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All Academy Challenge Starts This Weekend: August 16-20
8/13/2020

All Academy Challenge Starts This Weekend: August 16-20The seventh annual All Academy Challenge begins this weekend! From August 16-20, West Point will compete against the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Academies for the title of highest alumni participation. No matter the size of your gift, or where you choose to designate it, your participation counts and will support Margin of Excellence programs. The All Academy Challenge takes on special significance this year as West Point joins together with the other military academies to support the future leaders of our nation during this challenging time. It truly is 5 Teams. 5 Days. 1 Mission. Do you see one of your classmates in WPAOG’s Spirit Video? Will your class (or your decade!) come out on top in 2020? During the Challenge, please go to AAC.WPAOG.org to donate and see your class Leaderboard. GO ARMY!

Are You Looking for a Career Change?
8/13/2020

We are doing it again! The upcoming Aug 17-21 Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) in San Diego is going virtual! Now in its 25th year, SACC is the ONLY job fair exclusively for service academy alumni and can help you prepare for your next career transition.
Due to popular demand the SACC webinar series will again be three days, from 17-19 August.

The virtual career fair will be held on 21 August. Register now at: https://bit.ly/3fNRiAz

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what questions a hiring manager would ask you in your SACC job interview? Check out this list of the top 40 interview questions - and how to answer them. Click here - https://www.themuse.com/advice/interview-questions-and-answers

Text “careerservices” to 51555 to stay up to date on hot jobs, webinars and announcements from the WPAOG Career Services team.

“West Point” Summer 2020 is Out
8/12/2020

“West Point” Summer 2020 is OutThe digital edition of the Summer 2020 issue of West Point Magazine is out!

In this issue, read “The Story Behind ‘All for the Corps’: Directorate of Cadet Activities.” Learn how the hundreds of dedicated staff and volunteers at the DCA work to provide comprehensive and diverse extracurricular, social, cultural, and recreational programs that enhance the leader development of the Corps of Cadets.

These programs include 138 cadet clubs and dozens of class and brigade-wide social events. The DCA offers a variety of programs for the social development of cadets, as well as operates Eisenhower Hall, the second-largest performing arts center on the East Coast. Plus, the DCA is also involved in operating a dozen restaurants, cafes, concessions, catering and stores at the Academy. Approximately 40% of DCA's annual Extracurricular Club program budget comes from Margin of Excellence funding provided by graduates and friends of West Point.

Read more about how the DCA programs have become and continue to be an integral and enriching part of the cadets’ 47-month experience at West Point: https://bit.ly/dcastory

LTC(R) Wise ’94 Completes Appalachian Trail
8/11/2020

LTC(R) Wise ’94 Completes Appalachian TrailLTC (R) Dave Wise ’94 recently completed his goal of hiking all 2193 miles of the Appalachian Trail. His journey started in Georgia and finished in Maine. This summer on Monday, August 3, 2020 he completed the final 670 miles and summited Mt. Katahdin. Dave is the Event Planning Committee Chair for the West Point Society of Western North Carolina. Congratulations Dave. Well done!

Cruden ’68 Elected to Serve on ABA Board of Governors
8/11/2020

The American Bar Association (ABA)’s House of Delegates announced at its annual meeting on August 4 that it elected Beveridge & Diamond Principal John C. Cruden (Washington, DC) to serve on its Board of Governors. In this role, John will represent District 4—covering the District of Columbia and Virginia—and be the liaison to the ABA’s Center for Human Rights and Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division.

John is a long-time member of and contributor to the ABA, having served in various leadership positions in the organization, including as former Chair of ABA’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources. Prior to joining B&D, John had a long and distinguished career in public service, most recently serving as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). He was also the first government attorney to serve as the President of the District of Columbia Bar, currently the largest bar in the nation.

As a liaison to the Center for Human Rights, John will work to mobilize lawyers in support of the Center’s mission to promote and protect human rights worldwide, including protecting advocates and vulnerable communities. He also will coordinate with the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division to serve the unique needs of public sector attorneys.

“I am honored to have been elected to the Board of Governors, representing the District of Columbia and Virginia. The ABA remains one of the largest professional organizations in the world with a unique mission—defending liberty and delivering justice. Today, in our difficult times together, we should all join to promote ABA's goals of eliminating bias and enhancing diversity as well as advancing the rule of law,” John said. Read more.

