We are looking forward to his contributions as we continue to raise the bar for ourselves on behalf of our members." Read More

GEN Odierno ’76 Appointed Senior Advisor to Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the appointment of retired four-star General Raymond T. Odierno, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, to a senior advisory capacity at the firm, effective September 1st. General Odierno will provide strategic advice and global insights to Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, the Board of Directors and members of the Operating Committee on a broad range of issues including international planning and country risk analysis, technology, operations and the rapidly evolving issues of physical and cyber security. He will also provide his expertise to help structure and carry out the firm’s leadership development training programs and assist on other leadership and workforce development issues.

Additionally, General Odierno will represent JPMorgan Chase through engagement with clients, government officials and policy makers in the U.S. and internationally and will participate in the firm’s regional advisory groups in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. He will also advise on the firm’s cities initiatives, including the Global Cities Initiative and New Skills at Work, meeting with mayors and other public officials to provide them with expert insight and advice that will help respective metropolitan areas thrive in the global economy and representing the firm in select events and conferences with JPMorgan’s partnership organizations.

General Odierno will also advise on JPMorgan Chase’s Military and Veterans Affairs strategy and execution as a member of the Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Council, engaging on these important issues in public forums and with policy makers. The firm has committed to helping position military members, veterans and their families for success in their post service lives through innovative programs in employment, housing and education. Through June of 2015, JPMorgan Chase had awarded over 800 homes to veterans and their families through nonprofit partners and hired over 9,100 veterans. Read More

2LT Janowski ’14 Ranger Pinned Overcoming Another Obstacle

Michael Janowski just graduated from Ranger School in the historic class with Haver ’11 and Griest ’12 and several that survived being struck by lightning. He did this after battling cancer. Read this heartfelt story told by his brother Chris.

CPT Griest ’11 & 1LT Haver ’12 Pinned Rangers

Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver pinned on their Ranger Tabs Friday, officially making history as the first women to earn the coveted black and gold tab. Griest, Haver and 94 of their male classmates were celebrated during a graduation ceremony on Victory Pond at Fort Benning, Georgia. The group, Ranger Class 08-15, will “surely go down in history for many reasons,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Arnold, the senior enlisted soldier for the Airborne and Training Brigade.

Photo: Courtesy of John Bazemore, AP. U.S. Army First Lt. Shaye Haver, center, and Capt. Kristen Griest, right

Not only does the class boast the two women, but a soldier who beat cancer twice to earn his tab, and several who survived a lightning strike that hit the class last week during training in the Florida swamps, Arnold said. “You’ve acquitted yourselves quite well,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, to the graduates. “You’re leaving Victory Pond with a small piece of cloth on your shoulders, but, more importantly, you carry the title of Ranger from here on out.”

Miller, who graduated from Ranger School almost 30 years ago to the day, recalled what the speaker at his graduation said. “He said, more or less, ‘you have people who will question the standards of Ranger School. When they question those standards, what I ask you to do is invite them back to Fort Benning, Georgia, and re-validate their tab,’” Miller said. “To date, we’ve had zero takers.” Full Story

Women's Basketball 25th Anniversary Team Released

The Patriot League Women's Basketball 25th Anniversary Team was announced on Tuesday with seven schools represented, including six who placed three or more former student-athletes on the list led by Army West Point with six selections.

Army West Point's honorees include former Patriot League Players of the Year Cara Enright (USMA '08), Katie Macfarlane (USMA '04), Lisa Russell (USMA '95) and current senior Kelsey Minato, as well as Erin Anthony (USMA '11) and Alex McGuire (USMA '09). Minato is the only active player represented on the 25th Anniversary Team across all of the league's sports. Also recognized was second-yearassistant coach Lisa Strack, who enjoyed an impressive four-year playing career at American. Read More

CPT Griest ’11 & 1LT Haver ’12 to be 1st Female Rangers

For more than 120 days, Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver have ground it out at Ranger School, the Army’s famously difficult school designed to build elite leaders capable of withstanding the rigors of combat. They’ve withstood fearsome weather, exhausting hikes, sleepless nights and simulated combat patrols designed to test their reaction time, teamwork and tenacity under fire.

Photo: Capt. Kristen Griest ’11 (left) and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver ’12 (right). Courtesy of Spec. Nikayla Shodeen and Pfc. Ebony Banks/ U.S. Army

On Friday, the two women will become the first female soldiers ever to graduate from the course at Fort Benning, Ga., receiving the coveted black and yellow Ranger Tab alongside 94 male counterparts. Griest, a military police officer from Orange, Conn., and Haver, an Apache helicopter pilot from Copperas Cove, Tex., are among a group of 20 women who qualified to attend the first gender-integrated Ranger School beginning April 20, and the only two female soldiers to complete it to date.

Ranger School was opened to women for the first time in April as the Army assesses how to integrate women into more jobs in combat units across the service. That followed a January 2013 decision by senior Pentagon leaders to open all jobs to women, with the services granted until this fall to make recommendations on whether anything should remain closed. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter is expected to rule on each request by Jan. 1. Full Story »

West Point 2015 Leaders Conference Recap

More than 300 Class, Society, Regional Admissions Officers, Parent Club leaders visited West Point last week for the 2015 West Point Alumni Leaders Conference, sponsored by the Class of 1967. For three days, representatives of above constituencies took part in numerous networking opportunities, break-out sessions, and briefings by key Academy personnel. For example, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen ’75, Superintendent, addressed the assembled leaders about his priorities for the upcoming year, particularly inspiring honorable living among the cadets and instilling a winning culture at West Point. Brigadier General Tim Trainor ’83, Dean, also briefed the group on the Academy’s new curriculum starting with the Class of 2019. Guest speakers at the conference included author Susan RoAne, who gave a talk based on her best-selling book How to Work a Room, Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken, who didn’t make any guarantees about the upcoming season but did promise that his team “will work harder than the competition and never quit,” and General David Rodriguez ’76, Commander of the United States Africa Command, who was the distinguished speaker at the conference’s formal dinner.

While the briefings and guest talks garnered much praise from attendees, the nuts and bolts of the conference were the afternoon break-out sessions: one each for Class, Society, and Parent Club representatives. “The break-out sessions taught me that I don’t even know what I don’t know,” said Adrian Perkins, President of the Class of 2008. “I was constantly learning something, whether it was how to organize a class reunion, what to do with our class flag, or host of other topics.”

“I came here hoping to learn best practices from other societies, especially engagement practice regarding how to get more members involved,” said Matt DeHaven ’81, President of the West Point Society of Los Angeles. He came to the right place given the number (63) of West Point Societies that were presented with “Distinguished Society” certificates at the conference for the work they do for the West Point community across the country.

