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Lee '81 Collaborates on Family Memoir
4/11/2014

The WaitingShortly after defense engineer Brian Lee retired from the Army in 2003 his mother Ruth had open heart surgery to repair a heart valve.  During her recovery, Brian and Ruth discussed the possibility of requesting that her adoption file be unsealed so she might gain some knowledge of her birth parents along with medical history.  In March 2006 the search began and through legal proceedings they were able to obtain her adoption file from 1929.  In late June all 272 pages of the file were provided to Ruth.  After a short internet search, Brian was able to obtain enough contact information and a call to his grandmother was made.  Finally, 77 years and one day later, his mother (now 85) was able to talk to her birthmother Minka Disbrow (102) and they were reunited after what might be the longest known mother-daughter separation. Brian collaborated extensively on the writing of this story with cousin Cathy LaGrow, author of  the upcoming memoir  scheduled for national hardcover release from Tyndale House in May entitled The Waiting. Members of the family will appear on NBC’s Today Show and other media outlets.

Alexander '74
4/11/2014

On March 28, 2014 GEN Keith B. Alexander retired from active duty and relinquished command of the U.S. Cyber Command and Director, NSA/Chief, Central Security Service. Alexander holds the distinction of being the longest-serving director of the NSA as well as the first Commander of USCYBERCOM. Classmate GEN Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presided over the ceremony.

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Young '86 Returns to West Point
4/11/2014

Eleven years after she was kicked out of the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, veteran aviator Lissa Young has returned to West Point. Armed with a 2013 Harvard doctorate, at the age of 52, Young is finishing her first semester as an assistant professor teaching general psychology.  Continued

 

 

Walt Brinker ’66 Provides Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns
4/3/2014

Walt Brinker ’66 has published a unique, short book, "Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns.” He is not a mechanic, and most vehicle breakdowns do not require a mechanic. His solutions, with some 56 illustrations, are simple, low tech, easily understood, and permit a disabled vehicle to be driven off an interstate highway or parking lot. Anecdotes from actual assists, several humorous, introduce, illustrate and reinforce concepts and techniques.

There are two kinds of drivers: 1) those who have experienced a disabled vehicle, and 2) those who will. Generally, good luck comes to those who help themselves; this book is for those in that group. Some folks learn only by experiencing inconvenience, embarrassment, and potentially serious risks.  Others make the proactive choice to learn how to prevent problems and the methods to counteract them should they occur. This book provides the opportunity to avoid the negatives associated with becoming stranded.

The book also inspires readers to help others. Along the way, helpers help themselves. Walt says, "I can make any good day better by performing a roadside assist. For me, the rush begins when I first see a disabled vehicle, and the feeling lasts for hours after I am done."

Clint Moore ’11 Called Up From Minors
3/27/2014

Clint Moore ’11 was selected in the 31st round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft after graduating from USMA. During his 60 days of leave after graduation, Moore appeared in 21 games at short-season Class A Eugene, hitting .222, before resuming his military obligation. Now Clint is back with the Padres for the 2014 season, and last night was brought up from the minors to play in his first Major League Baseball game against the Chicago Cubs.

Read the full story from MLB.com here.

 

Photo: Clint with former Army baseball volunteer coach John Mellon and John's girlfriend Jamie Lawless.

 

Laura Law-Millet ’94 Hosts GI Film Festival
3/26/2014

Laura Law-Millet ’94 is the co-founder and director of the GI Film Festival, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience through film. She is a former Military Intelligence officer with more than 18 years of service and majored in Systems Engineering at the Academy.

Last Night, Laura and the Department of English and Philosophy hosted the GI Film Festival with the screening of four short films and followed with a panel of speakers, including a director and producer. On Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m., in Arnold Auditorium, the GI Film Festival is presenting a special advanced screening of “Walking with the Enemy,” starring Ben Kingsley and Jonas Armstrong. A Q&A will follow with the film’s director and producer and Dr. David Frey, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the USMA Department of History. 

These events fall under the department’s Creative Arts Project, which kicked off Tuesday night inside the Haig Room with the “Graffiti of War” art exhibit, available for viewing during normal business hours until March 27. All events are free and open to the public.

(Photo Courtesy of USMA) Laura Law-Millet, Class of 1994, with Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen (left) and Col. Scott Krawczyk (right), professor and head of the Department of English and Philosophy.

 

Oldest Grad at Founders Day
3/24/2014

Of course, it's customary to have an "oldest grad" and a "youngest grad" at Founders Day celebrations. The West Point Society of San Francisco had the distinction of having THE oldest living graduate present. BG(R) Robert C. Tripp '33 and his wife, Liliane, were in attendance! Looking good, Sir!

 

 

Ellen Houlihan
3/12/2014

Ellen Houlihan, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the West Point Association of Graduates, has been nominated by Texas Civilian Aide Secretary of the Army (CASA), Randy Pais, as a White House Champion of Change for Women Veteran leaders. She will visit the White House on 24 March to receive the recognition. 

John Moberly ’92
3/10/2014

Hughes Network Systems, the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, and a leading provider of managed network and application services, announced that John Moberly ’92 has joined the company as senior director.  In this position, Moberly will lead strategy and business development for the Defense and Intelligence Systems Division.

Prior to joining Hughes, Moberly served a significant portion of his career with the military and the Intelligence Community. He served as Chief of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance with the Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics in the Space and Intelligence Office, where he was responsible for oversight of major systems acquisitions in space and intelligence.  He also served as Chief of the U.S. Army Space and Ballistic Missile Team Chief.  Moberly spent a significant part of his career with the National Reconnaissance Agency (NRO), serving as project manager and systems engineer for the Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate and as the Deputy for National Systems Support on the CENTCOM Team.  Moberly also served as Space and Ballistic Missile Defense Team Chief for the U.S. Army.  He retired from the military in 2012.

Moberly received an executive certificate in Science and Technology Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and holds M.S. degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Stanford University and in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri - Rolla.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he received a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering/Mechanical Engineering.

 

Herman Bulls ’78
3/10/2014

On March 5, Tyco announced that it has nominated Herman Bulls ’78 for election to its Board of Directors. Mr. Bulls is Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle's Public Institutions specialty practice, which he founded, and also serves as International Director of Global Markets for the company, focusing on client relationships and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Bulls is Chief Executive Officer of Bulls Advisory Group, a real estate consulting and advisory firm, and co-founded and served as President and CEO of Bulls Capital Partners, a commercial mortgage banking firm. Before Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. Bulls completed nearly 12 years of active duty service with the United States Army and retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves in 2008. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, an organization of senior African American business executives from Fortune 500 companies, and former Chairman of the Executive Leadership Foundation. Mr. Bulls is on the board of directors of Comfort Systems, USA, Inc., a provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning services; Rasmussen Inc., a post-secondary for-profit educational services organization; USAA, a provider of banking, insurance and investment management services to the military community; and Exelis Inc., an aerospace and defense firm. Mr. Bulls received a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master of business administration degree in finance from Harvard Business School.

"We are delighted to nominate Herman to join our Board of Directors. Herman's experience in leadership and operations will be valuable in providing oversight and guidance for Tyco" said Tyco Chief Executive Officer George Oliver.

 

Alumni Glee Club Performs at Army Men's Basketball Game
3/4/2014

Members of the Alumni Glee Club performed the National Anthem at the final regular season Army Men's Basketball home game on March 1. The Club conducted the first-ever joint performance with the Cadet Glee Club at Eisenhower Hall on February 28.