MAJ John Meyer ’05 2020 Nininger Award Recipient
8/10/2020

MAJ John Meyer ’05 2020 Nininger Award RecipientThe West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce that Major John Meyer, Class of 2005, has been selected to receive the 2020 Alexander Nininger Award for Valor at Arms. Read more about Meyer’s heroic actions on July 27, 2007 for which he was awarded the Silver Star.

Congrats to Us!
8/7/2020

Todd Browne with WPAOG Stevie AwardsThis year WPAOG won 2 Gold Stevie Awards and 2 Silver Stevie Awards from the American Business Awards Program. There were over 3,600 nominations from many notable companies like Forbes Media, Comcast and Microsoft. The virtual Stevie Awards ceremony for 2020 took place Wednesday, July 5, 2020, at 2pm EDT. The awards ceremony stream link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhTT5JcYG5A&feature=youtu.be

"Thank you for recognizing our work with two Gold and two Silver Stevie Awards. These Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge our dedicated staff and the service & contribution of West Point Graduates to our Country, in war and peace. Thank you & Go Army!" - Todd Browne, President and CEO, of the West Point Association of Graduates.

Our *Gold* Awards:

WPAOG 150th Anniversary Video (click on the link to watch the video) https://vimeo.com/322807700
The Parent Handbook (click on the link for the current handbook) https://www.westpointaog.org/parentresources

Our *Silver* Awards:

Non-Profit Organization of the Year https://www.westpointaog.org/home
Human Resources Team of the Year
The New Career Services Team https://wpaogcareers.org/

*Outstanding job, everyone!*

Class Notes Updates This Week
8/7/2020

http://www.westpointaog.org/classnotesClass Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1953 | 1958 | 1968 | 1974 | 1996. Class Notes

Calling all members of the Long Gray Line
8/7/2020

WPAOG is now planning the 2020 edition of the West Point "Register of Graduates & Former Cadets," and we need you to update your career information.

The "Register" is WPAOG’s oldest publication, dating back to 1850, when the first edition was compiled by George W. Cullum, Class of 1833. It is an indispensable treasury of military history, documenting the service to the nation of every West Point graduate since 1802.

Click on the link to review and update your Register of Graduates profile: https://www.westpointaog.org/registerofgraduates

Dr. Toftoy - "Blunders: Shocking Mistakes That Altered History"
8/7/2020

Dr. Toftoy - "Blunders: Shocking Mistakes That Altered History"Dr. Charles N. Toftoy is excited about the upcoming release of his book, Blunnders: Shocking Mistakes That Altered History. The Alpha Team is back! This time they explore little known facts about History’s worst Blunders, a series of mistakes causing and leading up to a disaster or horrific event, where numerous lives are lost that could’ve been saved.

Six years of research has brought forth the truth about what really happened, the cover-ups and more!

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to: Wounded Warrior Mentor Program. (Dr. Toftoy is a mentor in the program.)

The book will be made available at Amazonand all major online bookstores everywhere. Get your copy when it comes out and please, pass this information onto your contacts, too, so they can enjoy reading all about the history of these disasters that most people do not know.

Dr. Charles N. Toftoy has worked in three sectors: military (20 years), corporate (12 years), academic (17 years). He was a U.S. Army airborne ranger, infantry officer. Toftoy is a highly decorated (wounded twice) Vietnam veteran (two tours).

Class Notes Updates This Week
7/31/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1953 | 1958 | 1962 | 1965 | 1966 | 1973 | 1974 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1996 | 2002 | 2019. Class Notes

Hall ’19 Awarded Rotary Global Grant
7/31/2020

Hall ’19 Awarded Rotary Global GrantCongratulations to 2LT Grant Hall ’19 and colleagues for their publication in The Lancet on their relevant and timely research on the “Rapid implementation of SARS-CoV-2 sequencing to investigate cases of health-care associated COVID-19: a prospective genomic surveillance study”. For his stellar academic achievements and dedication to research, 2LT Hall was awarded a Rotary Global Grant and is currently pursuing his M.Phil. in Biological Sciences (Pathology) at the University of Cambridge.” https://www.thelancet.com/…

