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Jebb ’82 to be the Next Dean of West Point
5/2/2016

WEST POINT, NY - The President has nominated Colonel Cindy Jebb to be the next U.S. Military Academy’s Dean of the Academic Board making her the first woman to hold this position in West Point history. “ I want to congratulate Cindy on her nomination for appointment to brigadier general and assignment as the U.S. Military Academy’s Dean of the Academic Board,” said Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy. “Upon confirmation, Cindy’s stellar academic record and military leadership will be instrumental in the future development of cadets. This is a historic time for our military and I’m excited for West Point to have its first woman to hold this position.” Jebb currently serves as professor and head of the Department of Social Sciences and will replace Brigadier General Tim Trainor when he retires in June. Read the full press release.

Johnson ’55 Honored for Community Service, Veterans Advocacy
4/26/2016

Retired Army Colonel Charles R. Johnson of Troy, a Vietnam War veteran, is worthy of more than salutes for his leadership in community service and veterans advocacy. The Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans will honor Johnson during a testimonial on Tuesday, April 26, at the Century House, Route 9, Latham. The reception begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $40 per person. Make check payable to TCCVEV and send it to Gene Loparco, 22 Furlong Drive, Albany, NY, 12205. For information, call Gene at 456-4667 or e-mail loparco8888@yahoo.com.

Johnson retired from the Army in 1981 after 26 years of service that included tours in Vietnam. He served as a Vietnamese Army Ranger adviser, operations officer in a Special Operations Group and led 9th and 25th Infantry Division battalions. After he moved to the Capital Region in 1999, he volunteered for community service both as a civilian and as an active member of veterans organizations. In 2014, the Association of the U.S. Army and Friends of the state Military Museum named him Veteran of the Year.

Johnson was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He returned to West Point on the staffs of the physical education and intercollegiate athletics departments. His community service included the Troy Mayor's Ethics committee, the Board of Trustees of Oakwood Cemetery, Habitat for Humanity and the Governor's Commission for State Veterans Cemeteries. He is a member and past president of the Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans, American Legion Post 8444, Veterans of Lansingburgh and the Rensselaer County Veterans Association.

He served as a Stratton Veterans Affairs Disabled American Veterans Association van driver. The colonel also serves on an advisory board for a leadership program at Duke University and is president of the West Point Class of 1955. Johnson helped establish a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Albany High School. The colonel is a graduate of Command and General Staff College and Airborne and Ranger schools. He earned graduate degrees from Columbia University and Penn State University. Read More

CPT Powell ’04 Cofounder of True Made Foods
4/20/2016

Finding the right cofounder isn’t easy. A successful union requires the ability to play to individual strengths, to strive for honesty and openness, to compromise when necessary and stay laser-focused on the startup’s mission. Take Abraham Kamarck and Kevin Powell, two U.S. military veterans who cofounded True Made Foods in New York last year to make ketchup and other sauces sweetened mostly with vegetables. The first time Abraham Kamarck, who spent eight years as an aviator in the U.S. Navy, tasted his friend Kevin Powell’s ketchup, he wasn’t wildly impressed.

“Abe tasted it, and said ‘this isn’t really ketchup,’” recalls Powell, 35, a West Point grad who spent five years in the U.S. Army as an air defense artillery officer and is now the company’s president. That initial bout of honesty would eventually set the stage for a successful partnership between two cofounders with very different personalities. “I think what makes us able to work well together comes from our military background,” says Powell. “We are not afraid to tell each the hard truth in any facet of our business.  And most importantly, after hearing that hard truth, we can still work effectively, because it's not personal. It’s about the mission.”

The duo first met in the summer of 2013, at a Techstars Patriot Bootcamp in Washington, D.C. to help so-called ”vetpreneurs” start their own tech businesses. Kamarck, now True Made’s CEO, was developing a tech startup with a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor. Powell was working on an app to help food companies distribute their products and running his own business delivering flavored butter to Yankee Stadium. On the side, Powell and his wife, Abbey, were bottling a ketchup recipe she’d invented to help him lose weight and sneak some veggies into his diet. The couple cooked and bottled their Amazing Tomato Ketchup in their kitchen and sold at Albany-area farmers markets. The ketchup included some unlikely ingredients – spinach, carrots and butternut squash. Read More

New Laws Expand When Veterans May Salute
4/20/2016

Do you know the proper conduct when the United States Flag is posted or passes in review, the National Anthem is played or the Pledge of Allegiance is recited? Congress has expanded veterans’ rights in federal law in recent years; the most recent was the 2013 change which affected the Pledge of Allegiance.

Respect for the Flag. During the raising or lowering of the flag, when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, and also during the Pledge of Allegiance, there are different courses of action depending on your current status. In the instances mentioned above, all uniformed personnel should render the military salute, and members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present, but not in uniform, may also salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over their heart, or if applicable, remove their headgear with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over their heart. Citizens of other countries present should stand at attention.

During the National Anthem. During the playing or singing of the National Anthem, individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present, but not in uniform, may also render the military salute. When the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

For additional information, you may refer to the following sections of United States Code (USC): Title 4 USC Section 4 “Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag”, Title 4 USC Section 9 “Conduct During Hoisting, Lowering or Passing of the Flag”, and Title 36 USC Section 301 “National Anthem”.

Source: Army Echoes: The Official Newsletter for Retired Soldiers, Surviving Spouses & Families

Daily ’78 Named CEO of Centuri Construction Group
4/20/2016

Southwest Gas Corporation announced the appointment of Paul M. Daily as CEO of its Centuri Construction Group, Inc. (the construction services subsidiary of Southwest Gas Corporation). As CEO, Mr. Daily will lead Centuri's strategy in partnering with North American natural gas utilities as they increase investments in critical infrastructure upgrades. He brings more than 35 years of operational and financial experience in the construction industry, with a large portion of his career focused on natural gas distribution systems.

"Paul is an exceptional leader with the ideal skill set to take Centuri to the next level," said John Hester, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Gas Corporation. "He brings a deep understanding of the construction industry, long-standing relationships with gas distribution companies across North America and a collaborative management style. Throughout his career, Paul has consistently built world-class teams, developed and executed winning strategies and grown profitable businesses. Centuri has significant momentum, and we are confident that Paul will build on that progress to deliver even greater value for our shareholders, customers and employees." Read More

Spring Football Reception & Friend Raiser
4/18/2016

The Army Football club on behalf of the Friends of Army Football cordially invites you to attend a “Reception & Friend Raiser” On the 4th Floor of The Kimsey Athletic Center immediately after the Army football spring game on Saturday April 30th, 2016. The event will feature a silent and live auction, as well as raffle opportunities. Items already secured include: Army Sports Memorabilia, Golf Packages @ ATT Pebble Beach, Ryder’s Cup & Victoria National Country Club Various West Point Artwork—Landscapes, Architecture, Athletics, etc. Outdoorsmen Packages: A Bass Fishing Trip in Texas, a Hunting Package on a private lease in Texas…and much more! For more information, or to contribute items for auction, contact the event Co-Chairs: Rick Dauch ’83 DauchR@yahoo.com and Connor Crehan ’06 connorjcrehan@gmail.com

*All proceeds will go to the “Friends of Army Football” a Non-Profit fund managed by the West Point Association of Graduates to specifically benefit the Army Football program.