 

 

 

Paul D. Tomlingson ’53 Publishes Collection of Short Stories
2/28/2014

Paul D. Tomlingson ’53 has published "I'm Just a Mutt," second edition - a new group of 20 short stories that offer tales of intrigue, humor and irreverance. Among them: Proof that second lieutenants can do (almost) anything; or How a monkey was decorated for valor in Vietnam; or Why West Point cadets carried out an undisciplined meatball fight in Washington Hall. And then there's a horse named Buck who helped end an 'Occupy Denver' stand-off, and A decorated career soldier who escapes the ravages of alcohol only to sacrifice his life as duty calls. A New Zealand couple sailing to Sydney board an adrift freighter only to be stalked by the lone, starving survivor as he crosses the line from civilization to madness. 

 

General Edward L. Rowny ’41
2/27/2014

General Edward L. Rowny ’41 was recently interviewed on leadership and decision-making.

Watch the interview here.

General Rowney is also a contributing autor to West Point 41: The Class That Went To War and Shaped America, due out in May. 

 

 

Gregory A. Daddis ’89 Selected for CSA Professional Reading List
2/25/2014

Gregory A. Daddis’ ’89 new book Westmoreland’s War: Reassessing American Strategy in Vietnam has been selected for the Army Chief of Staff's professional reading list.

A half century after the United States committed ground combat troops to Vietnam, Americans still have a lot to learn—or unlearn—about the nation’s first war that it lost. In this stimulating reappraisal of the conflict, Daddis argues that America’s failure owed less to the much maligned “strategy of attrition” than to broader flaws in national policy, to include the belief that America could transform South Vietnam. In taking a fresh look at U.S. strategy during the Vietnam War, this book enhances our understanding both of the war itself and of the challenges that continue to face Soldiers and policy makers when intervening in the internal conflicts of foreign countries.

 

Don't Get Tapped Out
2/24/2014

The clock is ticking for those grads wanting to pre-order a copy of the 2014 issue of TAPS, a publication of Memorial Articles submitted during the last year in memory of deceased graduates. TAPS will print in May and ship in early June, but those wanting a copy must place a pre-pay order by March 30. The 2014 edition of TAPS promises to be another outstanding testimony to the experiences of members of the Long Gray Line. Subscribers can expect approximately 150 articles exemplifying the values of Duty, Honor, Country in each entry, such as the one for Ambassador John Sheldon D. Eisenhower ’44. The earliest Class represented in this year’s volume is that of 1934, and the Class of 1962 has the most representation in this year’s TAPS with 13 articles (the Class of 1956 is right behind them with 11).
Once TAPS has been printed and delivered to WPAOG, there may not be additional copies available for sale, so place your order online or send payment ($20 per copy) with mailing instructions to the address below.

    West Point Association of Graduates
    TAPS Subscriptions
    698 Mills Road
    West Point, NY  10996
 
And, in case you were wondering, there’s still time to submit a Memorial Article for one of your deceased classmates. The deadline for submission is February 28, 2014. Contact Marilee Meyer, WPAOG’s Memorial/Archivist Coordinator, for more information on writing and submitting a Memorial Article or visit WPAOG’s TAPS: Memorial Articles web page.

T. Merritt Bumpass, Jr. ’65
2/21/2014

Frantz Ward LLP is pleased to announce the creation of the firm’s first-ever Management Committee. T. Merritt Bumpass, Jr. ’65 has been elected as one of three Committee members. 

Bumpass’ practice is focused on Labor and Employment matters, and he represents employers in federal and state courts, federal and state administrative agencies, arbitration proceedings and collective bargaining negotiations.  In addition, he counsels and trains employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including union avoidance and campaigns.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Wake Forest University School of Law and Columbia University School of Law.The Management Committee consists of three partners who have primary responsibility for establishing the firm’s strategic direction and its day-to-day operations for the growing needs of the firm and the expanding needs of the firm’s clients. The firm serves a national client base, which includes individuals and professionals, small and medium size businesses, and Fortune 500 companies. 

Since its founding by fifteen lawyers in 2000, Frantz Ward LLP has grown to become one of the premier law firms in the Midwest.  Frantz Ward has over 60 attorneys, placing it among the 15 largest firms in Northeast Ohio. For further information, visit the firm's website. 

 

Robert D. Boyd ’73
2/18/2014

Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle is pleased to announce that Robert D. Boyd ’73 has been honored as one of five Super Lawyers for 2014. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named as Rising Stars. The complete list of honorees is available here.

Boyd has practiced exclusively in family law since 1988. He was recently named Atlanta Family Law Lawyer of the Year for 2013 by Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected lawyer rating publication in the U.S., in which he has been listed annually since 2001. He has also earned accolades from his peers and clients with inclusion among lists published by Super Lawyers and Georgia Trend. He is actively involved in the State Bar of Georgia’s Family Law Section, of which he has previously served as chair. Boyd is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the West Virginia University College of Law.

Collar Nolen & Tuggle is an Atlanta-based preeminent divorce and family law firm, serving clients throughout the state of Georgia. The firm’s attorneys serve as trusted legal counsel to clients involved in a range of family law matters. For more information, visit the firm’s website. 

 

Be Thou At Peace - Seth F. Hudgins Jr. '64
2/10/2014

Following a courageous battle with cancer, Colonel (Retired) Seth F. Hudgins Jr. '64 passed away on February 8th at his home in Cornwall, New York.

A highly decorated Army aviator who saw duty in Vietnam, Seth also served many years at West Point to include two years as Deputy Commandant of Cadets.  However, he is probably best remembered for serving first as Executive Vice President from 1990 to 1993 and later as President of The Association of Graduates from 1993 until his retirement in 2007.  During his tenure in these transformative years, the staff relocated into Herbert Alumni Center, West Point's Bicentennial Campaign was conducted, and major service improvements for cadets and graduates were implemented. It is hard to overstate Seth's positive impact on the Long Gray Line of today, and for generations to come. 

Please keep Joy and the Hudgins family in your thoughts and prayers. Services will be held Friday, February 14th at 1330 in the Old Cadet Chapel at the West Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to the Long Gray Line Endowment or to The Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, NY.

Matthew J. May ’92
2/9/2014

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd., a national intellectual property law firm that procures, enforces and litigates intellectual property rights throughout the world, announces the election of six shareholders. 

Matthew J. May ‘92, Elected, Shareholder, Chicago, joined the firm as a law clerk in 2007 and as an attorney in 2009. Mr. May prepares and prosecutes utility and design patent applications for a variety of technological areas, including athletic equipment, medical devices, and food and beverage processing systems. He also prepares and prosecutes trademark applications, and has been a member of litigation teams for both patent protection and trademark protection cases. He previously worked as an engineering manager with Baxter Healthcare and as a project engineer for Avon Products. He earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy, and served with the U.S. Army and Illinois National Guard, and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. He earned his M.B.A., with distinction, from DePaul University, and J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.

 

Barak Cohen ’92 Joins Perkins Coie Law Firm
2/4/2014

Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Barak Cohen '92 has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as senior counsel in the firm’s White Collar & Investigations practice. Cohen was most recently a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, in Washington, D.C.

In jurisdictions throughout the country, Cohen tried numerous federal cases to verdict before juries, argued and drafted appeals and complex motions involving issues of first impression, managed sensitive grand-jury investigations that necessitated coordinating the efforts of multiple law-enforcement agencies, and conducted parallel investigations with other government regulators.

