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Mission Accomplished

All Academy ChallengeThanks to you and 2,062 other graduates, Army beat Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard in our first-ever All Academy Challenge! Congratulations! Your participation was critical to this success─helping us reach a participation rate of 4.35 percent. Graduates also helped raise more than $650,000 in ten days, which will support Margin of Excellence programs for cadets as well as traditions that serve the Long Gray Line. Thank you for once again rising to the challenge and demonstrating the power of the Long Gray Line. 

Christopher N. Johnson ’89

Christopher N. Johnson ’89, a shareholder in the Miami office of GrayRobinson, P.A., was recently re-appointed to the Executive Council of The International Law Section (ILS) of the Florida Bar through 2017. The ILS is a forum to share knowledge, experience, and best practices that may improve the administration and application of the statutes and regulations of international law, and generally enhance the proficiency of practitioners.

Johnson’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, real estate litigation, creditors' rights, antitrust, insurance law, health law and aviation law. He represents clients at trial and on appeal in both state and federal courts and in arbitration. Johnson is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and in the U.S. district courts for the Middle, Southern and Northern districts of Florida.

Rick White ’84

Patina Solutions is expanding its international capabilities with the appointment of Rick White ’84 as National Practice Director – India Solutions. 

In this role, White will be responsible for growing Patina Solutions' India Solutions service offerings in the U.S. and India. He will help companies expand their markets and address their strategic, operational and management needs in conjunction with the seasoned international practitioners in the Patina Nation – the company’s portfolio of professionals with 25+ years of experience each. 

This is an expanded role for White, who joined Patina Solutions in early 2013 as a Senior Advisor on International Business Strategies and Government Policy. He was previously the Founder and President of Indus Strategic Solutions, a consulting firm that focused on building strategic business strategies for companies entering or expanding in India and other international markets.  

White has experience working in both the private and government sector. He had three assignments at the U.S. Embassy, his last position being Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché. In addition to aerospace and defense companies, White has worked with manufacturing, energy and transportation companies to develop effective international business strategies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

White is a member of the Indo-U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is on the International Business Committee of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Nationally, he serves on the U.S.-India Business Council’s Defense Executive Committee and is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. White earned his master's degree in Asian Studies from the University of Texas – Austin and his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  In addition, he holds master’s degrees from the University of Madras in India and the U.S. Army War College.

U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar and the WPS of Singapore

U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar and the West Point Society of Singapore“The West Point Society of Singapore (WPSOS) spent a wonderful evening visiting with the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore at his residence on July 9.  Ambassador Wagar also joined WPSOS as a distinguished guest at their Founder’s Day celebration this year.  In attendance were the following:

  • Clement Lee (’92) – the first Singaporean to graduate from West Point
  • Fred Tan (’94) – the senior Singaporean graduate on active duty – and Mrs. Christina Tan
  • Cadet Stephanie Koo (’15) – Cadet Koo is performing a summer AIAD in Singapore at Raffles Institution
  • Shaun Chia (’08) and Ms. Anna Tan
  • Scott Baggett (’90)
  • Chee Leung Yew (’00) and Mrs. Amelia Yew
  • Grace Park (’94) and Mr. Cole Sirucek
  • Mun Poh Fan (’06) and Mrs. Kareen Fan
  • Matthew Halferty (’93)
  • Alex Wang (’05) and Mrs. Kristy Lau
  • Chris Lo (’95)
  • Ray Jefferson (’88)

Ray Jefferson and Chris Lo jointly serve WPSOS as the Society’s president and vice-president, respectively.

US hoops team drawn to West Point

Jerry Colangelo's first trip to West Point was one that he will never forget. "I was in awe, I really was," said Colangelo, the director of USA Basketball. "You feel proud just being there."
Colangelo hopes his men's national team, which includes Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Derrick Rose, leaves with the same impression after they practice at the United States Military Academy on Aug. 18.
"I would be naive to think Coach K's involvement didn't have something to do with it," said Army athletic director Boo Corrigan, who worked with Mike Krzyzewski ’69 as an senior associate athletic director at Duke from 2008-11. "This speaks about West Point being the preeminent leadership institution in the world. ... Coach K, Adam Silver (the NBA's commissioner) and Jerry Colangelo, when you think what they are all about, it makes sense when you talk about doing something above and beyond the bigger cause." Read More.