Smith ’94 Named Applied Software Construction COO
4/12/2016

Applied Software, announced that Clay Smith has joined the company as its chief operating officer. Smith offers nearly two decades of executive experience leading manufacturing, sales, engineering and software development organizations from start-up through high-growth transitions. Prior to joining Applied Software, Smith was vice president, BEM Software Solutions, at Southwire, Inc. "With his excellent track record of leading high-growth construction industry companies, Clay is uniquely qualified to help guide our next phase of growth and is a welcome addition to our executive team," said Richard Burroughs, president of Applied Software. "Clay has guided companies in aggressively seeking continuous improvement and successfully leveraging new business opportunities presented as part of the changing nature of the construction industry." Read More

Founders Day Celebration at Fort Hood
4/12/2016

Brigadier General Diana Holland ’90, Commandant of the United States Military Academy, spoke as the guest speaker during the 2016 USMA Founders Day celebration hosted by the West Point Society’s Heart of Texas Chapter at Club Hood, March 24.

Photo, courtesy of Spc. Jacqueline Dowland: Captain Richard Martinez ’86 (left), cuts the cake as the oldest graduate in attendance, while accompanied by Lieutenant Andrew Nkansah ’15, the youngest graduate in attendance

GEN Votel ’80 in Charge of Centcom
4/12/2016

Army General Joseph Votel recently had a busy and historic day. It’s the first time a Socom commander has been put in charge of Centcom. In the morning, Votel, relinquished command of U.S. Special Operations Command, which he held since August 2014. Votel handed the Socom reins to Army Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas during an 11 a.m. ceremony at MacDill. Votel has been widely lauded as a good choice to run Centcom for his overall military background, understanding of the Centcom region and Washington D.C. policy making. But beyond that, two of the top combatant command leaders in the battle against jihadis are now Army generals with extensive experience in the world of special operations.

During both ceremonies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter lauded Votel for his “experience with all elements of the joint force — air, sea, ground, special operations, also cyber and space.” Carter also remarked that Votel has an “extensive experience and deep understanding of the Centcom area of responsibility.” And he has the “politico-military skills and strength as warrior-diplomat,”. “We have important partners and allies in the region, including Israel,” which is not in the Centcom area of responsibility, but always a looming factor in relations with the Arab partners who are. Read More

LTG Thomas ’80 Named SOCOM Commander
4/12/2016

Thomas told a large crowd gathered under a hot sun that this was at least the fourth time he was replacing Votel ’80 who was put in charge of Centcom. “Each time, it gets harder,” said Thomas, who became the 11th Socom commander, and the third in a row to have been promoted from the Joint Special Operations Command, headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Socom, headquartered at MacDill. He follows Votel and, before that, retired Navy SEAL Adm. William McRaven.

Before running JSOC, the military’s elite hunter-killer counterterrorism command, Thomas served as Assistant Director for Military Affairs at the CIA, commanded all special operations forces in Afghanistan, served as senior special operations officer on the joint staff at the Pentagon, and held command positions with the Army, including the Ranger Regiment and Delta Force. Read More

Superintendent’s Founders Day Video
4/12/2016

If you were unable to attend a West Point Founders Day event in your area, LTG Caslen would like to share his message with you. Watch this informative video for a comprehensive update on the Academy.

1LT Ortenzo ’14 Female Athlete of the Year
4/11/2016

1LT April Ortenzo knows that when it comes to softball, she plays for the name on the front of her uniform, not the back. "The Army is definitely my number one priority," Ortenzo said. "Softball is a luxury that I get. I truly believe that playing All-Army was such an honor to be able to represent people that have come before me, people that have died, and people that are fighting now. It's a game but it represents so much more than that." As the starting shortstop for the All-Army Softball team in 2015, Ortenzo and her teammates swept the Armed Forces Championship 9-0 to win the gold medal. For her part, Ortenzo batted .575. Winning gold was one of the most memorable moments of her life, according to Ortenzo.

"The team was so successful this year," said Ortenzo, who was also named to the 2015 All-Armed Forces National All-Star team, which took home the national championship. "It was a very young team, all rookies except for two. Our team as a whole -- we did not know how to lose. That's the best way to put it. Our team did not know how to lose. We came together no matter what the circumstances and games, and definitely had fighters on the team that were very skilled. It was an awesome team to be a part of." "I just feel at home on the field," she said. "It's the foundation of where I got my leadership skills, where I learned how to be a teammate, how to be a part of a team, how to follow before I could lead, how I could fight through adversity, everything. Softball correlates so much to the Army and leadership. That's truly where I feel at home." Read More

23rd Annual Alumni Golf Outing
4/6/2016

Registration is now open for the 23rd Annual Alumni Golf Outing. It will be at West Point, June 9-11, 2016. Reconnect with alumni, former classmates, and your alma mater. Registration fee includes two rounds of golf, all meals, a boat cruise, and some great prizes! (View Agenda) All graduates and guests are invited​​​​​​. Registration closes June 1.

McAleer ’87 Chosen to Join the Executive Leadership Program
4/4/2016

Donna McAleer was selected by the Washington, DC-based Impact Center for its 2016 Women’s Executive Leadership Program after a highly competitive application and interview-based process to find the best and brightest women leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Donna McAleer has extensive and varied leadership experience in public, private and not-for-profit corporations, including the People’s Health Clinic based in Park City. In 2013 the Secretary of Defense appointed Donna to serve on the Defense Advisory Council for Women in the Service (DACOWITS). She is an award-winning author and teaches skiing at Deer Valley. The Women’s Executive Leadership Program is designed to accelerate growth for women leaders at critical junctures in their careers. It includes two Retreats that focus on building a leadership identity, embracing strengths as a woman leader, and building social capital. In-between Retreats, leaders meet regularly with an experienced executive coach and monthly with peers to incorporate and refine new skills. Building long-term professional networks with a diverse community of peers and accomplished leaders is a distinguishing characteristic of this program.

Hon R.J. Nicholson ’61 to Receive the Saint Pio Award
4/4/2016

The Saint Pio Award has been established to recognize the selfless and outstanding contribution to the Catholic Church of those individuals who have strongly committed to support the Saint Pio Foundation and its vision. Guests of honor and Saint Pio Award winners will be the acclaimed Actor Gary Sinise and Hon. Jim Nicholson, former Secretary for Veteran Affairs and former US Ambassador to the Holy See. Part of the proceeds of this event will be allocated to support the VA Maryland Healthcare System’s Homeless Program in Baltimore. Read More

Cheever ’49 To Be Inducted Into Banking Hall Of Fame
3/30/2016

Charles E. Cheever Jr. is among four who will be honored on April 21 for his impact on the banking industry, his community and the state as an inductee in to the Texas Bankers Hall of Fame. He will be recognized during a ceremony in Sam Houston State University's Lowman Student Center Ballroom. The Texas Bankers Hall of Fame was established by SHSU's Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking to recognize outstanding bankers for their contributions to the field, as well as to those around them.