Prior to his DOJ service, Cohen was in private practice, defending high-profile clients against such allegations as violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), environmental crimes, and financial fraud. Immediately following law school, he served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Loren A. Smith of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.Cohen received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, his M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, and his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating from West Point, Cohen rose to the rank of captain and led two platoons in the 18th Airborne Corps’ 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), the U.S. Army’s sole rapidly deployable mechanized unit, through numerous deployments, including operations along the Iraqi border. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Ranger School and was hand-picked to serve on the regimental staff of the Old Guard, the U.S. Army’s Presidential escort and ceremonial unit.

Outside of the courtroom, Barak instructed law-enforcement officers and prosecutors in the laws regarding the search and seizure of electronic evidence.  He also guest lectures on criminal justice at Harvard College and volunteers in the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program.

 

Robert McDonald ’75 Cadet Leadership Conference 2013
1/28/2014

In October 2013 the West Point Leadership Center conducted the second annual McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference (MCLC). The event brought together 84 exemplary undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe, along with 13 distinguished senior leaders, to conduct a three-day exploration of leadership topics on the themes of Education, Media, Global Economy and Preparedness. The conference was made possible by a generous endowment from Robert and Diane McDonald.

2014 Distinguished Graduates
1/27/2014

WPAOG is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Distinguished Graduate Award.

LTG(USAF,R) Robert E. Pursley '49
COL(R) William B. DeGraf '50
Frederic V. Malek '59
Paul W. Bucha '65
LTG(R) Franklin L. Hagenbeck '71

The award presentation will take place on May at West Point. All graduates are welcome to register for the DGA Luncheon in Washington Hall immediately preceding the ceremony.

Katie del Castillo's ’09 Washington DC Apartment Tour
1/24/2014

United States Army Captain Katie del Castillo attributes her growing passion and appreciation for interior design to several years spent with mess halls, barracks, and military uniforms. “My brain was starved for some creativity and color!” Katie is one well-travelled woman, and she’s got the home décor to prove it. She’s lived in Hawaii and been deployed in Afghanistan; the 27-year-old has managed to collect a ton of unique gems during her travels. These goods have found a home in one very eclectic Arlington, Virginia loft that’s brimming with patterns and textures. By finding a way to breathe new light into old furniture, she managed to take a free couch (you read that correctly) and flip it into a piece of art that you’ll never find in any store.

Read the full story here.

 

McNary Provided Advertising Army and NFL Couldn't Buy
1/23/2014

A USAA commercial aired during the 2013 football season that featured three service academy alums that have served their country as military veterans and now NFL players.

They “took the road less traveled,” as they put it in the commercial. In this age of the overpaid and entitled athlete, the NFL couldn’t ask for better advertising from its own marketing division.

And Army — from recruiting West Point Cadets to attracting enlisted men — couldn’t buy better advertising than Tennessee Titans second-year fullback Collin Mooney '09 and Indianapolis Colts rookie inside linebacker Josh McNary '11 earned for the Army on Sundays this season.

Read the full story here.

Class of ’88 Raises Funds for Children
1/23/2014

The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (CFPF) raised over $4.2 million during their 5th annual Greenwich Event. CFPF was founded by David Kim '88 with the mission of to providing college scholarships to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Learn more about CFPF here.

(Pictured left to right: President & Founder of CFPF David Kim '88 with wife, Cynthia, Aly Rohling, COL Andrew Rohling, COL Mike Gould '88, Kellie Mennes, COL Brian Mennes '88, CDT Matthew Burleson '15)

 

Memory of Army Pitcher Turned ‘Lone Survivor’ Pilot Unites Community
1/15/2014

Stephen Reich '93 who was killed in 2005 in Afghanistan, was one of 16 Special Operations Aviation regiment Soldiers killed on a mission to extract SEAL team members, an event depicted in the film "Lone Survivor." Read more about how the memory of this brave grad continues to unite a community.

 

Invitation to Attend RMC vs. West Point Hockey Game
1/14/2014

On Jan. 25, the Royal Military College of Canada and the United States Military Academy at West Point will face off for the 78th hockey contest between the two institutions. The longstanding rivalry resumed in 2012 after a five-year gap.

The series dates back to 1921, when the Commandant of RMC, Sir Archibald McDonnell, and the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Brigadier General DouglasMacArthur, first proposed a game of hockey between the two colleges. The inaugural game was played on Feb. 23, 1923, at West Point and marked the first presentation of the “ChallengeTrophy.” The series now stands at 41-29-7 in favour of West Point’s Black Knights.

The Royal Military College of Canada has extended an invitation to West Point grads for their pre-game Tailgate. $25 includes access to Fort Frontenac, sausage on a bun, game ticket & RMC thunder stick. To make a reservation, call 613-541-6000 x6849 or RSVP to rmcclub@rmc.ca. The mess will be open after the game as well. Tickets are issued at the reception.

Maintaining the Long Gray Line
1/14/2014

"You remembered your first day [and] your last day. Everything in between was a blur."

That's how Ken O'Sullivan recalls his cadet experience at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the early 1960s. The Long Gray Line—a phrase used to symbolize centuries of academy graduates—was more an idea than a feeling fostered among cadets. The few graduates O'Sullivan recalls encountering during his days at West Point were instructors or administrators at the New York institution.

But that's changing, he says, in part through the West Point Association of Graduates' 50-Year Affiliation Program.

"The academy wants you to see the Long Gray Line in everything you do," O'Sullivan says.

West Point established its 50-Year Affiliation Program in the mid-1990s, when the academy and its alumni association expanded interaction between cadets and graduates. Several institution leaders, including General John Abizaid, West Point's commandant at the time, recognized the importance of involving alumni when cadets reached key milestones.

"There has always been cadet-alumni interaction during homecoming and the alumni exercises [before graduation and commissioning as officers], but there had not been as many opportunities for developing personal relationships as the affiliation program has accomplished," says Lt. Col. Jim Johnston, the Association of Graduates' vice president for alumni support.

West Point's affirmation ceremonyWest Point's 50-Year Affiliation Program is similar to the U.S. Naval Academy's Another Link in the Chain program in its basic functions. Representatives of the alumni class are expected to host a Reception Day event to speak with the parents of incoming West Point cadets. They provide speakers for significant academy traditions, such as the affirmation ceremony (when cadets renew their commitment to the Army) and the branch-notification ceremony (when fourth-year cadets learn what part of the Army they will join after graduation). The alumni also present a class flag to the cadets.

When O'Sullivan's Class of 1963 began its relationship with the academy's Class of 2013, the alumni were invited to work with West Point's William E. Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic. The center recruits members of the 50-Year Affiliation Program's alumni classes to serve as guest leaders of seminars that cadets needed to attend. The seminars cover important but difficult-to-articulate academy values such as honor and leadership. Alumni help stimulate discussions with the cadets, using real-life examples from their academy days and as soldiers and military and civilian leaders.

O'Sullivan enjoyed watching initially hesitant cadets deepen their relationships with alumni as they progressed through the academy.

"Once these young men and women get past their first year, when everything they're doing is scrutinized, they open up—whether it's about the seminar subject matter or more personal things," he says. "Some of my classmates were like a dad to these cadets."

The combination of traditional 50-Year Affiliation Program highlights and involvement in the Simon Center's seminars was "a great shot in the arm" for the Class of 1963, O'Sullivan says. "We were trying to do something for the cadets, but I think we got as much out of it as they did. Maybe even more."

Photos: USMA cadets and alumni from their 50-Year Affiliation Program class gather often throughout the cadets' time at West Point. Highlights include the affirmation ceremony (top and middle photo), when cadets receive honor coins (bottom) from the alumni class, and the Ring Melt ceremony (bottom photo) when several alumni-donated rings are melted to become part of the younger class's mementos.