Be Thou At Peace - Mr. H. Minton Francis

With deep sadness, we mark the passing of Mr. H. Minton Francis, USMA Class of 1944, the 8th African American graduate of West Point. Mr. Francis passed away on July 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Funeral Services will be held on July 12, 2014 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Washington, DC. He will be interred at West Point Cemetery at a later date.

Bryon E. Roshong ’66, DMD

Bryon E. Roshong ’66 was sworn in as the 145th president of the New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA) on June 29, 2014, in Atlantic City, NJ. The NJDA, founded in 1870, is one of the state’s oldest professional associations.

Dr. Roshong is a general dentist living and practicing in Dumont, NJ.  In 2011, Dr. Roshong was elected treasurer of the New Jersey Dental Association. He is a long-time representative of the Bergen County Dental Society and is the first Bergen area dentist to hold the office of NJDA president in the past nine years.

Dr. Roshong is a graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam era. He received his dental degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School. He serves as an adjunct clinical professor in the dental hygiene program at Bergen County College, and has served on the Board of Directors at Bergen Pines County Hospital and on the Board of Governance at Bergen Regional Medical Center. Also, Dr. Roshong served as the dental consultant to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ Children’s Dental Grant program.

Dr. Roshong is a member and past president of the Bergen County Dental Society. He is a former trustee of the New Jersey Dental Association and former chair of the NJDA Council on Governmental and Public Affairs.

LTG David Huntoon ’73 and MG Chris Leins ’79

Last month, LTG David Huntoon ’73 and MG Chris Leins ’79 received the National Order of Merit in the rank of Knight from the French Government at a ceremony hosted by the Ambassador at the French Embassy in Washington, DC. 

Read the full story and view photos here.

LTC Patrick Harkins ’95 and Father Command Same Battalion 4 Decades Apart

Like many soldiers, LTC Patrick Harkins ’95 has a veteran father who knows firsthand the stress of wartime deployments. One big difference is that Harkins’ dad led the very same unit of paratroopers known as the Iron Rakkasans into combat decades earlier... read the full story.

Graduate March Back

Hosted by the: Directorate of Academy Advancement (DAA) USMA Staff

11-12 August 2014 (Monday - Tuesday)  
USMA Graduates can march back with the New Cadets at the end of Cadet Basic Training.​  
There are two options:
    1. March from Camp Buckner - Approximately 12 miles
    2.  March from the Ski Slope - Approximately 2 miles

Details Found Here

POC is Vince McDermott

Dan Sharphorn ’69

Dan Sharphorn ’69, a longtime attorney with extensive experience in higher education leadership and law, has been named vice chancellor and general counsel to The University of Texas System, effective June 16.

Sharphorn joined the UT System in 2007 as associate vice chancellor and deputy general counsel and has been serving as ad interim vice chancellor and general counsel for the past year.

Sharphorn played a central role in the development and implementation of expanded conflict of interest and conflict of commitment policies and also led the review of policies and procedures to help address and prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault on UT System campuses. He also has provided critical legal guidance on the separation of UT Brownsville and Texas Southmost College as well as the establishment of UT Rio Grande Valley and its medical school.

Prior to joining the UT System, Sharphorn served in the vice president and general counsel’s office at the University of Michigan for 25 years, with his last appointment as associate vice president and deputy general counsel. He began his career in higher education as an instructor with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received his bachelor’s degree from West Point, and he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and at the Pentagon. He also holds a law degree and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.

Donnie Horner ’81

Jacksonville University is very pleased to announce that Dr. Donnie Horner ’81 has been appointed to serve as Director of Athletics at Jacksonville University, effective immediately.