Cheever has been a family businessman almost his entire career, whose career in banking has been devoted to Broadway Bank. Currently chairman emeritus of Broadway Bank, he joined the bank in 1957 and assumed the position of president in 1961, at the age of 32. During his time as president, Cheever was the driving force behind much of the growth and expansion of the bank and worked alongside his father, Col. Charles E. Cheever Sr., to create an environment of innovation by working to extend the bank’s drive-thru hours and guiding the bank through the hard-hitting recession of the late 1980s, when many banks and financial institutions closed.

Before joining Broadway Bank, Cheever served as an Air Force pilot instructor and then as lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves. He also earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1957. Throughout his life, Cheever has embraced the spirit of giving back to the community, which his parents also instilled into the culture of Broadway Bank, by serving as co-chairman of the San Fernando Cathedral Restoration Project and the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Capital Campaign; as a trustee of the United Way, University of the Incarnate Word, and Southwest Research Institute; and on the University of Texas Health Science Center’s advisory board for the Center for Medical Ethics and Humanities.

Honoring a family legacy of supporting the space program, he spearheaded the capital campaign for the Challenger Learning Center on the San Antonio College campus. The Star Tower, the most visible feature at the Challenger’s Scobee Education Center, bears his name. In addition, Cheever served as the chairman, contact banker and regional director of the Texas Bankers Association, as well as as a director of San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve. He was the founding co-chairman of San Antonio Education Partnership and chaired many projects and organizations, such as the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, the Leadership Division of Forward San Antonio and others—giving his time and expertise to many community organizations.

LTC Shimerdla ’98 Releases New Book The Eighth Day
3/29/2016

A warning from a stranger. "Nothing you know is real. Your name isn't Shawn Jaffe, you're not an investment broker, and you're not from Ohio." But the stranger is murdered before he can explain. Now Shawn isn't sure who he can trust. Even his own memories are suspect. Someone is watching him, controlling him, using him. To survive, he'll need to find out who and why. But the stakes are much higher than one man. Our humanity is on the line, and on the eighth day, it could be the beginning of the end.

Six (Not So) Old Grads Celebrate Founders Day in Honduras
3/29/2016

Six Old Grads celebrated Founders Day in Honduras Soto Cano Airbase. Being an aviation unit, they have quite a few graduates stationed there. On Saturday 19 March they held an unofficial Founders Day dinner at their unit bar, the Lizard Lounge. They were six Old Grads strong, and the uniform was "as close to a cadet uniform as possible."

Photo: Left to Right - 1LT Mark Richard ’14; 1LT John Janigian ’14; 1LT Max Vandervort ’13; 1LT Wayne Pak ’13; CPT Eric Rathun ’09; CPT Nick Kanakis ’09

LTC Dabkowski ’97 Wins Officer Research Fellowship
3/28/2016

Matthew F. Dabkowski, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who is completing his PhD in systems and industrial engineering at the University of Arizona, has received a 2016 Omar N. Bradley Officer Research Fellowship in Mathematics. The three-year fellowship recognizes Army officers who are actively engaged in the study of mathematics, have the best-developed plans for conducting significant work and have demonstrated analytic research ability.

Dabkowski received the award to conduct research in applying optimization to network science, or social network analysis, which is not to be confused with online social networking. He began studying network science for his minor in sociology and has integrated it into his doctoral research on the cost estimation and growth of major defense acquisition programs. As an operations research and systems analyst for the Army, Dabkowski uses the tools of mathematics -- statistics, optimization, simulation, mathematical modeling -- to streamline military procedures, increase efficiency and minimize risk. He has applied these tools to help the military address practical issues, such as how to reduce the number of soldiers on duty while maintaining a certain level of capability. Read More

1980 Flashback: Women Break Military Barrier
3/25/2016

They wouldn't make it, the men said; the math and science wouldn't interest them, the physical routine would be too tough and the opposition would drive them out. On May 28, 1980 the men behind those words were proven wrong as dozens of women tossed their caps alongside men at America's prestigious military academies.

Photo: Andrea Hollen receives her diploma from West Point in 1980, becoming the academy's first female graduate

The Class of 1980 broke ground as the first to have women graduate from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA), the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy. Among those pioneering women was Andrea Hollen, the first female graduate from West Point. Click here to watch the video.

"This is a symbolic day, but it's also a day for, I'd say, very careful consideration for exactly what we've done," said Hollen in a 1980 interview with correspondent Ike Pappas that aired on the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite." Full Story »

LTC Alvarez ’97 Geneva Foundation’s 2015 Researcher of the Year
3/24/2016

LTC Luis Alvarez was recently awarded the 2015 Researcher of the Year award by The Geneva Foundation. This award recognizes one outstanding researcher who exemplifies Geneva’s mission of advancing innovative medical research within the U.S. military, for the benefit of U.S. service members and veterans, their families, and the global community.

LTC Luis Alvarez is the founding Principal Investigator of the Regenerative Biology Research Group at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. He also serves as an Academy Professor and Director of the Center for Molecular Science in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science at United States Military Academy at West Point. Previously, LTC Alvarez led the DoD’s $720M Bio scavenger pharmaceutical development program and was Deputy Director and co-founder of the Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Project Management Office at Ft. Detrick. He has also served as a Visiting Scientist for both the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Hertz Foundation Fellow during his time at MIT. Read More

Macdonald ’80 New President of Army Women’s Foundation
3/23/2016

Brigadier General (Ret.) Anne Macdonald, a combat veteran, graduate of the first gender-integrated class of West Point and senior Army aviator, is the new leader of the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation. She was elected by the board of directors and assumed her duties March 15 in Washington, DC. The Army Women’s Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the women who serve or have served in the U.S. Army. Its programs preserve history, facilitate discussion, fund research and award scholarships for post-secondary education. “I am absolutely honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization,” BG Macdonald said. “This is an opportunity to empower women, to connect with them, to respect them and to honor their service.”

Until her retirement in 2011, BG Macdonald served over 30 years in the U.S. Army, leading and building highly effective teams. She is qualified as a UH60 Blackhawk pilot, a paratrooper and is air assault qualified. BG Macdonald served 4 years in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and 18th Airborne Corps, 7 years in the Republic of Korea, 2 1/2 years in Germany before, during and after the fall of the Iron Curtain and 6 years as a General Officer. BG Macdonald completed two combat tours. The first was in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. She completed her second combat tour in Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as the Deputy Commanding General for the NATO Training Mission to develop police in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Her key assignments in the Army include serving as the Deputy Director of Operations, Military Command Center, Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Pentagon; Deputy Commanding General, 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, Colorado later designated Division West, First Army and Fort Carson; and Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia. BG Macdonald continues to train high-performing organizations after her military career. She serves as an executive coach and seminar facilitator with True Growth Leadership. Along with her husband, Major General John Macdonald, USA, Ret., she also volunteers to facilitate an annual West Point Ethics and Leadership Seminar for the faculty members of 45 High Schools in the DC Metro area.

GI Film Fest Marches into Theaters Nationwide on 4/7
3/22/2016

The GI Film Festival is proud to present a Cinematic Salute to the Troops, in select cinemas nationwide for an extraordinary one-night event! This April 7th showcase is the first time Fathom Events has ever screened a military themed show and if there is enough interest, they will screen even more positive military stories.

