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Terrazas ’99 Honored by Texas Bar Foundation
11/20/2014

Terrazas ’99 Honored by Texas Bar FoundationMr. Kevin J. Terrazas, (B.S. Chemistry/Life Science, Distinguished Cadet, 1999) an attorney with Austin, Texas-based Weisbart Springer Hayes LLP, has been named as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas.

Do Your Holiday Shopping at WPAOGGiftshop.com
11/19/2014

Have you received your WPAOG Gift Shop Home for the Holidays catalog yet?? Check your mailboxes, it should be arriving soon!The WPAOG Gift Shop website is ready to take your online orders.

Shop For the entire family and get all your West Point and Army gear for this holiday season.

View the new Holiday Catalog PDF.

If you need assistance please call 800.426.4725 and/or email giftshop@wpaog.org.

 

Camacho ’13 a USMA Boxing Team Founder Going Strong!
11/18/2014

Not many people are willing to get up at 4 a.m. every morning for an early-morning workout before work and spend their lunch break practicing punch sequences and drills with a boxing coach before finishing the day with dinner and a quick jog.

But then again, Giovanna Camacho is not like most people. She balances her job as a second lieutenant for 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and training for a tryout to join the All-Army Women’s Boxing Team for this year’s National Police Athletic League Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Sept. 27 to Oct. 4 in Oxnard, Calif. Full Story »

Pediatric Specialists of Virginia Name Moores ’84 1st CEO
11/18/2014

Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) announced that Dr. Leon E. Moores assumed duties as its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective Tuesday, October 14. With Dr. Moores officially operating as CEO, PSV’s C-suite is complete. Gregg R. Florentin is serving as Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Hanway is our Chief Surgical Officer, and Dr. Ian Leibowitz is our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Moores’ primary focus will be on successfully developing and implementing strategic initiatives to position PSV as the leader in pediatric specialty care in the Northern Virginia region.

“It’s truly an honor to take on the role of CEO at PSV. We are a growing organization with talented physicians and staff who are dedicated to the mission of providing superb specialty care to our region’s children. This powerful partnership between Children’s National and Inova will leverage the resources and experience of both great organizations to the benefit of our patients and families,” Dr. Moores said. “As we continue to bring additional specialties on board at PSV we will increase our scope and clinical diversity, enabling us to do more and more of what we all love to do – take great care of kids.” PSV Release

COL(R) Johnson ’55 Named Veteran of the Year
11/17/2014

A self-described poor country boy from the Deep South received a special honor from New York veterans on Saturday. Charles R. Johnson, who grew up in Mississippi and led soldiers in Vietnam between 1963 and 1971, rising to the rank of colonel, was named Veteran of the Year during a ceremony in the New York State Military Museum.

Johnson, 82, was born with a sharp wit, but he's a man with a serious past. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry, Johnson led troops in Vietnam on and off from the beginning of the war until past its peak. He served as a Vietnamese Ranger adviser, a special operations officer and battalion commander in the 9th and 25th Army infantry divisions.

Johnson received his military education through the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools and the Pathfinder Course. He retired as a colonel in 1981 after 26 years in the Army. Read More

Lancope Appoints Wild ’87 CISO
11/17/2014

ATLANTA, - Lancope, Inc., a leader in network visibility and security intelligence, has appointed long-time information security and risk management professional Andrew Wild as its new chief information security officer (CISO). Wild has spent over 25 years developing effective, customer-driven information security, incident response, compliance and secure networking programs for IT and security organizations including Qualys and EMC. He is also an expert in building and securing cloud and SaaS environments.

Most recently, Wild was the CSO for security provider Qualys, where he was responsible for the risk management, security and compliance of both the internal enterprise network and the production SaaS environments. Previously, he was also responsible for the security of EMC Corporation's SaaS offerings as the company's manager of security engineering. Read More

James ’92 to Command the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade
11/14/2014

LATHAM, NY -- New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jack James will take command of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, whose members recently spent almost a year serving in Kuwait, during a Saturday morning ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility here. He replaces Col. Albert Ricci, who is retiring after almost 30 years of military service. Full Story

COL(R) Johnson ’55 Honored by the US Army
11/14/2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York State Military Museum will play host to the 2014 Veteran of the Year Award sponsored by the Association of the United States Army and the Friends of the New York State Military Museum Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will recognize retired Army Col. Charles R. Johnson, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Johnson, who served in the Army for 26 years, was a Vietnamese Ranger adviser, an operations officer in a U.S. Special Operations Group and as a battalion commander in the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions. He retired from the Army in 1981. Johnson's assignments were primarily in troop leading positions, but also included two tours at his alma mater first in the Physical Education Department, and later in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools and the Pathfinder Course. He has graduate degrees from Columbia University and Penn State University. Read More

Grandson of MG Morelli ’56 (Deceased) Earns Rank of Eagle Scout
11/14/2014

EAGLE SCOUT, INSPIRED BY FAMILY’S MILITARY HISTORY, CAPTURES VETERANS’ STORIES IN A NATIONAL PROJECT

Max Morelli Grandson of MG Morelli 56Eagle Court of Honor recognizes the achievements of Eagle Scout who was inspired by his family history to assemble veteran’s stories for the Library of Congress
Fifteen-year-old Max Morelli will be honored for achieving the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, on October 25, 2014, after completing an Eagle service project that captured the personal stories of military veterans. The stories are archived as part of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, where they are available for future generations.

WELLESLEY, Massachusetts, October 21, 2014—Fifteen-year-old Max Morelli will be honored with Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, in a ceremony in Wellesley, Massachusetts on October 25.

For his Eagle service project, Max interviewed military veterans from World War II to the present, contributing the videos to the Veterans’ History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In his Eagle application, Max stated:

My project was inspired by important veterans in my family: my grandfather, Donald Morelli, a West Point graduate and Major General in the Army; my great-uncle, George Kane, a World War II POW; and Buck Good, my grandfather and a Navy veteran injured in a blimp crash in 1956. My grandfather Good and my great-uncle Kane were both Eagle Scouts. George Kane attributed his survival of the Bataan Death March and four years as a prisoner of war during World War II to the training he received in Boy Scouts.

For his Eagle project, Max conducted and recorded interviews of veterans who served in conflicts ranging from World War II to the most recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans interviewed for the project included residents of Wellesley, Massachusetts and of Max’s hometown of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Max’s grandfather, Buck Good, an Eagle Scout from 1953, served as an important mentor on the project.

Of his motivation to become an Eagle Scout, Max states, “In my generation, there are not as many people as there used to be with values that are based on code or creed. I feel that it’s important to have more young adults in the world who have values that benefit the entire community. The first step in making a change in the world is making the change in myself. That’s why it was important to me to pursue the Eagle Scout rank.”

Max Morelli is a ninth-grader at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He is the grandson of Major General Donald Ray Morelli (deceased), who is interred at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Corrinet ’02 Helping Students Achieve Holistic Well-Being
11/13/2014

Unfortunately, too many of our students aren’t experiencing the benefits that come with being healthy in all aspects. Nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. Low-income students are less likely to have recess and participate in organized sports, and are more likely to live in neighborhoods without physical activity resources like parks and bike paths – making them more vulnerable to be overweight or obese.

While I’ve always been active, I started making the link between physical fitness and holistic well-being while in the Army. The physical training I experienced at West Point and as an infantry officer was paramount to me becoming a more disciplined and focused leader. As my physical abilities sharpened, so did my mental faculties – I couldn’t have made it through Ranger School or my year leading soldiers in Iraq without being at the top of my game.