“I just got recharged coming back to West Point,” said Tony Gates ’81, President of the West Point Society of Northern California. “Coming here is always an experience, and this conference does a great job of making me a better advocate for West Point.” Gates hopes that the passion inspired by this conference shines through in his social media efforts and email briefs to his class and society. Look for such passion from your West Point leaders in their correspondence to you, or, better yet, become a West Point leader yourself and come back from your own dose of passion at next year’s West Point Alumni Leaders Conference. Click here to view photos of the conference: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wpaog/sets/72157655098939384/

CPT Reeves ’03 Appointed Assistant Head Coach at Union College

Teal Reeves enters her first season as assistant head coach for the Union College women's and men's cross country teams. She was named to the Union coaching staff on August 7, 2015. Reeves served as an assistant coach for the Union cross country teams for five seasons, starting with the 2010 campaign. At USMA Reeves ranked in the top 15 percent and earned Dean's List accolades in all eight semesters. Reeves competed for the cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams and was named to the Patriot League Sports Academic Honor Roll in each of her seasons.

"It has been a pleasure working with the Union Cross country teams for the past five years as an assistant coach," said Reeves. "I am thrilled for the opportunity to take on the greater responsibility as assistant head coach. We have a great group of ladies and I'm excited to lead our team, represent Union College, and build upon the successes of the past few years." Read More

Dr. Grayson ’75 CoAuthor's Building Better Models with JMP Pro

Jim Grayson, PhD is a Professor of Management Science and Operations Management in the Hull College of Business Administration at Georgia Regents University. He currently teaches undergraduate and MBA courses in operations management and business analytics. Previously Jim held managerial positions at Texas Instruments in quality and reliability assurance, supplier and subcontractor management, and software quality. He has a PhD in management science with an information systems minor from the University of North Texas, an MBA in marketing from the University of North Texas.

Building Better Models with JMP® Pro provides an example-based introduction to business analytics, with a proven process that guides you in the application of modeling tools and concepts. It gives you the "what, why, and how" of using JMP® Pro for building and applying analytic models. This book is designed for business analysts, managers, and practitioners who may not have a solid statistical background, but need to be able to readily apply analytic methods to solve business problems.

In addition, this book will greatly benefit faculty members who teach any of the following subjects at the lower to upper graduate level: predictive modeling, data mining, and business analytics. Novice to advanced users in business statistics, business analytics, and predictive modeling will find that it provides a peek inside the black box of algorithms and the methods used. Topics include: regression, logistic regression, classification and regression trees, neural networks, model cross-validation, model comparison and selection, and data reduction techniques. Full of rich examples, Building Better Models with JMP® Pro is an applied book on business analytics and modeling that introduces a simple methodology for managing and executing analytics projects. No prior experience with JMP® is needed.

Buzz Aldrin ’51 to Become Aeronautics Professor

Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin will soon be teaching classes at the Florida Institute of Technology.

University President Anthony Catanese announced that Aldrin will be a research professor of aeronautics and that the school is planning to establish the Buzz Aldrin Institute. Florida Today reports that Aldrin and the school are in the final stages of negotiations.

Aldrin was the second person to walk on the moon. The Florida Institute of Technology is about 40 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center, where the Apollo 11 mission blasted off from in July 1969. Read More

Dr. (CPT) Cain ’88 Apptd First Choice Emergency Room Med Dir

First Choice Emergency Room, the largest network of independent freestanding emergency rooms in the United States, named Dr. Jeffrey S. Cain, MD as the Medical Director of its new McKinney facility. “We are pleased to announce Dr. Cain will be the facility medical director of our new McKinney location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room.

Dr. Cain received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Prior to joining FCER, Dr. Cain worked as an emergency medicine staff physician at the Medical Center of Plano in the Level II Trauma Center. Dr. Cain also served as the Facility Medical Director of FCER – Frisco prior to being appointed FMD of the McKinney location. Dr. Cain is board-certified in emergency medicine and currently lives in McKinney, TX. Read More

Dr. Brunson ’46 Author of Book on Irby Brown

Dr. Richard Brunson was born and raised in Kansas. A graduate of West Point and Michigan State, he served in the armed forces and is a decorated Korean War veteran. After a long teaching career he turned to painting, studying at Lamar University and in many workshops. He has lived in Santa Fe since 1991.

Monestere ’91 Joins Green Beret Foundation BOD

The Green Beret Foundation announced that former Green Berets and successful business leader Frank Monestere joined their Board of Directors. Los Angeles-based Monestere has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of LegalZoom for more than a decade. The U.S. Army Special Forces, or Green Berets, take on dangerous missions behind enemy lines to protect our families and freedom. The Green Beret Foundation provides immediate financial assistance and advocacy to those Green Berets injured in the line of duty, to their families, and to the families of Green Berets killed in action. It also provides support through its two legacy programs: the Next Ridgeline, a transition program for Green Berets, and the Steel Magnolias, the sorority for the other Quiet Professionals – the Green Beret's caregiver. "We are very excited to have such an influx of talent, dedication, and business world experience come to our board," said Jennifer Paquette, Executive Director. "These men know intimately the struggles that Green Berets face during active duty and when transitioning to the wider world after their intensive service to our country. Read More

LTG Melcher ’76 & LTG Durbin ’75 made CEO & COO of Aerospace Industries Association

On June 4, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced David Melcher, former CEO of Exelis, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Joining Melcher is Bob Durbin, who has assumed AIA’s role of new Chief Operating Officer (COO). After a 32-year career in the U.S. Army, Lieutenant General (Ret.) Melcher joined ITT in 2008 as Vice President of strategy and business development for ITT Defense and Information Solutions. When ITT spun off Exelis in 2011, Melcher became the new company's president and CEO. Melcher led Exelis through its recent successful merger with Harris Corporation in May 2015. Melcher has also served four years on AIA's executive and technology committees. Melcher has extensive program management, strategy development and finance experience, and worked closely with key leadership within the Army, Department of Defense, White House, and Congress. As a general officer, he served in the Pentagon as the Army’s Military Deputy for Budget, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs (G8). He also served as Commanding General of the Corps of Engineers - Southwest Division in Dallas.

Following the announcement of Melcher’s new position, AIA’s Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aviation, David L. Joyce stated: “Dave is an exceptional leader who, with his balance of corporate and military experience, brings an outstanding record of executive achievement to AIA. With Dave’s guidance, AIA will continue to champion the aerospace and defense industry and its ability to advance innovation in civil aviation, space and defense.” Durbin, who has been named the association’s COO, also joins AIA from Exelis, where he worked as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development. In this role, Durbin was responsible for leading the company-wide strategic planning process and driving the development of the corporate value creation strategies. Durbin, who joined Exelis after 35 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Army, was also responsible for customer relations with the U.S. Department of Defense, military service staffs, the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, the Intelligence community, and customers in non-government markets such as commercial aerospace. He also led the Exelis international business development group, working with the company’s divisions to identify and pursue targeted growth opportunities outside the U.S.

