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WPAOG Army-Navy Tailgate 2016

Come out and party with the West Point Association of Graduates! Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:30am - 2:00pm. There will be some delicious food and plenty to drink. Tailgate registration closes at noon on December 6. More Info

  • First 700 registrants (1 per family) to enter the tailgate receive a clear Army/Navy bag courtesy of USAA.
  • First 600 registrants (1 per person) to enter the tailgate will receive an Army koozie.
  • It is NOT possible to attend both this tailgate and the cadet march-on due to time conflicts and “no re-entry” policies at the football stadium. You will be able to watch the march-on at the tailgate.
  • Featuring a DJ and performances by the Cadet Spirit Band and Rabble Rousers & Face-painting stations!
  • No refunds after 10:00am on Monday, November 28.

QUESTIONS. Contact Alumni Events at 845.446.1649 or email alumni-events@wpaog.org. GAME. Saturday, December 10 at 3:00pm at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD. For game tickets, contact the Army Ticket Office, 877.TIX.ARMY or visit GoArmySports.com. Check out the WPAOG Ticket Exchange for buying and selling extra tickets. Register

Alumni Glee Club at Carnegie Hall

On February 19, 2017 at 1PM, Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) will present ‘The Glory of Freedom’ at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage coinciding with President’s Day Weekend. Guest Conductor Lee Nelson will conduct Randall Thompson’s The Testament of Freedom in honor of President’s Day. Featured performers include the West Point Alumni Glee Club, an ensemble of veterans who are alumni of West Point. The piece is traditionally performed by an all-male choir, however, the West Point Alumni Glee Club will include two female singers represented in the ensemble. » More Info

Alger ’92 Receives ASME Internal Combustion Engine Award

Dr. Terry Alger, a director in the Office of Automotive Engineering at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), has received the 2016 Internal Combustion Engine Award given by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The award, established in 1966, recognizes Alger’s “exceptional technical and business leadership that has led to multiple innovations in internal combustion engine technologies and the transition of these innovations to production engines for significant real-world impact on vehicle fuel economy.” Alger received the award Oct. 10 during the Internal Combustion Engine Fall Technical Conference in Greenville, S.C.

“This industry recognition is a tribute to Terry’s dedication to improving the efficiency of internal combustion engines,” said Daniel Stewart, P.E., vice president of SwRI’s Engine, Emissions, and Vehicle Research Division. “Terry has contributed many groundbreaking innovations for spark ignited engines to improve efficiency and meet future emissions standards worldwide.” A Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), where Dr. Alger and his inventions have won multiple awards. Since joining SwRI in 2003, Alger has earned 20 patents and authored more than 50 papers on engine efficiency and emissions.

Thank you to the Class of ’76

This past weekend, the Class of 1976, in commemoration of its 40th reunion, generously presented a gift of $1,850,000 to support the Academy Scholars Program. Brigadier General (Retired) Volney Warner, Mr. Timothy Sweeney, Mr. Kim Campbell, and Colonel (Retired) Charles Allen represented the Class. Thank you to the Class of 1976 for its outstanding support of West Point!

Anderson ’56 & Anderson ’88 Release "Becoming a Leader of Character"

BG(R) James L. Anderson ’56, former Master of the Sword for the Department of Physical Education, and his son, Dave Anderson ’88 recently release the book: Becoming a Leader of Character: 6 Habits That Make or Break a Leader at Work and at Home. While many books focus on developing managerial competencies, most leadership failures are the result of a failure in character, not a failure in competence. But, just like how you don’t get in shape by reading a fitness magazine, you don’t become a Leader of Character by reading a book on Character. You have to DO what you want to BE! Leaders of Character is a “workout plan” designed to develop six Habits of Character by providing small, daily exercises that strengthen your character muscles for the bigger character tests all leaders face. They recently visited West Point Cadet Book Store to debut and sign their book. While writing, editing and publishing the book took just a little over a year, both father and son have been learning about and practicing character for some time.

Brame ’92 Releases "Undeterred"

A powerful true story of overcoming trauma and PTSD.

Brame ’92 "Undeterred" Book CoverThis is a complex and sometimes horrifying book detailing the life of Tracey Brame, a West Point graduate who was brutally raped by her fiancé and suffered from PTSD for years as a result. From the very beginning of this story, Brame holds nothing back – be warned, the first pages make for difficult reading as they outline the immediate aftermath of the rape. But what follows is an astonishing story of one woman’s journey through PTSD and the dawning realization that something truly awful had happened to her earlier in her life. Brame, whilst a highly intelligent child and teenager, seemed to lack what I would call worldly awareness. Her naivety left her in a number of difficult situations from an early age, and even at West Point this lack of awareness of the cruelty and deceit that other human beings are capable of led to yet more awkward incidents. Her fiancé, who she met at West Point, was a psychotic drug-dealer, yet very intelligent and able to manipulate Brame and many other people into doing exactly what he wanted them to do. He, strangely enough, was aware of Brame’s true sexuality long before she was. Whilst she knew she liked girls, it never occurred to her that there was a name for that, or that there was a way to live that lifestyle if you wanted to. Read More

Basik ’87 Invents FlipTowel for Wiping Sweat

Keith Basik ’87 will be launching a new product through his company, KBR Ventures, LLC. He currently has a Utility Patent (patent-pending) filed with the USPTO. The product, called the FlipTowel provides a user with a quick and convenient way to wipe off sweat while doing a variety of activities, such as hiking, biking, running, aerobics, tennis, racquetball, yard work, etc. It is an innovative product combines a sweatband with a high quality micro-fiber towel. The towel can be easily released for use or returned to its folded position underneath the wrist by a unique magnetic design. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/HOht7vOSkQs.

The official launch date is October 18 thru November 18, 2016. "We are excited to get this product to market," states Basik. "Besides working with the University of Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University's Entrepreneurial Departments, I have also worked with a number of classmates and graduates to help in the develop of this product. We are ready." Basik anticipates that customized FlipTowels with Army and West Point logos may be available as part of the product launch (with minimum orders).

Dempsey ’74 Made Honorary British Knight

Dempsey ’74 Made Honorary British KnightMartin Dempsey, who retired September 2015 after serving 41 years in the Army, has received an honorary knighthood of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, according to a press release on Monday from the British embassy in Washington, D.C. The honor "was awarded in recognition of General Dempsey's steadfast commitment to UK-US defense cooperation," it states. "Throughout his years in public service, he has fostered trust and understanding between the UK's Ministry of defense and the Pentagon. His leadership has been a driving force behind closer collaboration in all aspects of policy, operations and welfare." The release singles out his 2013 reconvening of the Combined Chiefs of Staff Conference, which was initially established to better direct U.S.-British operations during World War II. Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to the U.S., will present the award to Dempsey at a later date, Kelly Hysan, a spokeswoman for the embassy, said in an email to Military.com. "The UK-US relationship is critical to much of the UK’s defense and security architecture, and General Dempsey has played a crucial role in maintaining the strong bonds between our two militaries," Darroch said in the release. Read More

BG Sam Lessey ’45 93rd Birthday and Army Tradition

BG Sam Lessey '45 93rd BirthdayFollowing the victory celebration over Lafayette, the Dean’s Staff gathered for the annual post game Lobsterfest. Adding on to the festivities, all had an opportunity to celebrate BG Sam Lessey’s 93rd Birthday. Lessey entered West Point in July 1942. He relied on the camaraderie he shared with fellow classmates to survive the difficult adjustments for first-year students attending a service academy. Lessey credits his peers as a vital resource during his time as a cadet, as well as throughout life after graduation. "I thought, if the cadet on my left can make it, and the cadet on my right can make it, I sure as heck can make it," Lessey recalls. "From an institution like West Point, there's a great loyalty and companionship in sharing everything with your classmates, which carries right on through your life."

Today, that loyalty and comradeship has expanded to the generations following his own. One of those next generations is Dr Jim Dalton, At the Dean’s Annual Lobsterfest, Associate Dean Dr. Jim Dalton presides. Known as Doc Lobsta, Dalton brings his own Maine family experience to the preparation of lobster tailgate. “Once you have the 50+ lobsters collocated with mussels, eggs, kielbasa, and fresh corn wrapped in seaweed, it is time to manage the fire” Using a strict forty minute mark, the fire team is directed, by Doc Lobsta, to keep up a perfect steam. “I have lost arm hair and come home with minor smoke inhalation,” reports fire team member Captain Ben Dalton. “But we never let the fire fall out of tolerance”, adds Bruce Blair. The end product is a new experience to some. “It’s tough seeing those lobsters swim before. But they do taste good after.” reports JIO Junior Heather Graham.

Cadet Manderfeld and all tailgaters had a great time with BG Lessey. “It’s amazing to know that BG Lessey was a member of the ski team and goalkeeper of the Army soccer team. Not many cadets do two sports today.” Upon graduation in June 1945, Lessey was commissioned in the United States Army Air Corps, which would become the United States Air Force on September 18, 1947. After service in Europe, Lessey graduated from Harvard Law School and taught Military Law at the Naval Academy. “This is a graduate that has served in every branch of service, worked on Wall Street, and led the Selective Service” states Cadet Jordan Isham ’17, “I like that, as a West Point graduate, BG Lessey had such a diverse and successful career.”

Although he has stepped down from a six year stint on the Academy Board of Visitors, Lessey continues to be active at West Point, often making the trip down from his New Hampshire farm. “My age is slowing my body down, but the mind is still sharp” states BG Lessey. During his trips to the Academy, Lessey applies his experience and sharp mind to the development of cadets of the Thayer Honors Program and West Point Cycling Team. "To know West Point is to love it." Cadet Manderfeld reflects, “I will carry our sessions together to the leadership of my first platoon.” The new and old traditions of the Long Gray Line continue.

Thank You to the Class of ’96

1996 check presentation 20th reunion 2016Class of 1996 This past weekend, the Class of 1996, in commemoration of its 20th reunion, generously presented a gift of $250,000 to support the Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center and the Directorate of Cadet Activities. Mr. David Leamon presented the gift on behalf of the Class. We thank you for your continued support!

Thank You to the Class of ’06

2006 check presentation 10th reunion 2016Class of 2006 During the victorious Army vs. Lafayette game on October 15th, the Class of 2006 presented a record 10th reunion gift of $710,000 to support the Modern War Institute and the Cyber Research Center. 77% of the class made a gift during the campaign, setting a new 10th reunion participation record. Class President CPT Brandon Archuleta presented the gift on behalf of the Class. Thank you to the Class of 2006 for its outstanding support of West Point!

Remains of Barnes ’43 Recovered after 70 Years

Ben Barnes '43The remains of a World War II fighter pilot from South Dakota will be laid to rest in his home town of Miller next week more than 70 years after he went missing during a fierce combat mission. The remains and some personal items belonging to 1st Lt. Ben B. Barnes were recovered by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency from a crash site northeast of Berlin. Barnes will be laid to rest at a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the GAR Cemetery in Miller. Barnes remained missing and presumed dead for decades, in part because the area where he crashed was located in East Germany behind the Iron Curtain after World War II ended and the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States began.

