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Election Results for the WPAOG Board & Advisors

At the WPAOG Annual Meeting today, the election of Chair, Vice Chair, Directors, and Advisors-at-Large was the primary agenda item. The following graduates were elected as Chair and Vice Chair of our Association, to serve from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017. 

Larry R. Jordan ’68 (2929 votes)

Vice Chair:
Ellen W. Houlihan ’82 (2867votes)

The following members were elected as Directors and Advisors-at-Large, to serve from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018.

Kim M. Campbell ’76 (2949 votes)
Charles C. Correll, Jr. ’89 (2924 votes)
John H. Northrop ’72 (2958 votes)
James Z. Wartski ’82 (2932 votes)

Advisors at Large:
Michael E. Alverson ’67 (2846 votes)
Scott J. Anderson ’90 (2827 votes)
James A. Bland ’97 (2817 votes)
Douglass S. Heckman ’81 (2846 votes)
Katherine W. Kohler ’96 (2842 votes)
Kathryn K. Pegues ’02 (2844 votes)

Also, the Board-recommended Bylaws amendments were approved by the members.  Copies of the Chairman's Annual Report were provided.

Yankee ’99 Appointed Senior VP at Tractor Supply Co

Tractor Supply Company, announced that Colin Yankee has joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Distribution and Logistics. In this role, Mr. Yankee will be responsible for management of all transportation and distribution center activities for Tractor Supply Company, as well as the distribution center growth strategy and continuous improvement of supply chain operational efficiencies.

Prior to joining Tractor Supply Company, Mr. Yankee was Vice President, Logistics for Neiman Marcus. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Senior Director, Distribution and Transportation for Target Corporation, where he began as Production Planner and Operations Manager in 2004. Before 2004, he served as a Cavalry Officer, Captain in the United States Army. Mr. Yankee earned a Master of Science, Supply Chain Management Degree from Michigan State University. Read More

The Honorable CPT Noble ’88 Appointed as Circuit Judge

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed the Honorable Michael Noble as Circuit Judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, which covers the city of St. Louis. Judge Noble graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 2004. He is currently an Associate Circuit Judge in the city of St. Louis. Previously, Judge Noble served as a Drug Court Commissioner for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, during which time the St. Louis City Drug Court was awarded the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Cultural Proficiency Courage Award. Additionally, Judge Noble is a past president of the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals. Judge Noble served as a Field Artillery Officer in both the United States Army and Army Reserves. He has also served as a patent agent and patent attorney for Armstrong Teasdale L.L.P. and an Assistant Public Defender in the city of St. Louis. Read More

Hazlett ’80 Promoted to President of Accuride

Scott D. Hazlett has been promoted to President, Wheels, continuing to report to President and CEO Rick Dauch. Hazlett will be responsible for integrating the Gianetti Ruote joint venture and leading the global growth of Accuride’s Wheels business. Hazlett previously had served as Senior Vice President of Operations, leading the operational restructuring and upgrade of the Gunite business, and the expansion of capacity and capability of Accuride’s steel and aluminum wheel business in North America. These production and process upgrades were central to Accuride’s successful turnaround strategy to boost operational performance to world-class levels on key metrics such as quality, delivery and lead-times. Hazlett joined Accuride in October 2011 following leadership roles in the agricultural and transportation industries with TriMas and Case Corporation, and as a Partner with industrial turnaround specialist Conway, Mackenzie & Dunleavy of Michigan. Read More

COL Dr. Shock ’59 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. John Shock, ophthalmologist and founding director of the Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, on Wednesday received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the first Health Care Heroes awards luncheon. The event, which took place at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock, was hosted by Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock and presented by Complete Care Inc. The event honors individuals, companies and organizations that making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Arkansas.

Shock, now semi-retired, has a had long medical career. After attending U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Duke University Medical School, he served 20 years with the U.S. Army Medical Corps and at 3 different military hospitals. Shock was later recruited by the UAMS College of Medicine in Little Rock to fill the vacant position of professor and chairman of the ophthalmology department. Shock has more than 100 scientific publications and presentations, patents for several surgical instruments and other devices, and helped train more than 150 ophthalmologists. Read More

Scott ’88 Appointed CEO of Nanostone Water

Timothy Scott has joined membrane solutions company Nanostone Water as chief operating officer. Scott will be responsible for the company’s global ceramic and polymeric manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Nanostone, Scott served as general manager for Donaldson Co, Gas Turbine Systems. He has also served as plant manager for General Electric’s Aircraft Engine facility and served in various supply chain roles at General Motors. He earned a graduate degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.  “Tim brings a wealth of global experience to our leadership team, and will play a critical role driving our growth strategy,” said David Jellison, CEO of Nanostone Water. Read More

CPT Featherstone ’08 Walked to Raise Awareness about Veteran Suicide

On the eve of Veterans Day, one combat veteran put on his walking shoes and hit the highway early Tuesday morning for a hike of more than double the length of a marathon in hopes of raising awareness about veteran suicide. According to the Veterans Administration, an average of 22 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day. When Army infantry officer and West Point graduate Travis Featherstone completed a military career that included 14 months in Afghanistan, he had a strong support system of family and friends to ease his transition to civilian life. Unfortunately, two of his former brothers in arms weren’t so lucky and eventually took their own lives.

