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

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

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

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

Triplett ’84 Named COO of Green Charge Networks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anderson ’06 Wins Pan American Gold

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

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

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

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

Rowe ’75 Named CEO of Maine Community Foundation

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

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

Kaine ’92 Named New CEO of Delta Risk

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cage ’02 Appointed Homeland Security Advisor

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

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

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

COL Hilmes ’95 Takes Command of Fort Benning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COL Doyle ’88 Named Vassar Brothers VP of Medical Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chandler ’89 Named 2015 CFO Finalist by PA Business Journal

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

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

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

Greene ’89 Elected 2015 CFP Chair-Elect

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

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

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

Dean ’53 Presented 2015 Distinguished Alumina Award

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

Figiel ’73 Named 2015 TAPPI Fellow

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

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

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

Pepin ’73 Reunited with Rescued Iraqi Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

The West Point Register of Graduates & Former Cadets

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

The New York Times heralded the Register of Graduates as a: "contribution to the military history of the Nation so rich in invaluable data and so essential to the future historian or student of American history."

The West Point Register of Graduates & Former Cadets is WPAOG’s oldest publication, dating back to 1850, when the first Register was compiled by George W. Cullum, Class of 1833.

An indispensable treasury of military history, the 2015 Register of Graduates has been comprehensively updated since the last print edition published in 2010.

  • Unique historic records and proprietary content, unavailable from any other publisher.
  • Limited private edition available exclusively from West Point Association of Graduates.
  • More than 1200 pages contain over 70,000 individual entries recording the names, classes and careers of every West Point graduate from 1802 to 2015.
  • All-new 2015 Edition features premium gray cloth binding embossed with gold foil, suitable for display in your office or home library.

Expected ship date is early 2016.

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

Litchfield ’71 Named to The National Advocates Top 100

Auburn Attorney Robert L. Litchfield was named to The National Advocates: Top 100 on June 15, as one of the top 100 bankruptcy lawyers in the state of California, a press release said. Litchfield is the author of seven published books, including the recent book about Auburn-area homeless people called “ Until they have faces.” He has practiced law for more than 35 years. He also teaches business law at Sierra College, where he and three other local attorneys wrote a textbook on business law (“Practical Business Law”) that is used in Sierra College business law classes, the release said.

Litchfield is a graduate of West Point and a former captain in the United States Air Force. He graduated second in his law school class at McGeorge School of Law in 1980. He is a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif, for academic excellence in the study of the law, and was published in the Pacific Law Journal. He is a member of Auburn Rotary, and serves on the advisory boards of Auburn Salvation Army and Acres of Hope. He also served pro bono as the attorney adviser to the Sierra Economic Development Corporation. He has been a candidate for Superior Court judge. Read More

CPT Smiley ’03 Completes Iron Man Competition

Lt. Scott Smiley's life could have ended the day he was caught in a car-bomb explosion in Iraq and blinded for life, but instead it's led him here: To a future where he participated in the highly competitive Ironman triathlon in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho -- and crossed the finish line.

Smiley, who recently retired from the Army, took to the road June 28th with hundreds of other Ironman participants for a grueling three-part competition in 100 degree summer heat. As he went, he shared his progress via his Facebook page, where family, friends, and even strangers were cheering him on. After 16 hours, Smiley triumphantly finished the race. Read More

Cavoli ’92 Joins Virtu Financial Inc. as Senior VP

Stephen Cavoli, a former managing director in Morgan Stanley’s electronic trading group, has agreed to join high-frequency trading firm Virtu Financial Inc. as a senior vice president, according to the firm. Mr. Cavoli will work on “business strategy and development,” said Virtu CEO Douglas Cifu. Virtu chairman Vincent Viola is also a graduate of West Point and supporter of its Combating Terrorism Center.

Virtu is one of the world’s biggest high-frequency trading firms. It makes markets—meaning it offers to simultaneously buy and sell securities in the hope of capturing a small spread between the prices—on more than 200 exchanges and other trading venues around the world. Story

McGorry ’79 Named Harvard Apparatus CEO

Harvard Apparatus announced the appointment of James McGorry, MBA, as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 6, 2015. Mr. McGorry has more than 25 years of experience as a life science business leader in biologics, personalized medicine and medical devices, including multiple product launches. He also has been a member of the HART Board of Directors since February 2013.

“Jim is the ideal person to lead HART at this time,” said John F. Kennedy, Chairman of the Board of Directors at HART. “Jim brings his extensive experience developing, leading and growing life science businesses to our company. He spent 12 years in senior management roles at Genzyme, and as a key leader of the Bio Surgery business there Jim led the commercial development and launch of innovative tissue engineered products. He also brings extensive experience in the fields of personalized medicine and medical devices. For the past two years, Jim has provided invaluable insights as a member of our board, and we expect that HART will benefit greatly from his dedicated guidance as CEO.”

Mr. McGorry most recently served as Exec VP and GM, Translational Oncology Solutions for Champions Oncology and previously was Exec VP of Commercial Operations at Accellent. During his 12-year tenure at Genzyme, he held leadership positions across several therapeutic areas, including Bio Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Oncology and Transplant. Mr. McGorry also was President of Clineffect Systems, an electronic medical records company. He began his life sciences career with Baxter Healthcare Corporation, where he spent 11 years in positions of increasing responsibility. Read More

LTG(R) Hernandez ’76 First to ProtectWise Advisory Board

ProtectWise, provider of the industry’s first Cloud Network DVR for complete visibility and detection of enterprise threats and accelerated incident response, has appointed former Commander of Army Cyber Command, Lieutenant General (Ret.) Rhett A. Hernandez as the first member of its Advisory Board. The board will serve as a strategic resource for ProtectWise as it continues to innovate its Cloud Network DVR for enterprise security and increase its market penetration.

“ProtectWise’s cloud-based approach to network security is a game changer,” said Lieutenant General (Ret.) Rhett A. Hernandez. “It’s an incredible opportunity to be part of an effort that is truly re-imagining network security rather than just iterating on today’s outdated and ineffective model.” Currently serving as the U.S. Military Academy Cyber Chair to the Army Cyber Institute, Hernandez retired from after 39 years of distinguished service in the United States Army.

His final active duty assignment was as the Commander of Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER). As ARCYBER’s first commander, he stood up a global cyber-force that eventually totaled more than 17,000 personnel and directed the daily operations and Defense of all Army Networks with more than 1 million users. He also led the development of transformational concepts, plans and programs to increase the Army’s ability to conduct land and cyber operations. Read More

Watkins ’02 Named Dir of Data Ops at RealMassive

Zach Watkins has been promoted from Launch Manager to Director of Data Operations, in which role he will discover and implement industry-leading data management practices to power data-informed products for the company. Formerly Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AT&T, Watkins also served as an officer in the U.S. Army for over 5 years, with multiple combat tours in service to our nation. He holds an MBA in marketing from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Read More

Polanowicz ’84 Named Steward Health Care Executive VP

The former secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services has landed a new job. John Polanowicz was appointed to the role of executive vice president of Network, Insurance and Physician Operations for Steward Health Care. Polanowicz is no stranger to the Steward system. He previously served as president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, which is part of Steward. In his new role, Polanowicz will oversee some of Steward’s biggest assets, including the 700-physician Steward Medical Group, and the 2,500-affiliated providers in Steward Health Care Network.

Polanowicz will also be charged with heading Steward’s Pioneer Accountable Care Organization and contracting services to support Steward’s continued foray into managing patients on a budgeted basis, rather than receiving reimbursements on a fee-for-service basis. “After two years of public service, I am looking forward to rejoining the Steward system. Steward is leading the way in changing how health care is delivered in the community,” explained Polanowicz, “I am excited to be a part of Steward’s continued expansion.” Read More

Mennes ’88 Promoted to Brigadier General

Fort Knox, Ky. -- Col. Brian J. Mennes, became Brig. Gen. Brian J. Mennes in a ceremony in the Pentagon. Mennes is the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Kentucky. He will shortly move on to his next assignment, Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver, 2nd Infantry Division, in Korea.

In his 27-year career he has served through the entire range of leadership and staff positions, from platoon leader through brigade commander. He has served a total of nine deployments: Panama (Operation Just Cause); the Sinai Desert (United Nations Multinational Force); South Korea; and multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

The U.S. Army Cadet Command oversees the Army's senior and Junior ROTC programs. It commissions more than 70 percent of the Army's new officers each year through host ROTC programs at 275 host universities and more than 1,000 affiliated programs at other colleges across the nation. It also oversees one of the nation's top citizenship and leadership programs through more than 1,700 Army Junior ROTC programs nationwide. Read More

COL(R) Hofmann ’90 Leads Mountain Marathon for Charity

Tony Hofmann, a former U.S. Army colonel, led five active serviceman in a marathon in Leadville, Colo., which is nearly two miles above sea level, with the goal of raising money and awareness for military suicide prevention for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “The team did great,” Hofmann said. “We had our moments. “It’s a grueling marathon.”

The altitude provides for a drastically different running experience, Hofmann said. The race has an eight-hour cutoff, and several other checkpoints runners must reach or else they must stop. Hofmann’s team finished with about 25 minutes to spare.

To get into race condition, Hofmann’s team completed a rigorous 16-week training program. All of a sudden, what had started as a playful idea between Hofmann and his military buddies, but soon developed into a commitment for a cause. At the race’s highest point, called Mosquito Pass, the runners are at an elevation of 13,185 feet, with banks of snow on either side of them. According to data from Veterans Affairs, about 8,000 former military members commit suicide each year, an average of 22 a day. Read More

COL Griffin ’94 Assumes Command of The Savannah District

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Amid the burgeoning Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, Col. Marvin L. Griffin assumed command of the Savannah District at the Hyatt Regency Hotel June 19. It was a fitting tribute as the ceremony was held just blocks away from CSS Georgia recovery efforts currently underway near Old Fort Jackson. Griffin, who arrives at the district following a Senior Service College Fellowship with the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellowship Program, carries the torch helming the district’s vast public works projects, including the SHEP. From cadet to commander, Griffin’s return to the Savannah District reunites him to the location where he began his career, he said. “My first Corps experience was here in the Savannah District as a West Point cadet and Engineering major,” he said. “I am incredibly humbled and honored to assume command of this great district, standing upon the shoulders of those like [my first commander] Col. Wayne Boy, and Col. Tom Tickner, who have gone before me and set in place a legacy of exceptional engineering support to this nation.”

He earned a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Missouri. Griffin’s previous assignments include deployments to Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo. He has served as an instructor and assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at West Point. Griffin previously served in the Corps of Engineers as the deputy commander of the Little Rock District in Arkansas. With nearly 700 employees throughout Georgia and the Carolinas, Griffin now leads a legion of employees who provide expertise across a wide range of disciplines – from engineering, architecture, design, construction and master planning to subsurface exploration, hydropower and environmental stewardship. Full Story »

COL Ball ’91 Takes Command of The Red Empire

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Families, friends and Soldiers of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) gathered under clear blue Florida skies to witness the reins of the Red Empire change hands.

