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Class of ’92 at The Stanford Tailgate

Class of 92 at the Stanford Tailgate

COL John Boulé ’86 Hired as Senior VP at Dewberry

John BouleDewberry, a privately held professional services firm, has hired John Boulé, PE, as senior vice president and manager of the firm’s New York City office. In addition to his operational responsibilities, Boulé will be focused on growing Dewberry’s already robust transportation, water resources, and facility engineering practice in the region. He will also seek to enhance Dewberry’s support of local, state, and federal agencies’ post-Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts and resilience initiatives in the northeast.

Boulé has more than 28 years of experience in the engineering industry, specializing in resilience, risk mitigation, water resources, environmental restoration, and infrastructure and facility services. His portfolio includes projects throughout the United States and abroad, such as Saudi Arabia, Germany, Iraq, and Korea. Prior to joining Dewberry, Boulé served as the vice president and resiliency director for Parsons Brinkerhoff, where he coordinated with local, state, and federal clients on the planning and engineering of large-scale resilience projects. He served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 2012, attaining the rank of colonel before retiring. From 2009 to 2012, Boulé was commander of the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In this role, he was responsible for the Corps’ water resource development, and regulatory activities in much of New York State and New Jersey, as well as parts of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The New York district is also responsible for the programming, design, and construction of Army and Air Force facilities in New Jersey, New York, and Greenland. As commander, he was responsible for the award and management of hundreds of contracts with an average annual value of over $1 billion.

“I am elated to join Dewberry as their New York City leader. With deep and diverse service lines, talented people and an enterprise-wide collaborative spirit, this firm is poised to expand the superb service we already provide to our valued clients across this market space,” says Boulé.

Boulé serves as a director of the Society of American Military Engineers, New York Post; is the vice chairman of the board of trustees at the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance; is a member of the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern New York Chapter; and serves on the NYSDOT liaison committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York and is a member of the Association of the United States Army. He has presented and published articles at many conferences throughout the country and has received numerous awards and honors. Boulé has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also has two master’s degrees from Stanford University in environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, and structural engineering.

Class of 1960 Annual Appalachian Trail Hike

(L-R) “Viking” – an Air Force veteran on the Warrior Hike, John Sherden, ‘60 AKA “Crocodile Dundee”, Chan Duryea, ‘60 AKA “Duzzer”, and “Machine” – a Navy veteran on the Warrior HikeTwo members of the class of 1960 participated in the annual Appalachian Trail hike – John Sherden (AKA trail name “Crocodile Dundee”) and Chan Duryea (AKA trail name “Duzzer”).  Their hike was from Shelburne, NH to Andover, ME, and included the famously challenging Mahoosuc Notch, reportedly the most difficult and longest mile on the Appalachian Trail. Car-sized boulders, leap of faith drops, and narrow tunnels make even fast hikers slow down to a snail’s pace.  After completing the “Notch” and a few more miles, John and Chan were rewarded with visiting at one of the trail shelters with two recent veterans participating in the Warrior Hike – a therapeutic hike for returning veterans trying to put their combat experiences behind them.

Pictured in the photograph, left to right:  “Viking” – an Air Force veteran on the Warrior Hike, John Sherden, ‘60 AKA “Crocodile Dundee”, Chan Duryea, ‘60 AKA “Duzzer”, and “Machine” – a Navy veteran on the Warrior Hike.

Graham ’87 Receives Combat Awards

COL John GrahamCOL John Graham, a former Fort Bragg paratrooper and currently a USMA professor deployed to Afghanistan as an Afghan advisor and Deputy Commander for Regional Command Capitol, receives a Joint Service Commendation Medal and a Combat Action Badge from LTG Joe Anderson, Commander of ISAF Joint Command. Graham led an Afghan assault force in March to extract two American adults and an American child, then coordinated the evacuation of 28 Americans after an International Day Care was attacked in Kabul. (article shared on XVIII Airborne Corps Facebook page)

John Thresher Joins United Allergy Services as National Director of Sales

John ThresherUnited Allergy Services (UAS) a leading healthcare services company that enables family physicians pediatricians and health systems to deliver safe and effective allergy testing and customized immunotherapy services today announced that John Thresher ’98 has accepted the position of national director of sales. Thresher will be rejoining UAS after a brief stint as vice president of regional development at Airrosti Rehab Centers where he was responsible for all operational and marketing functions for a large group of healthcare providers in Texas. John previously served as regional sales manager for UAS from October 2012 to November 2013. As national director of sales Thresher will oversee the training strategy and direction of the UAS sales team.