March Back Class of 2019

COL (R) Roger Conover ’48 called it “one of the better March Backs.” He should know; he has participated in 14 out the 16 March Backs that have taken place since “old grads” began marching with new cadets on the 12-mile trek from Camp Buckner in 1999. New Cadet Jake Adcock ’19 just called it “a long slow grind” and a “fitting end to Beast,” the name given to the six-week Cadet Basic Training (CBT) program. “Beast isn’t particularly difficult on a day-to-day basis, but it can be overwhelming when you consider the entire stretch of it,” Adcock said. “March Back is the perfect complement to Beast.” Full Story »

Buzz Aldrin ’51 Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet

Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to reach out into the frontier of space. He has a new children’s book coming out entitled: “Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet” that he has co-authored with former NASA Flight Controller and children’s science author Marianne Dyson. Buzz is very proud and hope this book inspires our next generation of space explorers. Space is still the final frontier and Mars continues to make news and attract generations of young people.

In this book, hero-astronaut Buzz Aldrin challenges curious kids to think about Mars as not just a faraway red planet but as a possible future home for Earthlings! What will your new home be like? How will you get there? What will you eat for breakfast? Find out what life might be like far, far from Earth as you navigate your way through this fun and fascinating book. The book will be released on Tuesday, September 1st.

Dr. (CPT) Beorn ’00 New Exec Dir of the VA Holocaust Museum

With a thoughtful push toward the future yet a deep appreciation for the past, Richmond native and noted Holocaust scholar Waitman Wade Beorn takes over as executive director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum on Aug. 1. Beorn was most recently an assistant professor of history and a Louis and Frances Blumkin professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

At his core, Beorn said last week by phone, his interests lie in those areas of the Holocaust that have gone mostly unstudied, particularly the role of the German soldier under Nazi rule. The numbers of commanding officers within the Third Reich were small compared with the millions of soldiers who participated, he said, and he has spent his career researching their stories, down to the lowest military levels. His first book, “Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus,” won the 2014 Harvard University Press’ Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize. Read More

Steve Havel ’91 Catalent Company Receives DOD Award

Catalent Pharama Solutions received the U.S. Department of Defense Above and Beyond Award Wednesday in recognition of the company’s outstanding service and continuing support to the National Defense. The award is typically presented once a year to companies such as Catalent for their support of military employment in conjunction with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Comer said.

“Obviously, they’ve (Catalent) done a lot to help their people that are in the military, guard or reserve and that’s why they’re receiving this award,” Comer said. “It’s very infrequently presented and it’s a very high level award.” Steve Havel, general manager at Catalent, said hiring veterans is an initiative at the company and that an outside initiative wasn’t needed because “it makes sense.” Read More

Robinett ’15 Moving up the Line Quickly Earns Save

It didn't take long for Alex Robinett, a New York Yankees farmhand, to make the most of another baseball promotion. He was recently promoted from the Staten Island Yankees (A, Short Season) to the Charleston RiverDogs (A).

The right-handed pitcher came out of the bullpen to earn a save August 5th, last Wednesday night with the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League.

Robinett made six relief appearances during a brief stay with the Staten Island Yankees, posting a 1-1 record and 2.45 ERA with one save. He began the minor-league season in the Gulf Coast League after being selected in the 32nd round of the June draft as an Army senior. Story

West Point Women 11 Days Away from Ranger School Graduation

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla, -- For 167 Ranger School students, Tuesday was just another day of challenges. This time, the obstacle was Yellow River, an 118-mile stream that starts in south Alabama and snakes its way toward Pensacola Bay. As part of the swamp phase, the final test in the most difficult training the U.S. Army offers, the students practiced crossing the muddy water on a one-rope bridge they tied to pine trees on either side. They got wet doing it.

They also paddled downstream in a Zodiac, a heavy-duty raft, hitting a landing point a few miles away. Though they are at Camp Rudder, an Eglin outpost, they are looking to Aug. 21 when those who survive will graduate Ranger School at Victory Pond on Fort Benning. Two of the 167 are looking to make history and become the first women to earn the Ranger tab. The women, both West Point graduates the Army has not yet identified, were indistinguishable from their classmates during Tuesday's river training. Full Story »

Haloulos ’96 Appointed as BevMo! CEO

BevMo!, a specialty retailer of alcoholic beverages and related products in the western United States, today announced that Dimitri Haloulos has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2015. He will succeed Alan Johnson, the company’s current CEO, who will remain at the company until Dimitri joins, working closely with Board Chairman Cathy Stauffer to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. Dimitri Haloulos was most recently a Senior Vice President at Albertsons Safeway and has spent his career in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) and retail space as an executive in sales, marketing and research across a number of global brands. Dimitri will build on BevMo!’s strong marketplace leadership to guide the company into its next phase of growth.

Cathy Stauffer, Chairman of the BevMo! Board of Directors, said: “On behalf of TowerBrook and the Board, I thank Alan for his passion and dedication to BevMo!. His commitment to the company has driven significant progress over his tenure, including the opening of 95 new stores, launching additional lines of business, building our high caliber leadership team and implementing new operational, merchandising and marketing strategies. Dimitri has tremendous experience and an outstanding track record of success in highly competitive and complex environments. The Board is confident that he is the right executive to build on Alan’s accomplishments and those of the senior management team, improve our strong results and accelerate BevMo!’s growth.” Read More

2LT Magee ’15 Tabbed USA Rugby All-American

After competing in one of his finest seasons as a member of the Army West Point men's rugby team, newly commissioned 2Lt. Collum Magee has been named an All-American by USA Rugby, landing on the second-team. Magee joins 37 other D1A rugby players named to the list, which includes both 15s and 7s action.

In the fall, the captain started in all nine contests, finishing second on the team with nine tries and was one of just three Black Knights to score in at least six games. For his efforts, he was named the American Collegiate Rugby Conference (ACRC) MVP, earned All-ACRC first team recognition, was named the Rugby East Forward of the Year, garnered All-Rugby East first team honors and was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week following the team's victory over Kutztown.

Continuing his dominance in the spring, Magee tied for second on the team with five tries scored. His pick and run in the victory over service academy rival Navy was named the Army Athletic Association Play of the Week.