A native of Bressler, Pa., Horner graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science, and played quarterback for the Army football team under Head Coach Homer Smith. He later served as the Officer Representative of Academics & Operations for Army Football. He received an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. A Distinguished Professor of Leadership Education in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., Horner served as the Faculty Representative to the Naval Academy Athletic Association. He currently serves as Chief Government & Community Affairs Officer and Professor of Management in the Davis College of Business at JU.

Horner replaces Brad Edwards, who has accepted the position of athletic director at George Mason University. Edwards served as the head of athletics at Jacksonville University since 2012. Horner will work with Edwards in transition over the next month.

Joel Roberts ’90

BakerHostetler Orlando is proud to announce that Joel Roberts ’90 has been named in the 2014 Super Lawyers list.

Joel Roberts is a civil trial lawyer who focuses his practice on eminent domain, commercial litigation, construction litigation, and government contracts law. For more than 10 years, Joel has represented property owners and condemning authorities in eminent domain matters. He also maintains a very active commercial litigation practice, where he focuses on representing defense contractors and design and construction firms in various government contracting, professional liability, construction defect, and general business matters. 

Joel is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as an officer in the United States Army. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of a national consulting and engineering firm focusing on defense and public sector projects. Joel's diverse professional experiences provide him with a rich understanding of the challenges facing individuals and businesses, enhancing the advice and representation he is able to provide. 

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

Class of ’89

In May 2014, seven members of the Class of 1989 participated in Warfighter Exercise 14-05A at Fort Leavenworth. At the conclusion of the exercise, the group decided to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of their graduation (24 May 1989) by taking a photo in front of the statue of General Ulysses Grant at Fort Leavenworth. Joining the group was Kate (Regan) Sullivan, who is also a member of the Class of 1989.

In the photo: Back Row (left to right) COL Tim Sullivan, Kate Sullivan, COL James Raymer, COL John Allred, COL John Dunleavy, COL John Andonie

Front Row (left to right) COL John Epperly, COL Ed Bohnemann



Todd Scattini ’96 Hosts First Joint Founders Day

On May 31st, LTC Todd Scattini ’96, Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché to the Republic of Slovenia hosted the first annual Joint Founders Day celebration in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Slovenian Armed Forces proudly boasts eleven graduates of US Military Academies; six from West Point, four from the Air Force Academy, and one from the Naval Academy. 

The purpose of this joint Founders Day was to celebrate the common histories, values, and leadership capabilities learned at the academies. It was also designed for other graduates to hear firsthand from their leadership the appreciation for and confidence that the Slovene Armed Forces have in each of their abilities.

Due to continued training in US military schools and operational deployments the Slovenes represented with six of their graduates. Present during the dinner and ceremony were Maj Klemen Mijatov (USMA ’02), Cpt Jure Himelrajh (USMA ’06), Maj Majcen Slavko (USAFA ’99), 1LT Matija Zupancic (USAFA ’12), 2LT Marko Podplatnik (USAFA ’13), and LT(N) Miran Balazic (USNA ’01).  Many of the graduates were also accompanied by their spouses who were appreciative to be included. LTC Todd Scattini (USMA ’96), represented the US, along with LTC John Frick (USMA ’96), and Maj Matthew Manning (USAFA ’00). The US Ambassador, Mr. Joseph Mussomeli was in attendance, and the Slovenian Chief of Defense, Major General Dobran Bozic gave the keynote address.


WPAOG Announces 2014 Nininger Award

WPAOG is pleased to announce CPT Kevin Mott ’07 as this year’s recipient of the Alexander R. Nininger Award. The award presentation will be Thursday, September 18th, at a dinner in Washington Hall where CPT Mott will address the Corps. CPT Mott is currently a Company Commander at Fort Bliss, TX.