The CrossFit Kids methodology gets kids to think and make good choices about what they eat. The high-intensity workouts also teach students hard work, grit, teamwork, and how to be leaders in their other classes and outside of school. This past year, 70 percent of my students ‘Agreed’ or “Strongly Agreed’ that CrossFit P.E. motivated and inspired them to participate in more sports and physical activities outside of school. One of my students shared, “CrossFit changed my life because I now feel the need to work out in order to feel healthy. It made me feel better about myself and I feel happier… This experience was the best.” Read More

Staab ’07 Leading From The Front
11/13/2014

Leaving the Army was an incredibly difficult decision, but when I was accepted as a 2012 Teach For America Corps Member, I knew I would be able to continue my service to the country in a meaningful, albeit different, way. In retrospect, I had no idea what I was getting myself into – it turns out that teaching is one of the most challenging jobs I’ve ever taken on – but the lessons I learned in the military helped carry me through.

Instead of giving orders, I could give guidance and empower my Soldiers to excel. My Soldiers knew, and I hope still know, how deeply I care about them. That trust gave us confidence in one another, and gave us each the power to succeed. As a result, the teams I was a part of completed work above and beyond expectations, and we took a great deal of pride in our missions and even our daily responsibilities.

When kids know you care, they are willing to become the people you already know they are. And if they fail, and they will, there is great comfort in knowing that a person they trust will be there to pick them up again, a person they trust to help them start again, and a person they trust cheering them on (willing them even) as they continue to succeed in school and in life.

Another, well known, Army lesson is to lead from the front. At West Point and in Officer training courses, you hear it all the time. As a young leader in the Army, sometimes this means getting to work especially early, putting in longer hours, or just getting down to work and doing the heavy lifting. Regardless of the context, it is leading by example. Read More

Army Navy Boxing Classic 2014 Tickets on Sale Today!
11/13/2014

Get your tickets now to witness the fierce competition of the Army Navy Boxing Classic, as Army gets set to square off against Navy on Friday December 12, 2014 at 10:00pm. Prelims begin at 9:30pm.  To be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Exhibit Hall G, Inner Harbor Baltimore. Army and Navy boxers will face off in seven action-packed bouts. www.ncbaboxing.tix.com

- On the floor/ringside:  $25
- General admission/bleachers:  $15

Live Internet Streaming:  $8
For those who cannot attend the match you can subscribe at www.ncbalive.com

GO ARMY BEAT NAVY!!!

Clamon ’07 Joins Miller And Martin
11/13/2014

Miller & Martin PLLC announces the addition of Alex Clamon to the firm's Chattanooga office, focusing his practice in the Corporate and Securities practice group, and also joining the firm’s new Crisis Management practice group. A native of Dandridge, Tn., Mr. Clamon graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point, he lettered as a defensive lineman for the Army Black Knights football team and served as a cadet company commander. He then served on active duty as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Prior to attending law school, he worked as a graduate assistant coach for the Army Black Knights football program. He then worked as a consultant for Battelle Memorial Institute and as a project manager for Science Applications International Corporation, most notably planning life safety operations with the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms, which included training and advising Senate staff on emergency preparedness and ensuring OSHA and ADA compliance across all Senate emergency plans. Read More

Jeremy Klages ’92 Measure of Danger
11/13/2014

Measure of Danger Jay Klages 92 Jeremy Klages, West Point Class of 1992 The Brave and the Few, recently self-published a Kindle eBook thriller called MEASURE OF DANGER by Jay Klages. Thomas & Mercer, the Amazon Publishing Mystery and Thriller Imprint, entered into a book deal with Jeremy to put his literary work into print, digital and audiobook formats with a target launch date of June 2015. Thomas & Mercer will also have the option on Jeremy’s sequel. The current eBook will remain on Amazon until republication. Jeremy took a chance by self-publishing his very first book on Amazon and thus far, his growing fan base rated his thriller at 4 ½ stars.

“The main character Kade Sims, a Home Depot employee, feels he has been unfairly dumped from the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Officer due to his hypomania condition, but he later discovers his condition is a unique asset when recruited by the FBI to infiltrate AgriteX; otherwise known as The Chapter whose tenets are Knowledge, Truth and Trust and if violated, are punishable by euthanasia.  The Chapter has infiltrated every level of Government from the local police forces, to the FBI, to political action committees. What nefarious plans are at work in The Chapter and how will Kade gain access to this notorious group? More importantly, how will he exfiltrate once his fact gathering mission is complete? This book is nonstop action and suspense; you won’t be able to put the book down until the end…but will the story and thrill really end? Get the eBook to find out!” – Cindy M. Boyd ’92.

Villanueva ’10 Honored Traveling with the Steelers
11/12/2014

Alejandro Villanueva, who was signed to the Steelers' practice squad in early September, made the trip with the Steelers to Nashville this past Sunday for the game on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans. Practice-squad players generally don't travel with the team to road games.

"Just a sign or a token of our appreciation for not only the sacrifice he's made but all of the men and women in the history of our country," Tomlin said of the Steelers' decision to have Villanueva travel with them to Nashville. "Truly a humbling thing and it's great to have him be a part of us. It makes it personal in terms of understanding that sacrifice." Read More

First Call November 11th
11/12/2014

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Honorable Mission of Wilcox ’92
11/12/2014

One West Point Grad's Mission to Get Low-Income Students to College

James Willcox ’92 believes in two things: training and teamwork – the keys to success whether on the battlefield or in the classroom. A former Black Hawk pilot for the Army, James now oversees Aspire Public Schools, which serves more than 14,600 students in 38 schools across California and in Memphis, Tenn. with the goal of preparing students to earn a college degree.

Few people grow up with the goal of reforming education. James is no different. However, he has witnessed firsthand the benefits of an education – at West Point and beyond.

Quality public schools offer a better life for the students served. It’s that simple. Sadly, too many children do not have that option. James started his professional career not in education but in the Army leading troops. He made a switch professionally to allow his focus to be on that simple goal of helping others improve their lives through education.

Attending college is estimated to double lifetime earnings, lifting these children out of a cycle of poverty and into positions of authority. Under James’ leadership, Aspire has implemented innovative new models of teacher training, college readiness, and data-driven assessment of students that has led to 100 percent of graduates being accepted into college.

Hood ’83 Named SamCERA’s New CEO
11/12/2014

Scott Hood ’83 Named SamCERA’s New CEOThe county’s $3 billion retirement plan board has named a new CEO starting this week to fill the shoes of his retiring predecessor. The board of the San Mateo County Employees’ Retirement Association unanimously chose Scott Hood in September after a nationwide recruitment. His new position was effective Nov. 9. He replaces David Bailey who is leaving in early 2015. Hood served as SamCERA’s information technology manager for two years before becoming assistant executive officer in 2002. For the last 12 years, Hood has managed the benefits, finance, information technology, communications and administrative staff of the association.

Hood said he was “both humbled and honored” to be chosen. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and all stakeholders to maintain SamCERA’s high level for performance while building for the future,” Hood said in a prepared statement. Hood has a bachelor’s of science in engineering from the United States Military Academy and a master’s of science in computer information systems from Boston University. He completed a military career as a U.S. Army reserve colonel last year, ending more than 30 years of combined active and reserve service. Full Story

NCAA's After the Game Feature Highlighting GEN Ray Odierno ’76
11/12/2014

 A military career was not the plan, but now he’s the Army’s chief of staff

GEN Ray Odierno '76GEN. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, United States Army

When GEN. Raymond Odierno joined the football team at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1972, he hadn’t given much thought to a career in the Army. He didn’t come from a military family. He just wanted to play college football.