Magee helped lead the Black Knights to an overall record of 15-3 in 15s action, competing to an unblemished record of 8-0 in regular season competition in the fall. They earned the Rugby East title and captured victories over nationally ranked Penn State, Kutztown, Air Force and Wheeling Jesuit, wrapping up the year ranked fifth in the nation. In addition, they were named the Army Athletic Association Team of the Year at the 2015 Black Knight Awards. Read More

LTG Ely ’33 Oldest Living Grad Releases Autobiography

The Oldest Living Graduate is the autobiographical account of LTG William J. Ely, who began his life’s journey in 1911 when he was born on a small Pennsylvania farm. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1933 and went on to serve for thirty-three years, rising to the rank of lieutenant general before his retirement from the service in 1966. The Oldest Living Graduate reaches its end with a brief personal status report of the author’s daily life. He chose as the final chapter’s last word a portion of the lyrics from West Point’s “Alma Mater”: “And when our work is done, / Our course on earth is run, / May it be said, ‘Well done. / Be thou at peace.’” Whether you are one who relishes reading personal histories or one who admires individuals who live with tenacity and good humor, The Oldest Living Graduate will satisfy you with its personal look at more than a century of living. The General is still very active in Delray Beach, Florida at 103 years of age.

2LT Steelman ’13 Signed as Ravens Receiver

The Ravens have added an intriguing player to a crowded competition at wide receiver. The team has signed former Army quarterback Trent Steelman, who has made a position switch to receiver. He is now the 12th receiver on the roster. To make room for Steelman, the Ravens cut undrafted rookie quarterback Jerry Lovelocke. This isn’t the first time Steelman has been inside the Under Armour Performance Center. He participated in rookie minicamp after the 2013 draft. The Ravens were reportedly interested in signing Steelman, but he had to fulfill his commitment to enter the service. 

Steelman was released from active duty in December to pursue a professional football career. He is currently in the reserves. Steelman was one of the top players in West Point history, as he was the school’s all-time leading rushing quarterback. He ran for 3,320 yards and 45 touchdowns at Army. He has been working at receiver since the Army released him from active duty, and he participated in the International Federation of American Football World Championship last month. He helped lead Team USA to a gold medal and was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Story

Gilland ’90 Promoted to Brigadier General

U.S. Army Col. Steven Gilland, on July 31st became Brig. Gen. Steven Gilland. In June -- under Title 10, U.S.C., Section 624, Col. Gilland was named by Congress for appointment as brigadier general. He remains Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Ky.

"I'm so lucky; there are so many others who deserve this," he said. "Truth be told, not much changes. It's the same desk, and I am still working alongside some amazing people, all with the same goal in mind.'' BG Gilland, who has commanded at multiple levels and participated in operational deployments to the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan, said his wife -- a West Point graduate -- made today possible. Read More

Stuhr ’73 Named Director of the Portland Water Bureau

“I am delighted that Mike Stuhr accepted my offer to lead the Portland Water Bureau,” Fish says. “He has extensive experience with Portland’s unique water system and has an outstanding track record as the bureau’s Chief Engineer. I believe Mike is the right leader to continue the bureau’s proud tradition of delivering high-quality, reliable, and safe drinking water to nearly 1 million Oregonians, from forest to faucet.”

As the bureau's chief engineer for the past 10 years, Stuhr has worked on such major capital projects as the new Interstate Operations and Maintenance Center and the Dam 2 Towers project in the Bull Run Watershed. He also served as co-chair of the Water and Waste Water Task Group for the Oregon Resilience Plan, a 50-year seismic resilience plan to guide policy and investments statewide.

“I am honored to be chosen by Commissioner Fish to serve as Director of the Portland Water Bureau,” Stuhr says. “I look forward to working with Commissioner Fish and the City Council on our shared priorities: stabilizing rates, providing strong oversight on major capital projects, improving our customers’ experience, and ensuring that we have a resilient and safe water system for generations to come.” Read More

MLL Welcomes Back 2LT Thul ’13

Major League Lacrosse and the Armed Forces have always had a long and distinguished relationship. From the number of players that have made the jump to the MLL from the three military academies, the charitable partnership efforts with organizations like Wounded Warrior Foundation and to the home stadium of the Bayhawks being Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Most recently, the relationship will have a bit of a homecoming as an MLL player will be making his return to the League after an amazing military commitment and achievement.

Second Lieutenant Garrett Thul or “The Thulk” as the lacrosse community has affectionately dubbed the 6’3” 230lb attacker will be taking the field for the Charlotte Hounds for the first time in the 2015 MLL season. Thul was the 21st overall selection in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft and was picked first overall in the 2015 Supplemental Draft by the Charlotte Hounds this past off-season. Just two weeks ago, Thul completed one of the most difficult accomplishments in Army leadership school there is; Ranger School. Read More

Wellman ’87 CEO of ScoutComms Making a Difference

ScoutComms is a disabled service veteran owned small business, so they bring a deep understanding and perspective to their mission-based work. Fred Wellman, CEO of ScoutComms, has spent over 25 years gaining military, government, commercial, and non-profit experience while helping clients successfully maneuver in the aerospace, defense, and veteran sectors. In June, Mr. Wellman was honored as the Veteran’s Business Champion of the Year in Virginia by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This award is given once a year to someone who has shown a commitment to advancing small business opportunities for members of the U.S. armed forces and veterans.

ScoutComms is a Certified Benefit Corporation based in the Washington D.C. area and focuses on military families and veterans issues. They work with veterans, military families, and groups or corporations who are helping them in their communication and media relation type efforts. Their goal is to help others understand the needs of the people they represent as well as helping to connect those who need help and benefits with those who provide them. Read More

WPAOG Travels to Alaska

Seven graduates and their guests cruised from Juneau, AK to Vancouver, BC earlier this month as part of the West Point Association of Graduates’ Travel Program. Southeastern Alaska’s natural beauty was on full display all week as their ship, the 5-star small ship M.S. L’AUSTRAL, navigated untouched coastlines, journeyed past towering mountains, and allowed travelers to have a close-up view of the diverse marine and land wildlife of the Tongass National Forest. A team of naturalists were even onboard to provide WPAOG travelers with information about the region, such as the impact of the gold rush, the heritage of the Tlingit people, and the history of Ketchikan, Sitka and other fishing towns.

Photo: Back Row - Kristine Harper, James Daughtry ’54, Deborah Cotariu, Valerie Yakovac, Margaret Roberdeau, Betty Daughtry, Danielle Sweet, Front Row Mary Ellen Durham, Joseph L Yakovac ’71, Thomas Moore ’62, Gil Harper ’70, Sheldon W. Roberdeau, Steven Cotariu ’79, (not present Edward Durham ’73 and Barbara Moore)

CPT Schweppe ’11 Balancing Soldiers in Afghanistan with Yoga

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (July 19, 2015) -- Balance and harmony took over Bagram Airfield, or BAF, during a Yoga Fest sponsored by the Bagram Power Yoga group. More than 80 people signed up for a 90-minute session of warrior ones, low cobras, and downward facing dogs with certified yoga instructor, Capt. Eric Schweppe. Schweppe, a Joint Operations Center battle captain with the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, started the Bagram Power Yoga - Afghanistan group shortly after deploying here in November.