"I have experienced firsthand United Allergy Services' commitment to providing exceptional support for its partner physicians as they seek to improve the health of their patients" said Thresher. "I look forward to helping execute the company's strategic initiatives to increase the scope of services performed within the primary care setting and expand access to safe and effective allergy care for millions of Americans."

"United Allergy Services is thrilled to welcome back John Thresher as national director of sales" said Nicolas Hollis UAS president and CEO. "His years of sales experience combined with a deep knowledge of the company and primary care settings as well as his leadership in the military will be instrumental in driving the company forward." Read More

Mike Urette has Been Named Board Chair

Michael UretteWest Point Alumni Mike Urette ’61 has been named board chair of the The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.

He will assume the role of chair at the board’s next meeting in October.Urette is the founder and chief executive of Great American Corporation in Tampa. The 32-year-old family-administered organization is a diversified real estate construction, development, and management company.

Urette has been active in the Tampa community for more than 30 years. He has held a variety of civic positions focused on the arts and support for the military. 

As Chairman of the Building Committee at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, he was responsible for over-seeing the construction of the Patel Conservatory.  Urette received the 2010 Impact Award from Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts. Urette and his wife, Karen, are also donors to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay History Center and the Tampa Theatre. 

He served as president of the local Military Affairs Committee, the West Point Society and Leadership Tampa Alumni. Urette is currently an active member of the American Committee on Foreign Relations, the Society of International Business Fellows, and the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. 

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he holds Master Degrees in Operations Research and Economics from Indiana University. Urette has served on the Board at The Ringling since 2009 as a Chair of the Development Committee and the Budget, Finance and Investment Committee.

151 Years Later Cushing to be Awarded Medal of Honor

151 years later Cushing to be awarded Medal of Honor The White House announced on Tuesday it would award the Medal of Honor to an Army officer who distinguished himself during the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg more than 151 years ago.

Army artillery officer 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing continued to issue orders despite being wounded numerous times in the bloody battle, and will receive the posthumous award on Sep. 15. According to the Washington Post, relatives of Cushing and others have spent decades lobbying on the soldier's behalf.

“First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.”

A graduate of West Point, Cushing was just 22-years-old when he was killed in the battle. On the battle's third day, Cushing's unit faced the Confederate "Pickett's Charge" and his artillery battery took heavy losses. Read More

Grad who Joined Ukrainian Army Unit Died in ‘Street Battle’

West Point Grad Mark Paslawsky died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 while fighting with Ukraine’s volunteer force in Donbas A West Point graduate died Wednesday while fighting in an Ukrainian army unit near Donetsk. Mark Paslawsky, 55, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981, but recently joined the Donbas volunteer battalion and has fought in the region since April.

Mr. Paslawsky, who went by "Franko" in a recent Vice News interview, told the news outlet "I'm of Ukrainian decent, and because of my parent's background, I'm entitled to immediate Ukrainian citizenship. So before I joined the battalion, I took on Ukrainian citizenship so I'd fight as a Ukrainian." Read More

West Point Exoskeleton Capstone Team Wins Innovation Award

West Point Exoskeleton Capstone TeamWest Point Exoskeleton Capstone Team is Awarded the 2014 Scott R. Clark Innovation Award: Team T-REX (Tendon-assistive Rigid EXoskeleton), made up of cadets and faculty Reported by Dean’s Institute of Innovation and Development from Civil & Mechanical Engineering was awarded the 2014 Scott R. Clark Innovation Award, which acknowledges a project that demonstrates an innovative approach to solving a problem of direct application to the Army. The team was made up of CDTs (now 2LTs) Ryan Polston, Meagan Latimar, Brandon Zwank, Adam Hamner, and Zachary Reichert, as well as faculty advisors Dr. Becky Zifchock and MAJ Amber Walker. Charged with designing a device that would assist the soldier in carrying that load, the 2014 West Point Exoskeleton Team looked to smart materials to take a novel approach. Rather than a traditional exoskeleton which transfers load to the ground, the team designed a small, lightweight device that spans the ankle joint to provide energetic assistance during the propulsive plantarflexion phase of gait. The energetic assistance is provided by Flexinol®, a thermal-reactive nickel-titanium alloy that is only microns thick. With improved metabolic efficiency the soldier can travel further, faster, and with decreased fatigue and injury susceptibility. In addition to their recognition by the Clark Innovation Award, the team’s work was also featured in the July – August 2014 issue of Popular Mechanics: Found here and on their website: here. POCs are Dr. Becky Zifchock: rebecca.zifchock@usma.edu, and MAJ Amber Walker: amber.walker@usma.edu