Now, more than 40 years later, he is the Army’s top leader in charge of more than 500,000 of America’s sons and daughters. Along the way, he became known for orchestrating one of the biggest military achievements in recent history: the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Full Story

West Point’s Newest “Classroom”
11/10/2014

Cushing Medal of Honor CeremonyJust in time for Veterans Day, the United States Military Academy has rededicated Cullum Hall’s Pershing Room, which was gifted in 1976 by the Class of 1926, and renamed it the West Point War Memorial Room. In doing so, the Academy removed the hundred or so plaques for the Permanent Professors of USMA and replaced them with 1,157 2-inch by 8-inch nameplates (showing rank and class year) of graduates killed in action, died of wounds in combat or died as a POW in our Nation’s wars. During the ceremony, Colonel Ty Seidule, Department Head of History and Chair of the Museum and Historical Memorialization Committee, said that the new room both speaks to the Academy’s past and highlights its future. “I take all my classes here to understand the vital role West Point played and continues to play in the professionalization of the Army,” Seidule said, “and all the names speak to the sacrifice and the competence of USMA’s graduates.” Thus, in the room’s re-dedication, 100 or so professors have given away to more than 1,000 graduate teachers, and the first to “instruct” cadets was First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, Class of 1861 June, who posthumously just received the Medal of Honor last week, 151 years after his valorous act in the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.

Serving as an artillery commander in Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, Army of the Potomac, Cushing ignored severe wounds to his shoulder and abdomen and, as noted in the first edition (1868) of the Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy, “continued to pour grape and canister into the advancing columns of Rebels until they reached the very muzzles of his pieces.” Cushing’s gallant final act directly impacted the Union Army’s ability to repel the Confederate advance known as “Pickett’s charge” and turned the tide of the Civil War. Addressing the nearly 100 cadets attending the re dedication ceremony, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen ’75, the 59th Superintendent of West Point, said, “With the weight of the Nation on his back, Cushing responded to the call of duty and should remain today as an inspiration to us all.”

VA Secretary McDonald ’75, The VA The Way it Should Be.
11/10/2014

DALLAS - The newly minted Secretary of Veterans Affairs told Dallas doctors that staffing is key for helping the VA recover from its massive scheduling scandal. Secretary Bob McDonald's comments come just months after a whistle-blower revealed lengthy appointment delays hidden by manipulated schedules at the Phoenix VA.

Several VA hospitals were placed under review, including the Dallas VA, where employees told Fox 4 the same thing was happening. The Dallas hospital is still under review. McDonald explains, "Our goal is simple: to provide quality medicine and first rate healthcare delivered with the same proactive courteous coordinated serves as the top ranked customer service companies in the county."

McDonald told some 15,000 members of the American Medical Association gathering in Dallas change is coming to the VA, and he offered a peek at his blue print.
It has 4 major points.

  • Improving health care immediately
  • Resetting the VA's culture of how employees relate to and act toward veterans
  • Transform from "sick care" to "health care" targeting preventable diseases
  • An efficient, transparent and accountable level of care.

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Veterans of War and Service
11/10/2014

Many of the veterans currently enrolled at Harvard Law School carry the lessons learned in the military into the law school classroom. Their service and unique perspective enriches the entire HLS community, elevating awareness about the legal and policy issues affecting veterans and the significance of law in contemporary warfare.

Two years ago, stationed in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan as a platoon leader with the U.S. Army, then-Lieutenant David E. White Jr. ’17 found himself early one morning sipping tea with a village elder while explaining why his men were searching for bomb-making materials. Outreach to locals, and showing respect to their leaders, is essential in fighting the insurgency: “We want the local populace on our side as much as possible,” says White, a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“Little did I know, as I was leaning up against a six-inch wall made of mud, clay and hay, that behind that wall was over 300 pounds of homemade explosives,” recalls White, whose men found the cache hidden under a haystack. With that discovery, and the detention of seven insurgents, the mission crippled the region’s deadliest bomb-making cell. “Our platoon got very lucky that day,” he says.

During his year-long deployment, White, born and raised in upstate New York to a family with a history of military service, led his 21-man platoon on other missions including re-integrating former Taliban fighters into Afghan society, training more than 150 Afghan National Security Forces on the role of the military and police in a constitutional society, and leading his unit’s strike force to partner with special forces from various branches of the U.S military and other nations to capture mid-level Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents. To undermine Taliban funds, White also instituted an alternative seed program for local farmers to persuade them not to grow poppy.  Continue Reading »

[from Harvard Law Today]

Gulakowski ’69 to Host Veteran Day Show
11/7/2014

Denis Gulakowski 69-1st Veterans Day Show at WEBR Radio - Nov 2002Radio personality and Vietnam vet, Denis Gulakowski  “The Big G,” will be hosting his annual Veterans Day celebration radio show during K-Radio Flashback, airing on cable radio station WEBR Radio Fairfax Sunday 9 November 2014.  This year’s show will feature Number 1 hits of various Veterans Days and notable events in US conflicts, as well as selections from the American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) that are over 40 years old.  K-Radio Flashback is a two-hour oldies/nostalgia show that airs 8-10 PM Eastern Time Sundays on Cox & Verizon Cable TV Channels  37  and 837 in Fairfax County, VA, Comcast Channel 27 in Reston, VA and worldwide on the internet at www.k-radio.net

Alonzo Cushing 1861 Receiving Medal of Honor Posthumously
11/6/2014

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to the family of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing USMA Class of 1861. 1st Lt. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for conspicuous gallantry while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. For more information and to watch the ceremony, click here: http://go.usa.gov/7rEd

450 Grads from the Class of ’84
11/6/2014

450 Grads from the Class of ’84 Post game tailgate 450 grads from the Class of 1984 for an aerial group photo at their post-game tailgate! Thank you again for your generous gift.

’89 Reunion Gift to The Point
11/6/2014

The Class of '89 $600,000 Gift! Thank you to the Class of 1989 for its 25th reunion gift of $600,000 in support of the Combating Terrorism Center! We Strengthen the Line!

The Class of ’84 Gives Back!
11/6/2014

Class of '84 Gift of 1.1 Million! Thank you to the Class of 1984 for its 30th reunion gift of $1.1 million for West Point! Nearly 400 grads gave to their class gift fund in support of the new West Point Visitors Center and the Fallen Graduates Memorial Scholarship!

VA Secretary McDonald ’75 to Appear on 60 Minutes11/9
11/6/2014

Secretary McDonald Brings 60 Minutes to VA Boston While touring VA Boston, McDonald talked to researchers, doctors, nurses, administrators, and Veterans with a 60 Minutes camera crew there to capture it all.

“I’m pleased that Secretary McDonald is touring VA Boston,” said Vincent Ng, Director, VA Boston Healthcare System. “Boston is known for cutting edge medicine, sought after programs, educated and highly skilled employees, and world renowned educational affiliations,” he said.

VA has been scrutinized by the press, Congress, and the President; yet, McDonald stood in town hall meetings and asked Veterans, VA employees, and Veterans Service Organizations for feedback with cameras rolling.

McDonald answered questions candidly, and delivered a positive message that promised change and encouraged excellence.

“We are a customer service organization and we’re here to serve Veterans! We’re going to take a look at our organization and see what gets in the way – and we’re going to change it,” said McDonald. Read More

First Call November 4th
11/5/2014

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The “Proud & Great” from the Class of 1978

 

SEC Award Named for Wheeler ’66
11/5/2014

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has created an annual award to go to an SEC Employee or other individual who exemplifies outstanding charitable work or volunteerism on behalf of America’s veterans. The award is named after the late John P. “Jack” Wheeler ’66, in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of Veterans. The first recipient of the award will be Susan Schneider, founder of the SEC Veterans Committee. Last year, under her leadership, the SEC was the largest single contributor to the District of Columbia’s Toys for Tots drive. The award presentation will be during the SEC’s Memorial Day Program in May 2015. Chair Mary Jo White and Commissioner Dan Gallagher will present the award.

Wheeler was best known for his Chairmanship of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which raised over eight million dollars in private donations and succeeded in getting Congress to pass a bill approving a site on the National Mall for Maya Lin's controversial design, now known simply as the Wall.

Mumford ’93 Appointed Classic Party Rentals CEO
11/4/2014

LOS ANGELES--Classic Party Rentals (“Classic” or the “Company”), the nation’s leading event rental and services provider, announced the appointment of Brent Mumford as Chief Executive Officer effective November 10, 2014. “We are excited to have Brent join Classic as its new Chief Executive Officer” “We are excited to have Brent join Classic as its new Chief Executive Officer,” said Jason Scheir, Chairman of the Board. “Brent’s leadership, operational expertise and track record of growing revenues will position the Company for a strong future.”