Gov Tom Ridge Message to West Point

The West Point Society of Philadelphia held their Founders Day celebration on Saturday, June 7 with 200+ guests in attendance. Governor Tom Ridge was presented with the 2014 GEN Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Guardian of Liberty Award, and during his acceptance speech, he had a special message for West Point. 

2014 Alumni Golf Outing

The 21st Annual Alumni Golf Outing was held at West Point 5-7 June 2014. The outing included 36 holes of golf: Captain’s Choice on Friday and Individual Play on Saturday.

Other events included a reception and dinner in Herbert Alumni Center, a boat cruise, dinner in the Kimsey Center overlooking Michie Stadium, and breakfast and lunch at the West Point Golf Course. 66 graduates and guests, spanning over 57 years of USMA classes, participated. The senior graduate was Bill Quinn ’51 and the youngest was Mario Barrett ’07. The largest class represented was 1972 (Proud and True, ’72) with nine members of the Class. Not far behind were the classes of 1968 (No Task Too Great for ’68) with seven grads, 1962 (Can Do) with six grads, and the class of 1996 (Freedom We Risk) also with six grads.  

Thank you again to everyone who participated and made the event a success!

To view photos, click here.

Below is the complete list of winners:
First-place teams on Friday were:
A-Flight with a score of 58 – Marc Dorrer ’96, Kirk Ringbloom ’96, Kyle Aemisegger ’98, Eric Weis
B-Flight with a score of 67 – Ray Crawford ’72, Frank Hoke ’72, Kweon Stambaugh ’72, John Northrop ‘72
First-place winners on Saturday were:
A-Flight with a score of 75 – Ritchy Vidmar
B-Flight – Dick Irwin ‘62
C-Flight – Jim Lawson ‘76
3 Individual Hole Prizes:
Hole #2, Closest to the Pin - Dave Kelley ’67
Hole #5, Longest Drive in the Fairway, Ladies/Senior – Mitch Chaney ‘72
Hole #14, Longest Drive in the Fairway, Open – Rick Bolyard
Saturday, 7 June (Individual Play) 
A-Flight 1st Place with a score of 75 – Ritchy Vidmar
2nd Place with a score of 81 – Kyle Aemisegger ‘96
3rd Place with a score of 82 – Earl Newsome ‘68
1st Place – Dick Irwin ‘62
2nd Place – Kweon Stambaugh ‘72
3rd Place – Tim Alden ‘96
1st Place – Jim Lawson ‘76
2nd Place – Jess Gatlin ‘68
3rd Place – Joe Creeden ‘68
3 Individual Hole Prizes:
Hole # 2 – John Hickey ‘62
Hole #13 – Kirk Ringbloom ‘96
Hole #16 – Joe Guignon ‘68

We hope to see you next year! 11-13 June 2015. Click here if you would like to receive an email when registration opens in February 2015.

COL Rich Morales ’89

Rich Morales ’89, former Executive Director of Joining Forces, has been recognized for his achievements within the Office of the First Lady of the United States.

During a Joining Forces event held in April at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., Morales was given a heartfelt farewell and applauded by First Lady Michelle Obama for his leadership efforts as Executive Director of the national organization. He will soon transition to Brigade Command of the ROTC command at Ft. Sam Houston, after which he will serve as Deputy Head of the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy. 

Joining forces is a national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our military, veterans and their families the opportunities they have earned by working to support their employment, education, and wellness.

Read the article and see the video* here.

*The First Lady’s comments regarding COL Morales can be heard at the 5:50 mark.

Campaign Update - First Call

Make sure you check out the most recent Campaign special edition of First Call online.  Features include a sneak peek of the Visitor's Center, the Semester Abroad Program, STEM summer workshops and a new opportunity for the Best of the Best.

Nominations Reminder

The WPAOG Board of Directors would like all graduates to be aware of the Board’s continuous effort to broaden the base of expertise and experience present on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council. The effort is intended to enrich the perspectives, characteristics, skills and attributes important to the performance of the Board and Advisory Council as groups representing the full spectrum of graduates. On May 2, 2014, the Board offered more specific guidance to the 2014 Nominating Committee on the skills and attributes desired. Nominations are due by July 1, 2014.