Featherstone, was walking approximately 57 miles from the Hawkins County Courthouse to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home in Johnson City. Every 22 paces Tuesday, either Featherstone or his walking companion Ben Lindley stopped and planted a 4-by-6-inch American flag in the ground, representing a fellow veteran who took his or her own life. The trail of flags is along Highway 11-W from Rogersville to Kingsport and along Interstate 26 from Kingsport to the VA. Aside from raising awareness about veteran suicide, Featherstone wants this walk to be a tribute to his two friends who took their own lives. “This is to bring awareness to the East Tennessee area and to our local VA that there’s always more that we can do for veterans,” he told the Times-News during his walk Tuesday. Read More

Check Out the New WPAOG Gift Shop Catalog

The WPAOG Gift Shop Holiday Catalog is coming at you soon. Look for it right after Thanksgiving. But you can get a sneak peek now and take advantage of the pricing right away, no need to wait until Cyber Monday.

MAJ White ’00 to Co-Receive NFF Distinguished American Award

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced that it will salute the thousands of student-athletes who have played football at the nation’s military academies over the years by honoring one representative of each branch as a co-recipient of the 2015 NFF Distinguished American Award. “The goal in honoring these three outstanding former football players is to clearly demonstrate football’s role in developing our nation’s military’s leaders and that our country is better because of their football experiences, which have prepared them to defend our nation,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “These three exceptional leaders serve as shining examples of football’s role in the educational mission at our nation’s military academies. We take great pride in honoring them and their exceptional records of achievement.”

One of the most prestigious honors presented by the NFF, the Distinguished American Award recognizes an outstanding person who has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game and who, over a long period of time, has exhibited enviable leadership qualities and made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the United States. Each of the three award winners will be honored at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. “These gentlemen embody the NFF’s motto of Building Leaders Through Football,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “As athletes, scholars, and, always, as leaders, they have served their nation and fellow soldiers well in both war and peace. And each attributes their football experiences as having played a big role in their successes. The National Football Foundation is honored to recognize them as ‘Distinguished Americans.’”

Hopkins ’88 Named an “Attorney at the Top” by TNJ

Dennis Hopkins, a partner in Perkins Coie Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation practices, has been named one of the five “Attorneys at the Top” for 2015 by The Network Journal (TNJ). For many years, TNJ has profiled five African-American partners at leading U.S. law firms who are considered to be at the top of the legal profession. Dennis’s practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent, copyright and trade secret litigation. He has significant experience in all phases of IP litigation, including mediations, trials and appeals. Dennis is active in many professional, community and legal associations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Advisory Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and the New York City Bar Fund Board. He is deeply committed to guiding and grooming the next generation of lawyers and serves on the board of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, a mentoring organization. In 2014, the Counsel of Urban Professionals named Dennis one of its Catalysts, designating him “Change Agent - Law” and he was a Fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He is a Board Member of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program. Dennis earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law and was a U.S. Army Attack Helicopter Platoon Leader and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Read More

Rolfe ’53 Reunited with Class Ring After 49 Years

On Veterans Day‬, Rolfe Arnhym USMA Class of 1953 was reunited with his West Point class ring after 49 years. Watch this incredible story about the remarkable return of a cherished ring that went from the jungles of Vietnam to a Hawaiian pawn shop to being buried for decades in a stranger's jewelry box. Click here to watch the video | Story

CPT Marold ’08 Co-founder & Pres of WUSTL Student Veteran Assoc

As he watched the Twin Towers fall on Sept. 11, 2001, David Marold immediately knew the United States would respond. He knew that response would require the courage and commitment of thousands of young men and women. And he knew those soldiers would need leaders to keep them safe. “I thought that was something I could do,” Marold said. He was just 15.

Marold continues to lead and mentor members of the military. As co-founder and president of Washington University Student Veterans Association, Marold successfully advocated for the expansion of the Yellow Ribbon program at the law school; has recruited talented, if occasionally non-traditional, candidates; and has connected student veterans to university resources and a robust alumni network. Read More

LTG Ely ’33 Honored by the Mayor of Delray Beach

LTG William Ely was honored by the Mayor of Delray Beach as the Keynote Speaker and Grand Marshall of the parade on Atlantic Avenue. He spoke for 10 minutes and was cheered by more than a thousand people.

At 103, Ely is the oldest West Point graduate in the nation. The Delray resident served on Midway Island and in the Southwest Pacific. His awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal.