“I am both humbled and thrilled to be chosen as Classic Party Rentals’ new CEO,” Mumford said. “Classic has a great track record in the industry and I look forward to working with our talented team as we continue to expand and build the brand on a national level.”

Mumford brings nearly two decades of progressive leadership experience in sales, operations and P&L management with significant knowledge of rental business models. He most recently served as Vice President and General Manager for Sullair and before that was CEO of Hi-Way Equipment Company. From 2002-2009, Mumford worked at NES Rentals where he held multiple leadership roles including Region Vice President and Vice President of Operations. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Business Development at Advanced Navigation and Positioning Corporation (ANPC) as well as Director of Product Management and Sales at Comstor. Read More

Brennan ’66 Receives Physician Community Service Award
11/3/2014

Michael W Brennan 66RALEIGH, NCMichael W. Brennan, MD received the E. Harvey Estes Physician Community Service Award from the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) at the society’s Annual Meeting in Greensboro on October 24th-25th. The award recognizes a physician who not only excels in individual patient care, but also serves the larger community. Dr. Brennan is receiving this award because of his devoted service to his patients, state and nation through quality patient care, working to ensure future health care leaders and spreading this message internationally.
Dr. Brennan devoted 20 years of his career to the Army, serving as an aviator for the Army Intelligence Agency during the Vietnam War and as chief of surgery at Fort Bragg, where he gained experience as a comprehensive ophthalmologist. After retiring from the Army, he joined an ophthalmology practice in Burlington, NC.

Dr. Brennan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and, after serving in the Vietnam War, attended Stanford University’s aeronautics and astronautics program to pursue his dream of becoming an astronaut. He quickly realized aeronautics was not his calling and went on to attend medical school at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
Dr. Brennan not only helps to assist his state and nation, he also travels extensively to meet with doctors at global events to discuss practice issues and advocate for quality patient care. He has used his demonstrated leadership skills to become an instrumental part in training future leaders as cofounder of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation’s Leadership College.
Dr. Elizabeth Kanof, the Leadership College’s cofounder, once remarked: “A previous attempt at a leadership program in our state was not successful, but, under Mike’s guidance and with his enthusiasm, future medical leaders in our county and state societies and communities are ensured.”

Army vs Western Kentucky Tailgate
10/31/2014

Army Football 2014Rally at this pre-game tailgate brought to you by the West Point Society of Middle Tennessee!!!
Rock the Black and Gold with grads, parents, friends, and Army fans at the Army vs. WKU pre-game tailgate on November 15 from 7:30-11:30am.
Rally for the Army Team with the Rabs and Cadet Spirit Band while enjoying tailgate fare and meeting up with old (and new) friends!
Call 1-800-5-BIGRED to register.

GO ARMY! BEAT WESTERN KENTUCKY!

San Antonio Career Conference
10/30/2014

San Antonio Career Conference If you are interested in learning more about the current hiring climate in the business world, thinking about a change in your career path, or contemplating returning to school to finally get that advanced degree consider attending SACC!

Service Academy Career Conferences (SACCs) are held four times annually in Savannah, Georgia, Washington, DC, San Diego, California, and San Antonio, Texas. The next Conference is November 20-21, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is open until November 3, 2013 so be sure to register today! More information is available online at SACC-jobfair.com.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at careers@wpaog.org with your questions!

Guarino ’82 Appointed to Liquid Holdings Group Board
10/30/2014

Guarino ’82 Appointed to Liquid Holdings Group Board Liquid Holdings Group, Inc., a provider of cloud-based investment management solutions for the financial community, announced that Alan Guarino will join its Board of Directors.

Mr. Guarino currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Global Financial Services Practice at Korn Ferry, where he is responsible for ensuring that the Firm's largest client relationships have access to the full range of their human capital solutions.

He also leads senior executive search and C-suite succession assignments for large Fortune 500 companies, as well as cutting edge FinTech companies within capital markets. His expertise spans indices, rating agencies, exchanges, clearing firms, technology/data/analytics, and processing companies. Read More

Army vs UCONN Tailgate at Yankee Stadium
10/29/2014

Army Football at Yankees Stadium Courtesy of MLB

RALLY at the TAILGATE!

Join us at a private Go Army tailgate inside the stadium. Come for a great pre-game menu and cash bar, all in a specially reserved venue for Army Fans! Space is limited so register now.

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First Call October 25th
10/29/2014

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Cadets marching Army Navy Game

 

2014 Veteran of the Year
10/28/2014

On Saturday 15 November 2014 at 1 pm the 2014 Veteran of the Year Award Ceremony will be held in the New York State Military Museum. The Annual Award is Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Military Museum and the Capital District of New York Chapter of the Association of the US Army. Guest Speaker will be The Adjutant General of NY, MG Patrick Murphy, a Veteran. Congressman Chris Gibson, also a Veteran, will attend and present a US Flag. The Public is welcome.

The 2014 Awardee is Colonel, Retired, Charles R. Johnson, a 26 year US Army Officer who served in Viet Nam as a Vietnamese Ranger Advisor, Operations Officer in a US Special Operations Group and as a Battalion Commander in the 9th and 25th Infantry Divisions.

COL Charlie Johnson graduated from the US Military Academy, West Point, NY in 1955 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry. His assignments were primarily in troop leading positions, but also included two tours at his Alma Mater first in the Physical Education Department, and later in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools and the Pathfinder Course. He has graduate degrees from Columbia University and Penn State University. He retired from the US Army in 1981.

Since arriving in the Capital District in 1999, COL Johnson has been active in community service, including Troy Mayor’s Ethics Committee, Board of Trustees of Oakwood Cemetery, Habitat for Humanity, and the NYS Governor’s Commission for State Veterans Cemeteries. He is a member and past President of the Tri County Council Vietnam Era Veterans, American Legion Post 1610, VFW Post 8444, Veterans of Lansingburgh, the Rensselear County Veterans Organization and Stratton VA Center Volunteer DAV Van Driver. He also serves on an Advisory Board for a Leadership Program at Duke University and is President of his West Point Class.

COL Johnson is married to Trudy Hall, Head of Emma Willard School. He has three children: Sam, US Army Colonel (Ret), West Point Class of 1982; Joe, a resident at Baddour Memorial Center in Senatoria, MS; and Wendy, a fabric designer in Providence, RI.

Curran ’09 Takes First Place in Marine Corps Marathon
10/28/2014

Curran ’09 First Place in Marine Corps Marathon In the male division, Spc. Samuel Kosgei came in first with a time of 2:22:11, and fellow Soldier Spc. Laban Sialo clocked 2:23:48. After the race, when Kosgei learned that a female Soldier also won, he beamed and said simply, "that's awesome." That female Soldier would be Curran, a field artillery officer. She too has an interesting story. This was her first marathon, she said, and it was totally unexpected.

She explained that there were some injuries on the female Army team and she was asked to fill in for someone just two weeks prior to the race. "I wasn't expecting that." Curran simply willed herself to win. "You can't quit because you're wearing 'Army' and you don't want to let your team members down," she related. But Curran didn't describe the race as brutal. It was actually a lot of fun, she said in a chipper voice immediately after winning. She added that the Marines did a good job running the marathon and the entire experience made her especially "proud to be an American." Read More

Joyce ’02 Named Rampage GM
10/27/2014

Joyce ’02 Named Rampage GM Florida Panthers Executive Vice-President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Eric Joyce has been named General Manager of the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage. In his new role, Joyce will serve as the point person for all hockey operations matters associated with Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Joyce was an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy where he taught Cadets Counterterrorism and Homeland Security. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Joyce also held numerous positions in the government and the private sector focusing on national security. Joyce served as an Army Captain in Operation Iraqi Freedom III in Mosul, Iraq, from 2004-2005 and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star and the Valorous Unit Citation. Read More

Mackin ’88 CryoLife CEO Elected to Board
10/27/2014

Mackin ’88 CryoLife CEO Elected to Board CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY), a leading medical device and tissue processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, announced today that James Patrick (Pat) Mackin, President and Chief Executive Officer, has been elected to the Company's Board of Directors, effective October 21, 2014. Steven G. Anderson, Executive Chairman of CryoLife, stated, "Since joining the Company in September, Pat has proven to be an excellent leader who is well positioned to maximize CryoLife's potential.  His addition to the Board will allow us to draw on his significant experience as we refine and enhance our strategic growth plans."