WPAOG Board Holds Special Meeting
7/31/2020

WPAOG LogoYour West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) Board recently convened a special meeting on the subject of racism. Led by a professional, outside facilitator, our dialogue prompted genuine retrospection. Discussion ensued on the definitional aspects and inter-connectivity among the various facets of racism, diversity, and inclusion. Perhaps most importantly, it underscored the necessity for policy changes and positive action. From a WPAOG perspective, the meeting was a natural follow-on to the Chairman’s June 15th letter to the Long Gray Line (LGL) on racism. It was a bridge to continued coordinated efforts to acknowledge, identify and eliminate racism in all forms within WPAOG. On-going efforts include a thorough review of all policy documents, concerted efforts to improve diversity in WPAOG governing bodies, and greater attention to inclusion and outreach to all members of our extensive graduate body. While the entire Board and WPAOG leadership is engaged in this work, a designated committee of Board and Advisory Council members and other graduates is providing focused attention to these matters. In support of our mission to Serve West Point and the Long Gray Line, we stand ready to support the Academy when asked to do so by its leaders. Concurrently, we never forget the equally important part of our mission to serve the entire LGL. In that regard, we ask again for your ideas and advice on how to eliminate all forms of racism and advance diversity and inclusion within the WPAOG community. We will listen.

General Officer Announcements
7/30/2020

General Officer AnnouncementsThe following officers were confirmed by the Senate:

LTG Edward M. Daly ’87 for appointment to the rank of General and assignment as Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL.

MG Dennis Scott McKean ’90 for appointment to the rank of Lieutenant General and assignment as Deputy Commanding General, Futures and Concepts, U.S. Army Futures Command, Austin, TX.

For promotion to the rank of Brigadier General: COL (USAR) Christopher Z. Barra ’89, COL Robert L. Barrie, Jr. ’90, COL Christopher G. Beck ’93, COL Trevor J. Bredenkamp ’92, COL Paul G. Craft ’93, COL Matthew L. Eichburg ’93, COL David C. Foley ’94, COL Patrick L. Gaydon ’94, COL Clair A. Gill ’94, COL James P. Isenhower III ’92, COL Ryan M. Janovic ’93, COL Thomas W. O’Connor, Jr. ’94, COL William A. Ryan III ’94, COL David C. Trybula ’89 and COL Richard L. Zellman ’92.

Buffalo Soldiers Day
7/28/2020

Buffalo Soldiers DayBuffalo Soldiers Day on July 28th commemorates the formation of the first regular Army regiments comprising African American soldiers in 1866, seventeen months after the end of the Civil War. Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries were frontier regiments that protected unsettled lands as pioneers moved westward as they endured the hardships of the Wild West. They were recognized for their strong efforts during the Spanish-American War and other engagements in the late 1800s. During World War I, each unit received stateside assignments, with some exceptions. Neither unit saw action during World War II. In 1944, the Army activated both regiments and transferred service members to other units, as integration in the military began. 

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

COL(R) Kimbrough ’89 Selected to Command SpaceX Crew-2
7/28/2020

NASA and its international partners have selected NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough to serve as spacecraft commander for the Fly on SpaceX Crew-2 Mission, which will be the second operational SpaceX Crew Dragon flight to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur will serve as spacecraft pilot for the mission. JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will join as mission specialists.

Crew-2 is targeted to launch in spring 2021, following the successful completion of both NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight mission, which is expected to return to Earth August 2, and the launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission, which is targeted for late September. The Crew-2 astronauts will remain aboard the space station for approximately six months as expedition crew members, along with three crewmates who will launch via a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

This will be Kimbrough’s third trip to space and his second long-duration stay at the space station. Born in Killeen, Texas, and raised in Atlanta, Kimbrough was selected as an astronaut in 2004. He first launched aboard space shuttle Endeavour for a visit to the station on the STS-126 mission in 2008, then aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for Expedition 49/50 in 2016. He has spent a total of 189 days in space and performed six spacewalks.

Class Notes Updates This Week
7/24/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1945 | 1953 | 1962 | 1974 | 1975 | 1986 | 1996 | 2012 | 2020. Class Notes

McDonald ’75 Appointed as Bush Institute Fellow
7/24/2020

The George W. Bush Institute is proud to announce the appointment of Robert A. McDonald as one of four Endowed Fellows to help further the mission to develop leaders, advance policy, and take action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. As the April and Jay Graham Fellow, McDonald  serves as a key member of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative team, advocating for post-9/11 veterans and building awareness for the issues that affect their successful transitions to civilian life including employment, education, and health and wellbeing. Read more.

Broaden Your West Point Network & Reconnect
7/24/2020

Looking to broaden your West Point Alumni network or reconnect with your Classmates? Grad Link is now a feature of Sallyport that offers a one-stop shop for all your Grad communication needs. Activate your account and maintain your West Point relationships with the most highly connected alumni body in the world! Download our enhanced WPAOG Sallyport mobile app on your device and take it wherever you go! Watch this video tutorial and learn how to use the Sallyport App: https://vimeo.com/440534082/c8992cab33 Download now to learn how we maintain our vision to be the most highly connected alumni body in the world!