Photo: LTG William Ely, his son COL Richard Ely and a friend at the Delray Beach Veterans Day Celebration

Highlights from Ely's 33-year Army career include working with Gen. George Marshall's attaché in Japan in conjunction with surrender negotiations after the atomic bombing. And with the Army Corps of Engineers, Ely contributed to critical infrastructure. Story

Santora ’91 Appointed CEO of Workforce Insight

Workforce Insight, a global leader in workforce management and analytics, announced the appointment of Tony Santora as the organization’s new CEO amid accelerated expansion of the firm’s solutions and expertise in workforce analytics and value added services. “Tony is an exceptional leader with deep human capital management expertise and global operating experience, recognized for his outstanding record of success in propelling organizations to new heights of market-leading growth” stated Board Chairman Owen Sullivan. “We are excited to welcome Tony as we boost expansion of the firm’s workforce management and analytics capabilities in response to explosive demand from enterprise clients across key industry sectors.”

Previously, Tony Santora served as the Managing Director of Global Markets at RiseSmart where he expanded the organization’s global delivery capability to a network of over 40 countries. Prior to RiseSmart Tony spent more than a decade at workforce solutions provider ManpowerGroup, where he held executive leadership roles in two of its specialty brands, Experis and Right Management. As the Global Managing Partner for Experis, Tony was responsible for the operations, restructuring and transformation of the global business and brand. During his time as Executive Vice President for Right Management, Tony drove exponential growth of the career and talent management practices and expanded the firms’ solution set and capabilities to scale through the creation of five global Centers of Excellence. Read More

Save the Date: Athena's Arena Conference

Save the Date! Join us for the 2nd Decennial Conference celebrating Women at West Point, April 28-30, 2016. The theme is Athena’s Arena: Women Strong! Inspire, Lead, Empower. This Decennial event, commemorating 40 years of women at West Point, will bring together Academy graduates, scholars, and distinguished guests, as well as Army Leaders, cadets, staff and faculty. The Conference will begin with a Thursday afternoon Memorial Service, followed by two days of thought provoking programming and key note speakers exploring current women's topics at West Point, in the Army, and across the nation.  Visit the conference website for more details.  Registration opens in Winter 2016.

Dauer ’81 Named New US Forest Service Director

The US Forest Service has appointed a new Director for Grey Towers National Historic Site, William A. (Bill) Dauer. A native Pennsylvanian, Dauer stepped into the new position this Fall, just in time to lead a busy season of public, education and leadership development programs. A 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy and former Army football player, Bill joined the US Forest Service as an engineer in 1989 after 8 years of active duty in the US Army. Bill has held several positions with the US Forest Service throughout the country, including the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado and, since 2000, the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine, where he has most recently been serving as Technical Services Team Leader. Read More

Reese ’91 Named Basic American Foods President & CEO

Basic American Foods announced that Bryan Reese will join the company on November 9, 2015 as its new president and chief executive officer. Bryan is currently senior vice president of sales, marketing and research & development of Foster Farms, a family-owned business based in Livingston, CA. "I am extremely pleased that Bryan is joining our company. He has the skills, experience, and vision to lead our company into a new era of growth, while building on the successes of our past," said George H. Hume Chairman of Basic American Foods.

A graduate of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, Bryan served for four years in the US Army Corps of Engineers and was twice deployed to Somalia. After his military service, Bryan joined E. & J. Gallo where he held marketing positions of increasing responsibility. As chief marketing and innovation officer at Bolthouse Farms, Bryan was the architect of the marketing strategy that built the company's successful juice and salad dressing businesses. Read More

Montclair's Mt. Hebron School Renamed for Aldrin ’51

Buzz AldrinMONTCLAIR, NJ - Mt. Hebron Middle School officially becomes the Buzz Aldrin Middle School. After a vote of the Montclair Board of Education, the school will now be named after the famed astronaut who spent his life in Montclair and attended Montclair Public Schools all the way through. Born Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. on January 20, 1930 at Mountainside Hospital, he graduated from Montclair High School in 1947. Aldrin went on to later become the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11 and set foot on the Moon on July 21, 1969 following Neil Armstrong. This was the first manned lunar landing in history. Read More

CPT Hulen ’11 Takes Command of the 18th MEDCOM

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Soldiers and leaders of the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) welcomed a new commander to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC). Modlin passed the reigns of HHC to Capt. McKinsey Hulen saying, "You are definitely the right leader, at the right time, to take this organization forward…turning over the company, while difficult for me, is made much easier knowing it's in your sure and steady hands." Hulen is no stranger to the Pacific region having served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Pacific Regional Medical Command commander, commander of Tripler Army Medical Center and Chief of the Medical Service Corps in Honolulu. Read More

Ellis ’13 Selected in NBA D-League Draft

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Former Army West Point men's basketball standout Ella Ellis was selected by the Maine Red Claws in the 2015 NBA Development League Draft on Saturday evening. Ellis, a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, earned an invite to Red Claws' training camp, which begins Monday. Ellis was Maine's second pick of the draft and was chosen in the second round at 31st overall. The Red Claws serve as the minor league affiliate of the NBA's Boston Celtics and are one of 19 D-League teams, who each have a direct association to an NBA franchise. Read More