COL Coffin Takes Command of VA 116th Infantry Brigade

FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — COL. William J. Coffin ’88 took command of the Virginia National Guard's Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from COL. John M. Epperly ’89, the 116th's commander since June 2012, at a change of command ceremony Aug. 2, 2014, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. BG. Blake C. Ortner, the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, was the senior officer in the ceremony and passed the 116th's unit colors from Epperly to Coffin to signify the change of command of the unit...

Ortner described Coffin as the “right officer at the right time to continue to make a difference” and said “I can't think of a better officer to assume command from COL. Epperly. I am confident he will lead the Stonewall Brigade on to even greater things.”...

Over the past two years of Epperly's command, the brigade has been recognized as being in the top five BCTs across the Army National Guard nationally. In addition to honing combat readiness, the brigade has responded to several emergency missions for the Commonwealth of Virginia ranging from hurricanes like Super Storm Sandy to local floods and winter storms.

The 116th Infantry Regiment has been called into service during World War I, World War II, the Balkans and in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. The 116th was first organized Nov. 3, 1741, as the Augusta County Regiment of the Virginia Militia. The brigade traces its lineage directly from the Augusta County Regiment served under George Washington in the French and Indian War as part of the Virginia Regiment. Elements of the brigade also served during the Revolutionary War and fought in the War of 1812. The regiment also served in the Army of the Shenandoah under BG. Thomas J. Jackson, Jackson and his men earned the title “Stonewall” at the battle of First Manassas.

“As I look at our brigade colors today and see the battle streamers our generation put there, I see all of you In those colorful silk battle streamers, there's a little piece of immortality for all of us who were there in those faraway lands together,” Epperly said. “We are forever linked to all who came before us from 1741 to now and into the future.” Read More

Kate Kohler ’96 Announced Principal of Korn Ferry

Ms. Kohler's experience spans the financial services, defense and nonprofit sectors. Prior to entering the talent management profession, Kate worked as an executive in the financial services industry, most recently at the PenFed Foundation, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet financial needs of active duty, veterans and their families. As Chief Operations Officer and Corporate Senior Vice President, she led the foundation's executive management in partnership with PenFed Credit Union, a $16 billion financial services organization.

Previously, Kate served in business development roles in Institutional Business Development and Fund Marketing at Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC and in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley.
Kate is a U.S. Army veteran, with command experience at the platoon and company level in Kuwait, Bosnia and South Korea, culminating in the leadership of more than 200 United States and South Korean soldiers as a company commander.

She holds a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She earned a bachelor of science degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point. Originally from Towanda, Pennsylvania, Kate resides in Arlington, Virginia with her family.

Frank Janoski ’74 Named in 2015 Best Lawyers in America

Frank JanoskiLewis Rice is proud to announce Frank B. Janoski has been named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America® annual list. Best Lawyers in America® compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Mr. Janoski has appeared in Best Lawyers every year since 2008. He is recognized for his work in intellectual property litigation and patent, trademark and copyright law.

Mr. Janoski focuses his Lewis Rice practice on intellectual property and commercial litigation. He has served as the lead trial attorney in many complex intellectual property litigation cases as well as in trademark, copyright and related issues before U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Janoski regularly writes and speaks on topics regarding intellectual property, and has been a guest lecturer at Saint Louis University and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on such topics. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the West Point Association of Graduates as well as its Audit Committee and as Chairman of its Board’s Governance Committee.