Mr. Mackin joined CryoLife in September 2014 from Medtronic, Inc., where he most recently served as President of Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, the company's largest operating division. Mr. Mackin is a highly respected professional with more than 20 years of medical device industry experience.  At Medtronic, he previously held the positions of Vice President, Vascular, Western Europe and Vice President & General Manager, Endovascular Business Unit. Prior to joining Medtronic in 2002, Mr. Mackin worked for six years at Genzyme, Inc. serving as its Senior Vice President & General Manager for the Cardiovascular Surgery Business Unit and, earlier, as Director of Sales, Surgical Products division. Before joining Genzyme, he spent four years at Deknatel/Snowden-Pencer, Inc. in various roles and three years as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. Read More

Final Call for Nominations
10/27/2014

This is the last week to submit nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Graduate Award and the 2015 Thayer Award. USMA Classes and West Point Societies may nominate up to two Graduates for the 2015 DGA. Classes, Societies, and individual graduates may nominate great Americans to receive the Thayer Award. Please note the criteria and nomination guidelines for both awards. November 3, 2014 is a hard deadline: NO nominations or endorsements accepted after that date.

Bergen ’01 Wins Rutgers Business Plan Competition
10/27/2014

Brian Bergen ’01 Brian Bergen said he learned the fundamentals of business while serving in the military. Now that training has paid off with a $20,000 award. Although Bergen admitted he has no green thumb, his company is raking in the green with anticipated annual revenues of $150,000 this year. In Bergen’s entry, employees log each service visit on a mobile application and submit the notes and records of work performed to the clients via email. This streamlines the entire process for both customers and staff. “A young entrepreneur can find one of these service industries with slow-moving, outdated processes and use new technology to be more efficient and look more impressive to potential customers,” Bergen said.

Before studying entrepreneurship at Rutgers, Bergen received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and spent eight years in the U.S. military, where he also served in Iraq. Bergen attributes much of his hands-on business success to the military, where he honed his skills in risk taking, decision making and self-discipline. Bergen Botanicals, a service-disabled veteran-owned business, donates 20 percent of its profits to organizations supporting veterans with disabilities.

Xenos ’84 Elected to Regenesis Biomedical Board
10/24/2014

John Xenos '84 The Board elected two new members: R. King Nelson and John S. Xenos, MD.  Scott Brooks, Dr. John Xenos is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and earned his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He then served as the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was directly involved in the treatment of the 75th Ranger Regiment, as well as other infantry units. Dr. Xenos followed his passion for joint replacement and completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at the Anderson Orthopedic Research Institute in Virginia. He then returned to Walter Reed as the Director of Adult Reconstruction, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Corps. Dr Xenos is active in the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Colorado. Read More

Research Grant Award Announcement
10/24/2014

LTC Luis Alvarez 97In a first for West Point faculty, LTC Luis Alvarez, Ph.D., an Academy Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, has been awarded a 3.7 million dollar research grant from the US Army Medical Materiel and Research Command to investigate a novel technology designed to improve the regrowth of bone in combat-related injuries. LTC Alvarez will manage the execution of this grant and will oversee the research teams as they conduct the experiments to assess these novel bone regrowth technologies using the delivery of BMP-2, or Bone Morphological Protein, to regrow bone following traumatic injury. He has established a wealth of new opportunities for West Point cadets and faculty to participate in this Army-relevant research program through both academic year research projects at West Point and the summer IAD(A) opportunities at the partner labs (Institute for Surgical Research, National Cancer Institute, The Mayo Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic). LTC Alvarez, a 1997 graduate of West Point and a Hertz Scholar, originally branched Military Intelligence before completing his doctoral studies and research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As the Director of the Center for Molecular Science, LTC Alvarez manages all research and outreach efforts within the Department of Chemistry and Life Science.

Wood ’85 Commands 38th Infantry Division
10/22/2014

MG Wood ASUDavid Wood ’85 was promoted to Major General on 1 October 2014, and took command of the 38th Infantry Division on 18 October 2014, in a change of command ceremony in Indianapolis, Indiana.  His previous assignment (since 2011) was Deputy CG (Operations), 38th ID.  The outgoing commander was MG Joseph L. Culver.

Melcher ’76 Receives AUSA Dixon Award
10/20/2014

David Melcher AUSA Dixon AwardExelis Chief Executive Officer and President David F. Melcher has been recognized by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Council of Trustees as the John W. Dixon Award recipient for 2014. The John W. Dixon Award is presented annually to “an individual of the industrial community contributing to national defense.” According to the AUSA Council of Trustees, the award was created, “to recognize the unique and direct contributions of American industry to the security of the nation and to honor the partnership between the Army and American industry that has produced the most effective and best equipped land force in history.” 

The first-ever John W. Dixon award was presented to its namesake in 1989.  Dixon entered the Army during World War II as a private, served two and a half years in combat in Europe, and left the service as a first lieutenant in 1946. The Council of Trustees selected Dixon to recognize, “his many exceptional achievements as a soldier and government official, scholar and academician, industrial executive and public leader,” according to AUSA.

Melcher, who retired as a lieutenant general after 32 years of service, last served as the Army’s military deputy for budget and deputy chief of staff for programs at the Pentagon. Since leading a spinoff from former parent company ITT Corporation in 2011, Melcher has made Exelis a partner of choice for the Army, empowering Exelis employees to bring efficient, mission-critical capabilities to soldiers on the ground. Read More

Jimenez ’01 Served as Keynote Speaker
10/20/2014

CPT Jose Jimenez recently served as the keynote speaker for the Camp Arifjan Hispanic Heritage Month observance.
Reflecting on his Costa Rican heritage, his dreams of becoming an astronaut, and experience as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Jimenez addressed his pride as an officer in the United States Army and attributed his success to his family and culture.

“My dream has changed a little bit as I grew up, from being an astronaut, to becoming an engineer, and then a soldier. But throughout my life, I have always remembered the lessons from mi abuelo (my grandfather), mi mama (my mother), and mi papa (my father).” Jimenez also addressed the challenges with becoming a West Point cadet because of his Costa Rican citizenship at the time of his application. Read More

Robert Spignesi ’91 New CEO of Rapid Micro Biosystems
10/20/2014

Rapid Micro Biosystems, a leading provider of automated, non-destructive, rapid microbial detection, announced today that its Board of Directors has named seasoned industry veteran Robert Spignesi as the company's next chief executive officer. As the new CEO of Rapid Micro Biosystems, Rob's priorities will be leading the Company to support the business expansion and widespread adoption of the Growth Direct™ System.