His final mission came on Dec. 5, 1944. Barnes, flying with the 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, was on an escort mission to protect U.S. bombers. Following the bombing run, the group spotted 40 to 60 German FW-190 fighters, according to an after-action report by 2nd Lt. John Lindsay, who was Barnes’ wingman. Barnes was leading a group of fighters to attack when about five German fighters jumped them from behind. Lindsay reported becoming separated from Barnes in the ensuing dogfight, which lasted about 15 minutes. Full Story »

Fallen WWII fighter pilot laid to rest in hometown cemetery

Robert S. Mueller III Receives 2016 Thayer Award

Robert S. Mueller III Receives 2016 Thayer Award The Honorable Robert S. Mueller III, the sixth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the 2016 recipient of the Sylvanus Thayer Award, knows a thing or two about what it means to be a public servant. As LTG Robert L. Caslen ’75, Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, noted in his introductory remarks to the Thayer Award ceremony in Washington Hall, “Honorable Mueller’s service spans nearly five decades.” It started as a Marine officer leading a rifle platoon in Vietnam. Then, after earning his law degree, Mueller served as a litigator, U.S. Attorney, and the Acting Deputy Attorney General for the Development of Justice. Finally, he was an unprecedented two-term Director of the FBI, sworn in one week before the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and, as Caslen highlighted, “guided the FBI’s transformation from a traditional law enforcement agency to a threat-driven, intelligence-led national security organization that balanced the security needs of the nation with the civil liberties of its people.” During his remarks to the Corps of Cadets, Mueller condensed the lessons he learned during his years of public service to four concepts, punctuating each with a personal story and a summarizing statement to help them remember these lessons as they embark on their own careers as public servants. Read More

Powers ’88 Selected as 2016 Super Lawyer

John G. Powers ’88John G. Powers ’88 has been selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2016. Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice. 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 and is limited to 5% of the lawyers in the State. To learn more about this ranking publication, visit www.superlawyers.com.

MG(R) Edwards ’54 Authors "Stories I Tell my Friends"

MG(R) Edwards ’54 Authors "Stories I Tell my Friends"The author takes you through his experiences as a cadet at West Point and his subsequent training as a jet fighter pilot. Training led to many new locations to include Morocco, Germany and Vietnam. During the assignment from 1967-1968 in Vietnam he flew 252 combat missions. Even after his military days concluded, he found himself drawn one more time to aviation working for a company designing and engineering a rocket plane to take passengers into space.

Burke ’73 Authors "The Weekend Warriors"

It is the mid 1980’s. Under a new president, the United States continues its post-Vietnam withdrawal from the world stage. Domestic affairs are the Administration’s priority, and international affairs are given short-shrift. In Western Europe, this disengagement of the United States causes turmoil and indecision.

The Soviet General Staff observes these conditions and sees an opportunity in the West’s disarray. They believe that one strong, overwhelming offense, launched violently and without warning, would overcome NATO’s defenses before the alliance could react. Once the Soviet forces seized their objectives in West Germany and the Netherlands, NATO would be forced to sue for peace on Soviet terms. Even if the United States could react to the offensive its support would never reach the battlefield in time to affect the outcome. And once the Soviet forces held their ground, the demoralized people of Western Europe would never rally for a counter attack.

To meet this threat and support its allies, the United States is forced to mobilize large numbers of Reservists and National Guard troops. These men and women, who expected to serve only support roles, never to be on the front line, must stand in the battle line alongside their active duty counterparts to defeat the Soviet onslaught and repel the invaders.

Hoege ’94 Named Mariners Museum President & CEO

The Mariners’ Museum and Park’s Board of Trustees has named Howard H. Hoege III the new President and CEO. Hoege has been acting as the interim President and CEO since May 1 and also helped lead the Museum’s strategic planning process as a consultant in 2015. Hoege earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and served as an Army JAG officer in Tal Afar, Iraq, and elsewhere. After leaving the service, Hoege was a counsel on the staff of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and later an Assistant Dean at UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Before his current role as the President and CEO of The Mariners’ Museum and Park, Hoege founded a consulting firm that advised clients on the intersection of leadership development, strategy, and culture in organizational and civic contexts. Hoege’s wife of 22 years, Cinda, is a small business owner, and the couple has two children.

When Hoege talks about The Mariners’ Museum and Park, his message is simple: “For us, it begins and ends with our purpose: We connect people to the world’s waters - to our maritime heritage - because through the water, we are connected to one another.” For Hoege and the staff and volunteers at the Museum, the positive promise of building strong community through water is not only relevant for Newport News and the Peninsula, but for Hampton Roads, the nation, and the world. “Every day, we see and hear news of the forces that tear our communities apart, that separate us. We believe that The Mariners’ Museum has a very powerful narrative to tell about where we have come from as a maritime people and nation and the forces that bind our community together,” said Hoege. Acting on that purpose, The Mariners’ Museum and Park reduced its admission price to one dollar during the month of August as a way to make the Museum more accessible to those in the community who might not otherwise be able to afford admission. Tens of thousands of people visited the Museum during the month.  According to Hoege, “Our collection is deep enough and broad enough to tell the powerful human stories of the cultures of our local, national, and international communities.”

Thimjon ’95 Joins Sedgwick LLP as CIO

DiAnna Thimjon '95Sedgwick LLP announced that DiAnna Thimjon has joined the firm as its chief information officer. She will lead the firm's international Information Technology operations from its Kansas City office. An innovative executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience, Thimjon excels at aligning people, processes and technology with organizational vision. Thimjon joins Sedgwick after having served as vice president and enterprise project officer at American Century Investments, an international, privately held investment management firm. At American Century, Thimjon was responsible for creating, building and managing the new enterprise business project management office. She also established executive and senior executive governance boards and formed collaborative, strategic partnerships across the company.

In addition to her experience at American Century, Thimjon served as a co-founder and chief information officer for D2Cycles Inc., where she created, built, grew and technologically enabled a B2C, B2B e-commerce retail salvage motorcycle start-up with 2,500 domestic and international customers in more than 30 countries, including three continents -- Asia, South America and Australia. Her experience also includes serving as associate vice president and group director of Technology at HNTB Holdings LLC, as well as IT director at Hallmark Cards. Read More

Lost Ring of Brigadier General Perry ’31 Discovered

Lost Ring of Brigadier General Perry ’31 DiscoveredJohn Wallace III, a recent transplant from Seattle, spotted a treasure when he was raking yard debris Sunday afternoon at his new house. His finds are a family joke as he has a habit of unearthing a rusted nail or other junk and displaying it as a "treasure" to his wife, Heidi. This time, though, he struck gold, quite literally. Wallace spied a band of metal shining up from dark dirt near the front of his brick house as he raked. It was the back of a ring. When he pulled it out and cleaned it, he found a gold-and-jade ring. From the inscription, he knew it belonged to a 1931 graduate of West Point, the U.S. Military Academy. Part of a name “Miller Osborne” was visible on the inside of the band with the last name worn away. “Gold doesn’t corrode. It was as shiny as the day it fell in there,” Wallace said. The Wallaces, who have two young children, purchased the Walnut Heights house in June. It had only one previous owner – a retired Army general and his wife – who built the house in 1963. The late Miller Osborne Perry was a retired brigadier general who had a post-Army career at Michigan State University. He lost the ring about 35 to 40 years ago while doing yard work, reports his daughter, Susie Perry, who lives in Missouri. The general died in 2010 at the age of 102. Back then, he was so upset at losing his West Point ring he tried to track down the lawn clippings bags that had been picked up with the garbage, his daughter recalled. He scoured the yard but couldn’t find it. Susie Perry remembers scattering mulch in recent years in the very area where Wallace spotted the ring. Read More

Update on Visiting West Point

The Department of Homeland Security will not require DOD to enforcement the REAL ID Act provisions until January 10, 2017.

Effective that date, the following states/territories drivers licenses will not be acceptable as single source proof of identity for unescorted access onto West Point unless a valid secondary proof of identity document is presented: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, N. Marianas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, N. Carolina, N. Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, S. Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Virgin Islands. Currently, drivers licenses from American Samoa, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington are not compliant with the standards of the REAL ID Act. The USMA Garrison website has the most current information about visitor access to West Point.

Reverend Richardson ’83 Appointed CEO of Stockton's Gospel Center Rescue Mission

Reverend Wayne Richardson ’83The Gospel Center Rescue Mission has appointed Wayne G. Richardson the shelter’s new chief executive officer, he has most recently served as chief operations officer of Faith Farms Ministries in Florida, according to the shelter. Faith Farms Ministries is a free, nine-month residential addiction regeneration program in Florida that has 450 beds on three campuses, including Fort Lauderdale, where Richardson also served as its director of development and programs. Richardson has also served in a number of leadership positions at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Christian Broadcasting Network’s Operation Blessing International, the United States Military Academy’s West Point Association of Graduates, and Southeastern University, according to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission. He also served a leadership role for Mountainside Management, a family-owned business in New York’s Hudson Valley. Richardson served 23 years in the U.S. Army, both on active duty and as a reserve. For six of those years, he commanded multiple Army Engineer units deployed to Korea and Panama. Richardson is also a certified fundraising executive and a licensed minister from the Fellowship of Ministers International. This week was Richardson’s first, and he already has a CEO message on the shelter’s website, at gcrms.org. Read More

LTG(R) Bostick ’78 to Lead Intrexon's Environment Sector

LTG(R) Thomas Bostick ’78 Intrexon Corporation, a leader in the engineering and industrialization of biology to improve the quality of life and health of the planet, announced the appointment of Lieutenant General (Ret.) Thomas P. Bostick, Ph.D., P.E., as head of the Company's Environment Sector. He will oversee the Company's strategies and programs to deploy biologically based solutions for the protection and remediation of the environment. "Intrexon's approach to address pressing global challenges through the engineering of biology has broad applications and significant potential to drive meaningful change for the betterment of mankind. One such formidable mission that Zika has brought to the forefront is the ongoing battle against harmful Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a fight that we have been losing for decades. Combatting these disease-transmitting insects through an environmentally responsible platform represents a paradigm shift in mosquito control that is necessary to end the devastating damage this single species causes worldwide," said Dr. Bostick.

After 38 years of distinguished service to the U.S. Army, he recently retired as the 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). In this position, he served as the senior military officer overseeing and supervising most of the Nation's civil works infrastructure and military construction, hundreds of environmental protection projects, as well as managing 34,000 civilian employees and military personnel in over 110 countries around the world. Lt. Gen. Bostick's responsibilities at USACE included the operation and maintenance of the Nation's waterways and ports, the regulatory permit program to protect, restore and enhance wetland areas, environmental preservation and restoration projects, the Nation's largest hydroelectric power programs, as well as emergency response missions supporting the efforts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Read More

Tom Davis ’72 Publishes New Book "Conclave"

Tom Davis' New Book ConclaveAs the Cold War looms over Europe in 1978, Pope John Paul I dies after a month in office. Half a world away, Major Carter Caldwell, USMA ’68, on loan from the Sosh Department to National Security Council, views the coming papal election as a chance to diminish Moscow’s hold on Eastern Europe. Dispatched to Rome with a CIA analyst, Carter and Katherine become involved in a deadly struggle with KGB agents. Gunfights, chases, assassination attempts, and palace intrigue await them. History buffs and action enthusiasts will be caught in the growing suspense as the conclave reaches its exciting conclusion. For more on Tom Davis visit his website: www.tomdavisauthor.com.