West Point AOG Receives National Recognition for Fundraising

For the third year in a row, the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) has been selected for the Overall Performance Award in Educational Fundraising by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Of the 571 institutions evaluated, WPAOG was one of only 15 that received additional top-tier recognition for Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising. CASE is considered higher education’s leading resource for knowledge, standards, advocacy and training in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and related activities. Additionally, the U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) college rankings released last month listed West Point’s alumni giving participation rate ahead of all other service academies. These national achievements for WPAOG are not surprising given that, over the last three years, the organization has successively broken records for cash and pledge receipts. Read More

Renne ’75 Appointed Managing Director at RSR Partners

RSR Partners, an executive search and leadership consulting firm, announced the appointment of Alan Renne as Managing Director in the firm's Industrial Practice. Mr. Renne joins RSR Partners from Russell Reynolds Associates, where he recruited for some of the world's largest and most respected companies. He will be based in the firm's Greenwich, Connecticut office. Announcing Renne's appointment, RSR Partners Chairman Russell S. Reynolds, Jr. stated, "Alan's track record, speed, and industry knowledge will provide our clients a decided edge in the marketplace. We knew we wanted him on our team, not someone else's." Colin Graham, head of the firm's Industrial Practice, added, "Alan's search expertise spanning an array of industrial markets adds a powerful combination of skills and network to our practice. His contributions to our aerospace, automotive, diversified manufacturing, industrial technology, and transportation work will be highly-additive." Read More

2LT Lafontaine ’15 Takes First at Marine Corps Marathon

Army 2nd Lt. Trevor Lafontaine bested 30,000 runners in his first ever marathon at the 40th annual Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2 hours 24 minutes. Drizzly weather and competition from runners of all ages and experience didn't slow down Lafontaine, who found a good pace the others couldn't maintain. "Probably with about four miles to go, I realized, 'OK, I'm not going to fall apart at this point,'" said Lafontaine, 22. "I was hurting at the end, but I think everyone else was hurting, too." Read More

Thank You Note from Gary Sinise to the Long Gray Line

Dear West Point Association of Graduates,

Thank you does not seem an adequate acknowledgment for your recognizing me on October 22, 2015 with the Sylvanus Thayer award at West Point.

After the day's events, while extremely tired from the long day of activities, I was still wide awake as the special day continued to replay itself in my mind over and over again.

For me, the privilege and reward is in knowing that, as a civilian citizen, there is something I can do to support the men and women who defend our country. Yet, I appreciate so very much the acknowledgment that you have bestowed on me, and will cherish the memory of receiving it always.

The Thayer award will be proudly displayed at my office in Los Angeles in a place of honor. Please know how deeply grateful my family and I are for all you have done in service to our country, and for honoring me with this special tribute.

Warmest regards to you all.


Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise Receives 2015 Thayer Award

Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Gary Sinise has played many roles throughout his thirty-plus year career: police detective, soldier, astronaut, and even president of the United States; however, as Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen Jr. ’75, USMA Superintendent, told the Corps of Cadets gathered in the Mess Hall for the 2015 Thayer Award Dinner, “Sinise’s most notable role is the one he plays in real life: supporter and friend of those who serve and defend our nation.” For his decades-long dedication to our nation’s active duty military personnel and returning veterans, the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) presented the 58th Sylvanus Thayer Award to Gary Sinise on October 22, 2015. Read Recap | See Photos | Click here to watch the video

Schmutz ’84 Named CEO of FLYHT Aerospace Solution Ltd.

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. announced changes to its executive management team. Mr. Tom Schmutz, MEng, MBA, has been appointed the new chief executive officer ("CEO") of the Corporation. Mr. Schmutz comes to FLYHT with a wealth of industry experience, contacts and knowledge. In a career of more than 30 years he gained extensive experience in senior leadership roles in the aerospace and telecommunications industries. Most recently, Mr. Schmutz spent nine years with L-3 Communications Corporation in the Aviation Recorders division. Previously, Mr. Schmutz was with Airnet Communications Corporation in Melbourne, Florida, as Vice President Engineering and with Harris Corporation as Principal Investigator, Advanced Digital Signal Processing and lead engineer. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, and has an MBA from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Mr. Schmutz is a decorated U.S. Army Captain with extensive exposure to cross-cultural dynamics and international business practices in India, Asia, Europe, South and North America.

"Tom is the individual this Corporation needs to take it to the next level," stated Bill Tempany. "We have a certified product taking a strong position in the industry and a team at FLYHT that can help him deliver positive results for the Corporation, our shareholders and customers." "I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead FLYHT as we head into the connected aircraft future," said Tom Schmutz. "The AFIRS™ UpTime technology is cutting edge and the value proposition for airline operators and OEM manufacturers is being demonstrated daily." Read More

LTC Hoke ’72 Receives DoD Linsteadt Tech Achievement Award

Franklin E. Hoke, Jr of the AFRL Information Directorate in Rome, NY was the recipient of the Department of Defense George Linsteadt Technology Transfer Achievement Award at the 19th DoD Technology Transfer Training Workshop held on 21 July in Indianapolis. The award recognizes the DoD technology transfer professional who has performed extraordinary efforts and has produced outstanding results in transferring technology from DoD laboratories to their partners in the public and private sectors. Recipients are also recognized for their leadership and teamwork in sharing their knowledge and skills in technology transfer with other DoD labs and/or other Federal Agencies.