Hosted by actor and comedian Jamie Kaler, this incredible event will feature two true stories of bravery, integrity and leadership in the inspiring Wounded Warrior story CLIMB and the WW2 special operations thriller THE REAL INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, plus celebrity commentary from First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Gary Sinise, Adam Driver, Danny Trejo and more!

After both features, catch a behind-the-scenes look into GI Film Festival DC X, including a sneak peek at the military apocalyptic zombie movie Range 15 which premieres at GIFF X in DC this May. Range 15 stars William Shatner, Sean Astin and Danny Trejo and was produced and directed by military veterans!

Gather friends and family as we all come together to honor the warrior spirit!

Find a local theater and buy tickets here: (http://www.fathomevents.com/event/gi-film-festival).

The GI Film Festival was founded by West Point ’94 grad Laura Law-Millett and her husband Brandon Millett. Described as “Sundance for the Troops,” GIFF's mission is to preserve the stories of military veterans through film, television, training and live special events. GI Film Festival events provide an exceptionally diverse line-up of programming, covering all branches of service, every major conflict, and every major film genre while addressing a variety of issues of concern to the veteran community, including post-traumatic stress, homelessness, and unemployment. For more information, visit www.gifilmfestival.com

Happy Founders Day!
3/16/2016

On 16 March 1802, Thomas Jefferson signed the document that founded the United States Military Academy. It read, “that the said corps, when so organized, shall be stationed at West Point in the state of New York and shall constitute a military academy.” This spring, West Point Societies are celebrating USMA’s 214th anniversary at traditional Founders Day events around the globe. In New York City, David McCormick '87 delivered a poignant speech, centered around the notion that "one of the most important reservoirs and guardians of American exceptionalism is found in the institution, cadets, and alumni of the U.S. Military Academy."

Dr. Cummings ’93 & Bernal ’01 Named Henry Crown Fellows
3/16/2016

The Aspen Institute announced Dr. Craig Cummings ’93 and Dwayne Bernal ’01 to its 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. The Henry Crown Fellowship mobilizes a new breed of leaders, all under the age of 45, to tackle the world’s most intractable problems. All are proven entrepreneurs, mostly from the world of business, who have reached a point in their lives where, having achieved success, they are ready to apply their creative talents and skill sets to building a better society. Henry Crown Fellows spend four weeks over the course of two years in structured retreat – exploring their leadership, their core values, their vision for a “Good Society” and their desired legacies. But the Fellowship is not just about reflection. It is also about action: Each Fellow launches a new Venture that will stretch them and have a positive impact on their communities, their country, or the world. Read More

Robert S. Mueller to Receive 2016 Thayer Award
3/14/2016

The West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce that Robert S. Mueller III, the sixth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will receive the 2016 Sylvanus Thayer Award. The award will be presented on October 6 during ceremonies hosted by Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., Class of 1975, superintendent, U.S. Military Academy. West Point Association of Graduates Board Chairman retired Army Lt. Gen. Larry R. Jordan, Class of 1968, said, “The West Point Association of Graduates is honored to present the Thayer Award to Robert S. Mueller III, who served as the sixth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Having Director Mueller forever associated with West Point through the Thayer Award speaks directly to its purpose of recognizing a citizen of the United States, other than a West Point graduate, whose outstanding character, accomplishments, and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives. Read More

Dr. Hub ’89 Announced Supt of Logan County Schools
3/14/2016

GEORGETOWN, KY - The Scott County Board of Education unanimously chose a new school superintendent at a special meeting. The board voted to offer a contract to Dr. Kevin Hub, who is currently the superintendent of Logan County Schools, according to a school board member. Dr. Hub is a graduate of the Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond with a Masters of Arts in Education degree in Geography Education, and Spalding University in Louisville with a Doctorate in Education in Leadership Education.

Prior to becoming superintendent of Logan County Schools, he was Assistant Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer for Madison County Schools in Richmond. Dr. Hub is in his twenty-second (22nd) year in education after serving in the military for forty (40) months including a six (6) month tour in Desert Storm where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal and the Army Commendation medal with “V” device for Valor. Read More

McLoughlin ’78 Elected to Campbell's Board as Director
3/7/2016

CAMDEN, NJ - Campbell Soup Company announced that the company’s Board of Directors has elected Keith R. McLoughlin as a member of the Board, effective Feb. 24, 2016.

McLoughlin, recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of AB Electrolux, a multinational appliance company producing and selling more than 50 million products a year in more than 150 countries. Under McLoughlin's leadership, Electrolux increased investments in consumer-led innovation, focusing on profitable growth areas and leveraging the scale of the company through global integration. Read More

LTG Thomas ’80 Leading Special Operations Command
3/7/2016

LTG Raymond "Tony" Thomas has been nominated to be the new leader of U.S. Special Operations Command, announced Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. “General Thomas has big boots to fill, but he has proven himself — as a soldier, special operator and leader, time and time again over the course of his illustrative career,” Carter said during a news briefing alongside Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In a statement prior to be confirmed LTG Thomas said; “I am humbled by this potential opportunity to continue to serve our country and its Special Operations Forces, and I am honored by the trust inherent in this nomination,” Thomas said in an emailed statement. “If the Senate confirms the nomination, I will be committed to keeping our nation safe and maintaining and supporting the world’s best Special Operations Forces.” Thomas, has led troops in both the Army’s elite Ranger battalions and Delta Force. Thomas spent almost 12 years Afghanistan before taking a post as the top military liaison to the CIA in 2013. In 2007, Thomas served as assistant division commander for the 1st Armored Division during a 15-month stint near Mosul, Iraq. Read More

Jones ’99 Promoted to LTC and Receives SAME Award
3/4/2016

LTC Cullen Jones, PE, PMP, LEED Green Associate, ENV SP, a Training with Industry (TWI) fellow with Dewberry, has been promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel by the U.S. Army. Jones also received the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Washington, D.C. Post’s Outstanding Contributions by Young Military Member Award and its nomination for SAME's national Sverdrup Medal.

Jones was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on February 6, 2016, at the Fort Belvoir Officer’s Club. TWI sponsor Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh (Ret.), Dewberry’s director of water resources and coastal resiliency, presided over Jones’ promotion ceremony. In attendance were Dewberry CEO Donald E. Stone, Jr., PE; Dewberry Vice President and fellow TWI sponsor Col. Grant Smith (Ret.), PE, PMP, CFM; Jones’ family; and colleagues from his past 16 years of service in the U.S. Army.