"The goal is to practice yoga that will strengthen physical, mental, and spiritual resiliency of service members and civilians," he said. He primarily teaches Baptiste-inspired Power Vinyasa Yoga, a combination of deep breathing and sequenced groups of flowing yoga postures. Because he received donations of mats, blocks, and straps, he's able to teach 10 classes a week. He said yoga is important because it opens the nervous system, improves mind-body communication and the cardiovascular system, and lowers blood pressure.

"Yoga makes people feel great," he said. "Think of it this way - most of the day we breathe just to stay barely conscious. Controlled, deep breathing encourages mindfulness and presence in the current moment. It takes you away from thinking about the past and future, depression and anxiety." "I am committed to be of service to the community here," Schweppe said. "Afghanistan can be stressful. Yoga is a physical practice through which Soldiers learn ways to handle stressful situations by focusing and calming the mind." Read More

Class of 1985 30th Reunion

Registration is open for the Class of 1985 30th Reunion, September 17-20. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled weekend! Click this link to register: Online Registration is now available. Registration closes Monday, September 7 at 10:00 pm EST, however registration for the New York City Lunch Cruise closes Monday, August 17. Your reunion committee has negotiated rooms at hotels. Rooms at these rate are available on a first come, first served basis. Please reserve only what you know you'll need. If you cancel a reservation, your cancelled room does not return to our block; it goes to the hotel's general inventory (usually at a higher rate). Check out the reunion agenda at the link above before you make your hotel reservations.

BG Holland ’90 Fort Drum’s First-Ever Female Deputy Commanding General

FORT DRUM - The first woman to serve as the 10th Mountain Division’s deputy commanding general said her military dreams began at the age of 6. Despite her small size, Brig. Gen. Diana M. Holland told her father, a Marine, that she wanted to enlist, inspired by her grandfather’s military service. After a small warning - “The Marine Corps makes the smallest person in the platoon carry the heaviest weapon” - she said her father never discouraged her, though the Army had not yet integrated male and female soldiers.

Soon, a pullup bar would be in her room, and she and her father would go on runs together. “He was surprised, and he was supportive,” Gen. Holland said, “and it’s been that way ever since.” On Wednesday she was promoted to brigadier general, confirming her spot as the first female officer to hold the role in a light infantry unit. In addition to her unique position in division history, her role is unique in the Army. Maj. Gen. Laura Richardson was the first woman to serve as a deputy commander of a combat division when she was picked in 2012 for the role in the 1st Cavalry Division, according to the Army Times. Full Story »

MAJ Dean ’02 Named 2015 Nininger Award Recipient

WPAOG is pleased to announce MAJ Christopher Dean '02 as this year’s recipient of the Alexander R. Nininger Award. The award presentation will be Thursday, September 24th, at a dinner in Washington Hall where MAJ Dean will address the Corps. MAJ Dean is currently a student at the Command General Staff College en route to taking command at the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, VA. Read More

Im ’93 Hired as COO of Integra ServiceConnect

Integra ServiceConnect, a rapidly-growing healthcare services company supporting underserved individuals in their own communities using a non-clinical community health work service model, is announced the appointment of David Im as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Im assumes responsibility for Integra’s growing field-based operations, internal business operations, and the company’s Information Technology division.

With over 20 years of strategic and operational leadership experience in managed care, Mr. Im adds significant depth and breadth to Integra’s leadership. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Clinical and Service Operations at NIA, a specialty Healthcare Management company owned by Magellan Health Services. At NIA, Mr. Im was responsible for strategic development and oversight of operations in clinical specialty areas for 63 clients in 32 states servicing over 22 million members.

Prior to Magellan, David’s roles included Senior Vice President of Operations for The Outsource Group, a leading health care revenue cycle management company, Vice President of Clinical Operations/Service Delivery, Optum and various cross-functional roles at Boston Scientific. Additionally, he served eleven years in the United States Army and Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Major. Read More

COL Ollar ’93 USACoE Deputy Commander Southwestern Div

DALLAS - Col. Donovan D. Ollar became the Deputy Commander of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on July 17, 2015. Prior to this assignment, he was Sidewinder 07, the Senior Engineer Trainer, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.

The Colorado Springs, Colorado, native has served in a variety of command and staff positions, including Commander, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th BCT, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Prior to taking command, he served as the Battalion Executive Officer and Operations Officer for the 84th Engineer Battalion and Maneuver Planner with the 25th Infantry Division, both at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He also served as a Project Engineer with the Far East District, Korea; Engineer Captain’s Career Course Small Group Instructor and Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the Maneuver Support Center, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

His overseas deployments have included Uphold Democracy in Haiti (1995-96); Operation Enduring Freedom in the Philippines in 2004; and in Afghanistan from 2004-2005 and again 2012-2013. He also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006-2007 and 2009–2010. Full Story »

1968 Presents Class Flag to 2018 at CFT Graduation

As the Class of 2018 finished Cadet Field Training on July 26, members of their 50-Year Affiliation Class of 1968 were on hand to “Grip Hands” and mark the occasion by presenting the newly-promoted cadet corporals with a class flag, which will now be displayed at all Class events at West Point. An integral part of the 50-Year Affiliation Program, the presentation of the class flag strengthens the bonds between the classes and reinforces the ideals of West Point and the values of the Army. The next day, the yearling Class of 2018 completed its 7.15 mile Run Back to West Point from Camp Buckner.

COL(R) Gadson ’89 Powers Through Wounded Warriors Ride

Retired Col. Greg Gadson pedaled his hand-powered cycle through Bay Ridge on his way to the Wounded Warriors Soldier Ride on Long Island. Nearly 50 injured veterans bicycled from Manhattan to Ft. Hamilton on July 16 in the first stretch of the Wounded Warriors Project’s Soldier Ride - a four-day bicycle tour that winds through New York City before heading out to the eastern end of Long Island.

The riders got a hero’s welcome when they rolled into Bay Ridge, one vet said. “People were honking horns, showing their patriotism - that’s the real adrenaline that you get from the ride,” said retired Col. Greg Gadson, who served 26 years in the U.S. Army, lost his legs to an explosion in Iraq in 2007, and pedaled a hand-powered cycle in his first Soldier Ride.