GEN McCaffrey Appointed to Excelitas Technologies Board

GEN Ret Barry McCaffreyExcelitas Technologies Corp., a global photonics industry leader today announced the appointment of General Barry McCaffrey, retired Four-Star General, to the company’s board of directors. In this role, General McCaffrey will provide Excelitas with strategic counsel as the company enters its next phase of growth.

“I am pleased to join Excelitas’ board of directors and look forward to working with the executive team,” stated General McCaffrey. “Having served in the United States Army in multiple tours of duty, I have a deep appreciation for Excelitas’ 50 plus years of support and leadership in mission-critical programs through their technology expertise.”

General McCaffrey attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, and graduated from West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned a master's degree in American Government from American University and attended the Harvard University National Security Program as well as the Business School Executive Education Program.

In 2007, he was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame at the US Army Infantry Center, Ft. Benning, GA. In May 2010, he was honored as a Distinguished Graduate by the West Point Association of Graduates at the United States Military Academy. Read More

Leaders Conference Wrap-Up

Class of 1967 West Point Alumni Leaders Conference

2014 Leaders ConferenceApproximately 350 West Point leaders of all stripes returned to the Academy from August 13 to August 16 for the Class of 1967 West Point Alumni Leaders Conference, and there was something for everyone on the agenda. The conference formally opened with remarks from LTG (R) Larry Jordan ’68, Chairman of the West Point Association of Graduates Board of Directors. Jordan discussed the state of the Association and outlined some of his goals as chairman, which included strengthening the relevance of WPAOG, supporting the Academy’s diversity initiatives and drafting WPAOG’s next strategic plan. “We need to think about organizational and succession planning, or building our bench of future leaders and advisors,” Jordon said. He then gave four orders to the assembled leaders: “learn, meet, share and enjoy.” Read More.

Alumni Named Among Best Lawyers in US

Robert D. Boyd ’73ATLANTA, Aug. 18, 2014 – Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, LLC is pleased to announce the inclusion of all four of the firm’s named partners among Best Lawyers in America for 2015. Robert D. Boyd ’73, John L. Collar, Jr., Richard M. Nolen and Jonathan J. Tuggle are recognized by the guide as leading lawyers in the area of family law. One of the oldest and most distinguished legal directories, Best Lawyers conducts peer-review surveys to compile its annual list of top attorneys across several practice areas.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers in America has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because its research is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in the guide is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers in America “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Bryan Simon '97 Recipient of Warren D. Bowman, MD Award

Bryan Simon '97 climbing medicine columnist for Wilderness Medicine magazineBryan Simon, USMA Class of 1997, is the recipient of the 2014 Warren D. Bowman, MD award presented at the Wilderness Medical Society's annual meeting in Jackson Hole, WY. This prestigious international honor was awarded for his contributions in services to wilderness medicine and to the Wilderness Medical Society.

After leaving the service, Bryan co-founded Vertical Medicine Resources, a medical guiding and consulting team dedicated to providing training and support for climbing and mountaineering expeditions around the world. In addition to his work with Vertical Medicine Resources, Bryan is also the climbing medicine columnist for Wilderness Medicine magazine and was recently named to the editorial board of the journal Nursing.

Grads Help Cadets to do AIADs in Vietnam

CDTs Kiselica '16 & Boye '15 with Mr. Desmond Acheson“Grads in the West Point Society of Singapore have been setting up AIAD opportunities for cadets in SE Asia for the past three years.  This summer, two cadets did AIADs in Vietnam with Banyan Tree Group.  The cadets worked with Banyan Tree’s corporate social responsibility operations and were based out of Cu Du Village, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District in Thua Thien Hue Province.  This was the second year that Banyan Tree hosted cadets for AIADs.  Tremendous support for the AIAD was provided by Banyan Tree’s Area General Manager, Mr. Desmond Acheson, and the Group HR Director, Mr. Timothy Cheong.  Banyan Tree’s Chairman, Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, served as a senior mentor last year at the McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference.

William H. Roof ’76, Ph.D. to Chief Operating Officer

Dr. William H. RoofIn his new role as Chief Operating Officer, Dr. William H. Roof ’76 will be responsible for the sales, customer service, information technology and enterprise wireless departments of the Company and will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Nelson Ludlow, Ph.D.