Maj. Gen. Darsie Rogers, 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) (Provisional) commanding general, presided over the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) change of command ceremony where Col. Michael Ball took command from Col. Christopher Riga held here June 18.

After exchanging the unit colors, symbolizing the official passage of command, the outgoing and incoming commanders addressed the crowd. Read More

Orzetti ’87 New CEO at Transtar Holding

There’s a new CEO at Transtar Holding Co., a Cleveland-based group of companies that provide distribution, manufacturing and remanufacturing of after-market automotive products. The company announced on that Edward H. Orzetti has been named CEO. He succeeds Timothy Bowes, “who has transitioned from the organization,” according to a news release. Bowes joined Transtar in January 2013.

Robert Keegan, executive chairman of Transtar’s board of directors, said in a statement that Orzetti’s “global background and track record for operational excellence, market success and productive organizational alignment in both manufacturing and distribution businesses will help Transtar and its portfolio of (companies) accelerate their core growth.”

Orzetti previously served as president and CEO of Keystone Automotive Operations Inc., a $700 million wholesale distributor and marketer of after-market automotive parts and accessories. He worked there for eight years and was a member of the company’s board of directors. Prior to Keystone, Orzetti was president of the Global Lab Business at VWR International. Read More

LTC Squires ’98 New Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander

His assignment as Hunter Army Airfield’s new garrison commander is a bit of a homecoming for Army Lt. Col. Michael Squires. The infantry officer, who took command of the Savannah Army post in a traditional ceremony, spent about three years at Hunter serving with the elite 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “We’re thrilled to be back here,” said Squires, who returns to Savannah after serving as an economics professor at his alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. “Rarely in the Army - you move often - do you get to go back to the same duty station. I’m not sure the Army realizes that they’ve sent us here twice now.

“We’re really looking forward to the next couple of years here amongst the great Savannah community. ”Squires commanded a Ranger company, served as a staff officer and as a rear-detachment commander during his previous tour at Hunter between 2006 and 2009. “The reality of the mission set for the (Hunter) garrison commander is to lead the installation forward, set the conditions for the Army to attain its stated goals and objectives - everything from projecting power into Europe and the Middle East to home station - and joint-training and to make sure (a soldier’s child) is receiving the best supervised care. Read More

2LT Blake ’15 Making an Impact

A high school honors student enrolled in Junior ROTC since seventh grade, Carlton Blake had two goals: go to college and join the military. After deciding on the U.S. Army and with the help of his ROTC instructor, Blake was accepted at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2011, having garnered not one but two nominations. When he received his degree in engineering management last month with a class of 995 cadets, 2nd Lt. Carlton Blake became the first African-American from Burlington City High School to graduate from West Point.

"I didn't even know West Point existed until Sgt. (Larry) English, my ROTC instructor, took us there in the ninth grade. My graduating shows a student from (a poorer) district can make it," said the 22-year-old trailblazer, who has a strong allegiance to both his hometown on the Delaware River and to his high school. "My mission is not all about self. You need to take time to help others," said Blake, who started that mission tutoring other students at the academy and continued giving to back during his current 60-day leave.

Blake could not wait to return home immediately after graduation to march in the next day's Burlington City Memorial Day parade with the high school ROTC classes. He spent an entire day at his alma mater, encouraging ROTC students and the following week he volunteered to accompany students to an ROTC camp. "I am not here to talk at you but with you and to help you wherever you want to go," he said he told the ROTC classes. After speaking with those classes, 10 students took him up on his offer of help in applying to West Point or for ROTC at colleges like Rutgers University. Read More

COL(R) Hiebert ’87 Named Senior Director, Vet Initiatives at ADP

Colonel Tom Hiebert (U.S. Army - Retired) has joined ADP to help the company further expand its veterans hiring program. He brings 28 years of experience in leading and managing military personnel to his new role as Senior Director, Veterans Initiatives. Tom will collaborate closely with ADP's talent acquisition team, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and diversity team, business resource groups (BRG) and key human resources and business leaders to attract and develop veteran talent. He will be responsible for increasing the company's visibility in the veteran community to expand the pipeline of qualified talent to address ADP's business needs.

"ADP is committed to providing opportunities for our military men and women and currently employs approximately one thousand veterans across its U.S. operations, leveraging strong relationships with national veterans recruiting partners and military bases near our Augusta, GA and El Paso, TX locations," said ADP Chief Diversity and CSR Officer, Rita Mitjans. "Tom's perspective as a veteran and leadership experience will enable us to transition many more veterans into productive roles that can contribute to ADP's growth and their own professional development."

Colonel Hiebert recently retired from the U.S. Army after a long career in a variety of leadership roles. Prior to joining ADP, he was Director of Strategic Plans and Policy at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also led an airborne infantry battalion task force in combat as part of the 82nd Airborne Division. He is a graduate of West Point and holds a PhD in Finance from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Read More

COL Mattison '91 Appointed as CISO for Univ of Texas System

The University of Texas System has announced that Edward P. Mattison (USMA ’91) has been appointed Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). In this role, COL Mattison will develop, implement, and oversee a comprehensive system-wide information security program for the UT System and its fifteen academic and medical universities.

He earned a BS in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a MS in Computer Science from Binghamton University, where he graduated first in his class. He is currently completing a PhD in Computer Science from Binghamton University. He will be retiring in July from the United States Army as a full Colonel after 24 years of distinguished service.

COL Mattison currently serves as the Chief, Information Assurance / Cyber Security (Inspector General) for the United States Army. In this role, he serves as a Senior Information Security Advisor to the Secretary of the Army and has authored numerous Inspector General Cyber Security reports including the Army’s Annual Information Assurance Readiness Report. He also serves as a senior member of the Army’s Cyber Risk Management Governance team which identifies critical cyber vulnerabilities across the Army, recommends cost-effective solutions, and builds consensus among key security stakeholders.

COL Mattison has served in many information security and technology roles during his military career. As Director of the Army’s Continuous Monitoring program, he coordinated a major cyber security initiative. As Deputy of the Information Technology Management Reform, he served as the technical lead on one of the Army’s most successful IT efficiency initiatives. In addition, he has served multiple assignments at the United States Military Academy as an Assistant Professor, IT Course Director, and technology subject matter expert. COL Mattison also served as the Network and Data Services Manager for Multi-National Corps – Iraq. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and currently holds a U.S. Government Top Secret security clearance.

Following his retirement in July, COL Mattison will relocate his family to Austin and begin his duties as CISO for the University of Texas System on August 3, 2015.

Rebelez ’88 Named IHOP President

DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, announced the appointment of Darren Rebelez as president, IHOP brand. Mr. Rebelez, who most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of 7-Eleven, Inc., the world's largest convenience store chain, takes over for DineEquity Chief Executive Officer Julia Stewart, who for the last three-years has led IHOP's resurgence in the additional role as Interim brand president.

During Mr. Rebelez's seven-plus years with 7-Eleven, the company enjoyed both earnings and store growth, with Darren leading a drive to improve operations and culture change. He was involved in and led multiple functions for the company as part of his P&L responsibility for more than 8,300 stores and 5,000 franchisees. "Throughout our search process, we've focused on finding a very specific person to fill the president's role and continue the fantastic results and momentum we've built over the past few years," said Ms. Stewart. "What was most important, and what we've found in Darren, is someone with superior leadership qualities, extensive experience and a unique understanding of the franchisor/franchisee relationship. I look forward to partnering with him as we continue to ensure the IHOP brand's position as the number one choice for breakfast."

Previously, Mr. Rebelez held executive level positions with ExxonMobil's On the Run convenience store division, working directly with existing and new franchisees, while leading the establishment of enhanced franchisee communications. He has also served in executive positions for Fresh Serve Bakeries (Dunkin' Donuts') for Thornton Oil Corporation, Daka International's Fuddruckers brand and PepsiCo's KFC brand. Read More

The Class of '04 Salutes Fallen Classmates

"To preserve the memory of their service during the tumultuous decade since their commissioning as Army officers, members of the West Point class of 2004 have written The Strong Gray Line. This class suffered the highest casualty rate since those that graduated during the Vietnam War. In this book, thirteen of their classmates who lost their lives fighting the Global War on Terror are profiled to help the reader gain an understanding of the bond forged between classmates during time at West Point, a bond that transcends the separation of death.

In addition to the stirring profiles, thirteen personal essays detail some of the most brutal fighting of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in addition to the struggles endured by those on the home front. These stories range from visceral observations of combat to a wife’s anxious wait for her husband to return home. Holistically, these stories define an emotional spectrum that enables the reader to connect not only with the experience of the Class of 2004, but with every man and woman who served their country in a time of war.

What separates The Strong Gray Line from other war memoirs is the illustration of the endurance of the bond forged at West Point. It is fitting that these exceptional young service members be remembered and revered, not only as examples of selfless and intrepid officership, but also as monuments to the thousands of fellow Americans who served alongside them."

2015 Grads Win Third Place in SourceAmerica Design Challenge

The capstone team of Connor Howlett, Luke Martin, and Christal Theriot (mechanical engineering majors in the Class of 2015) were named third place winner (out of 75 entries) for the 2015 SourceAmerica Design Challenge sponsored by the Institute for Economic Empowerment to develop a device to assist workers with disabilities. The team designed, built, and tested the Stapler Operation Aide Resource (S.O.A.R.) device to improve the assembly process for heavy-duty staplers at Access: Suppol0rts for Living (formerly Occupations, Inc.) in Middletown, NY, as part of their senior design project. Project advisors were COL Daisie Boettner and MAJ Dan Fox. The team’s device significantly increased productivity and accessibility for workers with disabilities. A demonstration video of their device (part of the competition requirement) and the other finalists’ videos is at http://www.instituteforempowerment.org/design-challenge/2015-college-challenge/2015-college-finalists. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney presented the team their award during an evening Congressional reception in Washington, D.C., at the Rayburn House Office Building on 10 June 2015.

Nine To Be Inducted Into Army Sports Hall of Fame

WEST POINT, N.Y. - A three-time men's basketball All-America choice, a three-time lacrosse All-America selection, a two-time football and women's basketball All-American, the nation's most outstanding lineman, a hockey and men's soccer star, a 10-time varsity letterwinner, a two-time national champion in lacrosse and a legendary swimming and diving coach are just a few of the many accolades of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Army West Point Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced the class today.

Football and track and field standout Mike Fahnestock, men's basketball star Bill Hannon, men's lacrosse extraordinaire James Hartinger, women's basketball letterwinner and former administrator Kim Kawamoto, football All-Americans Frank Merritt and Casimir Myslinski, hockey and men's soccers' Michael Palone, coach Jack Ryan and national champion Don Tillar comprise the Class of 2015.

The Army Sports Hall of Fame is a subset of the Kenna Hall of Army Sports, a comprehensive museum displaying Army's rich and proud intercollegiate athletic program. It is located on the third floor of the Kimsey Athletic Center, Army's state-of-the-art football training facility.