Jones was also honored with SAME Washington, D.C. Post's Outstanding Contributions by Young Military Member plaque on January 14, 2016, at the National Press Club during its 20th Annual Awards Luncheon. Dewberry Vice President and Principal Neal T. Wright, PE, PMP, F.SAME, F.ASCE, F.NSPE, nominated Jones for the award, stating that, “Maj. Cullen Jones’ contributions to our nation, his community, and the engineering profession exemplify the personal and professional qualities the Society of American Military Engineers seeks to inspire in our young members.” Read More

LeHardy ’12 Men’s Triathlete of 2015
3/3/2016

Top honors were awarded to Barrett LeHardy named overall Age-Group Triathlete of the Year. LeHardy was the overall winner of the USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships, and posted the fastest overall time of the day en route to the 25-29 world title at the ITU Age-Group Standard Triathlon World Championships in Chicago. He also won Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon and the Tidewater Sprint, which he won by more than 5 minutes. Read More

Faleti ’98 Wins Salute to Young Leaders Award
3/3/2016

Yinka Faleti was awarded the Salute to Young Leaders, saluting excellence in performance and service to others. He was one of 20 under 40 young leaders in his community that are: competent committed and empathetic individuals whose service is already making a positive impact. He is a works with the following organizations: United Way Young Leadership Society, Charmaine Chapman Society, Multicultural Leadership Society, and Men’s Leadership Society. Read More

CPT Niemiec ’11 Named Rotary Peace Fellow
2/24/2016

While the world hopes for peace, Rotary works to make it a reality. CPT Michael Niemiec has been named as one of 100 Rotary Peace Fellows to study peace building and conflict resolution. The program was created as part of Rotary’s ongoing effort to promote greater tolerance and cooperation among people worldwide. Niemiec will attend the University of Bradford in Bradford, United Kingdom, one of six Rotary Peace Centers. He will obtain a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Politics and Security Studies. He graduated in 2011 with a degree in Arabic, Spanish, and Terrorism Studies.

After completing the Army’s Airborne and Ranger Schools, Niemiec was stationed with the Second Calvary Regiment in Vilseck, Germany, a unit that trains with NATO allies across Europe. As an infantry platoon leader during the unit’s 2013 Afghanistan deployment, he worked with local police and military forces to increase security in southern Afghanistan. Through the Rotary Peace Fellowship, CPT Niemiec hopes to gain new perspectives on how stability can be restored to areas torn by terrorism and war, and use that knowledge throughout his Army career to help further the cause of peace.

Nearly 1,000 Rotary Peace Fellow alumni are now working in high-level positions at prestigious organizations such as the United Nations, the European Parliament, Interpol, USAid, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Organization of American States. Read More

GEN Odierno ’76 Elected to Eastern Air Lines Board of Directors
2/24/2016

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. ("Eastern") is pleased to announce the election of General (Ret.) Raymond T. Odierno, to the Eastern Board of Directors. General Odierno recently retired, after graduating from West Point and 40 years of active military service to our nation, as US Army Chief of Staff, and prior to that assignment served as Commander, United States Joint Forces Command and Commander- United States Forces- Iraq.

"We are very pleased to have Ray Odierno join our board and provide us his unique global perspectives which will be invaluable to a growing international airline," said Admiral (Ret.) William Owens, Eastern's Chairman. Eastern's CEO, Ed Wegel, added, "We are honored to have General Odierno on our board and to advise our management team, as well as continue to serve as an inspiration through his prior leadership of the United States Army. He will be a key advisor to our team on security issues as well as continue to help us build on Eastern's core values of Team Work, Respect and Integrity in all that we do."

General Odierno commented, "Growing up in New Jersey, I flew the former Eastern often and know well its legacy and its traditions which have been continued with the new airline. I have been attracted to the great entrepreneurial spirit here at Eastern, and the strong principled foundations laid by Admiral Owens and our majority investor, Vince Viola, so I very much look forward to working with the board and management in the continued development and growth of the airline." Read More

The “Ping” of Gold
2/23/2016

CDT Taylor Endres ’17, Secretary for the Class of 2017, arrived at the Pease & Curren refinery in Warwick, RI on the morning of February 22, 2016 with eight of her classmates confident that she knew what the 16th Annual West Point Class Ring Memorial Melt was all about. “I familiarized myself with the details beforehand and grasped the logistics of the event,” she said. Fifty-four rings, the largest number to date, were being donated. The rings ranged from the Classes of 1914 to 1984. Ten of the rings came from the Class of 1967, 2017’s 50-Year Affiliation Class. The gold from these rings, along with a “legacy” sample taken from the gold of the 356 rings donated in previous ring melts, will be added to the class rings they are going to receive this August during Ring Weekend. Then, the ceremony started, and Endres heard the words of the family members, classmates, and friends as they placed their loved one’s ring into the stone crucible for melting. “It was then that I understood the meaningful connection between members of the Long Gray Line and the significance of this event,” Endres said. “They want us to feel and experience the qualities that their loved one demonstrated throughout his life.” With each “ping” of an old ring into the crucible, cadets grasped a new ingredient that will be vivified in the rings they will don come August. Full Story » | View Photos

Eggleston ’61 New Book 5th Marine Regiment in WWI
2/22/2016

The story of the 5th Marine Regiment in World War I is now available, it will be published in March. More than 8,000 men served in the Fifth Marine Regiment of the U.S. Army’s Second Infantry Division during World War I and the occupation of Germany. Marine units were among the first to arrive in war-torn Europe in 1917, and sustained greater casualties than other American units. This book tells the human story of the "Devil Dogs" in World War I and the years following through the recollections of veterans recorded over the past century. The influenza epidemic that raged during the war is discussed. An annotated roster of the regiment lists each Marine, with service details provided where known.

Boyd ’73 Honored Among Georgia Super Lawyers for 2016
2/19/2016

Robert D. Boyd honored among Georgia Super Lawyers for 2016 in the area of family law. Boyd, who has been included in the guide annually since 2004. Only five percent of the lawyers in Georgia are selected as Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are named as Rising Stars. The complete list of honorees is available today at http://www.superlawyers.com/georgia. Additionally, Boyd is recognized among the Top 10 List of all Georgia Super Lawyers. These accolades are impressive, considering the selection process evaluates outstanding lawyers throughout Georgia from more than 70 practice areas. Boyd, Collar and Nolen have been ranked by Georgia Super Lawyers for 13 consecutive years. The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN Each year, Law & Politics undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the Law & Politics’ attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

Seadler ’79 Appointed to STORE Capital's Board of Directors
2/19/2016

STORE Capital an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, announced the appointment of Einar A. Seadler to its Board of Directors. Mr. Seadler will serve on the Company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Seadler is currently a managing director of Accenture Strategy, an operating unit of Accenture PLC, which he joined in 2008. His responsibilities include advising senior executives of Fortune 500 companies on increasing shareholder value, primarily in the consumer, retail, fast food dining, services, technology, industrial, infrastructure and governmental sectors. Previously, he had served in similar roles with McKinsey & Company’s Operations Strategy Practice, advising Fortune 500 senior executives in business and operational strategies to improve financial performance. Mr. Seadler has also served in senior executive roles in telecommunications and retail operations. Mr. Seadler began his career as a United States Army Infantry officer in various command and staff assignments and served as an associate professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Seadler received a Master of Science degree from Cornell University. Read More

Class of 2012 Grads Awarded Patent for Anchor Projectile
2/18/2016

U.S. PATENT AWARDED: Gun - Launched Anchor Projectile for Climbing. 1LTs Ryan Freitag, Cameron Martin, Patrick Coe, Kevin Lucas, Brian Walter, and Chris Knittle – members of the Mechanical Engineering program Service Academy Design Challenge team in 2012, were awarded U.S. Patent # 9,074,856 B1 effective 7 July 2015. The team, led by advisor LTC Mike Benson, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, developed an M203 launched climbing system that deploys a tungsten - tipped projectile and hammer system that could embed into reinforced concrete. A leader line from the back of the anchor allows a climbing rope to pull through, and the team used the system to ascend a 90 - ft concrete silo during the competition. The new system provides a potential alternative to the ladder – which remains the Army solution to ascending vertical obstacles for maneuver access from ground locations. The team collaborated with the Army Research Lab, including the penetration testing of reinforced concrete, developing a stable projectile that effectively created the system anchor. Efforts are underway to reward the team members with a fiscal prize in accordance with Army Regulation.