(Publication and photography credits courtesy of CASE Currents Magazine)

Christopher Molaro ’10 and Garrison Haning ’09 Ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell
1/14/2014

On December 26, Things We Read co-founders Christopher Molaro '10 and Garrison Haning '09 had the honor of ringing the NASDAQ closing bell in Times Square, New York. Things We Read, Inc. is a nonprofit that provides an intimate look at the bookshelves of the most influential and interesting people of our time. Things We Read aims to reinvigorate the modern reader with collections of people’s favorite books. As a dedicated non-profit, their proceeds go towards donating these books to soldiers deployed overseas and communities in need.

Learn more about Things We Read here.

 

1LT Charles Nadd ’11 Returns Home to a Surprise Parade
1/9/2014

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1LT Chuck Nadd ’11 arrived home to Winter Park, FL after an 8-month tour in Afghanistan. But this was no ordinary homecoming. After Nadd’s fiancée picked him up from the airport, she drove him directly to downtown Winter Park, where he was greeted by surprise with a spectacular welcome home parade. Hundreds of local residents lined the streets of New England Avenue, waving signs and sprinkling confetti, as Nadd and his fiancé climbed atop a Budweiser wagon pulled by the legendary Clydesdales. 

Nadd’s homecoming was sponsored by Budweiser, and numerous camera and sound crews followed the parade route to capture the event on film. Nadd – a Blackhawk helicopter pilot – was selected to be featured in a documentary about veterans. However, he was completely astonished by the welcome parade his fiancée and Budweiser had arranged for his homecoming. And with the Clydesdales in attendance, one can only speculate that this surprise welcome might be seen in a commercial during Super Bowl XLVIII, which airs Feb. 2 on Fox. 

Budweiser representatives would not specify where or when the footage may be used.

Many service men and women were in attendance, including Dave Carroll, a 69-year-old Vietnam veteran from Winter Springs.

"It makes me tear up," said Carroll, who stood in his Marine Corps dress blues. 

"We should never forget our soldiers that are still serving," added Master Sgt. Amy Lugo of Ocala, who attended the parade with three Army colleagues. "We should keep supporting them until the last service member returns home."

As Nadd got the surprise of a lifetime, it was clear that he was truly moved by the welcome he received from his community. 

"So many have given so much more than me," said Nadd. "They're the real heroes."

Watch the video. 

 

BG William O. Darby ’33
1/9/2014

William Orlando Darby, Class of 1933, will be recognized for his many contributions to the U. S. Army and in particular for his formation and leadership of the first Army Ranger Battalions to be activated during World War II. BG Darby received many awards including two Distinguished Service Crosses, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, three Purple Hearts, as well as the British Distinguished Service Order.

A new statue in his honor is to be unveiled in his hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 2016 after funding has been completed.  This statue in the local Cisterna Park will depict BG Darby on his typical mode of transportation while checking on his Ranger Battalions in North Africa and Italy – a 1942 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Those interested in more information on BG William O. Darby and this memorial monument can visit the website for the project or contact the local project manager Liz Armstrong at (479) 561-0493.

 

 
Son of Bob Celski '78 Heads to Second Olympics
1/7/2014

J.R. Celski, son of Bob Celski '78Bob Celski's son, J.R. Celski, is heading to Sochi as America's best hope at the short track. 

Celski won the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday, assuring he'll compete in all three individual events in Russia.  This will be the young Celski's second Olympics, and he is  looking to add to the pair of bronze medals he won at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Read more here.

For US All: The Campaign for West Point
12/26/2013
 

For Us All: The Campaign for West Point will ensure that the Academy has the resources available to fully prepare the next generation of leaders for the Army and the Nation. 

The West Point Superintendent and other Academy leaders have determined what areas of support are needed for preparing ethical and agile leaders of character and will best complement the core mission of the Academy. With your help, West Point cadets – those on whom we will all rely to defend democracy everywhere—will have everything they need to succeed and serve with honor in an uncertain and volatile world.

Each year approximately 10% of the resources available to the Academy comes from private funding. Federal dollars fund 90% of West Point's budget, to include Margin of Excellence programs when available. However, in an era of reduced funding across the board, it is no longer possible to grow the Margin of Excellence needed to attract, yet alone develop, the caliber of people we expect to lead our Armed Services. Already the Academy has experienced a cut of 10-20% in operating dollars, some of which went to support Margin of Excellence programs. Future federal funding deficits will affect the core and, in turn, Margin of Excellence opportunities will be significantly diminished.

Show your support with a tax deductible gift and support West Point and it's future leaders.

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Elisa Basnight ’91 Appointed Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women
12/18/2013

Elisa Basnight ’91 was appointed Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans in October 2013. In this role, she is the primary advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on programs and issues related to women Veterans.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Basnight, Esquire, was an associate with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, NY, and most recently with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to her legal work, Ms. Basnight served as the Director of Resource Center for Workforce Essentials, Inc. in Clarksville, TN, where she developed and led the conception and implementation of an innovative career development center to assist downsized U.S. Servicemembers with redeployment as Veterans into civilian employment.

Ms. Basnight graduated from the U. S. Military Academy 1991, making her the first African-American woman graduate from the state of Wisconsin. As a newly commissioned military intelligence officer, she completed Airborne School and other trainings, and received a Joint Chiefs of Staff appointment. Ms. Basnight served both overseas and in the United States, on active duty with the U.S Army and in the U.S. Army Reserves.Ms. Basnight’s lifelong passion for helping others is evident in her public service and private sector activities. She is a member of the U.S. Army Philadelphia Community Advisory Board and a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations; authored the 2008 Veterans Day op-ed “Remember the Veterans;” and in 2005, was appointed by New Jersey’s governor to serve on its Military and Veterans Affairs Transition Policy Task Force, where she served as co-chair.

Ms. Basnight is the founder of Girls Action Network, Inc. a nonprofit with the mission to shatter stereotypes and expand opportunities for girls and young women, especially those from underserved communities. In 2009, she was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal and has received special recognition and awards for her service to girls, women and Veterans.

Ms. Basnight is also a graduate of Boston University-Brussels, Rutgers Law School-Newark and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government--earning a master's degree in public administration and selected to be a Zuckerman Fellow 2006-2007.

 

 

White House Honors Drew Sloan ’02 and Kevin Johnson ’02 as “Champions of Change” for Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security
12/18/2013

On November 5th the White House honored 12 local heroes as “Champions of Change.” Among those selected for the program were Drew Sloan ’02 and Kevin Johnson ’02 – American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are doing extraordinary work to advance clean energy

Drew Sloan, ‘02 serves as a sales executive with the energy efficiency and smart grid software company, Opower. In this role, Drew works with utilities to provide customers better insight into their energy usage, helping families make smarter, more efficient energy choices. Prior to joining Opower, Drew served as an Army officer, completing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He received the Purple Heart medal for wounds suffered during a Taliban ambush in 2004 as well as two Bronze Stars. Drew is co-author of the book, Let There Be Light: Electrifying the Developing World with Markets and Distributed Energy. Drew is a founding member of Operation Free, a nationwide coalition of veterans and national security experts who advocate for securing America with clean energy.and increase climate resilience and preparedness in their communities.