Gadson and 44 other injured service men and women from the U.S., Great Britain, and Israel began the ride in Manhattan, storming over the Brooklyn Bridge before heading south to the city’s only Army base at Ft. Hamilton. The next day, they took their ride to the suburbs, eventually making it all the way to the Hamptons. Police and fire department officials escorted the hero's on their tour de Brooklyn. Read More

Triplett ’84 Named COO of Green Charge Networks

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the U.S., today named Mark Triplett as its Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Mark Triplett will oversee sales, marketing, and operations. He brings more than 20 years of enterprise software, utility, smart grid and demand response experience to Green Charge most recently leading the ‘Demand Response Management Systems’ product line worldwide for Alstom Grid, a global leader in utility infrastructure and control room hardware and software.

“Mark Triplett brings extensive smart grid and utility experience to Green Charge at time of explosive growth and customer acquisition,” said Vic Shao CEO at Green Charge Networks. “His strong track record in operational management will be a great addition to our executive team.” Read More

COL(R) Thalken ’83 Joins Normandeau Associates as a VP

COL(R) Thalken ’83 Joins Normandeau Associates as a VPColonel (Ret.) Curtis Thalken, Former Commander of the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has joined Normandeau Associates as a Vice President. Colonel Thalken will focus on the management of large, complex projects and continued expansion and strategic development of Normandeau Associates. Colonel Thalken will add high level regulatory expertise to the firm regarding environmental impact studies, licensing and permitting for energy projects, harbor dredging, transportation and other infrastructure projects.

He also will play a major role in strengthening our relationship with the Army Corps of Engineers as well as with the Navy, Air Force, Homeland Security, Coast Guard, Veterans Administration and other federal and state agencies. Normandeau has provided contracting services to the Corps of Engineers for many years, including a current 5 year contract with the Walla Walla (WA) District for hydropower services. "The combination of Colonel Thalken and Bob Varney, the highly respected former U.S. EPA New England Regional Administrator, together with our large number of top-notch environmental scientists and managers will provide our public and private sector clients with the highest level of strategic environmental regulatory services in the nation" says Pam Hall, President and CEO of Normandeau Associates. Read More

1LT Holder '13 & 1LT Leatigaga '11 Win Bronze in Uruguay

1LT Will Holder '13 & 1LT Ben Leatigaga '11 win Bronze at Pan American Games in Uruguay. The Men’s Eagles Sevens were able to take the podium at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Sunday with a third-place finish.

The U.S. defeated Uruguay, 40-12, in the rematch of the Guadalajara 2011 Rugby Sevens Bronze match, as a last-second loss to Canada in the Semifinal ended Team USA’s hopes for gold. Canada beat Argentina in the Final to sweep the rugby gold medals. Story

Adams ’01 To Adapt Fallujah Memoir ‘House To House’

Universal Pictures just completed an option on House to House, the memoir of U.S. Army staff sergeant David Bellavia’s harrowing experience in the Second Battle Of Fallujah. The studio, which bought it for Imagine Entertainment, knew just the writer who’d bring an inherent understanding of the subject matter. Universal has set Max Adams, who just turned in a draft to the studio of The Risk Agent, a thriller vehicle for Vince Vaughn. Adams also spent 11 years serving his country in the U.S. Army, an enlisted M-3 Gustav gunner and team leader in the 1st Ranger Battalion who as a young lieutenant led soldiers in combat during the initial ground invasion of the Iraq War. He was discharged in 2006 and just produced the Robert De Niro-starrer Bus 657, and produced and directed the Bruce Willis starrer Precious Cargo.

Anderson ’06 Wins Pan American Gold

Former Army West Point wrestling standout Jon Anderson earned a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games during Greco-Roman competition on Wednesday at the Hershey Centre.
A 2006 graduate of West Point, Anderson defeated Venezuela's Querys Perez by a 9-0 technical fall in the championship match at 187 pounds on Wednesday, helping the United States finish the day, 10-2. Anderson joined three other American wrestlers in medaling, including Andy Bisek, who captured gold in the 165 match.
Anderson finished second in the United States World Team Trials earlier this year and has been a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program since 2011. Read More

COL Jones ’92 Assumes Command of Sinai Peninsula from COL Clark ’92

SINAI PENINSULA, Egypt - Col. David E. M. Jones assumed command of the U.S.’s Task Force Sinai from Col. William “Clark” Lindner on the Multinational Force and Observer’s North Camp, Monday, July 7, 2015. The mission for the MFO hasn’t changed in over 30 years: to observe, verify and report. However, the environment has rapidly changed over this last year. While this has come at some consternation, it has created opportunities to advance our force protection and focus on the role of our Peacekeepers here, said Lindner.

“It’s a great honor to be taking over such a prestigious organization and to command great American Soldiers who courageously stand for peace in an area that’s dynamically changing,” said Jones. This was an exciting day for the commanders, who first met as cadets at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, in the summer of 1988. As their careers progressed, the two officers continued to stay in touch by attending promotions and visiting each other while in command deployments. What is very unusual is Jones has been Lindner’s replacement for two commands, first in Hoehenfels, Germany in 2012 and now in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt with Task Force Sinai and the MFO. Read More

Rowe ’75 Named CEO of Maine Community Foundation

Former Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe has been selected to head the Maine Community Foundation. Rowe, of Portland, will have the title president and chief executive officer. A board-appointed committee led by board Vice Chair Peter Lamb conducted the national search, assisted by Isaacson, Miller of Boston.n The board cited Rowe’s “significant leadership skills and his proven ability to bring people together to address pressing issues, from clean air to access to education and early childhood development.”

Rowe serves as president of Endowment for Health, a private foundation dedicated to improving the health of New Hampshire residents. Prior to that, he served as counsel at the Portland-based law firm of Verrill Dana LLP. He was Maine Attorney General from 2001 to 2009 and served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000. He was Speaker of the House during his last term. Read More

Kaine ’92 Named New CEO of Delta Risk

Delta Risk LLC, a global provider of cybersecurity and risk management services, announced today that Scott Kaine has been named as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Kaine joins Delta Risk as a seasoned cybersecurity expert and business executive with more than 20 years of experience helping to lead and grow companies in the security and technology sectors. 

"Scott Kaine is a proven leader with the right vision to lead Delta Risk," said General (ret.) Michael Hayden, Chairman of the Board. "His deep industry expertise in technology, security, and intelligence combined with his natural ability to bring people together in high performing environments will be incredibly valuable as Delta Risk continues to expand and deliver trusted cybersecurity services to critical organizations across multiple sectors."