*Log in and activate your account here: https://sallyport.westpointaog.org/login
*Download our App on the Apple App Store here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wpaog-sallyport/id1485739170
*Download our App on Google Play here:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wpaog_sallyport.app

If you have questions, please email sallyport@wpaog.org or call Alumni Support at 845-446-1612 or visit our website at https://sallyport.westpointaog.org

“West Point” Magazine Summer 2020 Coming Soon
7/23/2020

West Point Magazine Summer 2020The Summer edition of West Point is at the printer now, and should be arriving in mailboxes in early August. Meanwhile, the digital edition is now available online. Read all about Graduation 2020 and Operation RESILIENT KNIGHT, describing how the USMA team mobilized to help cadets successfully complete the spring semester working remotely. We think you’ll share our sense of pride reading stories of fellow grads on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, and you’ll discover how the Directorate of Cadet Activities supports the entire Corps of Cadets.

LTG Hokanson ’86 Confirmed as Chief of the National Guard Bureau
7/22/2020

Lieutenant General Daniel Hokanson was confirmed as the 29th chief of the National Guard Bureau by the Senate. Hokanson, who will also be a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be promoted to four-star general, the highest-ranking officer in the nation's oldest military force.

He is currently the director of the Army Guard. Before taking the helm of the Army Guard in June 2019, Hokanson served as the NGB’s vice chief from November 2016. 

The Guard Bureau chief is responsible for ensuring nearly 450,000 Guard soldiers and airmen are ready and able to conduct their combat and homeland response missions. The chief also serves as a military adviser to the president, secretary of defense and National Security Council. In addition, he is the Defense Department’s official channel of communication to the governors and state adjutants general on all Guard matters.

His combat deployments include operations Just Cause (Panama), Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom. Hokanson served as Oregon’s adjutant general from 2013 to 2015. “General Hokanson knows the Guard. He knows the Guard Bureau. And he knows Washington,” said retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson, the NGAUS president. “He will be a very effective advocate for Guard soldiers and airmen in the Pentagon. We look forward to working with him.” Read more.

Hurtubise ’20 Signs with Cincinnati Reds
7/20/2020

Hurtubise ’20 Signs with Cincinnati RedsFormer Army West Point Baseball captain Jacob Hurtubise signed a contract to continue his baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds, the team announced Friday.

The Zionsville, Ind., native becomes the first baseball player to sign a professional contract after Secretary of Defense Mark Esper endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation. He will be permitted to delay his commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as a professional sports athlete.

“We are exceptionally proud of Jacob,” said Mike Buddie, Director of Athletics, Army West Point. “He has earned this opportunity through his hard work and determination while representing the Corps of Cadets on the field. After spending 47 months training to serve our country, I am thrilled for Jacob to get this incredible opportunity and am convinced this will only make him a better officer when that time comes. The fact that Jacob lost his Firstie season due to COVID makes this opportunity even sweeter, and I know the Reds organization will appreciate his incredible work ethic and talent.”

Over the course of his career at West Point, Hurtubise established himself as one of the program's all-time greats. The outfielder graduates as the Army and Patriot League all-time leader in stolen bases (105) and walks (142). In 2019, he set the program's single season records for runs scored (71), walks (69) and stolen bases (45). He earned ABCA All-American honors and Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2019 and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2020. The two-time First Team All-Patriot League recipient entered his shortened senior campaign as the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year.

“We are very proud and excited for Jacob to get this opportunity with the Cincinnati Reds,” Army baseball head coach Jim Foster said. “He has been a huge part of our baseball program and will be remembered as one of the greats in program history. He has been the definition of what we want in a player and, more importantly, a person and a leader. He will be a tremendous representative for Army at the next level and we wish him the best going forward!”

Following the 2019 season, Hurtubise was drafted in the 39th round by the Seattle Mariners before ultimately deciding to return to West Point for his firstie season to complete his degree and training. He is the first Army baseball player to join a professional organization since Jon Rosoff signed with the Detroit Tigers in 2018.

Class Notes Updates This Week
7/17/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1958 | 1959 | 1962 | 1966 | 1973 | 1974 | 1982 | 1996 | 2001 | 2008 | 2014 | 2018. Class Notes

CPT Sutter ’14 Taking Care of Soldiers Taking Care of the Fallen
7/17/2020

CPT James Sutter ’14When a soldier has made the ultimate sacrifice, there is a group of fellow soldiers specially trained to care for their remains with dignity and honor. Taking care of those soldiers who take care of the fallen was a critical part of James Sutter’s job in the U.S. Army.