Robert B. Rosenkranz ’61 Inducted Into the U.S. Army Force Management Hall of Fame

Maj. Gen. Robert M. (Bo) Dyess, Jr. '82 joins Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert B. Rosenkranz '61 following the induction of Rosenkranz into the U.S. Army Force Management Hall of Fame May 29 at the Pentagon. Rosenkranz played a major role as a U.S. Army Force Manager during a period of world-changing events and Army transition. The Hall of Fame recognizes military and civilian personnel who made significant and lasting contributions in areas such as doctrine, manning and equipping. Maj. Gen. Dyess is the Director of Force Development, G-8 and is responsible for equipping the U.S. Army and oversees the activity of all U.S. Army Force Managers.

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Rosenkranz retired in 1995 following a distinguished 34-year career and is the 14th inductee to receive the honor. From 1989-1992, while serving as Director of Force Programs in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Rosenkranz planned, designed and organized end-strength reductions during the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Operation Desert Storm (Kuwait/Iraq) and Operation Just Cause (Panama).

From 1992-1995, as Commander of the Operational Test and Evaluation Commandhe led the assessment of weapons systems and the design of organizational requirements and capabilities. During this assignment, he was responsible for bringing digitalization to the battlefield with Force 21. Rosenkranz graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1961 and holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

He continues to apply his experience and skills as a leader in the defense industry.

(Photo credit: Marla J. Hurtado)

Herb Blomquist ’78 Awarded Public Works Executive Credential

Edmond, Oklahoma’s Public Works Director, Herb Blomquist ’78, was recently awarded the American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Executive (PWE) credential. The PWE credential is the third highest level of APWA’s Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence. Blomquist is the third public works professional to receive the PWE credential among 47 public works professionals from across North America who have participated in the APWA Public Works Executive program.

As Edmond’s Public Works Director, Blomquist leads, directs and manages a 130 person Public Works Department, and participates on the city’s management team in the development of a strategic plan and other policy processes. He is also responsible for planning, training, operations, and administration of the department including managing a budget in excess of $10 million and an equipment fleet of over 450 vehicles for the city of almost 85,000 citizens.

Blomquist’s career includes 13 years of experience in the public works profession, part of which included his service as the Public Works Director in Watertown, South Dakota for eight years. He also has nearly 20 years of experience in the United States Army as an Army Officer, where he served in various positions of increasing responsibility at both command and staff level. Blomquist earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Military Academy in 1978; a Master’s in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University in 1991; and a Master’s in Public Administration from Norwich University in 2012.

Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day

On Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, a small group of veterans and their families, along with West Point graduates, went to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with one goal: never forget the prisoners of war and others who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Jack Senneff '96 and Gary Chippendale '87 laid a wreath beside the mass grave which includes West Point graduates from the Bataan Death March. The wreath was made with streamers to commemorate local West Point grads who passed away within the last year. 

See the video here.

Distinguished Graduates Recognized: Grad Week is Here

For the second year in a row, the weather was perfect as alumni returned home to partake in the traditional ceremonies that kick off Graduation Week. First, there was the annual alumni luncheon, during which the West Point Association of Graduates recognized five more members of the Long Gray Line as “Distinguished Graduates”: LTG (R) Robert Pursley ’49, COL (R) William DeGraf ’50, Mr. Fred Malek ’59, Mr. Paul “Buddy” Bucha ’65, and LTG (R) Franklin “Buster” Hagenbeck ’71 (read their bios here). Edward C. Meyer ’51, former Chairman of WPAOG, devised the Award in the early-1990s to recognize those graduates whose character, service, and stature draws wholesome comparisons to the qualities for which West Point strives—Duty, Honor, Country. Reflecting on his Award, Hagenbeck, a former Superintendent (2006-10), said, “I’ve sat on the selection committee for this award even before I became Superintendent, so I know how selective the group is, and of all the well-qualified graduates, it is very humbling to be recognized as one of the ‘Distinguished.’” DeGraf also felt it was a great honor to be selected. “This means a great deal to me personally,” said this Distinguished Graduate who was twice medically rejected for admission to the Academy before making it on his third attempt after receiving a battlefield commission in World War II. “Ever since I was a young, I just always wanted to be a West Pointer.” Malek credited West Point with building his character as a leader in the fields of business, politics, and philanthropy. “The line in the Cadet Prayer says it all—‘having the courage to choose the harder right versus the easier wrong’—it is a lesson West Point taught me that has made me who I am today,” he said.