Jarrow ’04 Winner of the 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

Tate Jarrow ’04 Winner of the 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. Another Secret Service colleague, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Pleasant, said Jarrow is “very unassuming and very humble, but once you turn him loose, he is a pit bull. He has the ability to step into cases, dig deep and track things down quickly.” Working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, Jarrow helped collect evidence against individuals recently indicted for hacking into the computer systems of several large U.S. financial institutions, U.S. brokerage firms, a major news publication and other companies. Click here to watch the video: https://vimeo.com/183351506.

Prosecutors said the breaches exposed the personal information belonging to more than 100 million people. More than 80 million of those stolen files came from customers at JPMorgan Chase, according to numerous news accounts. This breach represented the largest single theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history, according to federal prosecutors. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Stuart Tyron said Jarrow has shown a unique ability to “pull many pieces of a case together” and to “work with law enforcement partners around the world.” “He has demonstrated that U.S. law enforcement has the ability to consistently go outside U.S. borders to investigate cybercrimes and bring people to justice,” Tyron said. “We see Tate as being on the cutting edge of our investigative mission.” Read More

Merkel Honorary ’67 49 Years of Duty, Honor, Country

Dr. Charles “Doc” Merkel Honorary '67A Soldier in an Air Force world, Dr. Charles “Doc” Merkel lost “quite a few pizzas” while maintaining his first loyalty to the Army. The West Point, Class of 1967, honorary graduate enjoyed a running bet with fellow 53rd Wing members when the cadets took on the other service schools in college football, and sometimes it cost him. “We’ve had a lot of fun with it,” said Merkel. “Having had a career in the Army, my first loyalty is the Army, and it’s cost me some pizzas but that’s alright. It’s been a great ride. It’s awesome being in a military unit, to have the camaraderie.” After a combined 49 years in active duty, contractor, and civil service, Merkel retired Aug. 30, in a ceremony at the Air Force Armament Museum here. He served as the 53rd Wing historian from 2007-2016.

“Duty, honor, country,” are the words he used to describe his career. “Those are the things instilled in me, and if I had to describe it in three words, it would probably be duty, honor, country.” History was always an interest of Merkel’s, and when he retired from the Army in 1987, he pursued a Master’s degree then PhD-level program. The opportunity to work as historian for the 53rd Wing allowed Merkel the chance to serve the military once more. “It’s been awesome to utilize some of the education I pursued in an environment like this,” said the historian, who deployed twice while with the wing. His dedication to preserving and documenting history at the 53rd Wing allowed current members to see the contributions of earlier generations in the service. “History is a continuous thread, it’s not a bunch of compartments,” he said. “We’re standing on the shoulders of the people who went before us.” Read More

Nemeth ’04 Appointed to Serve on NACIE

Mike Nemeth '04U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointment of Mike Nemeth, CEO of S3 Planning, and 29 private sector, nonprofit, and academic leaders to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Selected from a pool of accomplished applicants from across the country, the council members will offer recommendations for policies and programs designed to make U.S. communities, businesses, and the workforce more globally competitive. “The members of NACIE provide important counsel to the Department of Commerce on the types of federal policies that will support entrepreneurship, innovation, and job-driven workforce training, all of which are critical to American competitiveness,” said Secretary Pritzker.

“As ‘America’s Innovation Agency,’ we value the expertise of our private sector partners and appreciate the opportunity to incorporate their views into our policymaking process.” Mike Nemeth is the CEO of S3 Planning, a Columbus based consulting firm focused on developing business plans and strategies for growth capital and early stage funding. Mike specializes in science and technology companies, including those that receive state and federal funding support through grants. Among West Point graduates, Mike is also known for his contributions to the Army/Navy rivalry with his humor blog, Center Stall. Mike is also the author of West Point A to Z, a popular children's book about the Academy.

Kympton ’94 Receives Outstanding Civilian Service Award

Spencer Kympton was honored at the Salute from the Chief-- a special Twilight Tattoo performance during which General Mark A. Milley ,39th Chief of Staff of the Army awarded Spencer Kympton with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award for his outstanding service in support of the United States Army. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/dufJuA9_nvY. The award is the third-highest public service honor the Army can bestow upon a civilian.

LTG Hokanson ’86 New Vice Chief of NGB

Lt. Gen. Daniel HokansonArmy Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson was confirmed as the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau by the U.S. Senate. "General Hokanson's confirmation is great news for the National Guard," said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau. "He brings the invaluable perspective of a former adjutant general and former deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command, along with the experience of multiple combat deployments to the vice chief's office. He is the right leader at the right time to help us navigate today's challenging environment." Hokanson was previously assigned as deputy commander, U.S. Northern Command, and vice commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command. As deputy commander, Hokanson helped lead NORTHCOM in anticipating, preparing and responding to threats against North America and within NORTHCOM's assigned area of responsibility, and he provided oversight of the command's defense support to civil authorities, to which the National Guard makes critical contributions.

He served in air cavalry, attack helicopter and aircraft test organizations before joining the Oregon National Guard. He has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade combat team levels. His combat deployments include Operations Just Cause, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He commanded the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq and served as chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan. Before serving at NORTHCOM, Hokanson was the adjutant general of Oregon, responsible for providing the State of Oregon and the United States with a ready force of Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen, equipped and trained to respond to any contingency. His responsibilities also included Oregon's Office of Emergency Management and the governor's homeland security advisor. Hokanson holds multiple master's degrees, and he was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. A command pilot with more than 2,600 hours in the AH-64 Apache, OH-58 Kiowa and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, his awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge, the Orders of Saint Michael and Saint Maurice and multiple Sikorsky Lifesaving Awards. Read More

Green '98 Hired as Director of Operations for OSS

Jason Green '98Operators Suppressor Systems LLC (OSS), developers and manufacturers of patented Flow-Through suppressor systems for military, law enforcement and sport shooters, announced that Jason Green has joined the company as Director of Operations. Jason holds an MBA from Arizona State University. Prior to his industry work, Jason held the rank of Captain, serving as an Armor Officer in the U.S. Army, European Command. As a Tank Platoon Leader, he led the first tank battalion into Kosovo and returned for a second deployment as an Area Support Team Commander. Jason brings well-rounded industry experience to OSS. Previously, he was a Sales Representative for Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Endo-Surgery division, where he built key relationships with surgeons to deliver cutting-edge technology to their practices. He served as a Project Manager and Senior Engineer for Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, spearheading projects in the Southwest.

He was a Test Engineer at Yuma Proving Ground, where he managed multiple programs for military combat vehicle platforms. Before joining OSS, he was an Engineer with the Intel Corporation. “Jason Green brings a wealth of leadership experience, positive energy and focused results to OSS,” said John Spurrier, CEO of OSS. “Jason joins the OSS team of talented, driven, and accomplished engineers, manufacturing, sales, and marketing personnel who are tasked with delivering OSS's unmatched suppressor quality and performance to our dealers, partners, and customers.” “I'm excited for the opportunity to leverage my experience at OSS to transform our company into the leading suppressor manufacturer in the industry,” Green, added. “It's exciting to deliver our product to my fellow armed services personnel, law enforcement, and the commercial market, who realize the benefits of a technologically-superior solution”. Read More

Brown ’87 Honored with the John Kieffer Sovereignty Award

COL(R) Kevin Brown '87The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) honored Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut with the prestigious John Kieffer Sovereignty Award at the 2016 NIGA Mid-Year Conference and Expo. Named in honor of the late John Kieffer of the Spokane tribe, recipients of this prestigious award are chosen based on their embodiment of NIGA's mission and purpose. Kieffer was a dedicated member of the NIGA Executive Committee from 1993 to 1999 and advocate for Indian self-determination and tribal sovereignty. Kieffer walked on in 1999, but not before leaving this legacy as a true leader and warrior for Indian country.

Chairman Stevens presented the John Kieffer Award to Chairman Brown, who recognized tribal leaders and family for paving the way and carrying the torch of tribal sovereignty before him. In addressing the continued fight for tribal sovereignty and expansion of tribal economic opportunity, Brown said, "We can't just play good defense. We have to go on the offense. We must move the ball, and we must do it on our own. We must do it by generating economic progress through interdependence and becoming an integrated part of the larger economy; not just the underlying sovereignty." In closing, Brown stated, "Our pursuit of sovereignty is never over. All of us will ensure that the future generations of our tribes will be sustainable. I believe that is where our work is as leaders in Indian Country. I think that this award tonight will become a persistent reminder of our high obligation and responsibility to our tribe, our tribal members, and to our nation." Read More

COL(R) Lindsay ’88 Named VP of Ops at Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

COL-R John Lindsay '88Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) announced John J. Lindsay, Vice President of Operations. He comes with a wealth of experience to further develop the foundation as the number of surviving scholars being served continues to significantly progress. John will oversee the Foundation’s operations. John has re-joined classmate, Fallen Patriots Co-Founder, David Kim. Before joining Fallen Patriots, John completed a 28-year career in the Army culminating as a senior officer leading, managing and directing the operations of Department of Defense organizations ranging in size from 200 to 10,000 personnel. His final assignment before he retired was Director of U.S. Army Aviation in the Pentagon.

The strength of Children of the Fallen Patriots Foundation is its leadership team. The leaders serve as guardians of Fallen Patriots mission and ensure that outreach continues to grow. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors the sacrifices of military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education. Since 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots has provided more than $12.3 million in total assistance, including college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Nearly 20,000 children from all across America will need future assistance.

Ford ’90 Appointed Arcadis Global Head of Client Dev

Jim Ford '89Arcadis, global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets, announced the appointment of Jim Ford as the company`s new Global Head of Client Development and Multinational Clients. Mr. Ford joins Arcadis from TestAmerica, where he was Executive Vice President for Commercial Operations. "I am thrilled to be joining Arcadis and look forward to continuing to deliver profitable growth around the needs of our clients," commented Jim Ford. "When I look at the work Arcadis does around the world, the talent and commitment of our people is clear and inspiring. I look forward to contributing my experience and passion for creating thriving client partnerships to Arcadis and to help build upon the company`s success by helping to bring all the best of Arcadis to our clients across the globe."

Mr. Ford was the leader for Commercial Operations at TestAmerica from October 2013. He led the turnaround and transformation of the commercial organization to growth through a client-and market sector-focused approach, resulting in the sale of the organization to a strategic global partner. Prior to TestAmerica, Mr. Ford spent 21 years with Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, in different international leadership roles in Europe and the U.S., applying an award-winning key account management methodology to drive global growth in the water management and sustainability business lines amongst others. Mr. Ford serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Strategic Account Management Association (SAMA), which focuses on helping organizations establish strategic, key and global account management as a corporate strategy for growth. Read More

Boutte ’82 Appointed CCO of Southland Industries

Brian Boutte ’82 Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, service and energy service solutions, recently appointed Brian Boutte as Chief Commercial Officer. In his new role, Mr. Boutte will be responsible for leading the sales and business development efforts across all of Southland’s businesses, as well as establishing best in class sales and marketing processes to meet all sales, revenue, and profit targets.