“The mental fortitude that all my soldiers had to be able to do that mission over and over again, it astounded me,” said Capt. Sutter, 28, of St. Louis County.

“To relate it to people who aren’t in the military — every time you’ve seen a movie about the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan, every single time you see a helicopter crash or a soldier get killed, one of my soldiers took care of them. Every single one was a real person that had family left behind...”

The creed of the Army’s mortuary affairs specialists is “Dignity, Reverence, Respect.” Those words were at the forefront of the sacred mission that fell to Sutter’s soldiers as they readied each fallen comrade to be returned to their families.

From properly recovering and identifying the remains of the deceased, to safeguarding their personal effects, to preparing the uniform a fallen soldier will wear, even in a closed casket — these are among the sensitive tasks that must be performed just so, before a hero’s body is sent on its final journey home.

The job is not for everyone, Sutter said, but knowing the impact the role has on family members back home is powerful. Read more.

WPAOG Ring Melt Accepting Donations
7/16/2020

WPAOG Ring Melt Accepting DonationsThe WPAOG Ring Memorial Program is now accepting donations of West Point class rings for the Class of 2022’s Ring Melt ceremony. The deadline to donate the rings is October 1, 2020.

If you are interested in donating a West Point class ring you can email us at RingMemorialProgram@wpaog.org or call us at 845.446.1614.

Be sure to watch the Ring Melt video on our website, but get a tissue ready, you might just get something ‘in your eye’ while watching it.

Visit: https://www.westpointaog.org/RingMemorialProgram

A New Generation of Cadets
7/16/2020

A New Generation of CadetsIn October 1975, in observance of his 50th class reunion, Brigadier General Charles P. Nicholas ’25 published “West Point—Then and Now: Fifty Years of Growth and Change,” an eyewitness account of the most fundamental changes at West Point from the time he arrived in 1921 to 1975. In between describing the “massive array of new buildings” required by the successive increases in the size of the Corps of Cadets, and the reasons why cadets who were once “found” were now resigning from the Academy before separation procedures occurred, Nicholas penned a passage that is as true today as it was then: “The Corps of Cadets is a microcosm of American youth, and the impact of national attitudes at West Point is strong. Certainly these attitudes have changed since fifty years ago.”

Given the milestone nature of 2020—it is the start of a new decade, its repeating digits represent a phenomenon that occurs only once a century, and it marks several historical anniversaries (100 years since the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage and 400 years since Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower arrived in the New World)—West Point magazine decided it would be a good time to look at today’s Corps of Cadets and see how it compares to “the Corps of an earlier day.” Read more.

Mullen ’01 Cyber Security Star
7/15/2020

After Brendan Mullen’s boyhood dream of attending Notre Dame was shattered, West Point recruited him, the pitch was: If you can’t play football for the Irish and Coach Holtz, then come to West Point and play against them. Impressed, Mullen signed a letter of intent. “Ultimately it was the best decision I could have ever made. Attending West Point and kicking for the Army football team for four years was a path I never anticipated, but one I cherish.” Mullen recalls.

After graduating from West Point, Mullen moved from the gridiron to the battlefield, serving in the U.S. Army for five years as a combat engineer officer. This included a stint in Washington, DC, where he supported the White House and Naval Observatory, serving President George Bush. He was ultimately deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Military Transition Team member, where he earned the Combat Action Badge in 2006.

That same year, Mullen traded the military for civilian life, joining forces with a fellow West Point classmate and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran in a cyber security startup. When Mullen joined the company, he was the first employee and chief operating officer. When he left three years later to launch his own startup, MKS2 Technologies, the consultancy had grown to over 105 employees and $12 million in products and services. Read more.

King Richard '08 Added to Women's Hoops Staff
7/14/2020

King Richard '08 Added to Women's Hoops StaffArmy West Point Women's Basketball head coach Dave Magarity announced the addition of Major (Retired) Margaree King Richard to the coaching staff on Monday. A former standout for the Black Knights from 2004-08, King Richard will be joining the staff as an assistant coach.

“I'm thrilled to welcome back Margaree to Army West Point and to the women's basketball staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming season,” Magarity said. “Margaree had a tremendous impact on our program as a cadet-athlete and her experiences will be invaluable as a coach, teacher and mentor to our current players.”