Rob has more than 20 years of leadership experience and joined Rapid Micro Biosystems most recently from Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he was a Vice President and General Manager, Americas. Previously, Rob was the VP of Global Strategy, Marketing and Business Development for Fisher Scientific and held senior roles at McKesson Corporation and its affiliates, including EVP Operations and Development and Vice President of Sales and Business Development within the pharmacy systems and automation group. Earlier in his career, he was a senior consultant within the Life Sciences and Healthcare practice of Deloitte Consulting and an aviation officer with the U.S. Army. Read More

Grant ’71 Longbow Book Release
10/17/2014

Are you a fan of old fashioned adventure tales? Then prepare to travel back to the age of Richard the Lionheart and Robin Hood in the pages of LONGBOW, the beginning novel in the SAGA OF ROLAND INNESS trilogy.
Longbow Wayne Grant 71About the book
Roland Inness desperately needs meat for his starving family, but he takes the wrong deer on the wrong nobleman’s land. Worse yet, he uses his longbow, a weapon outlawed and suppressed by the Norman overlords of England. Now they are coming for him. With one shot the 14 year old peasant boy is launched on a desperate flight that takes him from the mountains of Derbyshire to the wild frontier of Wales and on to the court of Richard the Lionheart.  Along the way he is hunted by a paid killer, aided by a strange monk named Tuck, and taken in by a gruff Norman knight, who values his amazing skill with the bow.  That skill and his courage are sorely tested as he fights to earn the trust of his new master.
“An action-adventure set in 12th-century England, this is an appealing read filled with bows and arrows, sword fights, and the like. …By celebrating Roland’s courage and bravery, the author gives audiences an engaging hero they can easily root for.” ~Publishers Weekly
This is an ideal book for lovers of high adventure and particularly for young men who might be persuaded to put down the game controller for a real adventure!  LONGBOW is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.  Search by author or title.  You may also find it at the author’s website www.waynegrantbooks.com.

Wayne Grant is a graduate of West Point. He served in the US Army with the 1st Armored Division in Erlangen, Germany and with the 4/7th Cavalry Squadron in Yongugol, South Korea.  He later served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (FM) from 1984-1988.

Coach K ’69 to Receive Prestigious Marshall Medal
10/16/2014

Coach K DURHAM, N.C. –Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will added to his impressive awards resume receiving the 2014 George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest award presented by the Association of the United States Army. Awarded annually to an individual who has exhibited selfless service to the United States of America, presented to Krzyzewski by the Association’s Council of Trustees at the George Catlett Marshall Memorial Dinner, the final event of the Association’s three-day Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington.

Krzyzewski will be recognized for his contributions to the United States of America as a strong supporter of national defense and those men and women who have served or are now serving to protect our freedom and liberty. Photo courtesy of Duke Read More.

Hall of Fame Honors ’08, ’46, ’90, ’39, ’70, ’53, ’64, ’48, ’55, ’27
10/15/2014

WEST POINT, N.Y.  - Highlighting a host of honors and national accolades, the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was enshrined Friday night. Beginning with the plaque unveiling ceremony at the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside the Kimsey Athletic Center and ending with a black-tie banquet at Eisenhower Hall, the Class of 2014 was celebrated. Ben Holden of CBS Sports Network served as master of ceremonies. Army Athletic Director Boo Corrigan offered remarks during the plaque unveiling while Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen spoke at the banquet.

Three individual NCAA champions, a three-time National Invitational Tournament participant, league boxing champion, a three-time soccer All-America selection, a West Point graduate who served as team physician, a West Point graduate who served as head football coach and later Superintendent, an offensive lineman that opened holes for two Heisman Trophy winners and won three national championships  and the Academy's first wrestling All-America choice are among the many honors of the Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Rifleman Chris Abalo, football and wrestling standout John Green, women's swimming national champion Jennifer Grzbek, boxer Donald Hull, men's basketball star Jim Oxley, wrestling and football letterwinner Al Paulekas, track and field and cross country extraordinaire Bill Straub, men's soccer's Tom Tyree, Dr. John Feagin and former Superintendent Gar Davidson comprise the Class of 2014. Read More

Salter ’45 To Be Honored at Fitzgerald Festival
10/15/2014

James Salter ’45 James Salter will read from his work and receive the Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature on Saturday evening. Earlier in the day, Salter will teach a writing workshop open to the public. Salter, who served in the Korean War, wrote about his combat experience in his first novel, “The Hunters” (1957). He has gone on to write many more novels, short stories and works of nonfiction. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rhea Award.

In 2013, reviewing “All That Is” - his first novel in almost 35 years - Lisa Zeidner wrote that the story provides “what Salter has always offered: a plaintive, impressionistic look at how we live in time, how little we ever understand about the amorphous shape of our own lives.” Read More

Class of ’74 Presented its 40th Reunion Gift
10/14/2014

Class of 74 Gift Presentation at MichieThe Class of 1974 presented its 40th reunion gift of $4,074,074.74 for the West Point Visitors Center—the largest class gift ever presented to West Point! Since graduation, Class of 1974 members have given more than $10 million to West Point.

The Visitors Center is General Caslen’s number one priority within the For Us All Campaign. This new 15,000-square foot facility is envisioned as an “experience hub” featuring a striking entry pavilion, high-tech exhibits, a state-of-the-art theater, and new artifacts. In recognition of its gift, the Class of 1974 will name the center’ atrium.

“The Class of 1974’s gift makes a significant impact for the Visitors Center, the campaign, and West Point,” says WPAOG Vice President of Development Kristin Sorenson. “We greatly appreciate the leadership, energy, and support that each and every class member contributed.”

“We are excited to play a lead role in the development of the new Visitors Center,” says Class President Robert Mixon ‘74. “The Visitor Center might be the only impression an individual has of our Alma Mater when he or she leaves Highland Falls. It has to be memorable, and that is why the Class of 1974 has stepped up again.” Click here to see » Photos « from the game.

Parent Newsletter, October 2014
10/10/2014

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Parent Newsletter October 2014

Portis ’04 Commemorates Orange County Veterans
10/10/2014

Stoney Portis '04On September 29, MAJ Stoney Portis was the keynote speaker at the Orange County Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony in Goshen, NY. The event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Hindenburg Line during World War I. Forty men from Orange County died on September 29, 1918 while fighting as members of the 107th Infantry, a New York State National Guard Regiment. During the event, MAJ Portis honored the fallen by discussing the lasting effects of the Great War, which include the Army’s combat and operational stress control program, the educational curriculum of the officer corps at West Point, and the esprit de corps of military service members and their families.

Class of ’04
10/9/2014

Class of 2004 giftThe Class of 2004 made its first reunion gift to West Point in October and set new records for a 10-year reunion gift in both the size of its gift and in the participation of class members. Its gift of $550,000 beat the previous record of $520,000, and the campaign had a 76-percent participation rate among class members, beating the previous participation record of 64 percent. 

The Class of 2004 designated its gift to three specific For Us All Campaign needs: the Visitors Center, the Academy Scholars Program, and the Semester Abroad Program. General Caslen has deemed each of these needs as priorities for the Academy within the campaign, and the Class of 2004’s gift provides great momentum towards achieving these fundraising goals.

First Call October Special Edition
10/9/2014

Don't miss out on this month's Special Edition First Call as we focus on the impact of gifts to West Point.

- Cadet Activities
- Academy Scholars and Semester Abroad Programs
- Special Gift from Dr. Harry Van Trees '52
- Outreach from cadets to future cadets

If you have missed any edition of First Call you can find them in the online archives

BG Wesley ’86 "Big Red One"
10/8/2014

FORT RILEY (KSNT) – The 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters cased its colors at a ceremony Wednesday morning at Fort Riley’s Victory Park in preparation for its deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility.

The 1st Inf. Div.’s Deputy Commanding General for Support, Brig. Gen. Eric J. Wesley took the reins of the “Big Red One” rear detachment at the ceremony.

Wesley has been assigned to the 1st Inf. Div. previously and served as the commander of the 1st Inf. Div.’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. Wesley was most recently the director for plans at the ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan. Read More

McBrayer ’74 Appointed to Misonix Board of Directors
10/8/2014

Misonix, Inc. an international surgical device company, announced today the appointment of Patrick McBrayer to the Company's Board of Directors effective immediately. With more than 20 years of senior management experience in the healthcare industry, Patrick McBrayer has extensive relevant industry experience to the Misonix Board. Mr. McBrayer currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of AxioMed Spine Corporation, a leading, privately-held, developer of next generation technology for degenerative spine conditions.