Toys“R”Us Names Venezia ’86 Exec VP, Global Store Operations
2/17/2016

Toys“R”Us, Inc. announced the promotion of Joe Venezia to Executive Vice President, Global Store Operations, effective February 22. In this newly elevated role, Mr. Venezia will continue to be responsible for delivering an exceptional shopping experience across the company’s more than 850 Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide, with expanded responsibilities for providing strategic direction and support for Global Store Operations. This includes leading global initiatives and facilitating best practices in the operations area. He will serve as a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team. “Since joining Toys“R”Us two years ago, Joe has played a critical role in our transformation process, leading efforts to drive the business forward and deliver consistent operational execution across all stores, as well as improving customer satisfaction and developing a strong store operations team,” said Mr. Brandon. “I’m proud to have Joe as a leader on my team and believe his guidance will be an asset as we seek to grow our brands globally and create a world-class shopping experience for our customers.”

Mr. Venezia joined Toys“R”Us, Inc. in February 2014 as Senior Vice President, Store Operations. Earlier in his career, he held key operations and management positions at The Pantry, Walmart U.S., Wells Fargo Merchant Services and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Venezia also served as an Airborne Ranger Officer in the U.S. Army Infantry for nine years and was deployed abroad three times, receiving a Bronze Star Medal for demonstrated bravery during Operation Desert Storm. Read More

Johnston ’92 Named VP of Customer Service at The Standard
2/17/2016

The Standard announced that Todd Johnston has been named vice president of Customer Service and Shared Services. Johnston’s responsibilities at The Standard include leading teams responsible for policyholder and customer service and support functions, as well as all shared services supporting the Employee Benefits business unit. Johnston has more than 16 years of experience in financial services. Most recently he served as vice president of Life and Annuities New Business at Genworth Financial. Prior to that, he was vice president of Long Term Care New Business and director of Process Excellence at Genworth. He also spent six years in various operations and analytics roles at Capital One. Johnston is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he commanded explosive ordnance disposal units deploying all over the world. “Todd is an engaging leader and a forward-thinking customer advocate who understands the value of relationships,” said Dan McMillan, vice president of Employee Benefits at The Standard. “His industry expertise and passion for developing people make him a strong addition to our senior leadership team.” Johnston received his MBA from the University of North Carolina. Read More

West ’82 Formally Promoted to Lieutenant General
2/12/2016

The Army formally welcomed its 44th surgeon general, Tuesday. Nadja West made history as the first African American to serve as the service’s surgeon general. She’s been in office since December 2015. During the ceremony, West was promoted to lieutenant general. An orphan, West is the first black woman to hold the rank of lieutenant general and the highest-ranking woman of any race to graduate from West Point. “She has performed brilliantly in the two months she’s been the surgeon general, and I can personally attest to that,” said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley. West said one of her priorities on her new job will be to ensure the Performance Triad continues to prosper. The initiative focuses on sleep, nutrition and activity as key factors to help soldiers stay at peak performance. Read More

Cifuentes ’95 Appointed COO of Sirqul
2/12/2016

Sirqul, Inc., a leading platform in rapid application development for Internet of Things (IoT) and Connected Devices, announced that veteran executive Luis Cifuentes has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. Cifuentes was most recently Head of Sales for North America FBA at Amazon.com, responsible for accelerating adoption and growth of Amazon Fulfillment Services. In this capacity, he led a team of sales and customer success professionals increasing units shipped from strategic Sellers by +196% YoY and increasing sales from new Sellers using FBA by 110%.

At Sirqul, Cifuentes leads all B2B and customer-facing departments including licensing, professional services, product development, operations, sales and customer success. Cifuentes will bring a combination of extensive sales experience, operations improvement and global go-to-market expertise to his work in ensuring Sirqul's customer success initiatives. Having driven growth strategies for Dell previously, Cifuentes will also focus on fueling Sirqul's continued expansion into Asia and the Americas, as more ODMs and Brands license Sirqul's "white-label" platform offerings. Read More

WPAOG Announces 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients
2/11/2016

WEST POINT, NY: February 11, 2016 – The West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) has named the 2016 recipients of the Distinguished Graduate Award.

Since 1992, this annual award has been bestowed upon those West Point graduates whose character, distinguished service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.”

The awards will be presented in a ceremony at West Point on May 17, 2016. The 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award recipients are: Louis Gross ’54, John C. Bahnsen Jr. ’56, Joseph B. Anderson Jr. ’65, William P. Foley II ’67, Richard A. Cody ’72, Keith B. Alexander ’74.

Read more https://www.westpointaog.org/2016-dga-recipient-announcement

Griffin ’01 Co-Founder of Combat Flip Flops on Shark Tank
2/10/2016

Afghanistan veteran Matthew Griffin can count on a standing ovation when he talks about his dream of propelling a manufacturing company in the country where he once fought. He ends his tale with an invitation to join him in the “unarmed forces,” preventing conflict by spurring industry in troubled places. This past Friday the company that he co founded Combat Flip Flops won support from the name-brand investors who sit on the panel of ABC’s “Shark Tank.” His Issaquah-based company was one of four businesses picked to compete in a special veteran-themed episode of the show. Griffin and his partners have been building their company since 2011. They had a few setbacks, such as air strike in Pakistan that led to restrictions on travel in the region. Read More

COL(R) Camp ’68 Unanimously Voted President & COO of the National Infantry Museum Foundation
2/8/2016

COLUMBUS, GA - One of the architects of the National Infantry Museum Foundation, Ben Williams, will soon step down as president and COO. The statue of an infantry soldier was a key component of the museum foundation, and it has become quite the focal point. The Army's newest soldiers are brought here after graduation, and just about everyone wants a picture made in front of the statue. Williams is being replaced by Retired COL Greg Camp, who's been serving as Executive Vice-President and Chief Development Officer. He was selected in a unanimous vote last week. Read More

2016 Annual Fund Campaign is Underway
2/4/2016

Last year’s successful fundraising campaign provided a platform on which we must build. We need to press forward and sustain this important support. Throughout the year, you may be asked to contribute to the following funds, each of which meets the immediate, annual needs of the Academy and Association:

Superintendent’s Annual Fund/ West Point Parents Fund (unrestricted funds for cadets and USMA)
Long Gray Line (unrestricted funds for graduates and WPAOG)
Army A Club (unrestricted gifts for intercollegiate athletics)
Class Gift Funds/Restricted Gifts (restricted by classes in reunion campaigns/specific programs)

Campaign Donor Profile: Bill Song ’98
2/4/2016

Growing up as a first generation immigrant from South Korea, Bill Song ’98 witnessed his parents’ hard work and understood the value of a great education. To him, West Point was the perfect place, in that it offered a rigorous academic program and allowed him to serve the country that offered his family a new life. Today, Mr. Song credits his West Point education for his career and skill set and sees his contributions as a way to show his gratitude and invest in our country’s future leaders.  Read more.