King Richard served a variety of roles over the course of her Army tenure, which spanned over a decade before retiring at the rank of major in April. Most recently, King Richard served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science in Clarksville, Tenn., for three and a half years. She previously deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, during 2010-2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There, she supported over 100 tactical missions.

In addition to her Army career, King Richard has taken on several coaching responsibilities. Her most recent endeavor was serving as the head coach of the high school and middle school girls' basketball teams at the Clarksville Christian School from May 2016-April 2020. Tasked with the challenge of coaching a newly established program, King Richard brought Clarksville Christian to prominence as the team captured three consecutive Tennessee Christian Athletic Association Girls High School & Middle School titles from 2018-20. King Richard also served as the head coach for multiple AAU teams. Additionally, she was the co-owner of Hustle Hard Athletics, a company that specializes in providing a holistic approach to sports specific training for the youth of Clarksville at all levels.

As a member of the Black Knights, King Richard earned a reputation as a player with strong presence on defense, earning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2008. She was an integral part of an Army defense that ranked 20th in the nation in scoring defense in the regular season of her final year, allowing just 55.7 points per game. She was a member of the 2005-06 team, the first squad to claim the Patriot League title and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

After graduating from the Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, King Richard remained at West Point for the 2008-09 academic year, participating its athletic intern program. She assisted with the strength and conditioning staff, working with numerous teams including women's basketball.

San Diego SACC Is Going Virtual 8/18—8/21
7/13/2020

The Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) is dedicated to assisting our alumni in their career transitions, no matter the location or platform. Now more than ever, we recognize how important it is for our alumni to make valuable career and educational connections. Register now to join us online!

  • Participate in three days of employer webinars August 18-20.
  • Connect virtually with recruiters from industry-leading employers on August 21.
  • Meet with companies who are actually hiring!
  • New & improved virtual career event platform!
  • Employers are already reaching out to prospective candidates for introductory, pre-screen phone calls.
  • Don't miss out on this opportunity to get a job offer during this financial crisis.

Text “careerservices” to 51555 to stay up to date on hot jobs, webinars and announcements from the WPAOG Career Services team.

Class Notes Updates This Week
7/10/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1957 | 1959 | 1962 | 1964 | 1965 | 1970 | 1986 | 1991 | 1996 | 2004 | 2010 | 2012. Class Notes

LTC Keenan ’04 Fighting COVID in DC
7/10/2020

Lieutenant Colonel Laura Keenan ’04 served in a variety of capacities but notably worked with the team that built the Alternative Care Site and then was embedded into Children's National Hospital in the District of Columbia helping them partner with the city and other interagency to secure critical supplies and pharmaceuticals.

Her unit worked to support the community by manning testing sites, augmenting morgue missions, providing security and support to food missions, transporting critical equipment such as ventilators from partner states, and partnering with our active duty colleagues.

WPAOG Entrepreneur Summit Features Noto ’91 as Keynote
7/10/2020

WPAOG Entrepreneur Summit Features Noto ’91 as KeynoteCalling all West Point Graduate Entrepreneurs! Registration is open for our Virtual WPAOG Entrepreneur Summit on Thursday, July 23. Joining us is keynote speaker, Anthony Noto ’91, CEO of SoFi, as well as other experts in the entrepreneur ecosystem. Register today—it's free!

Fogarty ’10 Worked on Converting Metro South Medical
7/10/2020

Lant Fogarty ’10Lant Fogarty ’10 works for Clark Construction in Chicago, Illinois. From March 30 to April 24, Clark and its trade partners worked on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to convert the MetroSouth Medical Center on Chicago's South Side into an Alternative Care Facility for COVID-19 patients. As the project manager for Clark’s architecture squad, Fogarty oversaw the carpenters, painters, and floor installers for the project. “We had daily meetings with our subcontractors, internal team, and the overall team, which included our design partners and the Corps of Engineers, to resolve issues, define scope, and drive the work,” says Fogarty. “As the overall project manager to our senior project manager and project executive, I provided project updates, helped to implement and steer the team toward their vision, drove the quality and punch list process, and handled some miscellaneous duties such as contracts, security, and medical screenings to ensure that everyone on site did not show symptoms of COVID-19.”

In just 22 days, four days ahead of schedule, Fogarty and Clark Construction delivered a 585-patient bed facility, with 265 beds providing ICU level service to support critically ill patients. “It was a fast-paced and an extremely tiring project, but it has been the most rewarding thing I have done outside of my Army service,” says Fogarty, who deployed to Afghanistan as a Field Artillery officer with the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division during Operation Enduring Freedom. The construction of the MetroSouth Alternative Care Site was one three facilities supervised by Colonel Aaron Reisinger ’94, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District.