The announcement of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 marks the end of a lengthy process that began in the spring. A 10-member selection committee, representing athletic administrators, academic administrators, former West Point athletes, graduates and representatives from the Association of Graduates, began the process of developing a workable list from the thousands of athletes, coaches and administrators that have represented the Academy on the "fields of friendly strife." Only individuals that graduated from or coached at the Academy and those 15 years removed from their playing and coaching days are eligible. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee voted and approved the change from five years removed to 15 this spring. Read More

Tiger ’84 Named Allentown Central Catholic Principal

Blair Tiger will take the helm of Allentown Central Catholic on July 1. He succeeds Dennis Nemes, a longtime educator who came out of retirement three years ago to lead Central Catholic and is retiring again. Bishop John O. Barres approved both appointments upon the recommendation of the schools' boards of directors, according to statements from the Diocese of Allentown.

Tiger served 22 years in the U.S. Army as a commissioned infantry officer, serving in leadership positions from the platoon to brigade level. After his military career, Tiger taught and coached at St. Bede Academy in Peru, Ill., for seven years. He has served as an educational consultant focused on school culture, technology fielding and strategic planning.

Tiger earned a master's degree in management and leadership from Webster University, St. Louis, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational development at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. He has been married to his wife, Carolyn, for 30 years and they have two children, J.P. and Megan.

"I am honored to have been selected to serve at Central Catholic High School where I have been warmly welcomed by everyone from the students to Bishop Barres," Tiger said. Read More

Pivotal Systems , Harada, Hajost and Hoffman ’82 in Top 100

Pivotal Systems, led by Larry Harada ’82, Chief Operating Officer, Joseph B Hajost ’82, Sr VP of Quality and Supply Chain, and John Hoffman ’82, CEO, recently won the esteemed Red Herring award as one of the top 100 North American companies. Red Herring selects winners from approximately 1,200 privately financed companies each year in the US and Canada. Their editorial staff evaluated companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation and intellectual property, DNA of the founders, business model, customer footprint and addressable market.

Pivotal Systems CEO, John Hoffman (Pictured) had this to say about the award, “Pivotal Systems is extremely pleased to be selected by Red Herring as a top company for 2015. We take great pride in truly making a real difference in bringing advanced technology to the global market. To be selected by Red Herring tells us that we are on the right track”.

Redding ’12 Miss Rodeo North Carolina Crown

First Lt. Devin Redding, budget officer for Fort Bragg-based 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), helped reform North Carolina's Miss Rodeo organization in 2015, after the state had gone several years without crowning a rodeo queen. After talking it over with Lindsey Harper, the group's national director, it was decided the 2012 Military Academy graduate should lead from the front - minus a pageant, Redding was awarded the Miss Rodeo North Carolina crown in late April.

The crown - or the cowboy hat, as it were - comes with a heavy schedule; Redding will spend several weekends meeting rodeo fans in her state as well as traveling with other state winners to larger events out West, eventually competing in a weeklong Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas starting in late November. Miss Rodeo, though, comes with its own stress: State winners must prepare for a Las Vegas event that includes the usual pageant fare - "Wranglers instead of bikinis," said Harper, a former contestant - along with interviews on rodeo knowledge and current events, as well as a horsemanship portion.

"Some of the skills I learned at West Point, and the skills that I have honed in the Army, have been really helpful," Redding said. "Staying organized, having attention to detail, all of those things are very important during this whole crazy process." Full Story »

King ’92 Named VP of HR at Pacific Gas & Electric

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) announced that it has promoted Mary K. King Vice President of Human Resources. Since joining PG&E in 2009, King has held two Senior Director roles in Human Resources, and served as Chief of Staff to PG&E President Chris Johns. In her new role, she continues to oversee labor relations and the HR business partner team, which supports the development and execution of workforce strategies for PG&E’s lines of business. She succeeds Andy Williams, who assumed the role of Vice President, Safety, Health and Environment in January 2015. Read More

COL Barto '78 Joins Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation Board of Directors

Col. Joseph C. Barto, III (USA, Ret.) has been elected to the board of directors of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation (VWMEF). Col. Barto, founder and president of Training Modernization Group, Inc. (TMG), headquartered in Spotsylvania, Va., is an internationally-renown expert on leadership, team building and professional development. A retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, he served as Chief of Current Operations for 24th Infantry Division during Operation Desert Shield and as Executive Officer of the 2nd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment during Operation Desert Storm. Prior to retirement from active duty, Col. Barto was selected as an original member of the Joint Warfighting Center and primary author of the 1996 Joint Training Manual. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned his Masters of Public Administration in Organizational Theory and Leadership from James Madison University.

“We are especially honored to have two such distinguished and esteemed individuals join the board of directors of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation,” said C. David Hudgins, VWMEF board chairman. “Joe Barto and Charlie Bryan are well-known and respected, not only throughout the Commonwealth but throughout the Nation, as exemplary leaders in their respective fields.”

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Jaggers ’75 Elected National Fuel Director for Corporate Board

Members of the National Fuel Gas Company Board of Directors elected Joseph N. Jaggers as a new director. His term began June 11. Joseph N. Jaggers is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Jagged Peak Energy LLC, a private company based in Denver, Colo., focused on the development of its acreage position in the Delaware sub-basin of the Permian Basin. "We are delighted to welcome Joseph (Joe) Jaggers to our Board of Directors," said David F. Smith, National Fuel's Chairman of the Board. "Joe is a highly accomplished executive with more than three decades of leadership experience and a strong track record of success within the oil and gas exploration and production sector of the energy industry."

"The breadth and scope of industry knowledge and expertise within our Board of Directors makes us unique among our peers, and the addition of Joe further strengthens our already outstanding Board," said Smith. "We look forward to his valuable insight and counsel as we continue to leverage the advantages of our integrated model and pursue our Appalachian growth opportunities to build value for shareholders."

Before forming Jagged Peak Energy in 2013, Jaggers served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ute Energy, LLC, from 2010 to 2012. During his time there he expanded the company substantially through production and reserve growth and through strategic acquisitions until its sale in 2012. Jaggers also has substantial executive experience with large, public companies. Prior to his Ute tenure, he served from 2006-2010 as President and Chief Operating Officer of Bill Barrett Corporation. From 2001-2006, he was Vice President, Exploration & Production, for Williams Companies. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Barrett Resources, from 2000 until its sale to Williams in August 2001. From 1981 through 2000, Jaggers worked for BP Amoco in various domestic and international assignments of increasing responsibility culminating in executive oversight for the Northern North Sea, one of BP's largest producing assets at the time. Read More

Gary Sinise to Receive 2015 Sylvanus Thayer Award

The West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce that actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise will be presented with the Sylvanus Thayer Award for 2015. The award will be presented on October 22 during ceremonies hosted by Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Class of 1975, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

West Point Association of Graduates Board Chairman Lt. Gen. (USA, Ret) Larry R. Jordan, Class of 1968, said “The West Point Association of Graduates is proud that Gary Sinise will be forever associated with West Point through the Thayer Award. As an actor, his moving portrayals of members of the armed forces and veterans have helped tell the patriotic story of military service to audiences across the U.S. and worldwide. In addition, his outreach work via the Gary Sinise Foundation serves veterans and active service members alike through Resiliency and Empowerment programs. Gary’s impressive achievements in serving our nation and in building the morale of our service members and veterans are an inspiration, and truly exemplify the West Point values of ‘Duty, Honor, Country.’”  Read More

Barta ’15 Earns Academic All-America Accolades

Kristen Barta's postseason honors continue with her selection to the Capital One Academic All-American on the At-Large Team, announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This is Barta's second consecutive time to earn the honor and becomes the first in Army West Point swimming and diving history to receive the distinction multiple times.

"Kristen Barta's contributions to Army West Point swimming and diving have transcended the pool," said head coach Mickey Wender. "She has been an integral part in developing the team's culture and environment that will take our program to the next level. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching Kristen and working with her in and out of the pool. I have no doubt she will have an amazing career as an Army officer and medical doctor." Barta was named to the women's Division I At-Large Third Team for the second-straight season. Read More

Robinett ’15 Drafted by The New York Yankees

Right-handed pitcher Alex Robinett was selected in the 32nd round by the New York Yankees on Thursday in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Robinett was the 963rd selection in the annual MLB draft and is the 12th player in Academy history to be drafted. The pick marks the second straight year an Army West Point baseball player was selected after LHP Nick Dignacco was chosen by the Texas Rangers in 2014.

Robinett, recently commissioned as a second lieutenant, was Army West Point's ace throughout his senior season. The Bend, Ore., native registered a 6-5 record with eight complete games and three shutouts, and posted a 2.01 earned run average. Robinett racked up 92 strikeouts and walked 16, while conceding 55 base hits in 80.2 innings on the mound. He limited opposing hitters to a .194 average, which ranked second in the conference. His 2.01 ERA and 92 strikeouts both were second among Patriot League pitchers. Read More

Olejniczak ’61 Publishes Book "To Be a Soldier"

From the point of view of a retired infantryman, author Julian M. Olejniczak, comes a debut publication that precisely shows the beauty and challenges of being part of the US armed forces. "To Be A Soldier" (published by Xlibris) is a selective military history of the United States focusing on the Revolutionary War and the contributions of West Point graduates to subsequent wars, with an emphasis on some of the lesser known persons and events of the past 250 years.

"To Be A Soldier" primarily highlights the history of the US Army, stressing the contributions of West Point - first as a fortress in the Revolutionary War, and then as America's first military academy and engineering school that graduated officers who served in the Army, Air Corps, Air Force and even the Coast Guard, Marines and Navy during all of the nation's subsequent wars.

By adding the names of the country's unsung heroes in the last two centuries, this account has painted a vivid picture of what it really means "To Be A Soldier" during the time when less than one percent of the population is serving or has served their country in the armed forces. With this concise primer on American military history, Olejniczak is able to reinforce limited American knowledge and remind them of what made the country great - the valiant heroes of yesterday and today. Read More

MG Chinn ’81 Assumed Command of U.S. Army South

Maj. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn assumed command of U.S. Army South during a change of command ceremony on Thursday, June 4. The ceremony was held at U.S. Army South headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. U.S. Army South is a major subordinate command of FORSCOM and conducts multinational exercises and coordinates security for the areas under the purview of United States Southern Command. Chinn, who took over for outgoing commander Maj. Gen. Joseph DiSalvo, said during the ceremony that he was honored to have been selected for such a prestigious position and to continue the proud legacy of U.S. Army South.

"I am appreciative, as I have transitioned, to observe 'Juntos Podemos - Together We Can' is more than just a slogan; that it is a state of mind that represents the foundation for everything being done in this command," Chinn said. "The integration, synchronization, spirit of partnership and cooperation is on target and I look forward to continuing to foster the teamwork generated with joint, interagency, inter-organizational, multinational responses to challenges in Latin America."