Dr. Roof has more than 30 years of engineering experience in the civilian and military sectors. Since leaving the Company in 2011, he served as Chief Technology Officer at TechFlow, Inc., where he managed a new division of the company providing a broad range of engineering services to Fort Huachuca in Arizona and a variety of other government agencies. Prior to his earlier tenure at the Company, from 2004 to 2009 he was Vice President of Research and Development at IntelliDOT Corporation, a healthcare information technology/patient safety product development company. He also served as a Captain in the United States Navy (Naval Intelligence), specializing in force protection and counterterrorism as a credentialed federal agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Dr. Roof is a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

His earlier civilian employment positions include Vice President, Research and Development at Cardinal Health, Program Manager at Lear Siegler and Senior Systems Engineer at Litton Industries. He holds a B.S. degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy, an M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and a Ph.D. in software engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Read More

John G. Powers ’88 Upstate NY Super Lawyer

John G. PowersJohn G. Powers ’88 has been selected as an Upstate New York Super Lawyer for 2014. Mr. Powers is a partner in the Litigation Practice of the Syracuse, NY-based law firm of Hancock Estabrook, LLP, which is currently celebrating its 125th Anniversary. He litigates complex commercial lawsuits in federal and state court, as well as before administrative tribunals and arbitration panels. Mr. Powers represents a wide range of clients including manufacturers, general contractors, municipalities, publicly and privately-held corporations of all types, lenders, and small businesses. He is experienced in product liability litigation, construction litigation, intellectual property and trade secret litigation, and complex contractual and intra-corporate disputes. Mr. Powers is admitted to practice in New York. Prior to becoming an attorney, he served for five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Operations Officer.

Senate Confirms McDonald as VA Secretary

West Point Graduate, Robert A. McDonald, named new CEO at P&G (photo, Business Courrier)The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald ’75 to head the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, one day after congressional leaders cobbled together a $17 billion funding bill to help reform the agency and expand care.

Mr. McDonald takes over as VA secretary after little debate or opposition and a 97-0 confirmation vote on the Senate floor. Last week, he faced a friendly hearing before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs where he fielded few questions and was lauded by many on the panel.

Mr. McDonald, 61 years old, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He left the Army as a captain before beginning a 33-year career at Procter & Gamble Co., culminating in the role of CEO, which he held from 2009 to 2013.

“As a veteran himself and a proud member of a military family, Bob is deeply committed to serving our veterans and their families," said President Barack Obama in a statement. "And as an executive with decades of private-sector experience, he is uniquely equipped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to help change the way the VA does business.”

Grad Appointed Dir of Development for Monastic Congregation

Sister Nancy Rose Gucwa, OSB, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri, was recently appointed director of the congregation's development officePhoto: Sister Nancy Rose Gucwa ’80, OSB, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri, was recently appointed director of the congregation's development office.

(CLYDE, Mo.) Sister Nancy Rose Gucwa, OSB has been named director of development for the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri. Sister Nancy Rose grew up in Richmondtown on Staten Island and graduated from Susan Wagner High School. She was a member of the first class that admitted women to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduated with a degree in general engineering in 1980.

Sister Nancy Rose later earned a master’s of business administration degree from Golden Gate University. After she completed her commitment to active duty, she spent several years in the banking and finance industry, including working in St. Louis from 1992 until her entrance into the monastery in 2006. She retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 2008.

She made her first monastic profession with the Benedictine Sisters in 2009 and her final monastic profession in 2013. She has worked in the correspondence department for many years, helping with annual mailings and answering prayer requests, and assisting with donor relations in the development office.

She will continue her work in correspondence while managing the development office. As director, she will coordinate donor relations, consult with investment professionals and oversee charitable giving for all of the congregation’s monastic communities across the country.

“I am deeply honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of inviting all people to share in our ministry of prayer for the world,” Sister Nancy Rose said. “We welcome everyone to bring us their prayer intentions or experience our Benedictine hospitality at our monasteries in Clyde or Tucson, Arizona.”

John Ende ’92 Promoted to Exec VP of Sales at Hello Products

John Ende ’92

Naturally friendly oral care brand hello has expanded its executive and management teams with several highly experienced and talented leaders to foster continued innovation and growth.