Prior to AxioMed, Mr. McBrayer was Chief Executive Officer of Xylos Corporation, a medical biomaterials company. He is also a Founder of Transave Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the site-specific treatment of lung disease. Prior to joining Xylos, Mr. McBrayer served as President and CEO of Exogen, Inc., a company focused on the non-invasive treatment of musculoskeletal injury and disease, which was acquired by Smith & Nephew, Inc. in 1999.

Previously, Mr. McBrayer was President and CEO of Osteotech, Inc., a worldwide leader in tissue technology. In both companies, he was responsible for a number of private placements and both companies' public offerings and led these organizations to dominant market share positions. He received the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 1998 for a biological implant for bone repair that is now a market-leading product. Prior to joining Osteotech, Mr. McBrayer held positions of increasing responsibility for Johnson & Johnson, Inc.

A 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point), Mr. McBrayer served as an Infantry Officer Company Commander in the U.S. Army prior to beginning his business career. Mr. McBrayer has also served on West Point's Association of Graduates Board of Trustees.

BG Clarke ’84 Takes Command of the 82nd Airborne Division
10/6/2014

Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., right, shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/144262/all-americans-change-command#.VDKYZhbIKRw#ixzz3FN7VU100 FORT BRAGG, N.C. - In a time-honored tradition that dates back centuries, the 82nd Airborne Division conducted a change of command ceremony, Oct. 3 at Pike Field.

During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke assumed command of the division from Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson, Jr. As he concluded his remarks, Nicholson said that there was no finer officer and leader to take the reins of the division than Brig. Gen. Richard Clarke.

Clarke, who was most recently the commandant of cadets at the United States Military Academy, said he and his family are humbled to be joining the ranks of the division again. As Clarke continued with his remarks, he spoke directly to the sea of sun-drenched paratroopers on the parade field.

“What I pledge to this entire division, with all my heart and all my soul, is that I will give 100 percent every day, and that I will lead by example in all regards,” he said. Clarke continued, promising he would do everything he could to ensure that the paratroopers and families of the division are well-resourced and well-led. Read More

COL Fleming ’89 New COO of Walton Group
10/6/2014

RESTON, Va. The Walton Group of Companies announced today that Colonel Edward Fleming, US Army, Retired has joined Walton Development and Management (WDM) as Chief Operating Officer for North America. In this new role, Colonel Fleming will manage the day-to-day operations for Walton’s 88,000 acres of land under administration and 21 development projects throughout the United States and Canada. As a top executive, Colonel Fleming will play a vital role in helping to shape the future of the Walton Group of Companies.

Before joining Walton, Colonel Fleming was the Executive Director of Civil Works and Emergency Operations for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, where he was part of the leadership team that had oversight responsibility of a 194-person directorate managing the nation’s $5.4 billion civic works program comprised of infrastructure with a capital stock value of $192 billion, 170 field offices and 23,000 employees.

During his distinguished career with the US Army, Colonel Fleming managed some of the most pressing and high-profile infrastructure challenges faced by the United States. Following Hurricane Katrina, Colonel Fleming managed the reconstruction of the $14.5 billion Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System in greater New Orleans. The project included 133 miles of levees, floodwalls and gates and the largest drainage pump station in the world. He also oversaw the adjudication of more than 1,800 federal permits each year under the Clean Water and Rivers and Harbors Acts balancing the need for environmental protection and economic development.

Mr. Fleming holds a B.A. in Civil Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Read More

Wrendon P. Hunt ’05 Appointed to Class of White House Fellows
10/3/2014

Wendon Hunt 05The President's Commission on White House Fellowships announced the appointment of the 2014-2015 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 program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders "firsthand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government.

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. Additional information about the program: www.whitehouse.gov/fellows.

Wrendon P. Hunt of Midland, Mich., was the Associate Commercial Director and previously North America senior product manager for Dow Solar at Dow Chemical Company. Preceding his employment with Dow, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.

Hunt completed two Western Pacific Deployments in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom and led the pre-deployment preparations for two ships as a Training Liaison Officer for Afloat Training Group San Diego. Outside of the office, he served as Dow's focal point for the 100K Veteran's Job Mission, on the Advisory Board for the Children's Ministry in his local church, and as a regular volunteer at the Juvenile Correction Center and Humane Society.

Hunt received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. Read More

Davies ’86 Joins Tiberi Service Academy Nomination Board
10/1/2014

U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) announced Monday that Morrow County resident Patricia Davies would join the 12th Congressional District Service Academy Board. Pat Davies graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 with a degree in mechanical engineering and earned the rank of captain before leaving military service.

“I’m pleased to welcome Patricia to the Service Academy Appointment Board. As a service academy alumna, she will know first-hand what attributes will help a candidate succeed both in the academy and in the military,” said Congressman Tiberi.

Following her graduation from West Point, Davies served in the 24th Battalion, 24th Infantry Division stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia as both a shop officer and the Executive Officer. She is currently the Director of Operations for Morrow County. Read More

Parker ’83 Named Division President of Corvias Military Living
9/30/2014

Chuck Parker '83East Greenwich, R.I.–Corvias Group announced that Charles E. (Chuck) Parker has been appointed division president of the company’s military housing division, Corvias Military Living.

In his new role, Parker, who previously served as the head of property Mmanagement for Corvias Group and executive vice president of property management for Corvias Military Living, will assume responsibility for managing all operational aspects of Corvias Military Living’s 50-year partnerships with the Army and the Air Force, including partner relations, program and property management, and construction.

Corvias’ military housing portfolio is comprised of almost 25,000 homes on more than 10,000 acres of land across 13 Army and Air Force installations from Alaska to Florida. As part of their efforts to continuously improve quality of life for service members and their families, the company has renovated 5,439 and built 3,887 homes and 30 community centers over the last 12 years.

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Narramore ’95 & Powell ’00 Complete NYC Century Bicycle Tour
9/26/2014

LTC Ward Narramore 95 CPT Trent Powell 00Assistant Professors LTC Ward Narramore (USMA ’95) and CPT Trent Powell (USMA ’00) completed the New York City Century Bicycle Tour, a 102 mile race through Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan. This annual event draws around 6,000 participants. The course is designed specifically to display the diversity and breadth of New York City.

Gregory L. Crawford ’67 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
9/26/2014

Gregory L Crawford 67The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has received national recognition from the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) in an awards ceremony during the Resource Recycling Conference this past week in New Orleans, hosted by Resource Recycling Magazine.

Gregory L. Crawford ’67, Executive Director, received the highest honor, a “Lifetime Achievement in Recycling Award,” recognizing his decades of leadership in the field of recycling. Read More

Jack Hammack ’49 to Receive ODIA Distinguished Service Award
9/25/2014

With one of the Army Athletic Association's marquee events - its annual Hall of Fame Induction banquet - less than three weeks away, Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan added another special honoree to that night, announcing today that longtime athletic department backer John "Jack" Hammack will receive the ODIA Distinguished Service Award.One of the top honors bestowed by the Army Athletic Association, the ODIA Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual for significant contributions to the intercollegiate program. It is not presented annually, but only in years when the athletic department identifies a deserving recipient. Read more...

 

Taylor ’73 Wins with Path to Freedom
9/24/2014

Author Conrad Taylor 73West Point graduate and Guyanese American author, Conrad Taylor ’73, captured a fourth award for his book, PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance. It just won "Honorable Mention" in the Readers' Favorite 2014 International Book Competition, which attracted more than 3,000 entries. The contest holder will feature all award-winning books at the Readers' Favorite Winners' booth on the last three days of the annual Miami Book Fair. Taylor will receive his award in the Non-Fiction Military category at a November 22nd evening ceremony at the Regency Hotel Miami.

PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance offers a ringside seat to the cultural trauma of emigration, the unique experience that is West Point, the personal side of Cold-War-era geopolitics, and the mayhem of Third World politics. The view is nostalgic for some, shocking to many, and enlightening for others.