Chinn's most recent assignment was deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. Chinn previously served as Commanding General of Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center from Jan. 2011 to Nov. 2013. He has also served as Chief of Staff for the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command (Provisional); Deputy Commanding General (support) for Combined Joint Task Force 82 in Afghanistan and as Deputy Commanding General (support) of the 82nd Airborne Division; and Deputy Commanding General for Afghan National Security Forces Development South of Kabul for CJTF 101, Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Read More

Reverend Wilson ’73 Ordained

He was raised Lutheran and retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army. He was working as a financial adviser when he joined the Church in 1998. His call to the priesthood came in 2005. Click here to watch a video of the ordination.

“Sometimes I feel like there’s too much on my plate, but I know the Lord will help me get through it,” he said. “I try to be faithful in what I have to do. You have to trust God that things will work out, because God works, God provides, he answers prayers and things come together.” Read More

Murray ’12 to Complete IRONMAN for Parkinson’s Research

New York, NY, May 29, 2015 – US Army First Lieutenant Ashley Murray, a Piscataway, NJ, native, is running, biking and swimming to fight for a future without Parkinson’s disease. First Lt. Murray, an Afghanistan veteran who is currently stationed in Germany, will complete the Ergo IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg triathlon on Saturday, June 20 to raise funds for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF).

First Lt. Murray, 25, is no stranger to physically challenging endeavors, having also been a member of Army ten-miler teams. Now, she is taking on the unique challenges of the IRONMAN as a way to contribute to the Parkinson’s cause. While 70.3 miles might be challenge enough for some, for First Lt. Murray it is just one of many she will face to help the Parkinson’s cause – with the next being medical school. First Lt. Murray has hopes of joining the medical profession as a neurologist in order to care for people living with Parkinson’s, a neurological disease, which she notes, has no cure and affects seven to 10 million people worldwide.

“I’m racing for PDF to show how passionate I am about helping people who live with Parkinson’s. I have always wanted to become a neurologist and am applying to medical school this year,” says First Lt. Murray. “I have competed in several endurance challenges, but after I came across an article on Parkinson's disease that led me to PDF’s website, I knew I wanted to dedicate a race to this cause.”

Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, First Lt. Murray hopes to exceed her $2,000 fundraising goal. She says she is already more than halfway there thanks to the support of family and friends back home.

PDF President Robin Elliott added, “At PDF, we are grateful for PDF Champions like First Lt. Murray who are dedicated to funding the most promising research and raising awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s. Her efforts will help PDF to improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people across the country living with Parkinson’s.”

Dellavalle ’09 & Jung ’04 Inspiring Women through Their Story and Jewelry

Stella Valle, co-founded in 2009 by West Point Graduates, former Army Officers and sisters Ashley Jung and Paige Dellavalle, is a collection of duality. The designs pair strong, geometric shapes with delicate feminine details to portray the sisters’ past, present, and future.

After Stella Valle succeeded on ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank, they now claim mega moguls, Lori Greiner and Mark Cuban, as partners. The future is shiny.

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It’s a friendly competition, but a unified front: From now through June 11, graduates of four of America’s elite service academies are joining forces to build on a legacy of excellence.

The 2015 All Academy Challenge encourages you to support your alma mater with critical funds needed to prepare America’s next generation of leaders. Last year, the inaugural Challenge raised over $3 million from 6,291 alumni donors across the four participating academies — money that will be used to enhance world-class educational programs, training facilities and more.

Remember, we win when we give what we can. Losing is not an option. Rise to the challenge!

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Magerkurth ’81 to Take on American Ninja Warrior

MARBLE FALLS - At 57, Brian Magerkurth could spend his free time taking on 18 holes of golf. But then, that just wouldn’t be him. As a student-athlete at Marble Falls High School, Magerkurth loved to throw himself skyward in the pole vault. “I love pole vaulting,” he said. “You get to combine sprinting, gymnastics and everything.” Watch his audition video.

Even today, Magerkurth maintains a high level of physical fitness and activity. In fact, he’s never really allowed himself to get out of shape. As a physical fitness instructor at West Point, he had to keep himself fit. “It’s just part of who I am,” he said.

But when a colleague urged him to try out for the NBC show “American Ninja Warrior,” Magerkurth balked. He admitted he didn’t know much about the show, and when he did look it over, he wasn’t sure it was up his alley. But after a bit more urging, Magerkurth caved and submitted his application along with a video he and his son, Tyler, produced for consideration.

Then, Magerkurth got the word: He was in. “I think they had somewhere around 50,000 applicants and picked only 400 for this season, so that’s why I think I’ve already won,” he said. Full Story »

CPT Bidwell ’07 First Woman Company Commander in the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment

Growing up in Arbor Hill, U.S. Army Capt. Marjana Mair Bidwell wrote an essay about World War I hero Henry Johnson of Albany. She had learned about Johnson's battlefield valor from her mentor, John Howe, an African-American Vietnam War veteran from Albany who became Johnson's tireless champion. Click here to watch the interview with CPT Bidwell.

On Tuesday, Bidwell, 31, will become the first woman to take command of a company in the 200-year history of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard." The storied unit oversees military burials at Arlington National Cemetery. It also serves as the Army's ceremonial unit and escort to the president.

Also on Tuesday, at a White House ceremony, President Obama will award the Medal of Honor posthumously to Johnson after more than 90 years of racial discrimination and snubs. It is a redemption story that Howe, who died in 2005, and other veterans helped to author.

"It's humbling and an honor to be the first woman. I wish John Howe was still alive to see both ceremonies," said Bidwell, a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an Army intelligence officer who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More

Hudnell ’69 Honors WWII Ranger West Pointers

J. Ronald Hudnell ’69 has a special interest in WWII Rangers as his father was an enlisted man in D Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion during WWII. He is equally interested in the West Point graduates who served in the six authorized Ranger Battalions of World War II, and notes that there were seven West Point grads who did so - Colby, ’40; Darby, ’33; Dobson, ’39; Garrett, ’41; Greene, Jan ’43; Mucci, ’36; and Raaen, Jan ’43. Hudnell took the opportunity in 2015 to participate in 70th anniversary events that honored the memory of two of those West Point WWII Rangers.

The Bataan Memorial Death March, a 26.2 mile marathon-length hike, has been held annually at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, for the past 26 years to honor and remember those soldiers who participated in the Bataan Death March. Military unit teams from around the world as well as civilians participate in this competitive event. COL Henry “Hank” A. Mucci, ’36 was not in the Bataan Death March, but he along with members of his 6th Ranger Battalion did successfully infiltrate behind Japanese enemy lines on January 30, 1945, to rescue 500+ American and Allied soldiers and civilians who were being held at the Cabanatuan POW camp, and return them back through enemy lines to the American forces. Many of those prisoners had survived the Bataan Death March. It is still the single most successful POW rescue in American military history. Hudnell ran and walked that 26.2 mile event on March 22, 2015, to honor COL Mucci and the soldiers from his 6th Ranger Battalion. The event was even more poignant since there were some Bataan Death March survivors at the event who had been at the Cabanatuan POW camp. Hudnell encourages grads interested in participating at this event to register in November for the 27th BMDM to be held March 20, 2016.

The COL Darby Ranger Challenge Hike is held at Lake Garda, Italy on April 30th of each year. COL William “Bill” O. Darby, ‘33 the first Battalion Commander of WWII Rangers, was mortally wounded on April 30, 1945, at Torbole on the north end of the lake. The 40-mile hike begins at Peschiera del Garda and goes north along the lake to a small chapel at Torbole near where COL Darby was wounded. Participants in the event emotionally finish their 40-mile hikes by touching the Darby Memorial in the church courtyard at Torbole. Only 65 participants – mostly from the 173rd Airborne Brigade stationed at Vicenza and Air Force soldiers stationed at Aviano - were involved in this year’s event. Hudnell completed the hike in just under nine hours and is encouraging younger West Point graduates - especially those who are Ranger-qualified and based in Europe - to participate in the event next year and try to beat his time. Information and details on this event can be obtained by contacting him at ronhudnell@gmail.com or by visiting the Facebook group

If running and hiking long distances are not appealing, then another COL Darby memorial project is nearing completion in Fort Smith, Arkansas – the boyhood home of COL Darby.  The Darby Legacy Project is in the final months of its fundraising campaign for a memorial statue of COL Darby in local Cisterna Park.  It would be timely and appropriate if the final goal is reached during 2015, the 70th anniversary of COL Darby’s death. West Point Rangers of all eras along with West Point Societies in Arkansas/Oklahoma can make contributions by visiting the web site so the memorial statue can be installed early in 2016. Rangers Lead The Way!

Mahan ’70 Announces Retirement After 27 Years

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- After serving the men's and women's rugby programs for more than 25 years, Army West Point Men's Rugby Head Coach Mike Mahan has announced his retirement. "We are very appreciative of Mike's time and dedication, not only as a coach, but a mentor and leader for our cadet-athletes," said Army West Point Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan. "He has aided the Academy's rugby programs for a quarter of a century and has set a high standard of success for the program, and for that we thank him. We wish him and his wife, Dorothy, the very best in the future."

Mahan rejoined the program in the summer of 2014, overseeing the team's transition from a club sport to the Army Athletic Association. "I have coached rugby at West Point at some level for either the men's team or the women's team for 27 years, 17 of those years as a head coach," said Mahan. "Doing so has allowed me to work closely with some of the very best young men and women this nation has produced. I will always cherish that opportunity to have contributed, in a small way, to their development as Army officers and as people." Read More

Ricciardi ’90 Takes Command of the 303rd MEB

FORT SHAFER FLATS — Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers and guests gathered to welcome Col. Joseph Ricciardi as he took command of the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), 9th Mission Support Command, from outgoing commander Col. Colbert Low, during a ceremony, here, May 17.

Ricciardi, an experienced engineer and citizen-Soldier, spoke about pride and humility as he took command of 303rd MEB.

“There is pride in the honor bestowed upon me to lead and serve in this unit, and there is pride in knowing I am leading the best Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in the Army Reserve,” he said. “There is humility in the responsibility I have been given, and I look forward to the challenge and to serving with this new family.” Read More

MG Dahl ’82 Reunited with Class Ring

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – On May 19, after 30 years of separation and the help of, Carolyn Coleman, an Oklahoma City native, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, deputy commanding general, I Corps, was reunited with his United States Military Academy of West Point class ring on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

“I’m glad that it finally found its way back to its rightful owner and where it belongs,” said Coleman. “I actually got a little teary-eyed knowing that he would get his ring back, because who knows what that ring may have meant to him.” Class rings are generally worn to commemorate a student’s graduation, but for some, the rings take on a deeper meaning making them a keepsake.

“I think the West Point ring, for everybody who graduates from West Point, sort of ties you to those formative years,” said Dahl. “That’s when you go from being a 17-year-old in high school to being, in this case, a 21-year-old commissioned officer in the United States Army. An awful lot of change took place during those four years, and it took place at West Point, and that’s what this ring represents.” Read More

Meisell ’75 Honored as 2015 Firefighter of the Year

David H. Meisell ’75 was Honored as 2015 Firefighter of the Year by the 100 Club. The 100 Club is an organization that provides assistance to dependents of certified peace officers and Firefighters who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty while protecting our lives and property. They also provide law enforcement agencies with life protecting equipment that cannot be secured through budgeted funds; and provide law enforcement with educational opportunities.