In recognition of hello's incredible retail sell-in results, John Ende ’92 has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales as the company prepares to expand its sales force in its second year in-market. A West Point graduate and veteran of Mentholatum, Johnson & Johnson and the U.S. Army, John is the leader responsible for hello's impressive and expansive retail presence. John's determination and innate friendliness will continue to play a prominent role in the ongoing expansion of the brand domestically and internationally.

“As the company transitions from year one into year two, the new and expanded leadership team will continue to establish hello as the brand that finally makes personal care more, well, personal,” said hello's founder and CEO, Craig Dubitsky.  “We're growing like crazy, and this passionate and extremely experienced team has the goods to deliver on the scale of the opportunity before us.”

Class of 2017 Gets Flag and Promotion

July 25, 2014 will live forever in the minds of those in the Class of 2017. This is the day on which they ended their existence as cadet privates and got promoted to cadet corporals. “Today marks a transition for you,” LTG Robert Caslen ’75, Superintendent, told the yearlings who were assembled by company on the Camp Bucker Parade Field for the Cadet Field Training (CFT) Award Ceremony and Flag Presentation. “Today you become a team leader in the Corps of Cadets and go from one being led to one who will lead.” The ceremony also marked the conclusion of Task Force Parten, the nearly three weeks of military training the now yearlings accomplished during CFT, which was named for 1LT Tyler Parten ’07, who was killed in 2009 during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. During the ceremony, 1LT Parten’s sister, Anna, addressed the Class of 2017 and challenged them to live up to the motto chosen for CFT this year: “Forging your destiny—living the legacy.” Referring to their academic year duty to help an assigned plebe adjust to military life, she said, “Each one of you is now in the remarkable position to transform the lives of young men and women into leaders.”

Six members from the Class of 1967, which is 2017’s 50-Year Affiliation Class, were also at the ceremony and presented CDT Kristi Carrigan ’17, Class President, with 2017’s Class Flag. Going forward, this flag will be used at all class events and remain on display in Herbert Alumni Center’s Great Hall. An integral part of the 50-Year Affiliation Program, the presentation of the Class Flag strengthens the bonds between the classes and reinforces the ideals of West Point and the values of the Army. One bond they now share is the CFT experience. “Coming back to Buckner brings back a lot of memories,” said Dr. Tom Parr ’67, the Class 50-Year Affiliation Chair. “One thing I never realized is how pretty the scenery is around here.” While undergoing their military training—fire support, marksmanship, urban operations, land navigation, reconnaissance, small unit leadership development and Army PT—it is unlikely that the Class of 2017 had much time for scenery, but memories were certainly made. “I’ll never forget waking up to rain one night at 0230 and seeing my buddy placing his poncho on my stuff,” said CDT Avery Littlejohn ’17, who was awarded the Superintendent’s Plaque as the best overall cadet in CFT based on recommendations from his chain of command. CDT Brevin Irvin, who received CFT’s Sean Knott Memorial Award for displaying loyalty and selflessness to his Ranger buddy, said, “It’s events like these that create lasting friendships.”

Years from now, should the members of the Class of 2017 want to relive their CFT experiences (or try to remember the scenery of Camp Buckner), all they will need to do is look upon the Class Flag given to them by the Class of 1967 and the events of July 2014 will come alive again in their minds.

Rowny 41' Receives South Korean Award

General Edward RownyRepublic of South Korea Awards Four U.S. Veterans its Nation’s Highest Military Award: The Order of Military Merit, Taeguk

-- Awards Presented in Seoul on Anniversary of Korean War Armistice; Veterans Include 97-Year-Old General Edward Rowny --

Washington D.C. – The office of former Ambassador Lt. Gen. Edward L. Rowny announced that South Korea Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, in a commemorative ceremony in Seoul last evening, awarded General Rowny the Order of Military Merit, Taeguk, South Korea’s highest military award. The award was presented for “outstanding and meritorious services rendered to the Republic of Korea during the Korean War with great sacrifice and commitment.” The announcement was made on the anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, signed 61 years ago on July 27, 1953. More than 35,000 Americans lost their lives in the Korean War. Rowny, age 97, is the oldest recipient to ever receive Korea’s highest military honor, whose previous recipients include Generals MacArthur, Twining, Lemnitzer and Westmoreland. Rowny was joined in Seoul by two fellow American veterans receiving the Order of Military Merit, Taeguk: Sergeant First Class (ret.) Ronald E. Rosser, age 84, and Mr. (former Staff Sgt.) Hiroshi H. Miyamura, age 88. A fourth award recipient, Sgt. (ret.) Einar H. Ingman, age 84, was represented by his daughter. Rosser, Miyamura and Ingman are also each U.S. Medal of Honor recipients, while Gen. Rowny is a recipient of the U.S. Distinguished Service Medal and four Silver Stars (America’s third highest award for valor), in addition to numerous other awards received among this illustrious group of United States veterans.