Brian brings a new perspective to Southland that I am confident will lead to the establishment of world class sales and business development procedures throughout our organization,” stated Southland CEO Ted Lynch. “With a history of building and developing exceptional sales teams, I am excited for Brian to join Southland and help our integrated teams continue to identify and execute connected solutions for our customers,” Mr. Lynch continued.

With almost three decades of experience in sales and business development, Mr. Boutte has the expertise required to create a robust sales and business development organization and pursue commercial excellence. Most recently, Mr. Boutte oversaw global sales, marketing, operations, and program development for a leader in the digital industrial market, where he created a reputation for strategically exceeding revenue goals. His familiarity with cross-functional teams spanning various regions will be an asset to Southland. Read More

Come In, The Door is Open

West Point Visitor Center Ground Breaking 9-9-2016As the familiar saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. On September 9, 2016, West Point broke ground for a new building that will make that vital impression count.

After 15 years of planning, designing, and fundraising, construction is set to begin on the new 31,000-square-foot Malek West Point Visitors Center, to be housed on the same site of the old West Point Visitors Center, which itself was housed in the now-demolished Ladycliff College library building outside of Thayer Gate. Envisioned as a 21st century “experience hub,” this new gateway to West Point will feature high-tech and interactive exhibits, state-of-the-art theaters, unique artifacts, and modern architectural innovations that capitalize on natural light and the Hudson River to highlight the U.S. Military Academy as the world’s premier leader development institution.

“The Malek West Point Visitors Center will be reflective of the esteemed reputation of USMA,” says LTC Chris Kasker, USMA Public Affairs Officer. “It will provide the hundreds of thousands of visitors to West Point the opportunity to see how the Academy develops our nation’s future leaders across the four pillars of development—military, academic, physical, and character.”

The Malek West Point Visitor Center is named after its lead donor, Mr. Frederic V. Malek ’59, a 2014 Distinguish Graduate. “Few people have had such an impact on the Academy as Fred Malek,” said LTG Robert L. Caslen ’75 during his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony. “Over the years, he has donated his time, talent, and treasure and has changed the landscape at West Point.” Malek has also funded the Malek Soccer Stadium, the Malek Tennis Center, and the O’Meara, Malek, Dawkins, Class of 1959 Strength Development Center in the Kimsey Athletic Center.

“It is rewarding to be thanked and recognized,” said Malek, “but the truth of the matter is that the ones to be thanked and recognized are those upon whose shoulders I stood,” referring to those in his class and other Academy graduates who have devoted their careers and some given their lives in the defense of this country. “None of us would have had the lives we’ve had, the satisfaction and joy we’ve had, without the great training, the great experiences, and the Duty, Honor, Country ethic that was imbued in us at West Point,” Malek told the well over 50 individuals who attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

Thanks and recognition also went to eight West Point classes—1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1990, and 2004—which devoted their Class Reunion fundraising campaigns to the project and together contributed 40 percent of the funds raised. The late Margaret A. Zipp, widow of LTC (R) Charles W. Zipp ’53, and The Boeing Company were also acknowledged for their contributions.

“We all give back to say ‘thank you’ for letting us repay in part the debt of honor we feel we owe to the world’s greatest leader development institution,” Malek said.

“A top priority of and the cornerstone of the ‘landmark’ bucket for the seven-year (2009-15) For Us All campaign, the Malek West Point Visitors Center brought together all kinds of donors: estate, corporate, class, and, of course, individual,” said Todd Browne ’85, President and CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates. “The largest gift-funded construction project since the completion of the Kimsey Center in 2003, the new Malek West Point Visitor Center will be the front door to the Academy and a compelling way to share the West Point story with the nation and to inspire future generations of cadets and leaders.”

Mackin ’88 Appointed Director of Opsens

Pat Mackin ’88 Opsens Inc. announced the appointment of Mr. Pat Mackin as a Director of the Company. "We are delighted to see Pat, a renowned leader in the medical device industry, join us. His expertise as head of leading companies in the cardiovascular space will be valuable as we step up from limited market release to a wider one," said Louis Laflamme, President and CEO of Opsens. Pat Mackin brings over 25 years of experience in the medical device industry. Since September 2014, Mr. Mackin has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CryoLife, Inc., a leader in the manufacturing, processing, and distribution of implantable living tissues and medical devices used in cardiac surgical procedures.

Before joining CryoLife, he was President of the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management Division at Medtronic, Inc. Previously, also at Medtronic, he held the positions of Vice President, Vascular, Western Europe where he launched the Company's first drug-eluding stent called "Endeavour" and Vice President and General Manager, Endovascular Business Unit. Prior to joining Medtronic, Mr. Mackin worked for six years at Genzyme, Inc. serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Cardiovascular Surgery Business Unit and as Director of Sales, Surgical Products division. Before joining Genzyme, Mr. Mackin spent five years at Deknatel/Snowden-Pencer, Inc. in various sales and marketing roles and three years as an Officer in the U.S. Army. Mr. Mackin received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Read More

Enners ’71 New Book "Heart of Gray" Honors Brother

Heart of Gray Rich Enners '71Heart of Gray was written to honor the life of 1Lt. Raymond J. Enners who, after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, served his country with the Americal Division in Vietnam, where he was killed in the line of duty at the age of twenty-two. A natural leader, Ray was a world class football and lacrosse player who won honors in high school and later won honors playing lacrosse at West Point. Today, the USILA annually presents the First LT. Raymond J. Enners Award for the best intercollegiate lacrosse player in the nation-some call it the Heisman Trophy of lacrosse.

Heart of Gray presents a gripping account of his distinguished life…from his formative high school years, through his cadet life at West Point where he honed his leadership skills, to the events leading to his death in the paddy fields of Vietnam where he earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor. Heart of Gray embodies the ideals of Duty, Honor, Country learned by every member of the Long Gray Line—a code that Ray Enners embraced and is still being taught to future leaders of America’s military.

Richard Enners grew up in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY, served five years in the Army with the 9th Division in Fort Lewis, Washington and the United States Military Academy Preparatory School in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He later pursued a career in business, initially sales and marketing, and eventually led companies with revenues of $60M-$120M in Japan, British Columbia, and the USA. Enners wrote Heart of Gray not to invoke sorrow, not to tally his brother’s awards and accolades, but to honor his brother and to inspire others to live their lives with a purpose just as Ray did and to make a difference in the lives of others.

Lieutenant Ray Enners epitomizes what it means to be a leader of character and to “choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.” Heart of Gray wonderfully captures LT Enners’ courage and life of selfless service to others and to country. His life of duty, and honor, and country will inspire future generations and all who read his story to renewed levels of selfless service and sacrifice to each other and to our Nation. —LTG Robert L. Caslen, Jr. ’75

Coach K ’69 Coaches USA Basketball To Gold, Relinquishes Reins

Coach K class of 1969For the third consecutive time, USA Men’s Basketball Olympic Team coach Mike Krzyzewski ’69 led the team to win an Olympic gold medal. The games in Rio marked Krzyzewski’s 11th and final year at the helm of Team USA Basketball. Gregg Popovich (USAFA ’70) has been named as his successor. With regard to Popovich, Krzyzewski said, “You have the best guy in the world who’s going to coach the team now and that says a lot for the program that’s been developed.”

BG(R) French ’86 Appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

BG-R Kristin French 86Mr. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, announced Ms. Kristin K. French has been appointed to the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. In this capacity, she serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics in the oversight of logistics policies, practices, operations, and efficiencies in support of enhanced readiness to the Warfighter. Her logistics portfolio includes maintenance, materiel readiness, supply chain integration, transportation policy, and program support. She assumed her current position in July 2016.

Ms. French retired from military service as a Brigadier General in November 2015. Prior to becoming Principal Deputy, she served as the Commanding General for the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and the Joint Munitions Command in Rock Island, Illinois. From 2011 to 2013 she served as the Commanding General for 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in April 2012 deployed the unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Her 29+ years in uniform included duties in key command and staff positions worldwide, to include tours in the Pentagon, Defense Logistics Agency and Army Materiel Command. Along with her General Officer commands, she commanded Alpha Company, 703d Main Support Battalion, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), Kitzingen, Germany; Regimental Support Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado; and 406th Army Field Support Brigade, Army Sustainment Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Her military service includes combat deployments as the Commanding General, Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan and senior operational logistician in Afghanistan as well as a squadron commander and the senior logistician in western Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She also completed a deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Fox and to Croatia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor.

Ms. French holds a Master of Science degree in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology; and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. Her military education includes the Quartermaster Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses and the Logistics Executive Development Course at Fort Lee, Virginia; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Ms. French has received various personal awards, to include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and two Bronze Star Medals. She is also a Distinguished Member of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Regiment.

Wild ’87 Joins QTS as CISO

Andrew WildQTS Realty Trust, an international provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services, announced that Andrew Wild, formerly with Lancope, now a part of Cisco has joined the company as Chief Information Security Officer. Wild, who has more than 25 years of information security and risk management experience, has been successful in building corporate information security programs and managing groups of engineers to provide network visibility and security intelligence to defend enterprises against the latest threats."Security threats are evolving by the day and our commitment to ensuring the security and compliance of our customers' data made it paramount to invest in a Chief Information Security Officer position," said Jon Greaves, Chief Technology Officer – QTS. "As one of the first data center companies to have a CISO, we believe those customers who continue to embrace hybrid cloud solutions will see that we not only understand the complexity, but also the importance of providing secure environments. Andrew was the perfect choice based on his thought leadership in implementing and securing cloud and 'as a service' environments, coupled with his knowledge of the risk management and information security challenges faced by today's organizations," he added. Read More

LTG(R) Linnington ’80 Changing WWP to Maximize Impact

LG(R) Mike Linnington"We are strengthening our programs to better serve our warriors and their families, and will strengthen relationships with community partners in caring for our military community, as well as facilitating partnerships with organizations and businesses doing great work in the civilian sector. We owe it to our donors and our service members, veterans and their families, who have supported us throughout the years, to demonstrate the benefits their generous contributions make in the lives of our nation's heroes," said Linnington.

Redouble efforts to provide the most critical support services to wounded warriors and their families: Increase investments in mental health care for those with the signature wounds of these conflicts: Post traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Long-term support, Community engagement activities to connect warriors with one another, Lifelong independence and financial resilience. Engage with national and local community organizations: Increase synergy in relationships and partnerships with non-profit organizations, businesses, and government entities that serve warriors and their families. Improve accountability, transparency, trust: Continued focus on organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Clear, consistent reporting. Accountability to America's warriors, their families, the public, and WWP employees.

The needs of America's wounded veterans are substantial, and continue to grow. Responding to these growing needs, and to maximize the impact of its life-saving programs and services, WWP is taking the following immediate steps:

  • Immediately reduce the WWP executive staff by nearly 50 percent
  • Consolidate operations to reduce administrative costs
  • Streamline the WWP workforce to focus on areas identified as greatest in need

While WWP will reduce its total workforce, the organization will add staff in the areas of mental health, long-term in-home support, warrior engagement, and other roles essential to its mission. Read More

LTC Korpela ’96 & LTC Saxon ’94 Receive the Apgar Award

LTC Korpela ’96 & LTC Saxon ’94 Receive the Apgar AwardDuring the Superintendent’s Convocation on August 9, 2016, the 59th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, LTG Robert L. Caslen, Jr. presented the Apgar Award to LTC Christopher Korpela (EECS) and LTC Mike Saxon (DEP). LTC Korpela and LTC Saxon collaborated on an interdisciplinary project entitled "Ethics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems" for PY201. This award was established by the Honorable Mahlon Apgar, IV, former Assistant Secretary of the Army, and its purpose is to encourage and reward faculty by supporting teaching projects that improve cadet learning.