As he was heading home on July 30, 2014, Firefighter David H. Meisell was traveling on Highway 71 through Bastrop, when he witnessed several people fleeing from the site of a major accident involving an 18-wheeler and two passenger vehicles. The fuel tank of one of the vehicles burst into flames as the driver of the other vehicle safely escaped on her own, while Firefighter Meisell jumped into action with his fire extinguisher. In his attempts to free the vehicle’s passenger, Meisell had to break the window and pull her to safety. Meisell then attempted to free the driver as the fire quickly progressed, but because the door was jammed and the driver was pinned inside, Meisell and subsequent responders were unable to save the victim, despite repeated and prolonged attempts to do so. As the local fire department arrived on the scene, Meisell, despite having received burns and other injuries, stayed to provide his assistance. He put himself in harm’s way while off duty that night, displaying tremendous courage and heroism.

Knell ’92 Assumes Command of the 14th Military Police Brigade

The 14th Military Police Brigade is now under the command of Col. Niave Knell, following an assumption-of-command ceremony 5/19/2015 on Gammon Field. Brig. Gen. Mark Spindler, Military Police Corps Regiment chief and U.S. Army Military Police School commandant, officiated over the ceremony. Lt. Col. David McNeill, 795th Military Police Battalion commander, served as interim brigade commander for about a month.

“(Lt. Col. David McNeill) stepped up to the plate without any hesitation,” Spindler said. “There was no loss in momentum and he did the job the way it needed to be done. Thank you for handing the brigade over strong.” Spindler said Knell arrives at Fort Leonard Wood with a great reputation, great resume and a phenomenal record of performance. “You can see by her biography that she has had extensive operational experience both in garrison and in combat,” Spindler said of the new brigade commander. Read More

Class of 1965

The Class of 1965 is back for its 50th Reunion and has set new benchmarks for class campaigns in both gift size and participation. The Class of 1965 presented its gift of $3,325,000, which is the largest 50th reunion gift ever presented to West Point. It also achieved a new participation record among all class campaigns, with 88% of class members contributing to this class gift.

The Class of 1965’s gift will support and establish the following endowments for Academy and WPAOG programs: the Center for Oral History, the Long Gray Line Endowment, the Bob Jones ’65 Fallen Graduates Memorial Scholarship Endowment; Class of 1965 Maintenance Endowment; the Harry Dermody ’65 Summer Leaders Experience Endowment; and the Harry Dermody ’65 Cadet Public Relations Council Endowment.

Hesse ’45 Places Wreath at Alumni Ceremony

Retired Col. Richard "Doc" Hesse, Class of 1945 graduate in wheel chair, places a wreath with the help of Cadet First Capt. Austin Welch at Sylvanus Thayer's statue during the Alumni Wreath Laying Ceremony earlier today. The 93-year-old Hesse was the oldest graduate at the ceremony.

Class of 1955

The Class of 1955 presented its gift of $265,000 during its 60th Reunion at West Point. This class gift supports the West Point Cemetery, and specifically three sections of the Columbaria Wall. Thanks to the Class of 1955, along with several other classes that have contributed to this project, the West Point Cemetery will increase its capacity and ensure that many more members of the Long Gray Line can rest peacefully with their loved and fellow classmates.

Thayer Room Dedicated to President Ramos ’50

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos became the latest West Point alumnus to be honored with a room dedicated to his name at the Thayer Hotel in West Point, N.Y. on May 17th, 2015. Ramos said, “Here is an honor, not just for me, but for our country, because not everybody is given this honor, and we are not last here in the US Military Academy Class of 1950”

A West Point graduate in 1950, General Ramos became the 12th president and commander in chief of the Republic of the Philippines in June 1992. Daniel Rice, president and co-founder of Thayer Hotel said, “We wanted to name the rooms not only after famous generals who fought for peace, but also for incredible leaders that had been created by West Point.”

West Point has produced U.S. presidents, foreign heads of state, warrior leaders, and renowned astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin. But only the most accomplished and distinguished of graduates of the military academy can have a room named in the their honor. The walls of the Ramos suite are adorned with photos of the former president, handpicked by Ramos himself. Read More

Adams ’01 to Direct Feature Thriller Starring Bruce Willis

Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has teamed with Herrick Entertainment on Precious Cargo, an action thriller that Bruce Willis will star in, with Max Adams directing a screenplay he wrote based on his 2008 short film. The feature will be distributed through Grindstone/Lionsgate - it is the first film in a 10-pic deal set by E/F/O and Lionsgate–and Highland Film Group will sell the foreign at Cannes. E/F/O’s Randall Emmett & George Furla will produce with Herrick’s Norton Herrick, and Scott Mann & James Edward Barker of Mann Made Films.

Set in a world of double crossing professional thieves, Willis plays Eddie, a crime boss trying to score the profits from another crook’s heist. The pic will shoot in Biloxi, Mississippi. It continues a relationship between Willis an E/F/O that also includes the just-wrapped thriller Extraction, and an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Bandits. Read More

Class of 1970

WPAOG thanks the Class of 1970 for presenting its gift of $1.3 million in support of the Class of 1970 National Conference for Ethics in America. This conference brings together undergraduates from around the country to think critically about ethical issues in collegiate communities and professional career fields. Working with mentors from diverse backgrounds, students are given the opportunity to develop key analytical skills and develop an ethical framework that will help guide them in their future endeavors.

MAJ Karanikolas ’02 assumes command of the 314th CSSB

SLOAN, Nev. – Maj. Leopold Karanikolas, a Las Vegas native, United States Military Academy, West Point, 2002 graduate and Las Vegas Metropolitan police officer, assumed command of the 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion from Lt. Col. Julie Aksamit, who has led the unit for the past two years, at the George W. Dunaway Army Reserve Center in Sloan, Nevada, May 17.

Karanikolas enlisted in the Army in 1996 as an operations system analyst. He attended the U.S. Military Preparatory School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, before appointment to West Point, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a major in International Strategic History.

The ceremony began with the traditional ceremonial pageantry. The standing units were summoned to order arms. The audience stood for the Presentation of the Colors and Honors, and the units were brought to present arms, then to parade rest. These displays of uniformity were executed with discipline and precision. Read More

CPT McDougall ’00 Publishes Book on Personal Experience

FORT BENNING, Ga. – On a drive home from a major training exercise, Capt. John McDougall, 2nd Ranger Battalion chaplain, gave thanks in prayer for the safety of his Rangers over the previous weeks, and realized that his recent experiences had a basis for a book.

“As I drove up the Cascade Mountains, I started thinking about how much my Rangers resembled Jesus – selflessly willing to give their lives for other,” McDougall said. “God took this simple thought and then inspired me to write an entire allegory about how Jesus was like an Airborne Ranger.”

McDougall, a United States Military Academy graduate, recently published Jesus was an Airborne Ranger, a faith-based illustration of the warrior ethos of Jesus Christ’s ministry in relation to the mentality and characteristics of the members of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Read More

Lochner ’79 Offers Missing Piece to Entrepreneurs

May is Small Business Appreciation Month and small business president and college professor Rick Lochner is offering to entrepreneurs and business professionals what some might say is the missing piece to success. This month, he is releasing his latest book. “The Missing Piece for Entrepreneurs – Achieving Sustainable Growth through Business Alignment” provides direction to entrepreneurial businesses looking for sustainable progress.

“I wrote this book because I see too many entrepreneurs and small business owners talking around, or speaking to, business alignment in vague terms, as if it were only something that larger businesses have to worry about.”

The book, integrates the stories of three separate entrepreneurs who, in actuality, are composites of the entrepreneurs and small business owners with whom Lochner has worked over the last twenty-five years. Readers will relate to these stories based on real people, real organizations and real events.

“In essence, this is a book about the entrepreneurial leadership required to achieve business alignment because it is through effective leadership that sustainable business growth occurs.”

After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Lochner spent more than 30 years as a success leader in the military, Fortune 100, entrepreneurial and non-profit sectors, He aims to make leadership a way of life for himself and others.

“Since the first time I met Rick Lochner, I sensed he was far from the typical businessman. From the way he carried himself, to how he communicated to how he guided his clients, Rick had an ethos that I had a hard time deconstructing. Then I read this book!” said Joe Abraham, professional entrepreneur and founder of BOSI Global.

A small business owner himself, Lochner is president and CEO of RPC Leadership Associates, Inc. (Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Small Business of the Year Award nominee). He is an accomplished leadership coach, keynote speaker and a visiting professor at Keller Graduate School of Management. Additionally, he leads the nationally-recognized Leadership Institute of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lochner is also the author of “I’m Just Sayin’… Revelations for Making Leadership a Way of Life” and “The Missing Piece – Achieving Sustainable Success through Business Alignment.”

Chantilly-Based WP Alumni Glee Club Honoring Fellow Veterans

For the last 10 years, a national nonprofit organization called the Honor Flight Network has been flying World War II and other military war veterans into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) so they can visit the memorials that stand in their honor. When they land, they are greeted at the gate by the Chantilly-based West Point Alumni Glee Club, which sings patriotic songs as the veterans disembark. The club will soon perform military songs a capella for the 400th honor flight arriving at DCA from Indiana on May 20.

The Glee Club, made up of 65 local members who are all graduates from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point spanning from graduation years 1949 to 2006, were all members of the military institute’s Glee Club and average nearly 20 years of active duty service. Seventy-five percent of the club’s members are combat veterans themselves.

Terrance C. Ryan, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and Vietnam War veteran, is one of the club’s founders.

“In July 2007, about 160 graduates of West Point, from the classes of 1952 through 2001, gathered for the first ever Glee Club Reunion Concert at West Point,” he said. “We soon realized that about 60 of those graduates lived right here in Northern Virginia and the Metro D.C. area, so we decided to form our own local club.” Full Story »

Astronaut & 2016 ISS Commander Kimbrough ’89 Speaks to Cadets

Retired Col. and current astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough, USMA Class of 1989, spoke to cadets April 27 at the Red Reeder Room in Washington Hall. Kimbrough spoke for about a half hour on the qualities of leadership hosted by the Stevens Leadership Development Speakers Series with another half hour opened to questions.

The Stevens Leadership Development Speakers Series is designed to bring in leaders from military and civilian industries to engage in a conversation about leadership with a select group of USMA cadets.

“We pin-point leadership development issues and invite speakers, who are always West Point graduates, to give advice,” Class of 2015 Cadet Frank Chen, cadet-in-charge, said. “They all have a cadet background. Kimbrough, as an astronaut will bring in a different perspective.” Read More

Coach K ’69 Gives Awards for Teaching Character Through Sport

The ninth annual Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport awards were presented to three coaches and three cadet athletes May 1, at the Cadet Mess Hall. The award, sponsored by the West Point Department of Physical Education (DPE), recognizes West Point athletes and coaches (sport educators) for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership.