The Directorate’s technology transfer program has achieved remarkable successes and impact on industry and academia. Mr. Hoke’s vision was to accelerate the transfer of defense related technologies into the private and public sectors. Among the several components of his vision was to increase the awareness for: licensing of AFRL developed technologies, facilitating the patent process for AFRL developed technologies, joining technology transfer initiatives and consortia within the local community, providing liaison between private and public sector technology users and the defense developer community, mentoring businesses in how to interact with government technology developers, representing AFRL technological developments at conferences and symposia, arranging for technology specific training, and exploring opportunities to deliver AFRL technologies to commercial system developers.

Over the past two years Mr. Hoke successfully developed and piloted a new, innovative commercialization initiative. The purpose of the program was to allow a broad spectrum of potential startup candidates to harvest the Directorate’s intellectual property portfolio for potential startup activities.

Mr. Hoke’s programs have been recognized both regionally and nationally by the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for the past three years. In 2013 he won the FLC Technology Transfer Regional Coordinators Excellence Award. In 2014 Mr. Hoke’s Directorate won both the FLC STEM Award and the FLC Regional Laboratory Award. Additionally, Mr. Hoke won the National FLC outstanding Technology Transfer professional award for 2015.

Utermahlen ’68 Pass in Review Trilogy

Duty - Broadly scoped historical fiction spanning the "American Century." It is the story of men and women totally involved in their unique calling of military service to country.
The first of three novels is the story of Dave Nolan – part man, part legend – who leaves a small river town in Pennsylvania to chase his destiny in the Army as a professional soldier. To him the Army is more than just a career, it is the essence of who he is – his very life. From the Plain of West Point, high above the Hudson, to the trenches of WWI  France, to the armored battlefields of WWII he devotes himself wholly and tirelessly to his country and the Army, even when they do not reciprocate. Winner 2012 Bronze Award in Historical Fiction.

Honor- Primarily the story of Mitch Nolan, first born of the second generation to the whom flying Air Corps fighters over North Africa, Italy, and Germany are a grand and glorious adventure, though not his entire life or existence. He is a symbol of the Greatest Generation who won the War, to whom winning was everything, and who transitioned from winning for country the victory on the battlefield to winning for themselves in the economic boom and the tenuous peace of the Cold War that followed. Winner 2013 Silver Award in Historical Fiction.

Country - The story of Glenn Nolan, the grandson of the legend, the namesake of the uncle who parachuted into France on D-Day, a young man caught up in the maelstrom of Viet Nam and the conflicted Military Academy and Army of the late 20th Century. And it is also the story of his brother, Brad Nolan - the irreverent, cocky, fun-loving, extroverted yet dedicated professional helicopter pilot whose experiences are at one and the same time so different and yet similar to and intertwined with his infantry officer brother. This is a generation bedeviled – by doubt in itself and fractured national institutions, struggling to retain the honor the founding fathers created, in a time and place that seems so foreign to the concept of Duty-Honor-Country. Winner 2015 Bronze Award in Historical Fiction. Pass in review website.

’95 & ’05 Helping Maintain the Future of USMA

This past weekend, the Class of ’95 generously donated $250,000 to the Superintendent’s Endowment, and another $250,000 to the Fallen Graduates Memorial Scholarship Endowment. The Class of ’05 also split its gift to provide $312,500 for the Cyber Research Center, and $74,500 for the Directorate of Cadet Activities. On behalf of the Academy and the West Point community, WPAOG extends it gratitude for this support. Congratulations to these classes on their milestone reunions and these tremendous accomplishments!

Gary Sinise to Receive the Thayer Award in Two Days

In two days, the West Point Association of Graduates will present the Sylvanus Thayer Award to Gary Sinise for his accomplishments in the national interest which have exemplified personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point - The U.S. Military Academy motto,

Learn more about Gary’s impressive achievements in serving our nation and in building the morale of our service members and veterans: www.westpointaog.org/thayerawardgarysinise2015

Garrison ’82 Named President & CEO of Terex Corp

Terex Corporation named John L. Garrison, Jr. Chief Executive Officer and President effective November 2, 2015. He will also become a member of the Terex Board of Directors effective November 2, 2015. Mr. Garrison joins Terex from Textron, Inc. where he served as President and CEO of their Bell Helicopter Segment. Prior to that, Mr. Garrison was President of Textron’s Industrial Segment and E-Z-GO. He was also President and CEO at Azurix Corporation and held senior leadership positions at Case Corporation, and served as an officer in the United States Army.