Kevin Johnson, ’02 is the Senior Manager of Mergers & Acquisitions and leads Federal Market Business Development for the Acciona Energy North America Corporation. Kevin manages Acciona’s federal market team, which works closely with the Department of Defense to achieve its goal of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. Prior to joining Acciona, Kevin served as a Captain in the United States Army and was deployed to Iraq in 2004 with the 1st Battalion, 33rd Field Artillery Regiment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As an advocate for the Truman National Security Project and Operation Free, he continues to lead the charge for a more sustainable and secure energy future.

Upon returning home from service, many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have continued to utilize their specialized skills and experiences to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, make communities more resilient to the effects of climate change and improve our nation’s energy security. 

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. 

To learn more about the Champions of Change program, clicke here.

 

Geoffrey Tumlin ’94 Addresses Communication Challenges of the Digital Age in New Book
12/17/2013

McGraw-Hill recently published Geoffrey Tumlin’s ‘94 book of counterintuitive insights for business and personal success in the digital age, Stop Talking, Start Communicating. The book draws on Tumlin’s work as an organizational consultant and offers practical solutions for improving communication at work and at home in an age of smart phones, message overload, and constant contact.

Tumlin’s book warns that meaningful communication—the lifeblood of civilization and the backbone of successful relationships—is at risk, threatened by the avalanche of quick, cheap, and easy communication made possible by the digital revolution. Our increasing reliance on, and preference for, communication that is expedient and convenient, like email, text messaging, or social media posting, is dangerously eroding more difficult and time-intensive higher-order communication abilities, such as arguing sensibly, resolving conflict, persuading others, bargaining, and providing emotional support. The steady deterioration of our higher-order communication abilities results in more error-prone interactions and chronic misunderstandings that multiply our communication problems, degrade our productivity, and diminish our quality of life. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Stop Talking, Start Communicating balances research, experience, and humor to draw attention to the increasingly problematic disconnect between our higher-order communication needs and our lower-order communication practices, while pointing a straightforward and compelling path to more productive and meaningful conversations. Stop Talking, Start Communicating combines scientific knowledge with proven practices to deliver counterintuitive—but highly effective and immediately usable—communication strategies.

 

Kevin Terrazas ’99 Joins Austin Law Firm Weisbart Springer Hayes
12/12/2013

Texas litigation boutique Weisbart Springer Hayes LLP has added trial and appellate lawyer Kevin Terrazas ’99 in the firm’s Austin office.

Selected this year to the Texas Rising Stars list of the state’s top young lawyers, Mr. Terrazas earned his law degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School in 2007. He completed his undergraduate degree in 1999 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was named a Distinguished Cadet.

Prior to law school, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army's Field Artillery branch, including service with the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal, among other military honors. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault schools.

Joining the firm from the Austin office of Yetter Coleman LLP, Mr. Terrazas provides experience in a wide range of complex trials and appeals involving antitrust claims, intellectual property, contracts, torts and constitutional law. He is also a former law clerk to Judge Priscilla R. Owen of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Terrazas currently serves as a director of the American Red Cross of Central Texas and an officer for the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin.

 

Matthew J. Geraci ’94 Creates New Form of Communication for NASA Control Room
12/6/2013

Matthew J. Geraci ’94 recently completed a project for NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Geraci’s small business, TheBlastingCabinet, created microelectronic engraved glass signs that change color, giving NASA’s Mission Control Room in Huntsville a unique and innovative new look. Mission controllers will now have a new way to communicate with the International Space Station.

After Geraci received a Baccalaureate of Science in physics and nuclear engineering, he was commissioned as an active duty Army officer with deployments to Kuwait and Kosovo. He served as the Commander for the Army's 62d Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Company and is one of the few EOD officers with hands-on experience dealing with live mustard and nerve gas weapons.

In 2006 he earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Utah and later completed a post-graduate residency at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He currently serves as a clinical pharmacist in emergency medicine with Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Watch the unveiling of Geraci’s NASA project here.

 

Mike Fisher and Marty Abbott, Class of 1990, Explore 'Customer Misuse' in New Book
12/4/2013

Mike Fisher ’90 and Marty Abbott ’90, co-founding managing partners of growth and scalability advisory firm AKF Partners, have co-authored their third book together, The Power of Customer Misbehavior (Palgrave-MacMillan).

The Power of Customer Misbehavior explores the importance of customer driven innovation for top line and bottom line growth. It shows how companies should not only learn to identify how their products are being misused, but also how to use this knowledge to innovate new products and services that better meet customer needs and promote viral growth. These techniques also promote long-term customer loyalty and growth even in hypercompetitive environments. 

This unique new book is the first to explore the idea of 'customer misuse': when customers modify features or expand the usage of products and services in ways that were never intended. Reacting appropriately to customer misuse will allow companies to enter new markets, create more loyal customers, and encourage customers to tell others about the company's products, all of which foster faster growth. These compelling concepts are presented in the form of simple actionable principles and illustrated with rich case studies from successful companies such as Twitter, Intuit, eBay and Coca-Cola, to offer the first practical guide to harnessing this new source of strategic innovation. 

Their first 2 books, The Art of Scalability and Scalability Rules (Addison-Wesley) addressed how to build products to meet the needs of hyper growth, while The Power of Customer Misbehavior is their first in defining how to achieve viral growth.  

 

Lee R. Anderson Sr. ’61 Selected for Prestigious Horatio Alger Award
11/21/2013

Lee R. Anderson Sr. ’61, owner and chairman of APi Group, Inc., will be inducted as a Member of The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. This prestigious award recognizes exceptional leaders with a commitment to philanthropy and higher education who have overcome significant personal challenges to achieve success. The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. 

Upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Mr. Anderson launched a highly promising military career. However, his military career was cut short when his father suffered a serious heart attack. In the four decades since he returned home to Minneapolis to run his family’s construction business, Mr. Anderson has successfully grown the company into what is now APi Group, a multi-billion dollar company with more than 10,000 employees throughout North American and Europe.  

Mr. Anderson and his wife, Penny, have given more than $60 million to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and are recognized as the largest donors in West Point’s history. In 2010 Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were honored with Minnesota’s Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award. Together, they also financed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hire Our Heroes” program aimed at encouraging businesses to hire military veterans. 

Mr. Anderson is also a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Graduate of West Point award.

 

Phil Bardos ’50 Pens Story of Leadership During Cold War
11/18/2013

Phil Bardos ’50 highlights the achievements and leadership of the West Point class of 1950 in his new book Cold War Warriors. In this compelling story, Bardos describes in great detail how many of his classmates became leaders of industry, government and educational institutions throughout the United States, and performed leadership roles in key functions of the U.S. military. This book singles out the West Point class of 1950 because collectively, their leadership roles were instrumental in assisting the nation to win the Cold War. Appealling to Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the men and women who have served in the armed forces since World War II, Cold War Warriors depicts a group of men from a distinctive educational institution whose sole purpose is "Duty, Honor, Country".

 

Shad A. Madsen ’98
11/15/2013

Shad A. Madsen ’98 has been named Chief Financial Officer of Mentoring Minds, a leading national publisher of K-12 educational resources. Shad brings diverse, hands-on experience and leadership to his new role as CFO. Leading and developing future generations to serve the country has been a dominant theme throughout Shad's 16-year career. Shad was a captain in the U.S. Army, leading teams of soldiers in both peace and wartime operations, including two tours in the Middle East. After serving in the Army, Shad worked at Boeing and Sabre Holdings, progressing from analyst to business unit controller and then finance director. While at Boeing and Sabre, he contributed to a wide variety of financial and operational functions including financial planning and analysis, accounting, financial reporting, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, business unit strategy, and resource management.