WPAOG Wins Four 2020 Stevie Awards
7/10/2020

WPAOG Wins Four 2020 Stevie AwardsWPAOG won two Gold Stevie® Awards and two Silver Stevie Awards in the 18th Annual American Business Awards®. The competition included more than 3,600 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry. WPAOG’s Gold awards were for Public Relations: NonProfit Fund Raising (150th Anniversary Video), and Other Publication – Association or Non-Profit (Parent Handbook). The Silver Awards were for Organization of the Year – Non-Profit or Government – Small, and Human Resources Team of the Year (The New Career Services Team). Read More.

LTC(R) Ellis '91 Leads Toledo Medical Center COVID Response
7/9/2020

LTC (R) Michael Ellis '91, MD is the Chief Medical Officer at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. Since January 2020, Ellis has helped develop and lead the hospital’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, as an Infectious Diseases physician, Ellis has spent approximately half of his time caring directly for COVID patients. He notes, “My experiences as a Field Artillery Officer and then Army Infectious Diseases physician have prepared me well for responding to the pandemic. Army physicians have been integral in combating COVID-19: leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Dr. Robert Redfield), leading the U.S. Coronavirus Task Force (Dr. Debra Birx), and serving in many other ways as physician-leaders, clinicians, and scientists around the country.”

CPT Boeckmann ’12 Training Soldiers
7/9/2020

CPT Boeckmann ’12 Training SoldiersAs restrictions for Covid-19 ease up in some parts of the U.S., West Point Grad Captain Dymon Boeckmann ’12 is taking time to make sure soldiers under her command have steady training and employment.

Boeckmann is Commander of the 355th Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Company near Las Vegas, Nevada. This is where she started implementing a plan that would keep soldiers trained, facilities supplied, and soldiers paid.

“A large majority of my soldiers are college students, and some of them work in the hospitality industry, which has been impacted tremendously by COVID 19” said Boeckmann. Starting in April, Boeckmann took responsibility for virtual training for the soldiers under her command and ensured that they all received virtual training in safety, security, and discipline.

Boeckmann also used the opportunity and time to take on and complete needed tasks around post to help the company continue with mandatory duties such as inventories, vehicle maintenance, and supply operations during Covid-19.

Dr. Callahan ’86 Engineers PREVAIL NY Ventilator
7/7/2020

Dr. John Callahan ’86Dr. John Callahan ’86, a practicing physician at the Syracuse, New York VA Medical Center, closely monitored the emergence of COVID-19 and was concerned with the number of patients requiring ventilators due to acute respiratory failure. He realized the United States would be facing a ventilator shortage if it did not act quickly. Callahan found a decade-old study from MIT on a student-designed, low-cost ventilator and tracked down the lead project engineer, Dr. Alex Slocum. They spoke in March, and Callahan proposed combining a medical “respiratory circuit” to the technical actuator device designed by the MIT team. The MIT effort expanded with the goal of creating an “open-source” design. Callahan, however, sought to produce commercial-grade ventilators. He took his respiratory circuit design to Syracuse University and, through the Dean of Architecture, came to work with JMA Wireless, a cell phone manufacturer.

In just 10 days, Callahan and JMA engineers created the PREVAIL NY ventilator, mating commercially available, off-the-shelf components with Callahan’s respiratory circuit. “What I am most excited about is its familiarity to physicians around the world and that it has many of the same technical components that are common to ventilators that currently exist,” says Callahan. After successfully ventilating three pigs with COVID-19 induced Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome, the JMA Wireless corporate counsel submitted the PREVAIL NY device for “Emergency Use Authorization” to the FDA. While social distancing measures have mitigated the need for emergency ventilators in the United States, PREVAIL NY is ready to be deployed inexpensively whenever it is needed. “I credit my West Point education with helping me to succeed in getting this product fielded,” says Callahan. “In seeking help on this project, I was told by many that it could not be completed, but I think West Point imbues all graduates with persistence, which is learned though our many trials—successes and failures—as cadets.”

WPAOG thanks Dr. Callahan and all of the West Point Grads doing their part to help during this pandemic.