“John is a proven leader with considerable experience across a variety of industries. The Board considered a highly qualified pool of outstanding candidates and we strongly believe that John is the right person to lead Terex and Konecranes Terex into the future,” said David Sachs, Terex Lead Director. “We are grateful for Ron’s many contributions to Terex over the years and his leadership through both good and bad economic cycles in continuing to improve the Company into the premier company it is today. We are pleased that Ron will be available through the leadership transition.” Read More

Raymer ’89 Promoted to BG and Named Commandant

James Raymer was recently promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and named commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Major General Kent Savre, Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, presided over the ceremony. Savre has known Raymer since their days at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and described him as a great leader who has had an amazing impact on everything he's touched.

“He has shown great competence as a soldier and engineer when charged with very challenging missions,” said Savre. Raymer’s family was present in force at the ceremony. His two daughters pinned the one-star brigadier general insignia on their father, and Raymer's wife, Liza, swapped out the field-grade engineer service cap for the general-officer service cap at the ceremony. Raymer presented his family with multiple bouquets of roses "We present yellow roses in Texas, where part of the Raymer clan is from," Raymer said. Read More

Bechard ’96 Appointed CEO of Trexel

Trexel Inc. (Wilmington, MA), developer of the MuCell microcellular foaming injection molding technology, has named Brian Bechard as President and CEO. Bechard has held senior positions at Synventive Molding Solutions since 2008, where he was Vice President - Operations, Vice President and General Manager of North America and, most recently, Vice President and General Manager of Europe living in Germany. Prior to joining Synventive, Bechard held senior manufacturing positions at Avery Dennison, where he ran an injection molding and extrusion plant. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School. Read More

2LT St. Amour ’15 Representing USMA at Cyber Conf.

2LT Leo St. Amour ’15 and MAJ W. Michael Petullo (EECS) represented the US Military Academy and Cyber Research Center at the Fifth International Conference on Security, Privacy, and Applied Cryptography Engineering in Jaipur, India. Leo presented the results of his honors-thesis research, "Improving Application Security through TLS-Library Redesign." Leo's work included designing, implementing, and evaluating a new cryptographic library which makes it easier to develop applications which withstand attacks from adversaries wishing to violate the confidentiality of traffic on the Internet. The open-source library Leo produced, libtlssep, is now available for download by anyone who wishes to improve the quality of their software - https://www.flyn.org/projects/libtlssep/. The conference participants included world-renowned cryptographers and systems researchers. Beyond the academic activities, conference attendees were treated to a number of cultural and social events in the city of Jaipur, India. This work and travel was the first activity funded by the recently-awarded National Science Foundation grant titled "Next-Generation Robust Software." Story

MAJ Lisa Jaster ’00 to be 3rd female Ranger School Graduate

MAJ Jaster ’00 to be Third Ranger Grad October 16The U.S. Army has confirmed Maj. Lisa Jaster, Class of 2000, will become the third female graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School Friday October 16. Upon graduation, Jaster will join fellow USMA Grads‬, Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, as the Army’s only female Rangers. Ranger School instills the Ranger Creed’s values of not quitting, teamwork, flexibility, and leadership through difficult standards based training. Story


Baseball Holds Annual Alumni Event

Baseball Holds Annual Alumni EventWEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army West Point baseball program held its annual Alumni Weekend festivities this past weekend. Army baseball alumni ranging from the Class of 1966 through the Class of 2012 were back at West Point to participate in numerous events surrounding the weekend. The former players took batting practice before playing a 3-inning game under the lights at Doubleday Field on Friday night. Among the returning players were Barry De Bolt ’66 and Gene Atkinson ’66, who served as honorary team captains and threw out ceremonial first pitches.

Skip Deitz ’78 was the contributor of the Saturday morning tailgate before the Army football game versus Duke at Michie Stadium and served alongside Jim Bagwell ’81 as part of the umpiring crew for Sunday's Black Knight World Series at Doubleday Field. "We are really pleased with the support and turnout for our alumni weekend," head coach Matt Reid said. "Our players and coaching staff are extremely thankful to everyone who came back to West Point and participated." Read More

’75 & ’90 Stepping up Big Time for the Corps

On Saturday, October 10th the Class of 1975 (represented by Gary Lebel '75) presented its gift of $1.25 million in support of the Professional Military Ethic (PME) Endowment, which funds the essential activities of the Simon Center. The Class of 1990 (represented by Mark Clouse '90) also presented its gift of $500,000 for the construction of the new West Point Visitors Center. On behalf of the Academy and the West Point community, WPAOG extends it gratitude for these generous contributions. Congratulations to these classes on their milestone reunions and these tremendous accomplishments!

Ortenzo ’14 Wins Two Golds with New Army Team

WEST POINT, N.Y. - A dream for almost any softball player is to win a championship in Oklahoma City at Hall of Fame Stadium. For 2nd Lt. April Ortenzo, a 2014 graduate of the United State Military Academy, that dream became a reality. Ortenzo donned the Army West Point jersey for four seasons and was voted the softball team captain her final two years in 2013 and 2014. After two years of being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army, Ortenzo was chosen for a familiar line of duty; to serve on the All-Army Women's Softball Team.