Photo L-R: LTC Mike Saxon, LTG Robert L. Caslen, Jr., and LTC Christopher Korpela

Dr. Horner ’81 Named Senior VP & Provost at Jacksonville Univ.

Dr. Donnie Horner '81As part of a restructuring of Jacksonville University’s top leadership, Dr. Donnie Horner has been named Senior Vice President, University and Academic Affairs / Provost and Acting Chief Academic Officer, University President Tim Cost has announced. “Dr. Horner is an educator of substantial experience and breadth,’’ Cost said. In addition to his full professorship at Jacksonville University teaching masters and doctoral level courses at the Davis College of Business, Dr. Horner has taught at Christopher Newport University, Stanford, West Point, the Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School and the University of Maryland. He also taught at Penn State, where he served as Associate Professor and Director of the Engineering Leadership Development Program.

While at Penn State, Dr. Horner held faculty status in the College of Engineering, the Department of Sociology, the Science, Technology and Society Program and was a faculty affiliate and member of the admissions board at the University’s Schreyer Honors College. Prior to joining JU in 2009, he held the Class of ’61 Endowed Chair and was a Distinguished Professor of Leadership Education in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the Naval Academy. As an Army officer, Dr. Horner commanded units at the Platoon, Company and Battalion levels and served extensively overseas, including during conflict in Panama and Bosnia. Dr. Horner is widely published, including several articles co-authored while serving as the University’s Chief Athletics Officer. His recent leadership in the Athletics department resulted in a period of unprecedented student-athlete and departmental improvement and did so while teaching four masters and doctoral level courses. “In only two years of service as Chief Athletics Officer, he and his team brought integrity, credibility and excellence to the University,’’ Cost said.

Conover ’48 Passing the Reins of the March Back

Roger Conover '48Roger Conover is 90 with the distinguished look and vigorous attitude of someone two decades younger and he again showed his youthful vitality when he participated for the 16th year as the oldest grad March Back. Conover was in front of a group of 316 graduates, representing 69 years of West Point classes from Conover’s graduating class of 1948 to 2015. Watching were his wife, Adelaide and their son, Chris, and daughter, Laurie. The “Old Grads,” like Conover had the option of marching the full 12 miles or the final two miles. As he has done for the last 15 years, Conover marched the full route. Conover said he practiced for the hike by taking regular walks in the local Park. He also plays golf and tennis twice a week and walks regularly. But he said this was his last March Back. “I felt good but more tired this year,” Conover said. “I want to pass it along to the younger guys.” “I’m a strong believer in the long gray line,” it’s fraternity of graduates who have all been through the same thing.

The March Back is a wonderful opportunity for me to express my feelings about it.” Conover was appointed to the academy by then Republican Rep. Warren Barbour. It was the years when Army dominated college football and among his classmates were All Americans Glenn Davis and Heisman Trophy Winner Doc Blanchard. Two other classmates were the future Gen. Maxwell Taylor and Gen. Alexander Haig, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan and chief of staff under Richard Nixon, and Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor to Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. About Haig, Conover said, “He was a cadet sergeant, not at all distinguished.” And there was baseball. Conover was a pitcher and he split three games against a Yale team whose first baseman was George H.W. Bush.

He said he received a very fine” engineering education at West Point while he gained other qualities that have served him his whole life. “It was wonderful grounds for a military profession and a tremendous sense of duty and discipline,” Conover said. “It molded me into the person I am.” After graduating from West Point, Conover served six years of active duty with the Army Corps of Engineers. It was just three years after the end of World War II and Conover was assigned as part of the occupying forces in Austria. After three years, the Korean conflict broke out. Many of Conover’s West Point classmates were already based in Japan and Okinawa and were quickly deployed to Korea. Conover finished his assignment in Poland in 1952 and by 1953, Conover was sent to Korea where the war was coming to an end. A total of 17 of Conover’s classmates died in Korea while two were killed in Vietnam. In 1954, Conover resigned his commission and joined the research and development section at Bell Labs. He worked in finance, personnel and staff support for 31 years, retiring in 1986. Read More

MAJ Bukowski '03 & LTC Gatlin '99 Among 16 Named 2016-2017 White House Fellows

The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships announced the appointment of the 2016-2017 class of White House Fellows. The Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, varied professions, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and leadership. The 2016-2017 class of Fellows and their biographies are included in the following pages. Fellows Program created in 1964 to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.” This unique opportunity to work within our nation’s government is designed to encourage active citizenship and a lifelong commitment to service. The Fellows take part in an education program designed to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, and current affairs. Community service is another essential element of the program, and Fellows participate in service projects throughout their year in Washington, D.C. Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, and a proven commitment to public service.

Raven Bukowski, as an intelligence officer, she has led more than 200 intelligence collectors and analysts over the course of five overseas deployments within the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility. She last served as the Director of Intelligence for 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) where she led the intelligence effort for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Syria. In this role, Raven delivered intelligence assessments to U.S. Interagency and Intergovernmental partners that directly informed policy-level decisions on military operations to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Prior to that, Raven was an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy’s Department of Social Sciences, where in addition to teaching she served as an academic counselor and conducted research for the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis. Raven is an active Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations and the author or co-author of four papers dealing with military doctrine or defense policy. Raven received an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Timothy Gatlin, most recently served as the strategic planner for the Director of the Army’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program. As a commander, he conducted operations in support of the Army’s counter-terrorism operations in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During Operation Spartan Shield, he deployed as a Brigade Fire Support Officer, advising on targeting, joint fire support operations, and foreign military partnerships. Previously, he was a faculty member at the United States Military Academy and a Local Dynamics of War Scholar at the Army Command and General Staff College. He has presented and published on topics including leadership, state-sponsored development programs in Iraq, and regionally aligned forces. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. Timothy co-founded the Excel Scholars Initiative, an enrichment program dedicated to diversifying the West Point cadet leadership and faculty pools by launching minority cadets into leadership roles and into contention for prestigious post-graduate programs. He has also served as a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Orange County, NY. He received an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University as an Eisenhower Leader Development Fellow. Prior to his selection as a Fellow, Timothy was selected to serve as a battalion commander.

McCormick ’91 Authors New Book "Family Inc."

Douglas P. McCormick ’91Douglas P. McCormick ’91 recently published a book, Family Inc.: Using Business Principles to Maximize Your Family’s Wealth. As a veteran, part of his mission is to promote economic empowerment among service members and veterans. So he is donating all royalties of the book through Veterans Day to causes related to economic empowerment such as education, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. He has also partnered with a number of organizations in this initiative such The Pat Tillman Foundation, Student Veterans of America, Blue Star Families and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Got Your 6, and Armed Forces Alumni Associations at over 40 universities.

McCormick is also generating media awareness about the important issues surrounding veterans and economic empowerment, including an op-ed in Stars and Stripes, which he co-authored with J. Michael Haynie, founding executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

Cutler Dawson, CEO, Navy Federal Credit Union, praised the book as a smart resource for service members and veterans, saying “financial planning in an uncertain world is hard; the unique sacrifices of our service members and veterans make this even harder. However, Family Inc. gives you tools to effectively evaluate and develop your financial ‘self-worth’ and, in turn, improve your financial security. It’s a must have for your life skills ‘tool kit.’”

Yanek ’92 Named New CEO of PRSM

Bill Yanek '92The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, announced that its Board of Directors has selected Bill Yanek as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the association. Yanek has served as the Executive Vice President of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) for the past nine years, and will assume the CEO role at PRSM, September 19. "I am proud to announce Bill Yanek as PRSM's new CEO," stated Leigh Pearson, RFMP, Chair of the PRSM Board of Directors and Director, Facility, Environmental & Procurement Services, Staples, Inc., Canada. "The Board reviewed several highly qualified applicants provided by Sterling Martin, our executive search firm. Bill was the unanimous choice of both the Board and the Task Force. His passion for the industry is palpable and his experience will be a valuable asset to our association," Pearson concluded.

Since 2007, Yanek has served as EVP of GANA, where he directed all business operations, including membership growth, marketing, staffing, budgeting and financial management. He supervised a staff of employees as well as volunteers while also serving as the association's spokesperson and managing legal matters for the association. When informed of his being selected as PRSM's new CEO, Yanek responded, "It is an honor to be selected as the new PRSM CEO and become part of the authoritative community on retail and multi-site facilities management. I can't wait to meet and get to work with the PRSM Team in Dallas. Right out of the gate, we have our Mid-Year Conference and Canada East and Canada West events where I look forward to meeting PRSM members in person. It was apparent during the selection process that great things are ahead for PRSM and I look forward to being part of those efforts."

Bill is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. Licensed to practice law in the State of Kansas, he is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He has also served as a member of the ASAE Association Management Company Section Council. Read More

Williams ’80 Preparing for a Spacewalk

Expedition 48 crew members Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams '80 of NASA outfit spacesuitsExpedition 48 crew members Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams of NASA outfit spacesuits inside of the Quest airlock aboard the International Space Station. Rubins and Williams will conduct a spacewalk tomorrow, to install the first International Docking Adapter (IDA), the new docking port that will enable the future arrival of U.S. commercial crew spacecraft. This will be the fourth spacewalk in Williams’ career, the first for Rubins, and the 194th for the space station.

The docking adapter was launched on a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft and arrived at the station July 20. It stands about 42 inches tall and is 63 inches in diameter on the inside. Sensors and other fittings ring the perimeter of the adapter and give it an overall diameter of about 94 inches. Spacecraft flying to the station will use the sensors on the IDA to track to and help the spacecraft's navigation system steer the spacecraft to a safe docking without astronaut involvement.

The adapter also represents the first on-orbit element built to the docking measurements that are standardized for all the spacecraft builders across the world. Its first users are expected to be the Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft now in development in partnership with NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Because the adapter is designed to an international standard, future spacecraft will be able to dock there, too. Read More

Wartski ’82 Lead Drive to Boost Vet Experience

James Z. Wartski '82James Z. Wartski is working to make VA better for millions of veterans in the northeast.“Our number one goal is to improve veterans’ experience with VA,” said Wartski, director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Experience Office in New York. VEOs report directly to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Wartski’s staff provides the authoritative perspective of VA’s customers in the 14 northeastern states and the District of Columbia. More than 4.5 million veterans live in this region, designated by VA as the North Atlantic District. Nearly 900,000 veterans live in New York alone. This input will help improve services to VA customers. These improvements may help deliver easy, effective customer service by phone or online, or may foster adoption of customer service best practices at VA facilities nationwide. “What we’re doing is building trusted relationships – one veteran, one colleague, one community at a time,” Wartski said. “A veteran’s experience is not just one moment, but a series of moments that matter. We need to own those moments.”