After the luncheon, the Distinguished Graduates joined other graduates, including those from the Classes of 1939, 1944, 1949, and 1964, who returned to their alma mater for their reunions, in a procession to Thayer Statue to place a wreath at its base. BG (R) Henry Newcomer ’39, 97-years young, led the Long Gray Line to the monument of the Father of the Military Academy. Afterwards, all the graduates watched as the Corps of Cadets marched in their full-dress gray uniforms for the Alumni Review parade. Hagenbeck, who has seen numerous such ceremonies as Superintendent, summed up the day by saying, “I never get tired of being at West Point; everything is just awe inspiring.” 

View photos of the DGA event here.

2009 Grad Memorial Scholarship Helps Families of Fallen Rangers

U.S. Army Ranger First Lieutenant Dimitri del Castillo was killed in action on June 25, 2011 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan while serving with the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

Dimitri was on the radio calling in support while his platoon was attacked by an enemy force small arms fire. Despite being shot and gravely wounded, he refused to give up the microphone and continued to call for support as he passed away. Dimitri, who had just turned 24, married his 2009 classmate, Captain Katie Pulliam del Castillo, prior to his deployment to Afghanistan. He is the nephew of Colonel Toney Filostrat, Class of 1993.  

Dimitri is buried at the West Point Cemetery next to his friend and classmate, First Lieutenant Daren Hidalgo. Established by his family, the First Lieutenant Dimitri del Castillo Scholarship is a memorial to Dimitri’s selfless service and ultimate sacrifice to our Nation.

Supported by private and public donations, the scholarship provides educational assistance to family members of fallen U.S. Army Rangers. In just two years, the scholarship has exceeded $200,000 in donations and awarded nine scholarships totaling $45,000. The U.S. Army Ranger Association manages the scholarship fund on behalf of the del Castillo family, and 100% of donations go toward the scholarships provided.

Kevin F. Hub ’89

The Logan County Board of Education has announced the selection of Dr. Kevin F. Hub ’89 as their next superintendent of schools.

Dr. Hub is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Environmental Geography, 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. He is currently serving as Assistant Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer for Madison County Schools in Richmond, Kentucky and is in his 20th year in education after serving in the military for 40 months of active duty including a six month tour in Desert Storm.

Dr. Hub began teaching geography and mathematics at Madison Central High School in August of 1994, became their assistant principal in January of 2000, and has been assistant superintendent since 2004. Current Madison County superintendent Elmer Thomas describes Hub as “an exceptional leader who will hit the ground running in an already exceptional district.

In response to his selection as the new superintendent of the school district Dr. Hub said, “I am honored to be selected by the Logan County Board of Education. They have created a student-centered culture of excellence, built on a strong foundation of parent and community support. Their teachers, leaders and support staff are some of the finest in Kentucky.”

Dr. Hub begin his tenure as superintendent on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, following the retirement of Marshall H. Kemp, who has served the district as superintendent for the past fifteen years.

Scott Leishman ’77

Scott Leishman ’77 has joined CrossPoint Consulting Inc., an executive recruiting firm specializing in the placement of permanent and contractor positions in IT, business to business sales and management.