"It was an honor to play for the All-Army Team," explained Ortenzo. "Playing for the West Point team set the foundation of the appreciation of wearing the name 'Army' on my chest. I understand how much of an honor it is to play to represent those who have come before me, are currently serving, and who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I couldn't ask for a bigger honor or humbling experience." Ortenzo not only won her second gold medal of the season in Oklahoma City, but was also named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Read More

Limited Quantities of 2015 TAPS Still Available

There are still some copies of the 2015 edition of TAPS available. $20 per copy, including shipping.  For assistance or for information about purchasing multiple copies, email subscribe@wpaog.org or call 845.446.1645. Parchment-paper of individual articles - $15.00 each

Mail-in orders: Please indicate purpose of payment (TAPS, parchment copies, or both and how many copies of each) and send payment to: West Point Association of Graduates, TAPS subscriptions, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996.

2016 Award Nominations

The deadline for submitting nomination packets for the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award and the 2016 Thayer Award is approaching. In past years, the materials placed before award committees were often voluminous and disparate. As a result, committee members were unable to read all of the material and make valid comparisons among nominees. Therefore, a nomination for either award must adhere to a specific format. The deadline for nomination letters and endorsements is November 3, 2015. Read more details.

GEN Dempsey ’74 Named a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke

Gen. Martin Dempsey, Graduate School '84 and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been named a 2016 Rubenstein Fellow, President Richard Brodhead announced. As a Rubenstein Fellow, Dempsey will co-teach a class next Spring through the Sanford School of Public Policy with Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy, focused on U.S. civil-military relations. He will also teach a class in Fall 2016 in the Fuqua School of Business about management and leadership, in addition to speaking to several student and faculty groups during his residence at Duke in 2016.

“Gen. Dempsey has held a key leadership role at a time when American national security has grown to include every traditional challenge and many new ones as well,” Brodhead said in a press release. “Few people alive know as much about the risks of the global world and are as thoughtful about their implications. In addition, he is a natural leader whose life of service has won the highest admiration on all sides. Duke is thrilled to welcome back this distinguished alumnus, and we look forward to his contributions to our community.” Read More

Gundrum ’01 Named as CALIBRE VP of Energy, Environment & Infrastructure

CALIBRE announced that Mr. Shawn Gundrum has been named Vice President, Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure. Mr. Gundrum, who will report directly to Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer Jeff Giangiuli, will lead sales and delivery of a broad range of CALIBRE’s professional services related to energy management, environmental assessments and cleanup, federal real property disposal, infrastructure condition assessments, training land management, and training, modeling, and simulation services.

Mr. Gundrum joined CALIBRE in August 2009 after serving 12 years in the Army and several years as a subject matter expert for the TRADOC Capability Manager for Live Training Directorate (LTD) at the Army Training Support Center. His post-Army assignments include range modernization and range operations support at 102 Army Sustainable Range Program installations worldwide. Read More

It's All Good at Keller Army Community Hospital

The Brian D. Allgood '82 Ambulatory Clinic was ceremonially opened during a ribbon-cutting event on Wednesday afternoon.

This Military Construction Project began as a ‘clinic addition’ to Keller Army Community Hospital. The ground-breaking ceremony for this project occurred on March 15, 2012, under the command of, then Hospital Commander, Colonel Beverly Land.In May 2014, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, announced, by memorandum, that the Museum, Historical, and Memorialization Committee voted in the affirmative, in December 2013, and he approved the recommendation to name the new clinic after Col. Brian Allgood, USMA Class of 1982, and Commander of Keller from 2002-04.

The $31.4 MIL project adds more than 51,000 gross square feet to Medical Command West Point, and houses Primary Care, Orthopedics/Podiatry, Physical Therapy, Optometry, TRICARE services center, staff and administration support. The design facilitates the consolidation, corrections of space inequities, and interdepartmental adjacencies, and is overall a boon to patients' access to care.The clinic addition supports the future flexibility of the Keller Medical Campus by providing the transition space and feasibility of a high-priority, overall hospital renewal; and creates a modernized ambulatory environment for the provision of 'World Class Healthcare' at West Point, the jewel of the United States Army, and home of the United States Military Academy.Capability Highlights:Flexible layout accommodates the 'Patient Centered Medical Home' care model with 23 exam rooms, 11 provider offices; Orthopedics/Podiatry will consist of 10 exam rooms and 6 provider offices; Physical Therapy will possess eight stations and a treatment area; Optometry will consist of five exam rooms, three eye screen testing rooms, and four eye lanes.Evidence-based designs, as well as sustainability principles, are part of the building’s plan to include EPA Energy Star-rated step down transformer and on-site photovoltaic cell array. The overall energy model demonstrates 19% less building energy cost than comparable facilities.

See photos of the event here.