Wartski’s team collaborates with veterans advocacy groups in the community and connects local resources. An important part of this effort is to meet with local veterans and organizations to collect insights into the VA customer experience. “We’re working to connect what we do and what we say to what veterans feel and experience when they come to VA for the benefits and services they have earned,” Wartski said. Wartski completed over 30 years of Army service before retiring as a Colonel. His assignments included armor and airborne posts from platoon leader and troop commander to top expert on the Army’s Abrams tank. He was an engineering and facilities consultant to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and supported the facility through the transition to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland. VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald created the Veterans Experience Office as a driving force behind his 12 breakthrough priorities. The VEO is designed to be nimble to break through bureaucratic clutter, and brings together teams from across the department to identify immediate and long-term improvements to make health care, products and services for the nation’s veterans. More than 250,000 veterans in over 20 states have already shared their experience and ideas with the Veterans Experience Office.

Alvarez ’97 Receives Researcher of the Year Award

Alvarez ’97 Receives Researcher of the Year AwardLieutenant Colonel Luis Alvarez, USMA‬ professor and director of the Center for Molecular Science, received the Geneva Foundation 2015 Researcher of the Year award at the Military Health System Research Symposium. The award recognizes Alvarez’s dedication to innovative research efforts in developing biologics and cell therapies in the area of regenerative medicine. His research interests are motivated by his previous combat experiences and a desire to develop new regenerative medical therapies for injured service members.

Boyd ’73 Named Among Best Lawyers in America

Robert D. Boyd '73Robert D. Boyd is one of four lawyers at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle once again recognized as leading lawyers in the area of family law by the Best Lawyers in America guide for 2017. As 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. Best Lawyers in America was first published in 1983 and 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.”

Panama Canal Anniversary thanks to COL Goethals Class of 1880

COL Goethals Class of 1880Here’s a bit of history trivia for you - 102 years ago today, the Panama Canal officially opened to shipping. COL George Goethals, USMA 1880, was the Chief Engineer on the project. He died in 1928 and is buried in the West Point Cemetery (see attached photos) near Ed White, USMA ’52, the first person to walk in space. Below is a short summary of the enormous challenge faced by Goethals and the thousands of workers on the project:

From the day the U.S. started digging the Panama Canal in 1904, doubters scoffed. To link the Atlantic and Pacific would mean digging across 50 miles of rugged hills and hot, suffocating jungle. In the late nineteenth century, the French had tried and failed. Teddy Roosevelt didn’t care. He sent engineers to the isthmus with instructions to “make dirt fly.”

Thousands of men went to work digging, blasting, and dredging. They fought floods, mudslides, and yellow fever. Red tape and logistical problems threatened to stymie the project. Then the chief engineer quit, probably out of sheer exhaustion, and Roosevelt had to find someone else to see the canal through. He resolved to get “men who will stay on the job until I get tired of having them there, or till I say they may abandon it. I shall turn it over to the Army.”

In 1907 he appointed Col. George Washington Goethals as the canal’s new chief engineer. A master at organizing, Goethals set to work an army of civilians and soldiers numbering as many as 57,000 men. They dug out more than 200 million cubic yards of earth, constructed a dam to create a lake, and designed huge locks operated by giant electric motors (manufactured by a new company called General Electric).

Every week, it seemed, brought a setback. One explosion killed 23 men. One mudslide lasted 10 days. With every adversity, the naysayers predicted failure. Goethals said nothing in return. He kept working, year after year.

“Aren’t you going to answer your critics?” one staff member asked. “In time,” said the chief engineer. “How?” the man asked. “With the canal,” Goethals answered.

The Panama Canal, one of history’s great engineering triumphs, opened to traffic on August 15, 1914.

Leave it to a USMA grad to make life easier for the Navy!

BG(R) Gross ’85 Joins FH+H as Partner

BG(R) Gross ’85Brigadier General(R) Rich Gross, former Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined FH+H as a partner in late July. Mr. Gross provides extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of national security law and international law. He has extensive experience providing legal counsel and advice to individuals and organizations at all levels, to include some of the most senior officials in our military. Additionally, he has a wealth of experience in civil and criminal litigation, government contracts, and government investigations in both the executive branch and Congress. "Rich Gross brings clients an unmatched level of experience with national security, along with a deep understanding of how agencies make decisions.

His knowledge could benefit those wishing to do business with the Department of Defense or other Government agencies," said Tom Craig, managing partner at FH+H. "He truly is a great addition to the team." Before joining FH+H, Mr. Gross served over 30 years in the U.S. Armed Forces, retiring at the rank of Brigadier General as the most senior operational lawyer in the military. He also runs a consulting company, Brigadier Consultancy Group LLC, which focuses on providing strategic advice and leadership development services. Additionally, Mr. Gross is a sought-after public speaker. He speaks regularly at national and international security law conferences and has lectured at several law schools, to include Harvard, Yale, the University of Virginia, Columbia University, Georgetown, Emory, and Vanderbilt. Read More

DeVries ’80 to be the New CIO at OPM

Dave DeVries '80Dave DeVries is leaving the Defense Department to be the new chief information officer at the Office of Personnel Management. DeVries currently is DoD’s principal deputy CIO, and will join OPM in the coming weeks. “I’m elated that David has decided to join our team here at OPM,” said Beth Cobert, acting director of OPM, in a statement. “David has decades worth of the technical and management experience necessary to hit the ground running as we continue our technology transformation efforts, and work with our partners at DoD to stand up the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB).” Dave DeVries is heading to OPM to be its new CIO after spending 35 years at DoD. DeVries decision to move comes as OPM and DoD work closely to get the NBIB to full operating capability. DeVries has worked for the Pentagon for 35 years, including the last seven in the CIO’s office so he knows the culture and intricacies of DoD. Read More

Hartman ’84 Takes On New Role at Stryker

Art Hartman ’84Stryker is excited to announce Art Hartman’s appointment as Senior Military Relations Officer. Art is a U.S. Army Veteran, and is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of military hiring and inclusion programs. “I have served in various leadership roles at Stryker for over 21 years and am passionate about our mission and values. We have a great track record of attracting, developing and retaining veterans, and I am excited to take our efforts to a new level.”

Old Grads March Back with New Cadets

March Back Class of 2020After six grueling weeks, Cadet Basic Training (CBT) has ended. Despite the intensive training—rappelling a 75-foot rock face, enduring the House of Tears, surviving the new five-day field training exercise (during which it rained for two days straight), and more—new cadets reported “loving” Beast Barracks. They learned a number of practical skills in CBT for their future careers as second lieutenants, but, more than that, they learned a lot about themselves. “I’m tougher now,” said New Cadet Will Morningstar ’20, and New Cadet Chris Robertello ’20 reported experiencing “a transformation in attitude.” New Cadet Zach Aloma said that CBT plunged him into the unknown and made him realize that he could adapt to anything. He also learned the value of teamwork. “I never would have gotten through the battle drills of the FTX without my squadmates,” said Aloma. Perhaps New Cadet Kataliya Quinlan ’20 said it best: “I learned that I could push through more than I thought I could this summer and breach walls that I didn’t think I could break.” Quinlan needed to remember this lesson to accomplish CBT’s 12-plus-mile capstone mission, the March Back from Camp Buckner to Washington Hall. Supporting her and her fellow 1,275 new cadets from the Class of 2020 along the way were 316 Old Grads from 40 West Point classes spanning 69 years of the Long Gray Line, the largest number of graduate participants in the March Back’s 17-year history. This total included 119 members, another record number, from the Class of 1970, the 50-Year Affiliation Class for 2020. “Having the Old Grads march with us was awesome,” said Quinlan. “Seeing them do it really motivated me and made all the new cadets think, ‘If they can do it, so can we.’” Full Story »

COL(R) Fallin ’88 Received Legion of Merit Award

COL(R) Fallin ’88 In a ceremony on June 8, 2016, at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fort Bragg, N.C., COL(R) Don Fallin, a Fairview native, was honored at his retirement culminating in over 34 years of service in the U.S. Army with assignments in the Infantry, Airborne, Aviation and Special Operations. COL(R) Fallin served in 16 different countries on four continents. During the ceremony, COL(R) Fallin was awarded the Legion of Merit, one of our nation’s highest awards for service.

In addition, COL(R) Fallin was awarded the Order of Saint Michael which recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Aviation and demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of professional competence, and serve the United States Army Aviation community with distinction. COL(R) Fallin served in various aviation command and staff positions including commanding at the Aviation Special Operations Group, Squadron and Company levels. In his most recent aviation assignment, he served as the commander of the Special Mission Wing/Special Operations Aviation group in Afghanistan. Read More

Atwell ’05 Rehabbing Homes, Giving Back to Veterans in Need

Kirby Atwell '05Kirby Atwell has channeled his passion for rehabbing old homes into providing "new" ones for other veterans. Atwell recently launched his company Green Vet Homes. Atwell is a graduate of West Point Academy, and left active duty Army in 2011. “I got home from the Army on a Tuesday and was out the door on Wednesday morning, looking for houses to buy and rehab,” he said. After securing a handful of rentals and flips of his own, Atwell partnered with longtime friends, John and Janelle Swiercinsky in 2011 to form iCandy Homes, LLC, a local real-estate investment company. Though the company has earned much success in flipping over 70 properties throughout the Chicagoland area, Atwell felt inclined to focus on veteran aid while also broadening his real estate portfolio to include wholesales and rentals. “I learned so much from my experiences at iCandy Homes, but I felt a pull to fully focus on a ‘do-good’ mission," he said. "I’m still able to work with iCandy, but now also able to put my efforts toward other opportunities. Veteran aid is something I’m truly passionate about."

Green Vet Homes is two-fold in its purpose. The company saves and refurbishes as much as possible while rehabbing properties, creating as little waste as possible. When a home is in need of new fixtures, sustainable products—such as bamboo flooring and energy efficient windows—are prioritized. Additionally, GVH aims to serve local veterans through providing housing for those who served in the military, as well as donating a portion of profits to veterans and their families. Though the company is less than a month old, the first official GVH property was already rented to a veteran earlier this month. Atwell contacted the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program in mid-June to learn more about the need for veteran housing, and how he could utilize their network in order to provide homes for those in need.

“In my mind, there is no greater honor than helping Veterans start again," said HUD-VASH Housing Specialist Jessica Wilkie. "There is a dire need for affordable housing and our program endeavors to creatively implement ways to address these challenges.” “I’m excited to continue working closely with the HUD-VASH Program; their program is incredible, and it’s motivating for me to be able to provide quality homes for these deserving men and women," Atwell said. "I’ve always been driven to do something unconventional in terms of my career path, but having so much meaning behind your work is the ultimate motivation. Knowing that we’re going to be as green as possible while restoring homes, and knowing that we’re housing heroes in need—you can’t put a value on that.” Read More

Westrom, Sheikh & Matchoumboud (’16) Take 2nd in Int'l Design Competition

Cadet WestromCME’s Honeycomb Helper Takes 2nd in International Student Design Competition, 2LT Michael Westrom won 2nd place for his team’s design at the Rehabilitative Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Student Design Competition in Washington D.C. The design, titled the “Honeycomb Helper”, assists workers with disabilities in packaging pharmaceutical bottles on a production line. 2LT Westrom, along with team members 2LT Rex Sheikh and 2LT Mc Crwuz Leonce Matchoumboud, partnered with Access: Supports for Living - a non-profit manufacturing company that employs workers with disabilities in Middletown, NY. The pharmaceutical bottle line is a mainstay product for Access but poses challenges for many workers with disabilities. The Honeycomb Helper incorporated a honeycomb-shaped frame to assist workers with packing bottles in the client-specified staggered pattern. Using the Honeycomb Helper, additional workers are packaging bottles and earning a higher wage and Access realizes higher production for its mainstay product. RESNA is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. 91 teams from across North America submitted designs for the competition. In addition to presenting his design, 2LT Westrom also participated in a poster session.