Flor ’02 Fighting for Those Who Fought for Our Country
1/28/2016

Attorney Leo Flor ’02 was working for the Northwest Justice Project when an unusual case came in. A veteran who had been injured by an IED blast was being told to repay benefits he had received from the VA. An oversight in paperwork was threatening this soldier’s livelihood and his ability to take care of his family. Although it took more than a year to clear up the matter, Flor was able to get the agency to forgive the veteran’s debt and for him to keep his home. Read the entire story here.

Tomlingson ’53 Publishes 11th Industrial Textbook
1/27/2016

Paul D. Tomlingson published his 11th industrial maintenance management textbook: Maintenance in Transition – The Journey to World Class Maintenance. Mining Media International is currently publishing a series of six articles based on the book in both Engineering and Mining Journal and Coal Age. In his 44 year management consulting career, Tomlingson has published over 100 trade journal articles in Engineering and Mining Journal, Mining Engineering, Coal Age, Plant Engineering, Maintenance Technology, Uptime Magazine, Production Engineering, World Coal, Coal, Better Roads, Public Works and Ski Area Management. His short stories have been published in The Monterey County Herald (California), The Vermont Sunday Magazine and the Grand (County) Gazette (Kremmling, Colorado).

McBrayer ’74 Named President & CEO of ACell, Inc.
1/25/2016

ACell, Inc. announced that it has named Patrick (Pat) McBrayer President and Chief Executive Officer. McBrayer has more than 20 years of healthcare senior management experience. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Misonix, Inc. and was President and CEO of AxioMed Spine Corporation. "Pat has strong executive experience in regulated healthcare environments, a track record of maximizing the potential of early-stage technology, and a proven commitment to improving patient care," said Kerbawy. 

He received the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 1998 for a biological implant for bone repair that is now a market leading product. McBrayer held positions of increasing responsibility for Johnson & Johnson, Inc. He has over 20 years healthcare senior management experience and served as an Infantry Officer Company Commander in the U.S. Army prior to beginning his business career. Read More

Coogan ’91 New Executive Director at the Folded Flag Foundation
1/22/2016

The Folded Flag Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization focused on raising and awarding money in the form of educational scholarships to surviving family members of military and government employees who have lost their lives in combat while serving our country, is pleased to announce John Coogan has joined the Foundation as Executive Director. Coogan has more than 20 years experience in the non-profit and technology sectors, specializing in strategic fundraising planning, fundraising infrastructure management, donor operations management and fundraising data analysis. In his previous roles as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and as Director of Technology and Fundraising Infrastructure for Wounded Warrior Project, Coogan helped raise millions of dollars in charitable gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.

"I am pleased to be a part of the Folded Flag Foundation and to lend my management and fundraising skills to this very worthy cause," said Coogan. "The mission of the Folded Flag Foundation is unique in that it provides substantial educational grants to children and spouses of our fallen heroes. Another factor that attracted me to this great organization is that all of its administrative costs are underwritten by two companies -- Black Knight Financial Services and ServiceLink, so all of the money we raise goes to the families. I look forward to helping the Folded Flag Foundation grow so we can provide even more educational grants to the families of our fallen heroes." Read More

Knowles ’79 Appointed Veterans Community Alliance CEO
1/19/2016

The Tristate Veterans Community Alliance (TVCA) Board of Directors has appointed Dan Knowles as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. Dan is an Army veteran who served 7 years on active duty before accepting a brand management position with Procter & Gamble in 1986. He left P&G in 2000 to become chief marketing officer of Reynolds & Reynolds in Dayton. In October 2002, he started his own consulting firm and over the past 13 years has worked with both multi-national and regional companies in pharmaceuticals, healthcare delivery, information technology, construction, and banking.

This appointment is an acceleration of plans to formalize the TVCA organizational structure in July 2016. The decision was made in recognition of faster progress than anticipated toward achieving our goals. Board Chairman Maj Gen (ret) Leonard Randolph, Jr. MD said, “Recent feedback from key stakeholders indicated that this was the right time to make this move. As a co-founder, Dan has been instrumental in creating the vision, building the organization, and helping us recruit and align key donors and partners to better serve veterans and their families in the Tristate. The progress achieved to date has been extraordinary and has exceeded our very high expectations.” Read More

Achtzehn ’94 Appointed VP of Mortgage Origination at 1st Advantage
1/13/2016

1st Advantage Mortgage, a Draper and Kramer company, one of the top 100 Mortgage Bankers in America, announced Craig Achtzehn has joined the company's Chicago office as Vice President of Mortgage Origination. Achtzehn has been a top performing mortgage originator throughout his career. With 14 years of experience in mortgage banking, Achtzehn has held management and sales positions at both regional and national mortgage lenders. He proudly served our nation as an Officer in the U.S. Army for 2 years and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

"I chose 1st Advantage because I believe they provide the best resources and support to grow my business. I am amazed by the company's technology and excited by their vision for growth," said Achtzehn.Achtzehn has a structured, disciplined and consistent business style which has helped him to grow as a leader in his field. His primary focus throughout his career has been to provide world-class service and he feels that he is only as successful as his last transaction. By going the extra mile to ensure his clients receive the best available rate and terms, Achtzehn has earned an exceptional reputation with his past clients and referral sources. Read More

LTC Jancek ’77 Joins American Systems as VP/Dir of Constructive Training
1/13/2016

American Systems, a leading provider of government IT and engineering solutions and one of the top 100 employee-owned companies in the U.S., announced the addition of Jeff Jancek to its executive team. Jancek, with more than 30 years of experience in providing military, civil, and business leadership, will serve as the vice president and director of the Live, Virtual and Constructive Training (LVC) Directorate and oversee this group's business development, financial management, and workforce management goals.

Jancek will be responsible for the identification and prosecution of new business opportunities and the execution of the programs within the LVC Directorate within American Systems' Custom Solutions offering. In addition to business development, Jancek will oversee all activities related to program, project, and technical performance and contract, financial, and personnel management. "In his new role as vice president/director of the LVC Directorate, Jeff will pioneer new opportunities and elevate existing programs, and we expect that he will act as a significant growth catalyst for an important and long-standing facet of the company," said Pete Pflugrath, vice president and GM of Custom Solutions for American Systems. Read More

MG Moffett ’71 Appointed First District Chancery Judge
1/12/2016

MG T.K. Moffett was appointed chancery judge in Northeast Mississippi’s First Judicial District Gov. Bryant announced. Moffett, who owns Moffett Law Firm, PLLC, in Tupelo, has practiced law for 35 years, while pursuing a dual military career. In 1974, he received a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He graduated with a juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1979 and completed a National Security Fellowship at Harvard University in 1996.

“I appreciate the confidence Governor Bryant has shown in me by appointing me chancery judge,” Moffett said. “Judge Mask, Judge Malski, Judge Hatcher and the attorneys of the First Judicial District all do a great job, and I consider it an honor to work with them. Judge Littlejohn was a hard-working, capable judge, and I hope to serve the attorneys and people of the First Judicial District by following that same tradition.”