This year’s awards, a certificate and medal, were presented by Duke Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, a 1969 USMA graduate and former Army basketball player and coach, to an athlete and coach in each sport category within the Corps of Cadets – Intercollegiate Athletics, Competitive Club Athletics and Company Athletics. Read More

McChrystal ’76 Speaks to War Council on Leadership, Geopolitics

The Department of Military Instruction’s Defense and Strategic Studies Program hosted retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a USMA Class of 1976 graduate, to a War Council in Washington Hall April 17, where he spoke to a packed audience of cadets, staff, faculty and USMA leadership.

The DSS War Council series was established to be a multi-disciplinary, academic and professional forum to discuss and consider modern and future warfare. The event allows speakers to express their opinions within their specific disciplines on current and relevant topics while opening up the forum for questions. Read More

Dr. Robie ’81 Leads Team to Separate Conjoined Twins

Carter and Conner, conjoined twin boys born Dec. 12, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla., underwent a successful separation surgery on May 7, 2015. The 12-hour surgery began at 7:11 a.m., led by a team of highly skilled pediatric specialists that included Daniel Robie, MD, chief of pediatric general surgery, and Nicholas Poulos, MD, pediatric general surgeon, for Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The boys were separated at 3:34 p.m.

Conner’s surgery was finished at 6:29 p.m. and he was transferred from OR 8 to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Wolfson Children’s Hospital at 6:52 pm. Carter’s surgery ended at 6:47 p.m. and he was transferred to the PICU at 7:14 p.m. to join his brother. Watch the video of this amazing story.

The separation involved a 17-member surgical care team (blue for Carter, green for Conner and white for surgical support), including Stephen Dunn, MD, Division Chief of Solid Organ Transplant, for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., who travelled to Jacksonville to assist the team in separating Conner and Carter’s fused livers. Full Story »

Deering ’93 Named Chair of OB/GYN at Hebert School of Medicine

Bethesda, Md (May 11, 2015) - Army COL (Dr.) Shad Deering will be the next chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), according to announcement today by School of Medicine dean Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH.

Deering, a board-certified perinatologist who currently serves as assistant dean for Simulation Education in the School of Medicine at USU and the deputy Medical Director for the University’s Val G Hemming Simulation Center, will succeed Air Force Col. (Dr.) Christopher Zahn, who retired earlier this year to become the Vice President for Practice Activities at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As chair, Deering will oversee the academic activities of a department that teaches medical students, conducts research and supports USU faculty working in military treatment facilities stretching from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., to Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read More

Morris ’86 Joins Seagate as Executive Vice President

CUPERTINO, Calif., May 11, 2015 -- Seagate Technology, announced that Jim Morris has joined Seagate as executive vice president, product lines, quality, and market operations. Morris, who has held various senior technology positions and most recently was a group president at Harris Corporation, is assuming leadership of these functions effective Monday, May 11.

“We’re excited Jim is joining us to lead this strategic function for the global organization,” said Rocky Pimentel, president, global markets and customers. “Jim is a focused and highly capable addition to the senior leadership team and his depth and breadth of experience will benefit us in a time of change and opportunity for Seagate.”

Prior to Harris Corporation, he spent 11 years at Western Digital, holding leadership positions in a number of critical functions. These ranged from leading corporate development to managing the notebook, client, and enterprise businesses and culminated in his role as executive vice president and general manager, storage products. Earlier in his career, Jim served as a U.S. Army captain and intelligence officer and received a Bronze Star during Operation Desert Storm. Read More

Warren 1850, to be Honored at Kent Park, Putnam County

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Four Sheriff's Office patrol boats will be christened with the names of four local war heroes at a ceremony that will be held on 5-14-2015. The ceremony will take place at Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park at 7 p.m. The park is off Gipsy Trail Road in Kent. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Army MG Gouverneur K. Warren is best-known as “The Hero of Little Round Top” for his organizing of a hasty last-minute defense of that tactically important hilltop at the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. He was a graduate of West Point and lived in Cold Spring.

“The four honorees all served their country with great devotion, bravely and heroically; it is most fitting that that we honor these outstanding sons of Putnam County in this way,” said Sheriff Donald B. Smith, a retired Army brigadier general. Read More

GEN(R) McChrystal ’76 - New Book, Team of Teams

Gen. (Ret.) Stan McChrystal’s book, Team of Teams, was recently published by Portfolio. Co-authored with former Navy SEALs Dave Silverman and Chris Fussell, the book studies his experiences leading Special Operations forces in a rapidly changing environment.

After taking charge of Joint Special Operations Command, McChrystal realized his forces were losing. He and his team found success by transforming their organization from an efficient, static bureaucracy into a more flexible, adaptive network capable of beating back Al Qaeda.

The book, underpinned with academic research, shows how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to countless businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. It dives into how the world has become more complex, why traditional organizational models do not work, and how they discovered that the agility of small teams should be scaled to the enterprise level to create a “team of teams.”

Coleman ’73 Vice President of Officiating at Pac-12

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference has hired David Coleman to lead a new model for its officiating programs. Coleman joins the Pac-12 as the Vice President of Officiating after serving as the Director of Officiating for the National Football League since 2010. In this newly created full-time role with the Conference, Coleman is responsible for overseeing the football officiating program and developing comprehensive best practice programs, training, consistency, and accountability across all other Pac-12 officiating programs.

"The quality and integrity of officiating is paramount to successful competition across all sports,” said Commissioner Scott. “For this reason, we are breaking the mold by creating a full-time position to work with our entire officiating operation. David’s proven track record on and off the field will help us elevate our game to an even higher level as we seek to set the standard for quality across all fields of competition." Coleman’s football experience includes on the field officiating and the recent officiating and operations role at the NFL. At the NFL, he oversaw the Officiating Development Program to ensure a consistent pipeline of new talent and established and managed the Advanced Development Program, which integrated college football officials into NFL Game Official training. Read More

Tyson ’74 Named to Tyme, Inc. Board of Directors

Mr. Tim Tyson is currently President of Alkaloida Chemical Company Zrt, which manufactures and distributes pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical finished products, and synthetic intermediates. He brings more than 30-years of pharmaceutical industry experience to Tyme. Mr. Tyson previously served as CEO for companies including Caldera Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Aptuit. He also served as President of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and President of Global Manufacturing and Supply for GlaxoSmithKline plc. Mr. Tyson serves as a Director on the Boards of numerous pharmaceutical, industry, academic and not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Tyson is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an Officer in the United States Army from 1974 to 1979 and spent 14 years in the United States Army Reserves. In 2002, he received a Bicentennial Leadership Award from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Tyson received a Master in Business Administration and Master in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University in 1979 and 1976 respectively and, in 2007, was the university named him its Alumnus of the Year. Read More

Gulotta ’81 Named Chief Operating Officer of Continuant

FIFE, WA - Continuant, a global Unified Communications and Managed Services provider, today announced the promotion of Gasper Gulotta to Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Gulotta, who will manage day-to-day operations for the 300+ employee organization, joined the company in 2013 as Vice President of Operations. He was formerly Vice President of Defense Solutions and Services for ITT in Herndon, VA, and also worked at Telecommunications Systems of Annapolis, MD.

Prior to working in the private sector, Gulotta was a Brigade Commander, leading six battalions in aviation, transportation, and logistics to ensure the readiness of military units for combat. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Gulotta mobilized the Brigade and supervised the readiness assessment and deployment of more than 30,000 troops into Iraq. He was also Defense Coordinating Officer supporting FEMA in the Central United States, responsible for Department of Defense emergency preparedness planning in that region. Read More

CPT Hawk ’97, MAJ Hawk ’99 to be Inducted in the Academic Hall of Fame

CPT Heath A. Hawk graduated from the USMA in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree in Russian and Spanish. He graduated in the top 10% of his graduating class with academic honors. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. Heath successfully completed the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools and began his active duty service as a platoon leader. He served in the Republic of Korea as well as part of the NATO stabilization force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2002, Heath left the Army to attend law school at the University of Kansas. He received his Juris Doctor in 2005 and graduated in the top 10% of his class.

MAJ Jerrod E. Hawk spent one year at Marion Military Institute in Alabama. The following year he received a Congressional nomination and acceptance to attend USMA. Jerrod graduated in 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in management and leadership and a minor in systems engineering. As a cadet, he was recognized with the General John H. Forney Historical Society Award for achieving the highest military grade in his second year and the Superintendent’s award for excellence in academics, leadership, and physical fitness. Upon graduation, Jerrod was commissioned an Armor 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Over the past 16 years, Maj. Hawk has served in numerous assignments including two tours in Korea, and two deployments to Afghanistan. Read More

Naeyaert ’79 New Port Huron City Engineer

Port Huron has hired a new city engineer and director of public works to replace retiring Bob Clegg. City Manager James Freed said Lennie Naeyaert will start the job May 18. Clegg is retiring June 1 after 16 years with the city. Naeyaert has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy. Before accepting the positions in Port Huron, he was employed as a supervisory project manager for the General Services Administration in Washington D.C.

Naeyaert said he grew up in Michigan and still has family in the state. “It’s coming home is what it is,” he said. Naeyaert said when he saw the job opening in Port Huron, he couldn’t pass it up. “This is the best job in the world,” he said. “I’ve been a city engineer and public works director before...Working for a city, you’re as close to the people you serve as in any job,” he said. “It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.” Read More

Martinez ’86 Named University of Mary Harden-Baylor VP

BELTON - The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton named a new vice president for campus planning and support services Thursday. Rick Martinez, who has served as director of UMHB’s physical plant since June 2011, overseeing facilities and grounds maintenance, will assume the post on Friday.

Martinez served for five years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of captain. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2014. Read More

Lingley ’89 Named Edward Jones Principal

Troy Lingley, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Brownsburg, Ind., for the past 23 years, has been named a principal with the firm’s holding company, The Jones Financial Companies, LLLP. He was one of only 45 individuals chosen from more than 41,000 associates across the United States and Canada to join the firm’s 341 principals.
Lingley graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1989 and is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, where he served as a field artillery officer in the Army. He also holds the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®) professional designation.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

LTG Anderson ’81 and His Command to Premier on DIRECTV

A DocuSeries on LTG Joe Anderson ‘81 and his command in Afghanistan will premier on 19 May on DIRECTV. For over three months, producer Ricky Schroder, followed LTG Anderson and his units as they completed the ‘last combat’ missions in Afghanistan leading up to the national elections. Ricky, famous for his work in Silver Spoons and Lonesome Dove, became friends with LTG Anderson and gained unprecedented access to operations. Three story-lines over the six episodes follow efforts to catch a insurgent code named Arctic Fox, operations by the Spartan Brigade of 10th Mountain Division, and Afghan advising by a West Point Professor with the Kabul Police.

The West Point Board of Living Superintendents

Five out of the six living West Point superintendents took to the Eisenhower Hall stage on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, to partake in a panel discussion titled “Years of a Century Told,” which was hosted by the Class of 1965 and attended by the Class of 2015. Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor and Head of the Department of History, opened the evening by connecting this year’s graduating class to the Class of 1965, its 50-Year Affiliation Class, and then connecting that class to the Class of 1915, which held its 50-Year Class Reunion during ’65’s Grad Week. Seidule told the firsties in attendance, “Today, we are here to link 100 years of West Point graduates to your service and to pass the guidon of leadership to a new generation--your generation.”