U.S. Army photo by: Anthony Battista/ West Point DPTMS VI

Ross ’73 Winner of the 2015 Sammie Award

Ron Ross '73Ron Ross ’73 is the winner of the public service award known as a Sammie and an inaugural People’s Choice Award. Awarded by the Partnership for Public Service, Sammies are known as the “Oscars” of government service - a highly respected honor with a vigorous selection process. Ross is recognized for instituting a state-of-the-art risk assessment system that has protected federal computer networks from cyberattacks and helped secure information critical to our national and economic security.

Ross, a fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a preeminent leader in helping the government better secure its information systems. He developed the first set of unified information security standards and guidelines for all federal agencies, and most recently helped establish the government-wide program for cloud security assessment and authorization. As a result of his widely respected work, Ross has become an international cybersecurity ambassador, called on by U.S. industry, academia and governments around the world to help protect information. He has led U.S. cybersecurity teams to Australia, India, Japan, Canada, and the European Union, promoting U.S. information security concepts and best practices.

Remembering LTG Ying Hsing Wen USMA Class of 1909

The life and legacy of West Point's First Chinese Graduate

From the upcoming edition of West Point Magazine, written by Anthony DiNoto.

Remembering LTG Ying Hsing Wen Class of 1909Lieutenant General Ying Hsing Wen, USMA Class of 1909, persevered through adversity as a cadet and won the hearts and minds of his American classmates and instructors. After graduation, he returned to his homeland and assisted Dr. Sun Yat Sen in the transformation of China from an Imperial kingdom to a modern republic, only to face revolution and exile in the following years. But that did not spell the end for the astute General. Get a sneak peek of at one of the feature articles in West Point Magazine Fall 2015 and read more about the illustrious career of West Point’s first Chinese graduate. Read More


The Wall That Heals is coming to West Point from Oct. 22-25

The Wall That Heals is coming to West Point from Oct. 22-25As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and West Point’s role as a commemorative community, The Wall That Heals will visit the U.S. Military Academy and the greater West Point community Oct. 22-25.

This traveling exhibit, also known as The Moving Wall, includes a 250-foot replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C. and a mobile education center. Each year, millions visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which honors the millions who served their country during the Vietnam War. Tens of thousands gave their lives during the many years of conflict and their names are etched into the black granite. It will give those who have not been able to make the journey to our nation’s capital, the opportunity to renew their relationship with veterans of all wars, honor and respect those who have fallen, and reflect upon the contributions and sacrifices of the millions of Americans who have served. The exhibit is free and open to the general public. It will be located on Trophy Point, in the area just behind the Sedgwick statue. The opening ceremony will be held at 8:40 a.m. Oct. 22, and the regularly scheduled hours of operation are from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Oct. 22-24 and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 25. To help with the set up on Oct. 21, volunteers are needed. Volunteers need to be at Trophy Point at 1 p.m. to set up. Also, volunteers will be needed to break down as well on Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. For details on volunteering, contact Gus Fishburne at gfishburne62@aol.com or 845-446-4055.

Since its inception in 1996, over 2 million people have visited the Memorial Fund’s traveling exhibit. It has made stops in nearly 250 U.S. locales in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. For details, visit http://www.vvmf.org/twth.

COL(R) Crossley ’80 Centerstone's Exec Dir of Military Svc

COL(R) Crossley ’80 Centerstone's Exec Dir of Military SvcWe are thrilled to announce Centerstone has hired retired Colonel Kent Crossley as the Executive Director of Centerstone Military Services (CMS). Courage Beyond is a program of Centerstone Military Service along with Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), Veterans Entering Transition (VET) Home, and Indiana Veterans Behavioral Health Network.

Kent served in multiple command and leadership positions, including: Commander of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Ft. Campbell, Ky., Commander of the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade in Portland, Ore. and Iraq, Chief of the Center for Army Lessons-Learned in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Special Forces Operations Officer in Iraq, and Lessons-Learned Team Leader in Norfolk, Va.

Also a 15-year U.S. Forest Service civil engineer, Kent retired from military service in 2010 for a role with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) in Washington, D.C., a defense contractor working with the military to reduce improvised explosive device casualties and develop equipment for IED detection. For the last two years, Kent has served as owner and president of Libre Energy Utility Professionals, a small business that reduces energy consumption in commercial and industrial buildings. Read More

Nash ’01 Helping Homeless Veterans Find Employment

Nash ’01 Helping Homeless Veterans Find EmploymentCPT Justin Nash is bringing the leadership skills he mastered on the battlefield to help his fellow veterans at home. Nash was awarded several honors for his bravery including the Bronze Star. But, a shoulder injury and nerve damage in his elbows cut his military career short. “To this day, I'm upset that I'm not able to serve. My body let me down,” Nash, who is a father of six, said. “The sense of purpose that comes with being a leader of men especially a leader of men in combat. That's a very difficult and challenging thing to step away from. Click here to watch the video.

It's a non-profit geared at reducing veteran homelessness, unemployment and helping them adjust back into civilian life. Learn more about 'Til Duty is Done. “It's really our duty, our obligation, our responsibility, to serve our veterans as they transition, out and enter this very challenging environment,” Justin Nash said. Justin Nash said that veterans should feel comfortable reaching out for help. Read More