"Scott has a strong passion for helping organizations understand, assess and protect against today's sophisticated cyber threats," said Rob Schmidt, co-founder of Delta Risk LLC. "We share that passion and are confident that Scott's leadership will enable us to strengthen our services and help more clients develop and evolve their own security policies and strategies to meet their business objectives." Read More

LTC Andrew ’98 & MAJ McClain ’02 Prepared for the International Space Station

As of July 7, eight new astronauts are ready to help advance scientific research aboard the International Space Station and pave the way for America’s new space launch capabilities and journey to Mars. The four women and four men moving from candidates to the corps were part of the 2013 astronaut class, chosen from 6,300 applications - the second largest number of applications NASA ever has received. “These individuals have worked incredibly hard to attain this milestone,” said Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “For many, it is the culmination of a lifetime of dedication and perseverance to reach this goal. We are proud to have them join the NASA astronaut corps.”

The group reported to Johnson in August 2013 to begin technical space system training, robotics instruction and specialized hardware and science instruction. They have successfully completed two years of intensive training and now will support mission operations and technical duties while awaiting spaceflight assignments. “It is an honor to have these talented and skilled individuals as part of the operations organization,” said Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at Johnson. “We look forward to their future contributions as we enter this new era of human space exploration.” Read More

Cage ’02 Appointed Homeland Security Advisor

Governor Brian Sandoval announced July 10th that he has appointed Caleb Cage as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor. Cage will manage the Office of Homeland Security which serves as the State’s single point of contact with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security relative to sharing of sensitive information and intelligence. Cage has also been appointed by Department of Public Safety Director Jim Wright to serve as the Chief of the Division of Emergency Management. Cage will serve as the primary point of contact to federal, state, and local jurisdictions relative to intelligence sharing and critical infrastructure protection measures and programs, cyber security, and citizen preparedness initiatives.

As the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, Cage will occupy a seat on the Homeland Security Commission. Governor Sandoval became Commission Chairman in April 2011. Prior to these appointments, Cage served in the Office of the Governor as the Director of Military and Veterans Policy.

“Caleb has been an outstanding member of my staff as both a former member of my cabinet and a policy advisor in my personal office. He was a critical component to the success of our comprehensive and sweeping veteran reforms this legislative session and I am grateful for his hard work and tireless commitment to serve our men and women of the military and veterans community,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Caleb will be an excellent addition to the Homeland Security Commission and I am confident he will serve as a sharp and knowledgeable advisor. I look forward to continuing to work with him in this new and expanded role.” Read More

COL Hilmes ’95 Takes Command of Fort Benning

Col. Andrew Hilmes took command of Fort Benning Garrison from Col. Michail “Gus” Huerter at a change of command ceremony July 8 in front of McGinnis-Wickam Hall. Over the course of his 20-year military career, Hilmes has deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kuwait and Iraq. His awards and decorations include a Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, a Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, combat action badge, parachute badge and air assault badge.

“Andy is not a stranger to Fort Benning. He’s been here as a tactical leader. He’s been the operations officer for the Maneuver Center of Excellence, which is not an easy task,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of the MCoE. Hilmes said taking command of the garrison is a humbling task and he is excited to join the ranks of the garrison team.

“I am in awe of everything you do, every day. When you look at the diverse missions that occur across this installation, along with the different types of units that call Fort Benning home, it takes a very dedicated, versatile and skilled workforce to enable success. You’ve earned my respect a long time ago, now it’s time for me to earn yours,” he said.

LTC Luzzatto ’97 to Assume Command of the USACE Charleston District

A new district engineer responsible for planning, engineering and constructing water resource projects, such as the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project, will assume command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, on Friday July 10th.

Lt. Col. Matthew W. Luzzatto will assume command in a ceremony at The Citadel's Mark Clark Hall in the Buyer Auditorium. Luzzatto replaces Lt. Col. John T. Litz, who completes his two-year term before reporting to his new assignment at USACE headquarters.

As district engineer, Luzzatto will be responsible for water resource projects and administering laws for the protection of navigable waterways and regulatory actions for the state. He will oversee approximately 250 employees who are stationed throughout the state. Luzzatto also will oversee the military construction program at Fort Jackson. Read More

COL Streeter ’91 Assumes Command of the 199th Infantry Brigade

Col. Alan C. Streeter assumed command of the 199th Infantry Brigade from Col. David Beachman July 7 at York Field. "Al Streeter comes in with an incredible resume. He's served in all types of Infantry units. He's served with the right levels of headquarters, so he's going to be able to think strategic, operationally and be very very effective at the tactical level," said Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence. Click here to watch the video.

He served as regimental liaison officer, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom I. In 2003, Streeter graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as the battalion operations and executive officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

After returning, he was assigned as an exchange officer to the United Kingdom Land Warfare Center, in Warminster, UK, as a G-3 training officer. After his 2011 deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Most recently, Streeter served as the deputy assistant chief of staff, United States Forces Korea at Yongsan Garrison, in the Republic of Korea. Read More

COL Doyle ’88 Named Vassar Brothers VP of Medical Affairs

COL Doyle ’88 Named Vassar Brothers VP of Medical AffairsDr. Michael Doyle psychiatrist and experienced hospital administrator joined Vassar Brothers Medical Center on July 1 as vice president of medical affairs.

In this role, Dr. Michael Doyle of Cornwall, Orange County, works closely with hospital leadership to create a superior patient care environment through consistent clinical quality performance. He is an advocate for medical staff and disseminates best healthcare practice protocols.

“I look forward to being a partner with the medical staff in ensuring the Hudson Valley receives great patient care,” Doyle said. “With a $466 million new Vassar Brothers planned, it couldn’t be a more exciting time to join the team.” Read More

1LT Holder '13 & 1LT Leatigaga '11 Selected to USA Rugby for PanAm Games

1LT Holder '13 & 1LT Leatigaga '11 Selected to USA Rugby for PanAm GamesAfter two consecutive tournament victories, one of which gave the Eagles their first ever HSBC Series victory and the other giving the Eagles a ticket to Rio, the United States is gearing up for the Pan Am Games starting on July 11th in Toronto, Canada. The United States will be looking to build on its momentum but will attempt to do so with a much different roster than prior weeks.

Leading the way will be the captain, Madison Hughes as well as the pair of barn burners out wide. Perry Baker and Carlin Isles have shown tremendous improvement over the year and will be two of the more senior members on the squad. Garrett Bender, the only other player to appear in all legs of the HSBC World Series, should see significant minutes with the absence of Durutalo and Test. Read More

Chandler ’89 Named 2015 CFO Finalist by PA Business Journal

Emtec, Inc., a leading consulting firm providing transformative digital solutions, is pleased to announce the Company's Chief Financial Officer, Gregory Chandler, has been named a 2015 CFO of the Year finalist by Philadelphia Business Journal for the large company category. The esteemed nomination recognizes professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.

“We are proud to congratulate Greg on his nomination as CFO of the Year,” said Dinesh Desai, Chairman and CEO “Greg’s expansive financial experience, hard work and significant contribution to numerous corporate and leadership initiatives continues to help us grow our business and to help drive digital transformation for our clients as well as our internal transformation.”