Leishman has been an executive recruiter for 8 years. After serving 5 years in the Army, Leishman held sales and marketing positions at Pfizer for 10 years. When he graduated Fordham Law School, he moved to legal publisher Matthew Bender. He also worked at venture capital firm Spencer Task. His national executive recruiting practice focuses on sales, management and technical positions with which he has had years of experience. He is always happy to provide guidance to transitioning military.

Krysta K. Cass ’10 Earns Captain Rank at Savannah Corps of Engineers

Krysta K. Cass ’10, a native of New Britain, Connecticut and a graduate of the United States Military Academy, earned the rank of Army captain May 1 during a promotion ceremony hosted by Col. Tom Tickner, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

Cass joined the Savannah District in January as a support officer to the Regulatory Division, which manages an extensive stream and wetland permitting program within the state of Georgia.

Before joining the Corps of Engineers, she served various roles with the 984th Engineer Company as a platoon leader, executive officer, and most recently the 92nd Engineer Battalion logistics officer. Cass deployed twice to Afghanistan with the 92nd Engineer Battalion in 2011 and 2013. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology.

Cass is scheduled to attend the Engineer Captain's Career Course this October at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She is also currently pursuing a master's degree in physiology/physician assistant studies.

Alejandro Villanueva ’10 Signs with Philadelphia Eagles

Capt. Alejandro Villanueva ’10 has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. The U.S. Army Airborne Ranger has served three tours in Afghanistan and has earned several awards including a Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. From the battlegrounds in Afghanistan to the gridiron in the City of Brotherly Love, Alejandro Villanueva has an incredible story to tell... Read more.

Membership Indeed Has Its Privileges

To a West Point graduate, only one motto really matters: “Duty, Honor, Country.” USAA has partnered with the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) to offer a credit card that reflects that motto. You know USAA; it’s the financial company that serves those who serve, and it has been doing so for nearly 100 years. And you know WPAOG; it’s the alumni association that’s been supporting graduates of the Long Gray Line for nearly 150 years.

Apply for the USAA credit card (available either as an American Express or MasterCard) and receive a low variable rate, reward points, and no redemption fees. Best of all, each time you purchase goods and services with your USAA credit card you will be helping WPAOG support cadet programs and alumni services. That’s because a portion of the proceeds generated by the use of the USAA credit card is returned to WPAOG. Imagine: “Duty, Honor, Country” with a simple swipe of your card.

Check out all of WPAOG’s affinity programs to see all the perks available to you as a West Point graduate.

Come for the Cake, Stay for the Jobs

Look who’s turning 20… it’s the Service Academy Career Conference (SACC), which was first held from April 28-30, 1994, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, in Arlington, VA—a West Coast SACC was held later that year in San Diego, CA. Reports show that approximately 2,000 service academy graduates attended these conferences, and they were recruited by a total of 75 companies. Two decades later, SACC has expanded to four locations, and now 75 or so recruiters attend each conference. The next SACC will be in Washington, DC, on May 29 and 30, and it will mark the conference’s anniversary. If you are a grad planning to transition from military service to a civilian career, then you won’t want to miss the party in our Nation’s capital. Shell Oil, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, and other great companies will be there, and so should you.

Josh Ewing ’09, who attended the March 2014 SACC held in Savannah, GA, walked away very impressed with the conference. “I could not believe how helpful it was to attend,” he says. “I have messaged my fellow classmates to inform them of the SACC and stressed to them how necessary it is to attend.”

Other grads shared similar sentiments. “SACC is a great opportunity for wide exposure without going through an employment agency,” said one. “I have attended two career conferences in the past, and the SACC is by far the most promising,” said another.

In a survey of West Point graduates who attended the Savannah SACC, 100 percent of them answered “yes” to the question: “Would you recommend SACC to a fellow Academy graduate?”

So if you are, or soon will be, in the job market, be sure to attend the next SACC coming in May.  You don’t have to bring anything to mark the anniversary of SACC except your resume, and you might be the one coming way with a gift—you next career!

SACC is organized and hosted by the West Point Association of Graduates along with the alumni associations of the other service academies. Click here for more information about SACC, including registration details.