His military career spanned more than 37 years and included assignments with the 25th Infantry Division, the 155th Armored Brigade and the 66th Troop Command of the Mississippi National Guard, the 91st Division and the 104th Division. He commanded at every level from platoon leader to division commander. Read More

Visiting West Point - Security Update
1/11/2016

Effective January 10, 2016, people using a driver's license from the states of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico or Washington will have to use another approved form of identification in order to enter West Point and all other military installations. If you possess a valid Department of Defense issued identification card this new requirement does not affect your ability to enter military installations.

Acceptable alternate forms of identification are a US passport, a permanent resident card/ Alien Registration Receipt Card (form 1-551), a foreign passport with a temporary I-551 stamp or visa or an employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766).

Visit the Homeland Security website more information on the new requirement.

Edwards ’88 Wins Louisiana Governor’s Race
1/8/2016

NEW ORLEANS - Democrats in Louisiana rejoiced as they reclaimed the governor’s mansion for the first time in eight years, while the state’s GOP leader insisted “our Republican brand is strong” even amid the defeat of a one-time political powerhouse, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

John Bel Edwards’ victory in Saturday’s runoff election was once-unthinkable in the conservative state and a stunning turn of events for Vitter, who started his campaign nearly two years ago as the race’s front-runner. With his 12-percentage point loss, Vitter announced he wouldn’t seek re-election to the Senate in 2016.

Edwards’ win offered a rare pick-up of a governor’s seat for Democrats in the conservative Deep South, but Republican leaders insisted it was a one-time fluke that didn’t suggest the GOP was on the ropes in Louisiana. Read More

Merhar ’69, Clark ’75 & Rost ’77 to Have Jerseys Retired
1/7/2016

WEST POINT, NY - Army Hall-of-Famers Dave Merhar ’69, George Clark ’75 and Dave Rost ’77, will be honored in a jersey retirement ceremony prior to the Army hockey game against Holy Cross on Feb. 6 at Tate Rink. The trio is set to become the first hockey players to have their jerseys retired and raised above Tate Rink. The numbers will not be "officially" retired, so future players are allowed to wear each number.

The celebration is a two-day event that will feature a cocktail reception on Friday, Feb. 5, for family members at Anderson Rugby Complex. Saturday's events will start with a dinner with members of the hockey community, teammates, coaches and family on the fourth floor of Kimsey Athletic Center, followed by the uniform retirement ceremony and banner unveiling prior to the game against the Crusaders. Read More

BG Diana Holland ’90: USMA’s First Female CMDT
1/6/2016

The change of command ceremony for the 76th Commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets (USCC) was typical in nearly every respect. There was the ceremonial passing of the organizational colors. There were nods of recognition to general officers and distinguished guests in attendance. There was the playing of the Army Song. Yet, this was no ordinary change of command ceremony. This one was historic. For the first time in its history, a woman, BG Diana M. Holland ’90, was assuming the position of Commandant at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA).

Photo: Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant/ USMA Public Affairs

Time magazine got it wrong,” said LTG Robert L. Caslen ’75, USMA Superintendent, recognizing the accomplishments of the three female grads who graduated from Ranger School in 2015, the selection of MG Nadja West ’82 as the Army’s surgeon general, and now Holland’s promotion. “It should have recognized the women of the U.S. Army as its ‘Persons of the Year.’”

During her remarks, Holland noted that the historic nature of the ceremony had more to do with her height than her gender. “The significance stems from the fact that I’ll be the first Commandant who is too short to see over the Poop Deck,” Holland joked, “but apparently seeing over the Poop Deck without a stepstool is not a minimum requirement for the position.”

But, as her Howitzer entry foretold, gender and height have never been obstacles to Holland, who was most recently serving as the Deputy Commanding General (Support), 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, NY before replacing MG John C. Thompson ’86 as Commandant. “We knew Diana was destined for greatness when she won the drill-off in Beast,” wrote her roommate of three years, Beth Richards ’90. “Look for her 5’1” frame in her pick-up truck back at West Point in a few years as a History ‘P’ and many years later as Supt.”

“As her neighbor on Post, I can personally vouch for the pick-up truck,” said Caslen, “and she did come back to teach History, and there is still time left to fulfill the rest of her Howitzer prophecy.” For now, Caslen anticipates Holland keeping the “M” in USMA strong: “The Commandant is the ‘M,’ the ‘Military,’ in the U.S. Military Academy, responsible for the military, physical, character and social development of more than 4,600 cadets.” As a member of “The Proud and Mighty, Class of 1990,” the Class that also gave the West Point Kristin Baker as USCC’s first female First Captain, Holland is no doubt be ready for the challenge.

Trombley ’93 Appointed Executive VP of Parsons FBU
1/6/2016

Parsons is pleased to announce that Gina Trombley has joined the firm as Group Executive Vice President of its Federal Business Unit. In this position, she will lead Parsons’ project development in the mining and international heavy haul rail segments. Trombley has more than 14 years of experience in the railroad, marine, and mining industries. She is an accomplished executive in heavy industry who has delivered impressive performance and forward-thinking strategies based on global customer perspectives.

Prior to joining Parsons, Trombley worked for GE Transportation in various operational and commercial positions, most recently as the commercial leader for its locomotive service business. While there, she led strategy, product management, and the after-market parts business. She brings significant knowledge of rail and mining equipment, heavy haul operations, rail signaling and communication, and a proven track record of developing new businesses and markets. Trombley also served for six years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer. “Gina’s depth of experience across multiple industries will enhance Parsons’ transition back into mining and will help us increase our worldwide presence within this growing market sector,” said Todd Wager, Parsons Group president. “We are glad to have her join the Parsons team.” Read More

Dr. Cavise ’72 a Non-Fiction Account of USMA
1/5/2016

Dr. Paul Cavise presents a non-fiction account of four years at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. USMA: Universally Simple Minded Approach: The West Point Experience. The author evokes a new and different detailed perspective of the inner workings of the institution that is very revealing. This very close and personal portrayal of that time is absolutely genuine and engaging.

COL Holliday ’48 Publishes Victory: Defeating Islamists
1/5/2016

COL Sam Holliday publishes Victory: Defeating Militant Islamists. In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Lebanon, and Mali, there is a critical need for ways to counter the threat, danger, and fear caused by the world-wide Islamic movement. Islamist Militants, those who use violence and terror, must fear America. Islamic terrorists must know they have a ticket to Hellfire-not to Paradise. Modern Muslims must know they can trust America. Americans must know that Islamist Moderates are wolves in sheep's clothing. Victory tells how to eliminate Islamists before they endanger the future of America. It points out past errors of diplomats working through failed governments and the use of conventional War forces. Focusing on security at the local level, Victory describes Warfare actions needed to defeat Islamists throughout the world while their political networks and armed forces are still weak. It suggests that Warfare requires greater use of sanctions, covert operations, deception, propaganda, human intelligence, strategic communication, organizing and motivating, 48-hour tribunals, insurrection, assassination, satisfying aspirations, and network building. A book much needed today and tomorrow, Victory provides a conceptual framework of change. Sam C. Holliday fought as an infantryman in Korea and Vietnam, was a force planner in the Pentagon, and the first Director of Stability Studies at the Army War College. After sixty years of research and reflection on conflict and cooperation, he presents his ideas on how to defeat the Third Jihad.

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