Since May 2009, Mr. Chandler has been Emtec’s CFO and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. During his tenure at Emtec he has been instrumental in the transformation of the Company to a consulting and outsourcing organization, doubling gross profit and the gross margin percentage quadrupling EBITDA. In the last 4 years he has reduced SG&A costs by nearly $14 million. In addition, during his time as CFO the Company has executed 8 acquisitions, 4 spin off/joint ventures, 5 separate capital raises and a going private transaction. Read More

Greene ’89 Elected 2015 CFP Chair-Elect

Certified Financial Planner professional Mike Greene has been elected to serve as the 2015 Chair-elect of CFP Board's Board of Directors, a role in which he will use his experience to lead the organization that now certifies more than 72,000 CFP professionals in the United States. Greene has served on the Board of Directors for CFP Board since 2012. Greene is currently senior vice president of financial planning and advisor business development at Ameriprise Financial, overseeing the firm's financial planning business.

"Through the power of financial planning, CFP professionals make a difference in peoples' lives each and every day," said Greene. "As I take on new responsibilities with CFP Board, I look forward to finding ways to ensure all Americans have access to these important services."

Before joining Ameriprise in 2002, Greene worked at McKinsey & Company and CNH Global N.V. "Mike is a passionate leader who represents the best of the profession. He is a vocal advocate for the financial planning profession, the CFP certification and the need for more advisors to obtain the certification so that they can help Americans with their most important financial decisions," said CFP Board of Directors Chair Richard Rojeck, CFP. Read More

Dean ’53 Presented 2015 Distinguished Alumina Award

Robert L. Dean, Jr. USMA 1953 was presented with the 2015 Distinguished Alumina Award from the Oklahoma Military Academy which he attended before West Point. The award was presented on June 6, 2015 in Claremore, Oklahoma. Dean is a world renowned sculptor, playwright, and musician. He is most noted for his commanding and realistic statues of distinguished military heroes. His statues of Eisenhower on the Plain at West Point and the American Embassy in London are two of his more famous works. Other works include Eisenhower statues in Dennison, Texas; Abilene, Kansas; Normandy, France; and MacArthur statues in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Texas Military Institute, San Antonio, Texas. His most recent work, a bust of General Schwarzkopf, is in the West Point Library along with statuettes of Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley and Patton. Dean continues to sculpt, compose and write for the theater from his home in Oklahoma.

Figiel ’73 Named 2015 TAPPI Fellow

Kerry Figiel has been named a TAPPI Fellow for 2015. He is currently Corporate QCS Champion for International Paper. Fellow is an honorary title bestowed upon a very small percentage of TAPPI’s membership. It is given to individuals who have made extraordinary technical or service contributions to the industry and/or the Association. The 2015 Fellows Class was honored at the TAPPI Fellows Luncheon on Sunday, April 19, 2015, held in conjunction with the PaperCon 2015 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

“During a long and distinguished career, Kerry Figiel has made significant contributions to the paper industry by his many accomplishments in the fields of quality and process control, as well as by his dedication and hard work as a member of TAPPI,” said Larry N. Montague, president and CEO of TAPPI. “In more than 20 years of service to TAPPI, his leadership and hard work have been instrumental in the development and growth of the Process Control Division and its members. He’s an outstanding choice for the Fellows Award.”

An active TAPPI member for over 20 years, he’s served in several leadership roles including Process Control Division Chairman and Conference Chairman for PaperCon 2013 and is currently Technical Program Chair for the Process Control Division. Figiel co-authored the Division’s handbook entitled “Paper Machine Quality Control System Volume I - Measurement Systems and Product Variability.”

Pepin ’73 Reunited with Rescued Iraqi Family

Pepin ’73 Reunited with Rescued Iraqi FamilyHOSCHTON, Ga. - The last time Ret. Lt. Col. Greg Pepin saw Lava Barwari she was just 36 days old--in Iraq. The baby girl was in her mother's arms and her parents were desperately trying to flee that country since they were on Dictator Sadam Hussein's kill list. The family is Kurdish, an ethnic group targeted by the former Iraqi government for genocide. Awaz Barwari was just 22 years old and her name was on the list of Kurds allowed to leave Iraq. But an Iraqi official told her newborn, Lava, could not go since her name was not on the list.

“I told the man I was not leaving without my baby. He said I could leave her with other family in Iraq or not leave Iraqi. So I said I wasn't leaving. Lt. Col. Pepin spotted the family leaving and intervened,” Barwari said. “I told them if the baby's name was ‘Greg,' she could come with me under my passport,” the Lt. Col. told FOX 5's Portia Bruner. They didn't understand what I was trying to do at first, but then they realized I was trying to help.” Baby Lava became “Baby Greg” and the family left Iraq that day in December 1996--always wondering what happened to the American soldier who secured their freedom with a simple name change. Read More

COL Cushing ’93 Assumes Command of the 194th Armd Brig

FORT BENNING, GA - In a change of command ceremony on June 30th, Col. John M. Cushing assumed command of the 194th Armored Brigade. Col. Cushing assumed command from Col. Scott King at Brave Rifles Field. "John and his Family come in ready to go. When I look at John's resume, you probably don't get a better person to hand the colors to than John Cushing," said Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Cushing has served in multiple tactical assignments in the 3rd Infantry Division and the 1st Cavalry Division. Most recently, he served as the G3, deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support. He served as a Tank Company commander and Recon Troop commander with the 2nd Brigade at Fort Stewart, GA, and as a Battalion S3 and Brigade executive officer for the 3rd Brigade here, as a member of the 3rd Infantry Division. Click here to watch the video.

Cushing's combat action includes tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards include the Bronze Star with three Oak Leaf Cluster and the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. During his career Cushing has earned the Combat Action Badge, the Airborne Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab. At the change of command ceremony, Cushing said that he and his Family, his wife and three children, are blessed to be back at Fort Benning. Read More

The West Point Register of Graduates & Former Cadets

Order your copy of the new 2015 Edition of the Register of Graduates from the WPAOG Gift Shop Today! To pay by check, download and print this order form.

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2015 Register of Graduates and Former CadetsThe Register of Graduates is a unique publication with roots that go back to 1846. At that time, as the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United States Military was approaching, a graduate of the Class of 1833 stationed at West Point, George W. Cullum, began to compile a listing of those who had attended the Military Academy. His first effort, published in 1850, was called a Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy from 1802 to January 1, 1850. Shortly afterwards, he took ill, and then duties elsewhere and the Civil War took priority. Returning to West Point in 1864 as superintendent, he served until 1866, when he was assigned other duties. Read More