“The years have advanced but the bravery of these men remains timeless,” said U.S. Army historian, retired Army Captain Monika Stoy, who assisted the Korean Ministry for Patriots and Veterans Affairs in arrangements with the U.S. veterans for the award presentation. General Rowny traveled from Washington D.C., Rosser from Ohio, Miyamura from New Mexico, while Ingman is from Wisconsin. Collectively, the veterans represent a cross-section of America’s finest.

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Military dignitaries present at the ceremony included the Commander of United Nations Command/United States Forces Korea, General Curtis Scaparotti, as well as many veterans from among UN forces that fought in the Korean War.

Anne Kazel-Wilcox, who co-authored a book with Rowny that included his experiences in the Korean War, described some actions that led to the award: “General Rowny helped plan the Inchon Invasion to recapture Seoul following the North’s invasion, which turned the tide of war, and which is one of the crowning achievements of his career. He is prouder still of a major battle during which his troops captured a critical hill—by Bloody and Heartbreak Ridges—without Allied troops suffering a single casualty despite hundreds of enemy deaths.” Rowny also orchestrated the rescue of scores of stranded U.S. Marines in another significant Korean War battle. General Rowny (then a lieutenant colonel breveted to brigadier general) also served as General MacArthur’s official spokesman during the Korean War.

Kazel-Wilcox, together with PJ Wilcox, helped Gen. Rowny document some of these Korean War experiences in West Point ’41: The Class That Went To War and Shaped America (co-authored by the Wilcoxs and Gen. Rowny). Smokey Joe & The General, by Gen. Rowny, elaborates on the experiences further. Both books were recently published.

Scenes in the books include Rowny spearheading the rescue of stranded Marines in the Chosin Reservoir, an elevated lake set amid a forbidding mountain landscape. The rescue involved a C-119 cargo plane boldly, but precariously, dropping portable bridge sections to span a precipitous chasm so Marines could cross it to safety and transport casualties. Rowny also helped orchestrate “Operation Christmas Cargo” on Dec. 24, 1950—the rescue of nearly 100,000 North Korean civilians fleeing advancing death squads. They were evacuated aboard U.S. supply ships, tucked into every nook possible, and transported to safer territory south.

Gen. Rowny (USMA 1941) served as an advisor to five Presidents and was the Chief Negotiator for nuclear disarmament with the Soviets under President Reagan. He was also chief negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Joint Chiefs of Staff Representative to SALT II talks. Reagan awarded Rowny the Presidential Citizen's Medal for being one of the “principal architects of America’s policy of ‘Peace through Strength’.” Previously, he headed the Army team that introduced the concept of armed helicopters to the military, beginning with Vietnam. He is a veteran of WW II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

About West Point ’41 and Smokey Joe & The General
West Point ’41: The Class That Went To War and Shaped America was written in collaboration with surviving members of the West Point class of 1941. It includes first-hand accounts of officers catapulted directly into the teeth of battle and high commands. The book follows ’41 officers through WWII and two more wars —Korea and Vietnam, as well as the Cold War — and through eras of peacetime military innovation that helped shape America. The book is available from University Press of New England, www.upne.com, and www.amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/West-Point-41-Shaped-America/dp/1611684692

Smokey & Joe & The General, is an autobiography/biography following young West Point graduate Rowny on a remarkable life journey under the guidance and inspiration of eccentric but brilliant General John E. Wood, considered the best trainer in the Army. The book includes extensive accounts of Rowny in the Korean War. http://www.amazon.com/Smokey-Joe-General-Edward-Rowny/dp/149353842X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406469597&sr=1-1&keywords=smokey+joe+%26+the+General&dpPl=1

Visit www.unsealedbooks.com for more on the authors.