The panel was moderated by Chris Wallace, anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” who asked the superintendents about the challenges West Point has faced over the years and the changes they made while they held the role, addressing specific topics such as the introduction of women to the Academy, West Point’s diversity initiatives, the rise of discretionary punishment in Honor Code violations and West Point’s relevancy to the Army and the nation.

The superintendents often punctuated their answers with personal anecdotes that seemed to resonate with the audience. For example, LTG (R) Franklin L. Hagenbeck ’71 told the story of attending the funeral of 1LT Laura Walker ’03, the first female West Point graduate killed in Afghanistan, and hearing the Glee Club sing “The Corps.” “When I heard them sing, ‘We sons of today, we salute you. You sons of an earlier day;’ it was clear to me that something needed to change, given that it had been 30 years since women were admitted to West Point,” Hagenbeck said. Full Story »

For photos from this event, visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHska4DXZU

Hill ’07 Joins Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Nick Hill 07-Digital Photographic ImagingALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Nick Hill, a former Army West Point baseball player from the Class of 2007, recently resumed his professional career with the Philadelphia Phillies organization as a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Hill signed a minor league free-agent contract with the Phillies this spring and pitched twice in Spring Training. He began the 2015 season on the disabled list and remained in Clearwater, Fla., prior to being activated by the Triple-A affiliate on April 23.

The Lehigh Valley relief pitcher has appeared in two games so far, and has allowed six hits and two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Hill has two strikeouts and has issued three walks. Hill made his debut against the Buffalo Bisons and gave up one run in two innings, before pitching against the Durham Bulls on April 27. He surrendered one run in 2 1/3 innings. Read More

Kane ’94 Wendy's New Chief Concept Officer

Kane ’94, Wendy's New Chief Concept OfficerDUBLIN, Ohio, The Wendy's Company announced the appointment of Kurt Kane, to the newly created position of Chief Concept Officer, responsible for all North America Marketing and Innovation efforts for the Wendy's® brand, effective May 4. Kane will report to President and CEO Emil Brolick and serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Most recently, Kane served as Global Chief Marketing and Food Innovation Officer at Pizza Hut, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for the development of the strategic direction for Pizza Hut, as well as the execution of advertising, media planning, and product innovation across 13,600 restaurants in 87 countries. Kane started his tenure with Pizza Hut in 2008 as VP of Marketing, and held roles of increasing responsibility, including VP of National Marketing and Communications, and U.S. Chief Marketing Officer. Read More

Memoir of Cavalieri ’71 A Portrait of Love and Honor

Based on a true story, A Portrait of Love and Honor takes the reader from the halls of the United States Military Academy at West Point during the Vietnam War to a moving love story between two people destined to meet. It is based on the memoir of John M. Cavalieri, Class of 1971.

It has been described by New York Times bestselling author, West Point graduate, and former Green Beret Bob Mayer as: “A revealing and authentic look into a cadet's life at West Point against the backdrop of America's social upheaval of the late 60s and early 70s . . . and an inspiring love story about two people who help make each other's dreams come true.”

Greenbaum ’97 Promoted to COO at Safeguard Properties

Michael Greenbaum has been promoted to chief operating officer (COO) at national asset management firm Safeguard Properties. Greenbaum, who previously served as vice president of operations, joined Safeguard in 2010. Prior to that, he held senior management and executive positions with Erico, Accel Inc. and McMaster-Carr. He also served in the U.S. Army, Ordinance Branch, specializing in supply chain management. He is a distinguished graduate of West Point where he majored in quantitative economics.

As COO, Greenbaum will continue to support Safeguard's clients and oversee the company's extensive vendor network. In addition, he will maintain responsibility for operational excellence, driving Safeguard's internal operations processes and procedures to further increase efficiency, effectiveness and compliance. Story

Jung ’08, Miller ’08 Trying to Cultivate Peace Through Saffron

When you think of saffron, dark red strands from Spain or Iran may come to mind. But the delicate spice, one of the most expensive and labor-intensive in the world, grows well in another country long plagued by conflict: Afghanistan.

Rumi Spice, a small, enterprising company in Brighton, Mass., is trying to build an Afghan saffron connection for lovers of the spice in the U.S., and cultivate peace through trade.

Behind Rumi Spice is a group of veterans, including USMA grads Kimberly Jung ’08 and Emily Miller ’08 who served in Afghanistan who are now business school students, a lawyer, an Afghan water specialist and farmers the vets met while serving there.

The idea for the fledgling company came about in March 2013, Jung was chatting with a fellow vet named Keith Alaniz. Alaniz told her about how when serving in Afghanistan, he met a local saffron farmer who had a warehouse full of the valuable spice, with no buyers lined up overseas. 

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Barrett ’07 Creates Sockwork Business to Support Vets

Texas native Mario Barrett ’07 is working hard to support veterans, but not in the way you might expect. His occupational specialty? Socks.

The 31-year-old runs the day-to-day operations for Sockwork, whose motto is “Socks With A Purpose.” Sockwork is a monthly sock subscription that Barrett and his wife started in February 2014 as a way to start a business and donate back to charities that support veteran causes. They devote their time to communicating with non-profits, handling customer service and packing socks for delivery.

Barrett says his time in the military gave him the opportunity to lead some of the best men and women he has ever met. “Every soldier I had the pleasure of working with taught me something new. I’ve taken all of these lessons with me today to help shape the person I’ve become,” Barrett tells Task & Purpose. Read More

MAJ Hull ’02 Awarded Soldier's Medal for Daring Water Rescue

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — A 2nd Infantry Division aviation officer, Maj. Richard E. Hull ’02 who leapt into an out-of-control boat to save five people from drowning has been awarded the Soldier’s Medal. On leave from a tour to South Korea, Maj. Richard Hull, 35, of St. Petersburg, Fla., set out last Sept. 2 in a friend’s boat on a fishing trip from Nantucket Harbor, Mass. As they headed for open water, the pair spied a small, inflatable, hard-bottom boat approaching an opening in a rock jetty. The vessel struck the jetty, and three men and two women were flung into the water, Hull said.

“They were calling for help, and their boat was going around in circles with the engine running,” he recalled. To everyone’s horror, the pilotless boat nearly struck the people in the water, Hull said. “The adrenalin was similar to being in Iraq,” said the veteran of two desert deployments. Thinking fast, Hull’s friend, John Perone, maneuvered his boat to slow the stricken craft, allowing Hull to leap into it and bring it under control. Hull then maneuvered the inflatable boat to rescue the people in the water. He stayed aboard, bailing water, while the Coast Guard arrived and towed it to shore. Performing the rescue was similar to flying a Black Hawk, Hull said. Full Story »

BG Daniel L. Karbler ’87 Promoted to Major General

Brigadier General Daniel L. Karbler ’87 enjoys remarks by Lieutenant General (Ret) Robert P. Lennox ’77 during his promotion ceremony to Major General on April 20, 2015 at Fort Belvoir, VA. He is currently Director, Joint and Integration, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8. Major General Karbler served as the Commanding General, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Shafter, HI and Commandant, Army Air Defense School, Fort Sill, OK. Among his assignments, he served as Architecture and Concepts Branch Officer, Joint Theater Air Missile Defense Organization, J-8 on the Joint Staff. His overseas tours include Germany, Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Major General Karbler has M.S. degrees from Benedictine College (Business Administration) and the National Defense University (National Security and Strategic Studies). He worked for Lieutenant General (Ret) Lennox as his Brigade S-3 when he commanded the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, TX and when Lennox was Deputy Commanding General there. Lieutenant General (Ret) Lennox was Principal Deputy Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8.

Photo Credit: Marla Hurtado


BG John G. Ferrari ’87 Promoted to Major General

Brigadier General John G. Ferrari '87 was promoted to Major General on April 17, 2015 at a ceremony in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes. Presiding over the ceremony was General (Ret) Benjamin S. Griffin. He is currently assigned as the Director of Army Program Analysis and Evaluation, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff G-8. Major General Ferrari previously served as the Commanding General of the White Sands Missile Range and was Deputy Commander for Programs in the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan. In addition to serving in Afghanistan, his overseas tours include Germany, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Major General Ferrari served in the National Security Division of the Office of Management and Budget and from July 1996 to June 1999 was an Instructor, later Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at USMA. He earned an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. General (Ret) Griffin commanded both the 4th Infantry Division and the Army Materiel Command (AMC). Major General Ferrari and General Griffin worked together in the Army G-8 and at AMC. 

Photo Credit: Shameka Pollard

GEN Martin Dempsey ’74 will be 2015 Commencement Speaker

WEST POINT – West Point’s commencement address this year will be delivered by one of its graduates. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a member of the West Point Class of 1974, will be the speaker at this year’s graduation ceremony, scheduled for May 23. About 1,000 cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at that ceremony. Dempsey became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1, 2011, after serving about five months as the Army’s chief of staff. Read More

Seymour ’86 Honored with 2015 Nuts & Bolts Award

FORT WORTH, Texas, Airline trade group Airlines for America honored American Airlines executive David Seymour with the Engineering, Maintenance and Material Council 2015 Nuts and Bolts Award, which recognizes exceptional service contributions in commercial aviation engineering or maintenance. Seymour, American's senior vice president, Technical Operations, received the award, now in its 49th year, at the annual MRO Americas Conference in Miami Beach, Fla. Seymour was this year's winner in the individual airline category.

"David was selected on the strength of his nomination and his reputation in the industry," said Robert Ireland, Managing Director, Engineering and Maintenance for A4A. "The EMMC had many great nominations this year, however, we were really impressed that David helped bring together two teams from two different airlines, all while improving operational performance and continuing to remain focused on safety." Read More

Alumni Soccer Reunion

Please join us, April 25th, as you get an opportunity to meet our staff and current players, as well as reconnect with old teammates and friends of Army Women’s Soccer! Please see the agenda for the list of scheduled events. After the completion of the MSOC Spring Match, all alumni are welcomed to play at their own risk, along with current ORs, players, and staff. We will have an ATC on site to assist with taping, bumps, bruises, ice, or other minor needs and to assist in an emergency situation. After the conclusion of the match, Alumni/familes of, ORs, players and staff are encouraged to mingle at a BBQ at our outdoor BBQ. We know you will enjoy getting to know the current team as we have a tremendous group of cadet-athletes. The generous support of alumni and friends of Army Women's Soccer continues to have a direct impact on the success of the players on the fields of friendly strife. More Info and Registration

Townes ’75 Named Chairman of SCAerospace

Steve Townes of Greenville has been named chairman of SCAerospace, a private-sector leadership group organized by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness and the South Carolina Department of Commerce. He will serve a two-year term as chairman.