Anderson ’61 to Endow Men’s Basketball & Women’s Rugby Coaching Positions

The Anderson’sArmy West Point Athletics has received another extraordinary commitment from Lee and Penny Anderson that will enhance the cadet-athlete experience in multiple sports and further advance the mission of the Academy. The Anderson’s contribution will catapult a transformation of the Arvin Annex that will house a new state-of-the-art weight room and locker room facilities for multiple athletic and club programs. In addition to this facility upgrade, the Andersons will endow the head men’s basketball and women’s rugby coaching positions.

“The Andersons continue to be a major supporter of the Academy and our cadets,” Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said. “The loyalty Lee and Penny have shown towards West Point is unparalleled and we are certainly grateful for their continued generosity to our athletic programs.”“We are incredibly appreciative of the support that Lee Anderson and his family has given our men’s basketball program,” new men’s basketball head coach Jimmy Allen said. “His support helps our cadet-athletes immeasurably and we are so proud that he is a part the basketball family at Army West Point.” Full Story »

Belter ’78 New eBook on The 1914 Army Football Team

Belter ’78 New eBook on The 1914 Army Football TeamA Forgotten First National Championship: The 1914 Army Football Team. See how the Army college football team was able to win all nine games during the 1914 season. Army decisively played and defeated teams from Rutgers, Colgate, Villanova, Notre Dame, Navy and others. The team was later named by the NCAA as one of three national college football champions for 1914. Players included future Generals Bradley and Van Fleet and Hall of Fame coach Bob Neyland.

McHargue ’83 Releases New Novel: Waterwight

Laurel McHargue has released a new novel Waterwight. The story explores a post-cataclysmic world threatened by stinking ooze in which a brave girl searches for her missing parents with the help of talking animals and evolving superpowers. When a mountain spirit challenges her to save the planet, she and a flying frog must overcome a magical, malicious castle of sand and a shapeshifter who wants her dead. Why did McHargue write this story? She got the idea from a dream. When she shared her dream vision with another author friend, her friend told her she had the recipe for some fantastic fiction. As an English teacher, McHargue knew her students were always looking for fun, exciting novels. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/RBb0VGFapU4

McHargue is no stranger to adventure and left Smith College to discover her true limits in all areas of her life. "The United States Military Academy was the best place not only to test myself, but to serve my country as well.” Graduating with the fourth class of women at West Point, she then spent nine years on Active Duty followed by three years in the Army Reserves before resigning to raise her two sons. “I’ve jumped out of airplanes, traveled the world, and led groups of men and women in accomplishing challenging missions. I loved my time in the Army, and my experiences provided great material for writing some fantastic fiction in a fantasy adventure novel.” Read More

Staab ’79 Appointed Grand County Manager

Lee Staab '79Lee Staab will begin serving as manager on August 29. He served in the military for more than 27 years and was assigned as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Army in the Pentagon. He graduated from the University of Illinois with degrees in Engineering. In 2012 he attended Harvard Business School and completed the Executive Education Program. In 2014 Staab was selected as the City Manager for Minot, ND. Staab answered a few questions about his new role as Grand County Manager.

CPT Quink ’09 Awarded the Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence

CPT Quink ’09 Awarded the Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial IntelligenceTyson J. Quink was selected to receive the 2016 Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence. Quink was presented with the award from Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri; Keith Masback, CEO of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation; Heath Rasco, director, of technical programs for DigitalGlobe; and Steve Handwerk, geospatial intelligence faculty member with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. Named in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Medal of Honor recipient and distinguished Penn State alumnus, the award recognizes achievement by a graduate of Penn State’s geospatial intelligence program who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces or with the geospatial intelligence community and demonstrated exceptional contributions to the discipline.

“It is an honor to be selected for the Lt. Michael Murphy award for Geospatial Intelligence. Both in and out of the service I have seen the importance of GIS and how the capabilities of having correct data and products can help leaders make informed decisions. As a result of robust GIS capabilities, mission execution can be more precise and, more importantly, GIS can help keep soldiers safe,” said Quink, who earned a postbaccalaureate certificate in geographic information systems as well as a graduate certificate in geospatial intelligence analytics through Penn State World Campus.

Quink served as a fire direction officer and platoon leader for the U.S. Army’s 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. After combat, Quink returned to serve as assistant coach for the U.S. Army’s athletics department. In 2013, Quink began working as a program manager for Hewlett-Packard while pursuing his master’s degree online. He then completed an internship with U.S. Department of Defense as a GEOINT analyst before joining Esri as a solution engineer. Quink is on track to graduate this year with a master's degree in geographic information systems through Penn State World Campus. “We are very proud of this year’s recipient of the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence, Mr. Tyson Quink.  The eighth person to receive the award, Tyson joins a growing list of individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence and provided significant contributions to the profession,” said Handwerk. Read More

MAJ Smiley ’03 Inspiring the USA Basketball Team

Major Scott Smiley The Men's National USA Basketball Team got a lesson on what it truly means to represent your country last week when they met Major Scott Smiley, an American hero and Purple Heart recipient. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski invited Smiley to speak to Team USA in Las Vegas as they began training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Krzyzewski first met Smiley when he took over coaching duties for USA Basketball in 2006. That's when Coach K invited then-Colonel Robert Brown (now a four-star general recently confirmed by the Senate as the new commander of the U.S. Army Pacific) to speak to his team. Brown brought with him several wounded warriors, including Smiley.

Smiley was wounded in April 2005 in Iraq by a suicide car bomb. The explosion nearly killed him, taking out both of his eyes and a large chunk of his skull. But Smiley didn't let his injuries adversely impact his life. Instead, he's become an inspiration. He returned to service as the first blind active-duty officer in United States Army history. In the years since, he's rattled off so many remarkable achievements, from getting his MBA from Duke to climbing Mount Rainier to completing an Ironman Triathlon last summer. So as the Men's National Team began their quest to bring home a gold medal next month in Rio, Krzyzewski invited Smiley to speak to the team once again and remind them what it means to wear the stars and stripes. Click here to watch the video.

"At the Military Academy, I thought I knew what a team was," Smiley told the players. "But waking up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center — blind the rest of my life, half of my body paralyzed, missing a quarter of my skull — I thought my life was over. I had nothing to fight for. I was all on my own. "But in true fashion, my wife, my family, my friends, and just as importantly, the Army was still there. The team had surrounded me with love and compassion and helped me understand that I wasn't on my own." Smiley closed his remarks with a charge to the team. "I encourage you all to have the same pride that we have wearing our flags on our shoulders, fighting for our country, serving our country, being a part of that team...and just to fight as hard as you can to bring that gold medal home," Smiley said. After Smiley spoke to the team, he took in a practice. Pacers forward Paul George was his eyes on the court, wearing a microphone that allowed him to communicate directly with Smiley via a headset so that he could understand what was happening. Read More

LTC Obidinski ’98 Awarded Bronze De Fluery Medal

Therese Obidinski Awarded Bronze De Fluery MedalOn 26 July 2016 LTC Therese Obidinski ’98 was awarded Bronze De Fluery Medal from US Army South Chief of Engineers, COL Daniel George. The De Fleury Medal, an award of the US Army Engineer Association, was named in honor of François-Louis Teissèdre de Fleury, a French Engineer in the Continental Army. LTC Obidinski was honored for her support to the Engineer Regiment and particularly for community service and her volunteer work to promote a project to build a gym for her daughter's school. She currently serves as Deputy Director ACS-G7 and is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in support of the Resolute Support Mission. LTC Obidinski is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom ’07-’09 where she served with 4th Infantry Division MultiNational Baghdad Headquarters and deployed in 1998 to Ocotal, Nicaragua with 46th En BN to help rebuild after Hurricane Mitch devastating the area.

McKelvie ’09 Elevated to Associate Head Coach

Zach McKelvie '66After serving as an assistant hockey coach at Army West Point, Zach McKelvie has been elevated to Associate Head Coach, announced by head coach Brian Riley. "Zach has been an incredible part of our program as a player and a coach," said Riley. "He is very deserving of this title due to his loyalty and dedication to the team. I am privileged to have one of the best young coaches in college hockey on our staff. We are very fortunate to have him here at West Point. As well as overseeing the everyday duties of the program, his primary duties will continue to be working with our defensemen as well as overseeing our penalty killing unit."

McKelvie returned to West Point in 2014 after winning the East Coast Hockey League title with the Alaska Aces that spring. He played in 42 games for the Aces, including the playoffs and had four points in the run to the Kelly Cup. He began his pro career with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League in 2011 and played a total of 29 games before skating in seven contests at the end of the season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. He spent most of his career with the AHLs Abbotsford Heat, which is part of the Calgary Flames system. He played 65 games with the Heat in over a season of action. Read More

CPT(R) Byrne ’93 Publishes Children’s Book for a Cause

My MS and E Children’s Book for a Cause by CPT(R) Byrne '93Kevin Byrne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1999, while serving overseas in command of a U.S. Army Air Cavalry Troop. My MS and E is a children’s picture book depicting a typical interaction between him and his daughter, Eleanor. They share an unbreakable father-daughter bond, even in the face of his ongoing struggles with MS. The story is “a heartwarming tale of how we grow, learn, struggle, and celebrate life in our mantra of Never Stop… Never Quit…” All profits earned from this book will be donated to the Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Chaney '01 Named 2016 Nininger Award Recipient

MAJ Matthew A. Chaney '01The West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce MAJ Matthew A. Chaney '01 as the 2016 recipient of the Alexander Nininger Award for Valor at Arms. He will receive the award on September 22, 2016, at West Point, NY. Chaney is a Special Forces officer currently serving as the Executive Officer for the Commanding General, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne). Major Chaney received the Silver Star award for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy on 10 September 2007, while serving as the Detachment Commander, Operational Detachment Alpha 083, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Samarra, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. See Press Release

NWHF Dan Gable Museum Names Award after Steenlage ’66

Bob Steenlage '66The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum created a new award in 2015. The Bob Steenlage Iowa High School Outstanding Wrestler of the Year Award will be given each year to the top high school wrestler within the state of Iowa. The award was presented this year to Carter Happel, of Lisbon during the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa inductions on Saturday, June 11, in Waterloo. The award is named after Bob Steenlage, Iowa’s first four-time state wrestling champion. Steenlage competed for Britt High School, winning state titles in 1959 (95 pounds), 1960 (103 pounds), 1961 (112 pounds) and 1962 (120 pounds). Steenlage went on to wrestle at West Point Military Academy where he went four years without losing a dual meet. He was also a third place finisher at the 1966 NCAA tournament at 123 pounds and a Division I NCAA All-American.