Class Notes Updates This Week
7/2/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1950 | 1958 | 1987 | 1990 | 1996 | 2000 | 2013 | 2020. Class Notes

Dr. Thurman ’00 Battling COVID in Iowa
7/2/2020

Dr. John Thurman ’00, Medical Director of Great River Hospice House in Iowa, could see the COVID-19 outbreak was heading in his direction. So he doubled down, continuing his work on Hospice care for his patients and at the same time joining a team to create a COVID-19 Drive-Thru Clinic in West Burlington, Iowa. As more resources were diverted to COVID-19 testing and treatment, Thurman worked around the clock to keep Hospice patients taken care of and safe during the pandemic. He says “our clinic is working to resume normal operations with proper social distancing, mask wearing and cleaning all rooms before and after each patient visit. I still manage and monitor the Hospice house, admit patients and care for them to ensure comfort before passing.” He also connected with fellow West Point Grad Gary Williams ’00, who helped supply the hospital with proper PPE gear for the medical staff.

When the hospital CEO reached out to Thurman for guidance on planning a COVID-19 testing site, Thurman stepped up to the plate. He and his colleague Dr. Michael Abouassaly quickly decided that the fairgrounds across the street from the hospital would be an ideal location, and determined that a ‘Drive-Thru’ clinic model would be the best use of the space for a COVID-19 testing site. Construction for the official “Test Iowa” site started on March 24, and the drive-thru clinic officially opened on May 26. The staff at the clinic have been seeing more than 100 patients a day since it opened. Thurman says that once the COVID-19 outbreak is contained, the test site can continue to be used for disaster relief initiatives.

WPAOG thanks Thurman, Williams and all of the West Point grads doing their part to help during this pandemic.

COVID-19 Impact on West Point & Long Gray Line
7/2/2020

As of 7/2/2020

Fall Reunion Update:  On July 2nd, the Academy made the difficult decision to cancel all class reunions scheduled this Fall.  The decision was made out of the concern for the health and welfare for our Alumni, their families, and the West Point community.

Cloth face-covering required at USMA.

For updates on academy operations, restrictions or cancellations go to www.westpoint.edu/coronavirus.

Read WPAOG President's COVID Update March 23, 2020

The following Alumni events are affected by the situation to date:

  • Entrepreneur Summit – Virtual July 23
  • Leaders Conference - Virtual August 13th
  • Society Events – check with your local West Point Society for the status of events
  • Class of 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965 & 1970 Reunions have been rescheduled
Kuyk ’50 Releases “West Point Graduates and the U.S. Air Force”
7/2/2020

Kurk ’50 Releases “West Point Graduates and the U.S. Air Force”Charles Kuyk has released “West Point Graduates and the U.S. Air Force”. West Point graduates played a central role in developing U.S. military air and space power from the earliest days of mechanized flight through the establishment of the U.S. Air Force in 1947, and continuing through the Persian Gulf War. These graduates served at a time when the world's greatest wave of technological advancement occurred: in aviation, nuclear weapons, rocketry, ICBMs, computers, satellite systems in inner space and man in outer space.

This history traces the advancement of weapons and space technology that became the hallmark of the U.S. Air Force, and the pivotal role that West Point graduates played in integrating them into a wide variety of Air Force systems and programs. Many became aircraft commanders, test pilots, astronauts and, later in their careers, general officers who helped shape and implement technologies still in use today. Available at Amazon.

Dr. Underwood ’87 Battling COVID in New Mexico
7/1/2020

Dr. Underwood ’87 Battling COVID in New MexicoDr. Bob Underwood ’87, Chief Medical Officer at the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico and his team established an emergency operation center before there was a single COVID-19 case in the state. They curtailed elective surgery, established dedicated COVID-19 areas of the hospital, closed the normal ICU to all patients except for COVID patients, and converted a "stepdown" unit into a fully functional ICU for non-COVID patients. In March, the Center set up a drive-through "External Assessment Area" where patients could be tested for COVID-19.

As of May 20, 2020, 44 of their 123 patients were either COVID-19 positive or suspected of having COVID-19 pending test results. “We are feeling the surge here in the Northwest corner of New Mexico more than other parts of the state. We believe we have passed the “peak” of that surge. We are adjacent to the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation in the country. The COVID-19 infection is having a very serious impact on the Navajo Nation, in terms of total numbers as well as the intensity of the disease. That is a large proportion of the COVID-19 patients that we are currently seeing. We are working directly with the Indian Health Services (IHS), a federal health service, to care for this at-risk population.” The team is also working with local businesses to produce 3D printed face shields to augment their PPE. Underwood notes, “The response of our community, our providers, and of the local businesses to the needs of the healthcare organization have humbled to me in the sincerest way. I have not seen this level of unity and common goal before.”

WPAOG thanks Dr. Underwood and all of the West Point grads doing their part to help during this pandemic.