Football Brings COL William Huff ’91 and Son Together
11/15/2013

COL William Huff  ’91 has maintained a strong bond with his son while stationed at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Afghanistan. Sports have always been a common bond for father and son, and Huff’s four tours in Afghanistan and two-plus years in Iraq haven’t changed that. Read more.

 

William Solms ’85
11/15/2013

Wave Systems Corp. has announced that William Solms ‘85 has been appointed by the board of directors as CEO, replacing Steven Sprague. Solms served as the company’s vice president of North American sales, and will now be responsible for ensuring a smooth transition and leading Wave’s executive team. Solms served a distinguished career as an active duty Army officer, capping his 20+ year military career as a member of the Joint Staff. After his military service, Solms joined Microsoft as a sales executive, directed the federal sales team for Oracle-on-Demand at Oracle, and held executive positions in business development and sales at A-T Solutions and Intellidyne, LLC.

 

 

Daniel E. Rice ’88 Appears on Neil Cavuto Show
11/12/2013

On Monday, November 11, Daniel E. Rice 88 appeared on Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto Show. Rice discussed the Veteran’s Day commemoration on the floor of New York Stock Exchange and the book he co-authored, West Point Leadership: Profiles of courage. Watch Here.

 

 

Superintendent Opens NYSE to Commemorate Veteran's Day
11/12/2013

On Monday, November 11, LTG Robert L. Caslen Jr. ’75, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate the 95th anniversary of Veteran's Day. He was joined by Marsh Carter 62, Chairman of the NYSE, Alex Gorsky, Chairman of Johnson & Johnson, Ellen Houlihan of Raytheon and John Garrison, CEO of Bell Helicopter, all Class of 82, as well as Lindsey Danilack ’14, First Captain of the Corps of Cadets. See More.

 

Titans Fullback Collin Mooney ’09 to Represent Armed Forces
11/8/2013

Tennessee Titans fullback Collin Mooney ’09 has accepted the opportunity to stand in representation of all who are standing or have stood for America through military service. The graduate of West Point will be the “12th Titan” during pregame festivities when Tennessee hosts Jacksonville Sunday at LP Field at the annual “Salute to Service” game.

“It means a lot, and when they first talked to me about that, I wanted to be sure that it was the Armed Services that are the 12thTitan and I’m representing them, so it’s a huge honor for me to be able to run out and put that sword at the 50-yard line for all of the Armed Services and for all who have served” said Mooney.

Mooney learned this week that he is being promoted from 1st Lt. to Capt. in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Read and see more here. 

 

Alan Salisbury ’58 Publishes First Children's Book
11/7/2013

MG (Ret) Alan Salisbury’s '58 first foray into children’s literature, The Legend of Ranger, the Reindeer Who Couldn’t Fly, was recently published by Jabberwocky Books in Minneapolis. It’s being hailed as a “heartwarming and inspirational story with an important message for children about the power of believing in yourself to overcome obstacles and accomplish your dreams.” The 50-page book is beautifully illustrated with “whimsical” art by Roberta Baird. In addition to the book, Salisbury also composed a companion song, “Dream and Believe,” which is packaged on a CD by the same name along with an audio book version of the story. Nashville’s Mary Allen does the vocals with what musicBlog’s Matthew Forss describes as “a rousing melody, perfectly fitting for children of all ages,” awarding it “five North stars out of five!”In a unique move, Salisbury’s Opus One Studios philanthropic venture is donating 100% of the project’s profits to the Antonia J. Giallourakis Endowed Fund for Children with Cancer at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Antonia, the late wife of classmate Bill Giallourakis, ’58, was an art teacher who developed an innovative art therapy program for children with cancer, prior to losing her own battle with the disease.

 

 

IMCOM Welcomes Camille Nichols ’81 as New Deputy Commanding General
11/7/2013

U.S. Army Installation Management Command welcomed Maj. Gen. Camille Nichols ‘81 to the team as the new Deputy Commanding General for Operations and Chief of Staff in a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston Theater. More than 200 Army senior leaders, civilians, friends and guests gathered to recognize Nichols' accomplishments and to welcome her to the Installation Management Community and San Antonio. 

In her previous assignments, Nichols was U.S. Army Contracting Command's first commanding general and served as program executive officer, Program Executive Office Soldier, at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Nichols has more than 25 years of experience in Department of Defense acquisition. She has also served in various engineer jobs earlier in her career as an engineer officer in tactical engineering units, and has also served as manager and assistant coach 1984 U.S. Olympic women's handball team.

Nichols enlisted in the Army in 1975 in her home town of Niagara Falls, N.Y. In 1981, she was commissioned as an engineer officer upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

"She was handpicked for this position and we are blessed to have her," said Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, IMCOM commanding general. "She knows the business of taking care of people. She's knows the business of transforming."

Northwestern Mutual Recognizes Robert L. Kilroy ’94 with Forum Membership
11/5/2013

Northwestern Mutual is honoring Wealth Management Advisor Robert L. Kilroy '94 with membership in its 2013 Forum group, which recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security. Robert is affiliated with the Quinlan Financial Group based in Melville, NY. This is the 4th time that he has received the Forum honor. The honorees will be recognized at a conference held on November 3 to 6, 2013, in Scottsdale, AZ. The Forum conference is an extremely exclusive achievement, with approximately five percent of Northwestern Mutual’s 6,500 financial representatives invited to attend.

 

Patricia Anslow ’89 Named New Commander of Arkansas Army National Guard
11/4/2013

Brigadier General Patricia Anslow '89 was formally installed as commander of the Arkansas Army National Guard during the Change of Command ceremony on Saturday, November 2 at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. She replaces Brig. Gen. Roger McClellan. Anslow became the first female general officer in 2012, and she will now become the first female to assume command of the Arkansas Army National Guard. In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Anslow said she didn't expect to remain in the military after completing her five-year commitment after graduation, but then “kind of fell in love” with the Army. The Arkansas Army National Guard was established in 1804 and has about 7,500 soldiers. The Guard will promote Col. Kirk Van Pelt to fill the vacant general position.

’69 Grads Honor Descendants of WWII Army Rangers
10/30/2013

West Point graduates from the class of 1969 attend the Ranger Class 10-13 closing ceremonies at Victory Pond at Ft. Benning, GA on October 18, 2013, with the Descendants of WWII Rangers. Roy Murray, Jr. ’69 (right) is the son of WWII 4th Ranger Battalion Commander, LTC Roy Murray. Ron Hudnell ’69  (left) is the son of WWII Ranger James H. Hudnell, a PFC in D Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion. The Descendants of WWII Rangers is an organization for those remaining WWII Rangers and their relatives to honor and preserve the memory of the WWII Rangers who led the way for future generations of U. S. Army Rangers. Read more about The Descendants of WWII Rangers here

 

 

MacLean ’74 Uncovers Hidden WWII Mystery in Latest Book
10/28/2013

Following on the heels of Custer's Best: The Story of Company M, 7th Cavalry at the Little Bighorn, Colonel (Ret) French MacLean has published The Fifth Field: The Story of the 96 American Soldiers Sentenced to Death and Executed in World War II. Maclean takes you on a wild judicial ride through unnamed gravestones in a secret cemetery in France, sealed personnel files in a government facility known as "The Vault" and the greatest unsolved mystery remaining from World War II – how 96 American soldiers in Europe and North Africa committed heinous crimes and were subsequently tried by U. S. Army courts-martial, convicted, sentenced to death, executed, and buried in a tiny cemetery in France, known to the groundskeepers as The Fifth Field.