Steenlage is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and the Airborne and Ranger schools. He was a platoon leader and company commander in the Vietnam War. Steenlage was awarded the Bronze Star medal for his service in Vietnam. He is a nationally known inspirational speaker and businessman. His biography, "Fighting Back," is in the sixth printing. For more details, visit Steenlage's website www.bobsteenlage.com. “It is very humbling to have this award given in my name,” said Steenlage in a news release. “Wrestling has had such a huge positive impact on my life, and the thought of being part of awarding excellence greatly touches my heart. Wrestling taught me that taking charge of our thoughts determines our success on and off the mat.” A special selection committee at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will choose the winner of the award. It will be given to the best high school wrestler in the state of Iowa for that particular year. The winner can come from any class (1A, 2A, or 3A), any weight or any year of eligibility. Read More

CPT Gordon ’12 Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

Captain Lindsay Gordon ’12Captain Lindsay Gordon ’12 and Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Woodward were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for their actions while flying an AH-64 Apache helicopter during an early December mission in Afghanistan. The cross is awarded to soldiers who distinguish themselves with "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight," according to the Department of Defense.

Throughout the night of Dec. 5, a Ranger regiment was engaged in a firefight with enemy troops near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. After about 5 a.m., the ground force commander called for an immediate extraction after they learned of a larger enemy group approaching. Located in a deep river valley, the troops were not in a good position to defend themselves. Woodward and Gordon, flying along with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, guided their aircraft directly between the U.S. troops and the enemy forces as the extraction got underway.

"Upon landing to the (extraction zone), the (Rangers) immediately received fire from all directions, including their take-off direction," said Lt. Col. Jeffery Bragg, commander of the 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment. "With rounds impacting within a few feet ahead of the lead assault helicopter, Capt. Gordon and CW2 Woodward deliberately placed their aircraft in a position to distract and draw fire from the assault helicopters while they completed the exfiltration of the rangers." The whole place "lit up," Bragg said. Enemy fire was originating from more than five to seven points in the area. Woodward and Gordon's actions helped save dozens of lives. Read More

Hacioglu ’92 CEO of Boreas Natural Gas Has Commenced Operations

Cem Hacioglu '92Boreas Natural Gas has commenced operations providing products, services and customized turnkey solutions for the natural gas fuels market. Founded by the industry veteran Cem Hacioglu, Boreas Natural Gas is the second natural gas fuels company Hacioglu has led after Applied LNG where he was the President and CEO from 2009 to 2015. Headquartered in Westlake Village, California, Boreas Natural Gas is the result of Hacioglu’s vision to create a self-sustaining natural gas fuels supply chain which will make natural gas a permanent fixture in America’s energy infrastructure. “We will initially focus on the operational and service aspects of the value chain and opportunistically move into the production and distribution segments,” said Hacioglu.

“I feel very excited to set sail on this new venture with a group of talented professionals and experienced advisors who have achieved a great deal of success in the industry and genuinely share my vision for the future of the natural gas fuels market. This is the perfect time to invest in this industry where asset valuations are significantly reduced in response to low oil prices, creating tremendous buying opportunities for players with patient capital and longer term strategic vision,” remarked Hacioglu. “Despite the narrowing of the spread between oil and natural gas prices, both the installed customer base and potential entrants are clamoring for customized, turnkey solutions to help them switch to clean burning natural gas in order to create economically sound and environmentally sustainable organizations,” added Hacioglu.

Prior to Boreas, Hacioglu was with Applied LNG. Following his appointment as its President and Chief Executive, he led Applied through a successful Chapter 11 reorganization, turning a distressed company into a profitable industry leader. Previously, Hacioglu was a portfolio manager in charge of private equity investments for Sandell Asset Management and Millennium Partners and also held positions at Fletcher Asset Management, Merrill Lynch, and the World Bank. Hacioglu holds an MBA in Financial Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Read More

Feeney ’80 Announced as DefenseStorm CEO

Sean Feeney '80DefenseStorm announced the appointment of fintech and cloud veteran Sean Feeney as CEO.

“We have admired Sean’s leadership and operating performance across his last two successful company-building endeavors,” said Jeff Lunsford, Co-founder and Chairman of DefenseStorm. “Sean’s proven ability to build enterprise software companies that delight their customers with world-class service will be immensely valuable as we continue to scale DefenseStorm within financial services and expand our value proposition to include additional verticals,” continued Lunsford.

Prior to joining DefenseStorm, Feeney was the CEO at GT Nexus (GTN), the developer and operator of the largest cloud-based supply chain network platform. Feeney is credited in this role for realizing GT Nexus’s vision and implementing its profitable growth strategies. Under his direction, GTN was acquired by Infor for $675 million. At the time, approximately 25,000 businesses relied on GT Nexus’s cloud-based global commerce platform; including several of the top 25 supply chains in the world.

Feeney’s work experience also includes roles as Executive Vice President at CheckFree (acquired by Fiserv for $4.4 billion), Chief Operating Officer at Clarus Corporation, and Executive Vice President at Dun & Bradstreet Software. He currently sits on the board of TrendKite and is a former board member and past Chairman of the Technology Alliance of Georgia (TAG). Read More

Oliver, Abbott & Brumagin (all ’89) of Battle Monument Partners

Oliver, Abbott & Brumagin all 89The West Point classmates are managing partners of Richmond private equity firm Battle Monument Partners. They founded the firm in 2014 to invest in single-tenant commercial properties in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Now, the company is raising up to $5 million through it first securities offering, according to an SEC document filed last month. The money will be raised through debt securities in a fund named STRAC Fund I, and will be used as leverage to add to its portfolio of 10 properties.

A former operating executive in venture capital and private equity-backed companies, Oliver had long hoped to start his own investment fund. Teaming up with Brumagin, a West End resident and restaurant franchisee, and Abbott, who retired from the U.S. Army five years ago and lives in Arlington, seemed like the perfect partnership. The firm also employs two interns from VCU at its 1805 Monument Ave. office. “We did a lot of work the past two years to get it set up,” Oliver said. “It seems to be the right decision at the right stage of life, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Battle Monument Partners has 36 investors lined up, most of whom are military academy graduates. While Oliver said he doesn’t want his fund to be exclusive, the self-described “Gray Hog” used the partners’ military contacts to build the firm. The partners are focused on attaining above-market return for clients, but they also added a social mission to their firm. Battle Monument Partners committed to donate up to 10 percent of the carried interest from its portfolio sales to charities focused on assisting veterans. Read More

GEN(R) Abizaid ’73 Appointee for Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

General John P. Abizaid '73General John P. Abizaid is the Founder and Senior Partner at JPA Partners, LLC, positions he has held since 2007 General Abizaid also serves as Distinguished Chair Emeritus at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center and sits on the board of directors of RPM International and USAA From 2007 to 2010, General Abizaid was the first Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution General Abizaid is a retired U.S. Army four-star general and served as Commander of the United States Central Command from 2003 to 2007 and as Deputy Commander from 2002 to 2003 From 2001 to 2002, he served on the Joint Staff as Director and as Director of Strategic Plans and Policy from 2000 to 2001 General Abizaid was the Commanding General of the First Infantry Division headquartered in Wurzburg, Germany from 1999 to 2000 He was the 66th Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1997 to 1999 General Abizaid was an Olmstead Scholar at the University of Jordan He received an M.A. from Harvard University.

Kidd ’86 Appointee for Executive Director, Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council

Richard Kidd IV '86Richard Kidd IV serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy & Sustainability, a position he has held since 2010 From 2008 to 2010, he served as a Program Manager for the Federal Energy Management Program at the Department of Energy Previously, Mr. Kidd held various roles at the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs from 2001 to 2008, including Special Assistant, Office Director, and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary From 1999 to 2001 he was a Program Manager for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, and from 1993 to 1999 he was a Country Director, Operators Manager, and Emergency Logistics Officer for the United Nations Additionally, Mr. Kidd served as an Infantry Captain and Officer in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1991 Mr. Kidd an M.P.P.M. from the Yale School of Management.

Dr. Hamilton ’84 to Join York College as the Coordinator of Civil Engineering

Dr. Scott Hamilton ’84Dr. Scott Hamilton ’84, former faculty member in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, has been hired by York College of Pennsylvania as the Coordinator of its new Civil Engineering Program. Dr. Hamilton will be responsible for developing and managing the new civil engineering program, which will commence Fall 2016. He brings extensive experience to York College from his many years of service as an Army Corps of Engineers Officer. He has also taught at several institutions including the U.S. Military Academy and Northeastern University.

COL Hale ’67 Inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame

Colonel Glynn "Ranger" Hale '67Colonel Glynn "Ranger" Hale was honored on July 14 and inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA. The Ranger Hall of Fame was established to “honor and preserve the spirit and contributions of America’s most extraordinary U.S. Army Rangers,” according to the U.S. Army Ranger Association. To be considered for induction, nominees must be deceased or out of active military service for at least three years, and must have served in a Ranger unit in combat or be a successful graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.

LTG(R) Swan '76 Reappointed to FEMA’s National Advisory Council

Lt. Gen. Guy C. Swan III, USA, Ret., ’76Lt. Gen. Guy C. Swan III, USA, Ret., ’76, has been reappointed to a three-year term on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council. Swan currently serves as Vice President at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) after a 35-year Army career. An Iraq veteran, Swan gained wide experience in homeland security and emergency management issues, including commanding U.S. Army North, the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region, and the 7th Army Training Command. A certified emergency manager and certified protection professional, Swan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group. Swan holds a master of military art and science degree from the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and a master of arts degree in national security studies from Georgetown University.

He was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The 35-member FEMA council is made up of people with various backgrounds, such as cybersecurity, emergency response and management, communication, law enforcement and government. James G. Featherstone, the general manager of the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, is the council chair. Swan is one of five current members reappointed to the council. In a statement, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said the advisory council "plays a key role to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters." For example, in March the advisory council made recommendations about addressing the needs of children during disasters, and clarifying roles of emergency medical services public health and emergency management functions to reduce duplication and confusion during a crisis.

L. Howard Belknap ’81 Named COO of Butler Snow

L. Howard Belknap ’81Butler Snow has announced L. Howard Belknap chief operating officer after an expansive national search. Belknap was previously with Baker & McKenzie, a leading global law firm where he served as COO and executive director of the firm’s New York office. He has more than 30 years of executive leadership and management experience. “Howard has been a leader for our country and a top-notch executive who has helped to lead some of the largest and most successful law firms in the world,” said Don Clark, Jr., chairman, Butler Snow. “We are thrilled to have him join the Butler Snow team and I look forward to working alongside Howard as we set the vision for our firm and implement our strategic plan.”

Belknap served an honorable military career as an Army officer. He held key leadership positions, including strategic planner and speechwriter for former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army J. H. Binford Peay III and Under Secretary of the Army Joe R. Reeder. He also commanded field artillery units in Hawaii and Korea. After retiring from the Army, Belknap began his law firm career in 2002 as director of administration for the New York office of Shaw Pittman, a 400-attorney firm at the time, where he oversaw significant increases in profitability and multi-year business and marketing plans.

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