Rotary In Motion

This past week at the annual banquet president William Stone passed the Union County Rotary leadership gavel to Dr. Patricia Barnes. Dr Barnes grew up near Flemington, New Jersey. In 1978 she attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where she graduated in 1982 with a degree in engineering. Subsequently she attended the Air Defense Artillery School at Ft. Bliss, Texas en route to airborne school followed by flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon Graduation she was sent to Stuttgart, Germany as a UH-1H helicopter pilot where she was also tasked with translating French and German as the S2 Intelligence Officer for her battalion.

Upon her return to the United States Dr. Barnes was assigned to Fort Rucker as a helicopter instructor pilot, teaching both US students and EURO/NATO students advanced maneuvers. She has achieved her commercial helicopter pilots license and private pilot’s license for fixed wing aircraft.

Dr. Barnes then applied to veterinary school at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University, graduating in 1993. She then moved to Blairsville where she worked with a veterinarian for a year before setting up a hospital in 1994. The Union County Veterinary Hospital has since grown to be a 6800 square foot facility treating animals with surgery, dentistry, internal medicine and basic wellness.

Dr. Barnes will follow in the footsteps of William Stone who has led the Rotary Club for the past year. The Rotary Club has had a year of outstanding accomplishments under Mr. Stone’s leadership. This past year’s accomplishments include support and contributions to a long list of projects and organizations including two local Boy Scout troops, the local Girl Scout troop, an adult literacy program, scholarship provision to UCHS, Woody Gap and Young Harris College students, support of the Young Harris College Baseball Team, North Georgia Technical School’s Rotaract Club, The Towns Union Reading Program (TULIP) as well as support for the Georgia Rotary Student Program including sponsoring an exchange student from Scandinavia, sponsorship of 4 students to Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). The club also supports the Rotary Foundation which carries out service projects all over the world.

The Rotary Club of Union County meets each Thursday at noon in the community room at Cadence Bank in Blairsville.

Mission Accomplished

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

Christopher N. Johnson ’89 Re-Appointed to the Executive Council

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

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

Rick White ’84 Appointed National Practice Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US hoops Team Drawn to West Point

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

Be Thou At Peace - Mr. H. Minton Francis

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

Bryon E. Roshong ’66, DMD

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

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

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

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

LTG David Huntoon ’73 and MG Chris Leins ’79

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

Read the full story and view photos here.

Father & Son ’95 Command Same Battalion 4 Decades Apart

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

Graduate March Back

Hosted by the: Directorate of Academy Advancement (DAA) USMA Staff
This Event is ONLY open to West Point Graduates!

11-12 August 2014 (Monday - Tuesday)  
USMA Graduates can march back with the New Cadets at the end of Cadet Basic Training.​  
There are two options:

  1. March from Camp Buckner - Approximately 12 miles
  2. March from the Ski Slope - Approximately 2 miles

Details Found Here

POC is Vince McDermott

Dan Sharphorn ’69 Named Vice Chancellor

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

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

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

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

Donnie Horner ’81 Appointed to Director of Athletics

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

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

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

Joel Roberts ’90 Named in the 2014 Super Lawyers List

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

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

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

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

Class of ’89 Participated in Warfighter Exercise at Leavenworth

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

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

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



Todd Scattini ’96 Hosts First Joint Founders Day

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

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

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


WPAOG Announces 2014 Nininger Award

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

Gov Tom Ridge Message to West Point

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

2014 Alumni Golf Outing

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

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

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

To view photos, click here.

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

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

COL Rich Morales ’89 recognized for his achievements by the First Lady

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

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

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

Read the article and see the video* here.

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

Campaign Update - First Call

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

Nominations Reminder

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Photo credit: Marla J. Hurtado)

Herb Blomquist ’78 Awarded Public Works Executive Credential

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

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

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

Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day

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

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

See the video here.

Distinguished Graduates Recognized: Grad Week is Here

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

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

View photos of the DGA event here.

2009 Grad Memorial Scholarship Helps Families of Fallen Rangers

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

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

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

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

Kevin F. Hub ’89 announced Logan County Supe of Schools

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

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

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

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

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

Scott Leishman ’77 Joins CrossPoint Consulting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alejandro Villanueva ’10 Signs with Philadelphia Eagles

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

Membership Indeed Has its Privileges

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

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

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