“Businesses serving a common industry naturally cluster in a geographic location, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing with aerospace in South Carolina,” said Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO of the SC Council on Competitiveness. “Proactive leadership is crucial to promoting the industry cluster, accelerating innovation and growing markets. Steve’s energy and expertise will do just that for aerospace in South Carolina.”

Townes is an aerospace entrepreneur and industry leader with thirty-five years in the aerospace sector.“Steve Townes is a respected, dynamic leader in the aerospace world and is the perfect fit to be founding chairman of SCAerospace,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. Read More

BG Carr ‘83 Next Adjutant General of Indiana National Guard

Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence has selected Brigadier General Courtney P. Carr to become the Adjutant General of Indiana upon the retirement of Major General R. Martin Umbarger on May 31, 2015. “With more than three decades of devoted military service, Brigadier General Courtney P. Carr’s background and expertise make him an unmatched choice for Indiana’s Adjutant General,” said Governor Pence. “I am confident his leadership and vision will serve well the more than 14,000 men and women who make up the Indiana National Guard.” General Carr began his career in 1983 upon commissioning as a Regular Army officer from the United State Military Academy at West Point. From 1991 to 2011, General Carr served in a variety of roles around Indiana as a member of the Indiana National Guard. During this time, his service included serving as Commander of the 1st Battalion of the 151st Infantry, where he led several hundred soldiers and deployed with them to Bosnia just after 9/11 in February of 2002.  Read More

Founders Day Around the World

From the Cadet Mess at our "Rockbound Highland Home" to Kabul, Afghanistan, from Bagram to Washington, DC, from the Middle East to Colombia, and all over the U.S., West Point Cadets, Graduates and Societies came together in March to celebrate Founders Day and the 213th Anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Traditionally, each group hears from a guest speaker, and listens to remarks from the oldest and youngest grads present, who then cut the celebratory cake. Many societies observe the tradition of leaving an empty chair for fallen comrades. Everyone sings the "Alma Mater" and "The Corps." Every heart in gray remembers.

Photo: WPS of New York Founders Day 2015: Archie Elam '76 (center) shares a laugh with Medal of Honor Recipients Paul Bucha '65 (left) and COL(R) Jack Jacobs (right)

WWII Book Inspired by the Class of ’41

Bataan. North Africa. Sicily. Omaha Beach. The Ardennes. West Point 41: The Class That Went to War and Shaped America is an uplifting story of ordinary young men in extraordinary times, in extraordinary places, who graduated directly into the teeth of battle and displayed unwavering leadership, honor, duty, and determination. From Sandy Nininger, awarded the first Medal of Honor of World War II for his actions leading Philippine Scouts in the early days of the war, to Charlie Fletcher, Ed Rowny, Paul Skowronek, Herb Stern, and dozens of others who quickly found themselves leading companies, battalions, and regiments, these young officers struggled with the fog and terror of war and early command.

In a postwar era of unprecedented military latitude, they helped shape defense strategy, led development of America’s rocket programs, and created the theory and practice of helicopter airmobile combat that came to dominate in Vietnam. In Europe, Asia, and with the Soviets, 41ers practiced diplomacy and tradecraft as architects of American Cold War policy. All the while, they clung tightly to tenets of duty and moral courage inculcated at West Point: often tested, but holding firm to the bonds that make up the “Long Gray Line.”

Pictured is COL Henry Bodson ’41, now age 97, holding his humble bounty captured from Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” mountain chalet.

McMillian ’92 Hired as the VP of Spray Foam Products

ARLINGTON, Texas, ] -- Demilec, one of North America'slargest manufacturers of spray foam insulation and polyurea products, has named William McMillian Vice President of Spray Foam Products. In this position, McMillian will work to drive growth and profitability in Demilec's core business of building insulation.

"As our spray foam products continue to be a proven energy-efficient, eco-friendly solution for homeowners and businesses, the demand for our product is increasing rapidly. With his well-rounded leadership experience, William will take charge of this growing market by shaping product growth to influence value and profitability," said Zain Mahmood, President and CEO at Demilec.

With more than 15 years' experience in business development and leadership, McMillian was most recently Senior Director of National Accounts and Business Development at MSC Industrial Supply Company, one of the largest retailers of industrial products in the U.S. He's also held leadership positions at General Electric, the multinational appliance corporation, for over 15 years. Read More

22nd Annual Alumni Golf Outing!

The 22nd Annual Alumni Golf Outing is 11-13 June 2015.

Reconnect with alumni, former classmates, and your alma mater. 

Includes two rounds of golf, all meals, a boat cruise, and some great prizes!

All graduates and guests are invited​​​​​​.

Photo Right: Last years Gray Jacket winner Ritchy Vidmar

Photo Left: 2014 Alumni Golf Outing Group Photo

For information and a schedule of events please see the Alumni Golf Outing webpage, or click the link below for a printable PDF.

Schedule of Events

Click here to register

Registration closes 1 June

Like last year, there are several options for those who cannot participate in the entire event:

  1. Welcome dinner on Thursday and golf on Friday. Includes breakfast and lunch at the golf course.
  2. Golf on Friday, boat ride, and dinner on Friday. Includes breakfast and lunch at the golf course.
  3. Golf on Friday or Saturday. Includes breakfast and lunch at the golf course.

Unfortunately, the Cadet Barracks are not available. Click this link below for other lodging options in the area.

Ragsdale ’81 Joins Texas A&M as a Professor of Practice

Dr. Daniel Ragsdale ’81 has joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering's faculty at Texas A&M University as a professor of practice. He comes to the department from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he has served as program manager since 2011. During his time at DARPA, he managed a $175 million research and development portfolio of classified and unclassified programs that addressed a diverse array of topics including cybersecurity, psychology, education, and training. In recognition of his DARPA service, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the highest decoration for non-career federal employees. Read More

Class of ’86 Grads Lead Soldiers Fundraiser in Houston

Cannon '86, Guzzi '86, & Picciuto '86 Lead the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fundraiser in Houston. While Black-ish star Anthony Anderson served as master of ceremonies, it was Army Chief of Staff GEN Raymond T. Odierno, who delivered the compelling message of the importance of providing meaningful assistance to soldiers and their families. McHugh's daughter, Kelly McHugh, gave a moving presentation on her father who served as an Army aviator for 24 years.

Photo: Picciuto’86 thanking GEN Ray Odierno ’76 after his keynote address.

Additional important military figures in the house were Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Gary L. Littrell, retired Army Command Sergeant Major; Folds of Honor founder MAJ Dan RooneyMarcus Luttrell, retired Navy Seal and subject of Lone Survivor and retired COL Miguel Howe, director of Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Read More

Founders Day in Afghanistan

U.S. Forces Afghanistan officers and civilians who graduated from West Point-U.S. Military Academy, gather at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan to celebrate Founder’s Day 2015. West Point Grad COL Douglas Crissman '88, U.S. Forces Afghanistan Deputy, Deputy Commander-Support, was the highest ranking active duty Soldier at the event. The oldest and youngest graduates were chosen to cut the cake, their graduation dates were separated by 42 years.

Coach K ’69 Wins 5th National Championship

INDIANAPOLIS — It's John Wooden and Mike Coach K ’69 Wins 5th National Championship. Duke's Coach K won his fifth national championship Monday night with a 68-63 victory over Wisconsin. Only Wooden, who won an incredible 10 at UCLA, is above Krzyzewski on the list of champions. "Whenever you mention Coach Wooden, he's separate from everybody," Krzyzewski said.

When the buzzer sounded and No. 5 was official, Krzyzewski turned toward his bench with his hands high above his head. Then came the rush of assistant coaches — all former Duke players — for a group hug that included jumping up and down just like the players he led to a 35-4 record.

He didn't have to run around the court looking for someone to hug like Jim Valvano did in 1983 when North Carolina State shocked the college basketball world. Players ran toward Krzyzewski and one by one they got hugs, hard hugs, the kind of hugs men give each other after a hard-fought win that meant history. Full Story »

Hoang ’95 Joins Stimson Board of Directors

The Stimson Center is pleased to announce to the Board of Directors: Francis Q. Hoang. “This new cohort of Stimson trustees reflects both continuity and change,” said Stimson President and CEO Ellen Laipson. Francis Hoang and Courtney Banks Spaeth are dynamic rising players in the private sector, with deep national security experience. We know that they will each bring valuable skills and wisdom to our board.”

Francis Q. Hoang currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Momentum Aviation Group (MAG) and as a Partner at Fluet Huber + Hoang (FH+H). Mr. Hoang has previously served as a law clerk to the Senate Judiciary Committee, clerked for Judge Thomas Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and was appointed by President George W. Bush as an Associate White House Counsel and Special Assistant to the President in 2007. Read More

Caputo ’82 Appointed to Governmental Standards Board

NORWALK, Conn.--The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) announced the appointment of Brian W. Caputo, chief financial officer and city treasurer of the City of Aurora, Illinois, to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). “The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Brian to the GASB”

The GASB is the independent, private-sector organization that sets accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments in the United States. The FAF is the independent, private-sector organization responsible for the oversight of the GASB and its sister standard setter, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

Serving the City of Aurora since 1998, Mr. Caputo is responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of the city’s $400 million annual budget, preparing the comprehensive annual financial report, and managing annual investment of public funds averaging $500 million.

Previously, as director of finance and treasurer of the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois, he was responsible for all aspects of the village’s financial management. Prior to that, Mr. Caputo served as assistant finance director for the Village of LaGrange, Illinois. Read More

Father Paul Hurley ’84 Named Chief of Chaplains

A priest from the Archdiocese of Boston has been named the 24th US Army chief of chaplains, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, said.

The Rev. Paul Hurley was promoted from colonel to major general after a US Senate voice vote Friday, the Archdiocese for the Military Services said in a statement.

“I am delighted that the Army Chaplain Corps will be led by Father Hurley, with whom I spent time last Holy Week in Afghanistan,” said Timothy Broglio, archbishop for the military services, in a statement. “He is both a fine priest and an excellent leader.”

Hurley serves as command chaplain for the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He has previously worked with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the military archdiocese said. Read More

Porter ’81 Joins Korn Ferry

LOS ANGELES--Korn Ferry, the preeminent authority on leadership and talent, announced that Ronald Porter has joined the firm’s Global Human Resources Center of Expertise. He will be based in Korn Ferry’s New York office. Mr. Porter joins Korn Ferry from a global search firm, where for the past nine years he has served top-tier clients across multiple industries and markets recruiting Chief Human Resource Officers and assisting CHRO’s in building out high performance organizations.

Previously, Mr. Porter served as Vice President of Diversity and Talent Management, and ultimately Vice President of Corporate Human Resources at Pepsico, Inc. After leaving Pepsico, Inc. Mr. Porter was Chief Human Resources Officer of Polaroid Corporation.

“Ron is an experienced professional who brings to Korn Ferry a deep understanding of the leadership and talent management issues impacting today’s global organizations,” said Doug Charles, President, Americas, Korn Ferry. “His hands on experience working closely with many of the top global brands, as well his ability to navigate the human resources challenges facing companies today, will be a great fit for our firm and the clients we serve.” Read More