A judge praised the book as "a captivating memoir" that "gives me another level of understanding of what Third World citizens have to go through to obtain freedom as an unconditional human right."

"I am honored and humbled," Taylor stated, "that a book critic, trusted for honest reviews by the likes of James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, and the big four publishers, praised my book for educating him." He added, "I am pleased that my story is helping others see why immigration is a lifeline for so many." Read More

Fall 2014 Edition of The West Point Magazine
9/23/2014

West Point Magazine Fall 2014Check your mailboxes, the fall addition of The West Point Magazine will be coming soon!  You can view the Online version now... Just click here

CPT Kevin W. Mott ’07 2014 Nininger Award Recipient
9/22/2014

Like thousands of graduates before him, CPT Kevin W. Mott ’07 accepted an offer to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point because he “wanted to make a difference.” What a difference he has made, especially while fighting in Afghanistan as a platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (“No Slack”), 101st Airborne Division during Operation Strong Eagle III. Anticipated to last just a few days, this mission to clear an insurgent stronghold in the Kunar Province turned into a nine-day battle against a well-fortified enemy. “Their command and control ability was amazing,” said Mott. “Before we moved down the mountain to clear the Kalats, they mobilized unseen into the hills and spread out across 10-15 kilometers worth of terrain.”

On the first day of the mission, March 27, 2011, his unit was ambushed as soon as it lost its air support after a storm moved into the valley. Eleven soldiers in his platoon’s lead section were cut off and under heavy fire from all directions. Three were shot. Mott radioed in the casualties. He then put himself in the line of enemy fire so that his pinned fire team could move to a better position. Finally, getting to a position where he could see the enemy (less than 50 meters away), he called in indirect fire, effectively suppressing the enemy. “This went on for nine days,” said Mott, “with something bad happening in the mission every day.” Full Story

 

Sheairs ’79 Named Executive Director
9/18/2014

Joseph M. Sheairs Sr. ’79, a veteran executive with more than 35 years of experience in aviation, engineering, technology and business, today was named the new executive director of the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park by the board of trustees of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Sheairs is a graduate of West Point and the New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds degrees in engineering and computer sciences. In 2009-2010, he served as interim executive director and then deputy executive director of the Next Generation Aviation and Technology Park, a precursor to the Stockton ARTP.

According to a news release, Sheairs was instrumental in securing the Virginia Tech Federal Aviation Administration Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site designation, which includes work in southern New Jersey. Stockton College and Stockton ARTP are members of the Virginia Tech team known as the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, which is helping to test unmanned aircraft systems. Read More

O'Neil ’85 Releases Sci-Fi Military Book
9/18/2014

glory main vincent henry oneilHarper Voyager Impulse is issuing a call to arms: we aim to launch and support a brilliant new science fiction author, and his riveting new work of speculative fiction:  GLORY MAIN (eBook ISBN 9780062359186, $2.99; print ISBN 9780062359193, $5.99) by talented writer Henry V. O’Neil.

His novel, GLORY MAIN, was selected by editor Kelly O’Connor from among thousands of manuscripts submitted during Harper Voyager’s unprecedented open call for new talent.

The author’s own experience in the military arena adds a patina to the work: O’Neil served as a US Army Infantry officer, and he holds a Bachelor’s degree from West Point. O’Connor asserts, “We’ve seen that military SF readers can appreciate when the author speaks from personal knowledge.”
About the book: We are closer to the Sims than we think
For decades, mankind has been locked in a war with an alien enemy that resembles the human race so closely they are known as the Sims. Both sides battle for control of habitable planets across the galaxies—often at any cost.

Lieutenant Jander Mortas is fresh out of officer training and new to the war zone but eager to prove himself. There's just one problem: disaster strikes while he's traveling to his first assignment. He wakes to find himself marooned on a planet that appears deserted, with the only other survivors: a psychoanalyst, a conscientious objector, and a bitter veteran of a brutal slave-scout detachment. As the group struggles to reach safety on a nearby base, Glory Main, they discover a Sim colony—which could mean their salvation, or their demise.  Thrown together, they must fight the harsh elements, an ever-present enemy, and possibly each other.

HENRY V. O’NEIL is the name under which award-winning mystery novelist Vincent H. O’Neil publishes his science fiction work. A graduate of West Point, he served in the US Army Infantry with the Tenth Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. and the 1st Battalion (Airborne) of the 508th Infantry in Panama.

MG Darryl A. Williams ’83 Leading the War on Ebola
9/17/2014

The man tapped by President Obama to lead the war on Ebola is a long-time Army leader who has experience on the battlefield, in Africa, and the medical arena. Major General Darryl A. Williams just took over command of U.S. Army Africa, in June, and on Tuesday it was announced that he would set up a command center in Monrovia, Liberia, and oversee as many as 3,000 military personnel who will help with training new health workers and setting up new facilities.

"He just arrived today and is now on the ground in Liberia," Obama said of Williams and "Operation Unified Assistance" on Tuesday. "And our forces are going to bring their expertise in command and control, in logistics, in engineering."

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1983, Williams became a field artillery officer and platoon leader based in Scheinfurt, Germany, according to his Army bio. He then had assignments in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before being deployed to the Persian Gulf for Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the early 1990.

He later earned a master’s degree in leadership development at West Point, and served as a tactical officer for the U.S. Corps of Cadets. And from 1998 to 2000, under Bill Clinton, he served as Army Aide to the President of the United States.

After more leadership positions both stateside and in Germany, he served as the deputy director for "Comprehensive Soldier Fitness," and served as the Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition — a role in which he oversaw programs geared towards the well-being of soldiers returning from battle.

Vote for Joshua Sik '05 Project Green Light Video
9/16/2014
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Vote for West Point Grad Joshua Sik, ’05, Excuse Me video. After his military service Joshua began making films as a director. The short film, titled Excuse Me, was chosen out of thousands to be in the top 20 of Project Green Light. The winner of the competition gets to direct a Hollywood feature film produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. To vote you will need a facebook account. Share on Facebook and help spread the word

 

Class of ’92 at The Stanford Tailgate
9/15/2014

Class of 92 at the Stanford Tailgate

COL John Boulé ’86 Hired as Senior VP at Dewberry
9/12/2014

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

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

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

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

Class of 1960 Annual Appalachian Trail Hike
9/9/2014

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

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

Graham ’87 Receives Combat Awards
9/8/2014

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

John Thresher Joins United Allergy Services as National Director of Sales
9/4/2014

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

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

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

Mike Urette has Been Named Board Chair
9/3/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

151 Years Later Cushing to be Awarded Medal of Honor
8/27/2014

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

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

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

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

Grad who Joined Ukrainian Army Unit Died in ‘Street Battle’
8/26/2014

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

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

West Point Exoskeleton Capstone Team Wins Innovation Award
8/22/2014

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

COL Coffin Takes Command of VA 116th Infantry Brigade
8/21/2014

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

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

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

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

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

Kate Kohler ’96 Announced Principal of Korn Ferry
8/20/2014

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

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

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

Frank Janoski ’74 Named in 2015 Best Lawyers in America
8/19/2014

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

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

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

GEN McCaffrey Appointed to Excelitas Technologies Board
8/19/2014

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

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

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

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

Leaders Conference Wrap-Up
8/18/2014

Class of 1967 West Point Alumni Leaders Conference

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

Alumni Named Among Best Lawyers in US
8/18/2014

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

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

Bryan Simon '97 Recipient of Warren D. Bowman, MD Award
8/18/2014

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

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

Grads Help Cadets to do AIADs in Vietnam
8/15/2014

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

William H. Roof ’76, Ph.D. to Chief Operating Officer
8/12/2014

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

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

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

John G. Powers ’88 Upstate NY Super Lawyer
8/12/2014

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

Senate Confirms McDonald as VA Secretary
8/4/2014

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

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

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

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

Grad Appointed Dir of Development for Monastic Congregation
8/4/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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