MacLean received unlimited access to every previously secret judicial record and personnel file for all 96 men. The work is much more than a compilation of individual cases and illustrates facets of wartime Army discipline, military-civilian relations, the judicial process, thoughts of superior officers, and implications of race and class. MacLean’s approach, as a non-lawyer, was to write the book from the vantage point of a potential juror. With unimpeachable detail and a critical link from the past to today's ongoing high-profile military courts-martial and tribunals from Fort Hood to Guantanamo, The Fifth Field finally illuminates this hidden mystery of World War II.

MacLean has already given a presentation about the subject to the staff and faculty at the US Army Judge Advocate General School in Charlottesville, VA, and has scheduled another university presentation in Georgia in November. He and his publisher sent copies of the book to all Supreme Court Justices and deans of a dozen law schools, as it could have a significant impact on the national discussion of the death penalty.  

Dr. James M. Johnson ’69 Appointed First Holder of Academic Chair at Marist College
10/24/2013

Dr. James M. Johnson ’69, an internationally recognized expert on the War for Independence in the Hudson River Valley, has been appointed the first holder of the Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair. Dr. Frank T. Bumpus is a long-serving member of the advisory board of the Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) at Marist College, and has established an endowed chair that will promote the greater understanding of the rich history, culture, and identity of New York’s Hudson River Valley.

Dr. Johnson graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Duke University and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. A retired Colonel in the United States Army, his 30 years of service include active duty in Germany and Korea and at the Pentagon, as well as 15 years on the West Point faculty, serving as head of the military history program in his second tour. Author and editor of books and numerous scholarly and popular essays and articles on the War for Independence in the Hudson River Valley, he has been a member of the Marist faculty for the past thirteen years, teaching courses on the region and military history.  

In 2002, Dr. Johnson co-founded HRVI and has served as its executive director ever since. As the longstanding Military Historian of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, he oversees the American Revolutionary interpretive theme. His leadership in preserving and promoting American history in the Valley extends to the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor at New Windsor Cantonment, and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail, among many other projects.

"We are incredibly proud to have the Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History at Marist," said Dr. Thomas Wermuth, academic vice president and dean of faculty. “We thank Dr. Bumpus for his leadership in making this eminent position possible. Dr. Jim Johnson is a first-rate historian and incomparable advocate for the Hudson River Valley and his appointment sets the standard for future holders of the Bumpus Chair." 

(Photo: Dr. Frank T. Bumpus, left, joined by Dr. James M. Johnson '69, the first holder of The Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History).

BG Robert Tripp ’33 becomes Oldest Living WP Grad
10/21/2013

This past weekend, members from the West Point Society of the San Francisco Bay Area went to visit BG Oldest Living West point Grad WPAOG Robert Tripp ’33 – the oldest living West Point graduate. Bob turned 102 on Saturday, and was presented with a gift from the society, a gift from The West Point Association of Graduates, and a Certificate of Congratulations for being the “Oldest Living West Point Graduate.” He and his wife Liliane were truly delighted with the gifts. 

 

David S. Chang ’02
10/18/2013

David S. Chang ’02, CEO and Chairman of Chang Holding Company, was recently re-elected to a second term as Chair of the Hawaii Republican Party. Chang, a Major in the Hawaii Army National Guard and chief editor of The Art of Thinking Smart article and blog, was selected Business Leader of the Year for the 40 under 40 by Pacific Business News in 2010 and 2011 Young Professional of the Year by Pacific Edge Magazine. His wife Beth Fukumoto Chang is the House Minority Floor Leader for the Hawaii State Legislature and was recently selected as Top Nine Women Remaking the Right in America. 

 

Lee R. Anderson ’61
10/16/2013

Lee R. Anderson ’61 and his wife Penny are the major donors for the Defenders Lodge – a state of the art hotel for service men and women receiving care at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. The Lodge officially opened on October 8, 2013 on the VA Palo Alto campus. This 52 room, 104 bed, 34,000 square foot gift from the PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union) Foundation ensures that veterans who couldn’t otherwise afford first-class care can now share a free room with their caregivers. Anderson’s company employs about 10,000 men and women, and he recently told his management team that going forward he wanted to hire only veterans. At first his request was met with resistance, however, he responded “yes I can and we will.”

Six of Anderson’s classmates were in attendance during the ribbon cutting ceremony, including former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jim Nicholson. 

 

Chad D. Jenkins ’02 is The Co-Subject of New Army-Navy Book
10/16/2013


Chad D. Jenkins ’02 is the co-subject of the book, ‘All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq’ by New York Times Bestselling Author Steve Eubanks.  The book releases October 29, 2013.  “I am certainly not worthy of this honor, but thank you Steve Eubanks for allowing me to be a part of it,” said Jenkins. “Also, thank you to fellow co-subject Brian Stann for being a great man of character and someone to emulate.”

Daniel L. Muchow '72
10/8/2013

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Daniel L. Muchow '72 (Environmental Law) has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.

Bob Wilt '90
10/8/2013

Robert G. Wilt, '90Robert (Bob) G. Wilt '90 has been named President of Alcoa's Global Primary Products (GPP) business and an Executive Vice President of the company.  GPP operates 22 smelters and 9 alumina refineries worldwide and has bauxite assets in Australia, Brazil, Jamaica, Suriname, Guinea and soon Saudi Arabia.  Alcoa's global aluminum smelting capacity totals nearly 4.8 million metric tons, and its global alumina capacity totals more than 18 million metric tons.  Bob is also a member of the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership team that sets strategic direction for the company. 

In his new role, Wilt has overall responsibility for the Primary business that includes global aluminum smelters, refineries and mines throughout the U.S., Latin America, Australia, Iceland, Guinea, Europe and Canada.  Wilt is a member of the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership team that sets strategic direction for the company.

“Bob’s deep industry experience and outstanding track record at Alcoa make him uniquely qualified to lead our global Primary business,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “He has risen through the ranks of our Primary business with noteworthy leadership and business success.”

After receiving his commission in the U.S. Army, Wilt served as a combat engineer officer in the 101st Airborne Division, and is a veteran of the first Iraq war. He also earned a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Robert Boyd '73
10/7/2013

Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle is pleased to announce the inclusion of Robert D. Boyd '73 among Best Lawyers in America for 2014.  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.”

USAA Offers No-interest Loan to Military Members if Government Delays Pay
10/3/2013

USAA is prepared to offer the payroll advance loan to affected military members with existing direct deposit at USAA Bank if a government shutdown interrupts military pay. Likewise, members who have existing direct deposit arrangements at USAA Bank for their VA and Social Security checks would be eligible for the loan if their payments were interrupted due to a debt ceiling impasse.

If a loan offer becomes necessary, USAA will email those members and provide information in the "My Offers" section of usaa.com. We will also offer other solutions, including special payment arrangements to help USAA members who receive government payments and find themselves in financial distress because of a shutdown.

"We all hope that policymakers will reach a deal before military pay is threatened," says David Bohne, president of USAA Bank. "But we stand ready to help our members who would be impacted if that happens."

For more information, click here.

BG(R) Robert C. Tripp '33 Now Oldest Living Graduate
9/30/2013

We announce with great sorrow the death of COL(R) Benjamin W. Heckemeyer '35, our oldest graduate. He passed away on September 17, 2013 at the age of 102.

The oldest living West Point graduate is now BG(R) Robert C. Tripp '33. He is 101 years old.

Jeff Martin '84
9/26/2013

Jeff Martin ‘84, named CEO of SDG&EJeff Martin '84, president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, will become CEO of SDG&E and a member of the SDG&E board of directors.

At Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, Martin has led the company's expansion in the renewable energy and natural gas markets. Prior to joining Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, Martin served as president and CEO of Sempra Generation and vice president of investor relations for Sempra Energy.  Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 2004, Martin was senior vice president and chief financial officer of NewEnergy, Inc. He also served as corporate counsel at Tucson Electric Power Co. and was an attorney at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, LLP, in Phoenix.

1LT Ashley Sorensen '10
9/26/2013

First Lieutenant Ashley Sorensen of the 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion broke the world record for the one-mile bomb disposal suit run by more than two minutes at the University of HawaiiFirst Lieutenant Ashley Sorensen '10 of the 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal  Battalion broke the world record for the one-mile bomb disposal suit run by more  than two minutes at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Monday

Lt. Sorensen wore a fully  functional bomb disposal suit, which weighs more than 75 pounds at the UH Manoa  track.  The Guinness Book of World  Records will be reviewing the record time. If the record holds up, it  will be the fastest female one-mile run in an EOD bomb disposal suit.

"Whenever EOD goes out in  the bomb suits for a manual approach, it's really important that we're able to  work and sweat in the suit and still be able to perform, so making it a  competition when we train helps with that," said Sorensen.  "Running a mile  like this is definitely a challenge."

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25th Reunion Brings Together Four High School Classmates
9/19/2013

1988 25th ReunionTerry Harshfield '88 felt like no time had passed when he came to his 25-year reunion at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he connected with three other Stevenson High School graduates.

“It's interesting that some of the people I hadn't seen in five years, and some I haven't seen since I graduated,” said Harshfield, Vice President of Technology at Compuware in Detroit. “It didn't matter; everyone just picked up like it was yesterday.”

Harshfield reunited with fellow Stevenson alumni Timothy Engling, Col. Greg Ebner, and Jeff Fuchs over Labor Day weekend for their class reunion. The four all graduated from the Academy in 1988, a rare feat for a public school in Michigan.

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Also read about the Class's 25th Reunion Gift

Lennox '77 Promotes Former XO to Brigadier General
9/18/2013

LTG Lennox Promotes BG GeorgeBrigadier General John A. George '88 (right) receives a one-star flag from Lieutenant General Robert P. Lennox '77 at his promotion ceremony Sept. 17, 2013, in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon.

Brigadier General George is Director, Joint and Integration, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8. His previous assignment was Chief, Strategic Initiatives Group, Office of the Secretary of the Army. BG George's career includes multiple joint and operational assignments, including deployments to Afghanistan, Germany, Kosovo, and Turkey.

He was also Executive Officer to LTG Lennox, when Lennox was the G-8. Both BG George and his father, Colonel James (Jim) D. George, US Army (Ret.) were instructors at West Point.

LTG Lennox is Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense. His brother is LTG William J. Lennox, Jr. '71 and (USMA Superintendent 2001-2006).

Photo Credit: Marla Hurtado

Proud to Be: Class of 1983 Presents Largest 30th Reunion Gift
9/16/2013

Class of 1983 30th Reunion GiftThe USMA Class of 1983 presented a gift of $1,250,000 to the Class of 1983 Distinguished Leader Series through the West Point Leadership Center. The class made an additional gift of $100,000 to the Superintendent’s Endowment, for a total class gift of $1,350,000 -- the largest 30th reunion gift any class has ever made. 

The Class of 1983 Distinguished Leader Series is a faculty-run lecture series that supports cadet development, bringing influential leaders from all sectors to West Point to address cadets and discuss leadership challenges. The series hosts eight speakers a year (September through May) with all cadets majoring in Leadership Development participating; the program reaches approximately 300 to 400 cadets each year. This series is one of many programs facilitated by the West Point Leadership Center, which aims to advance and nurture responsible leadership development within West Point, the Army, government entities, educational institutions, and corporations.

The Superintendent's Endowment exists to provide the flexibility to direct funding where it's needed most. The Superintendent can direct needed funds to any of West Point's major activities where federal funding is not currently available, ensuring that cadets have access to a wide range of opportunities and resources. Areas of support include co-curricular clubs, academic trips, research projects, cultural immersion trips, capstone projects, and academic conferences. Such opportunities are truly what define the Margin of Excellence and are what make West Point the nation's top college and the world's renowned leadership development institution. 

Since graduation, members of the Class of 1983 have given more than $3.2 million to West Point; $1.8 million of that was raised since their 25th Reunion in 2008.

Proud and Free: Class of 1973 Presents 40th Reunion Gift
9/16/2013

Class of 1973 40th Reunion GiftThe USMA Class of 1973 presented a gift of $1,400,000 for the new Visitors Center of the United States Military Academy on the occasion of its 40th Reunion, which was held from September 12-15, 2013. 

The proposed new Visitors Center will be the front door to the Academy’s more than 1 million annual guests, including prospective cadets, parents and friends, history buffs, school-age children, and tourists from around the world. Here, they will learn about the role West Point’s military training and educational curriculum play in America’s present and its future.

Envisioned as a 21st century “Experience Hub,” the center will feature a striking entry pavilion, high-tech exhibits, a state-of-the-art theater, and new artifacts. Visitors will leave the building with a profound sense of pride in the Unites States Military Academy and an understanding of what it provides and represents to the nation. 

Since graduation, members of the Class of 1973 have given more than $4 million to West Point; $2.1 million was raised since their 35th Reunion in 2008. 

WPS of Annapolis Hosts Affirmation Ceremony for Exchange Cadets
9/16/2013

Annapolis Affirmation, Class of 2015On September 3, members of the Class of 1965 gathered at a restaurant in Annapolis to participate in and bear witness to the Affirmation Oath taken by seven members of the Class of 2015. These seven exchange cadets are at the US Naval Academy for the semester and were not at West Point with the rest of their classmates for that event.

The West Point Society of Annapolis has been supporting the exchange cadet program for more than a decade and has organized an Affirmation Ceremony every year. The Class of 1965 turned out in a great show of support, with 15 Classmates and wives present: Steve Ammon, Emory & Eleanora Chase, John & Linda Concannon, Kay Dermody, Joe & Lynne DeFrancisco, Bob & Mary Frank, Frank & Cam Hennessee, Chuck & Elaine Nichols, and Jim Wood.

Graduates had the opportunity to engage the cadets before and during dinner. Along with the mentoring and mixing with the cadets, there was also the opportunity to socialize with the Class, as we sat all at one table and "broke bread" together.

The featured speaker was our own Joe DeFrancisco (pictured). Having gone to the ceremony at West Point, DeFrancisco was quite comfortable with the more up-close and cozy atmosphere of the night. Like Bill Hecker, Ric Shinseki, and Bob Selkis before him, Joe focused on the significance of the oath and the cadets' dedication to serve in the Army. He was inspiring as well as conveying the pride that the Class of '65 has in these youngsters.

DeFrancisco administers the oath while our classmates covered down behind the cadets. After taking the oath, the cadets did an about-face, and each classmate presented the Affirmation coin to the cadet in front of him. The coin bears our crest on one side and theirs on the other. As Joe had said, we are bound together in perpetuity!

-- Submitted by Bob Frank '65

VIDEO: Lough '70 Recommits to Active Duty
9/13/2013

Doctor Fred Lough '70 is re-joining active duty (after two recent deployments in the Reserves) to join the surgical teaching staff at the Uniformed Services University. 

As a cadet, Lough toured construction of the World Trade Center. Twelve years ago he returned as a doctor. On this year's anniversary, he recommitted himself to his country to help train the next generation of surgeons. 

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