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Pete Heimdahl '61 Inducted into Litchfield High School Hall of Fame

Pete Heimdahl '61Pete “Heimdahl’s” '61 zest for life and sense of humor belies a man of integrity, intellect and perseverance. Not only has he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service awards and Joint Service Commendation Medals on three separate occasions, Heimdahl '61 also retired as professor emeritus from University of Wisconsin-Stout after having served as a dean in the Engineering Department at West Point Academy. He served in the military for 31 years, with tours in Germany, Vietnam and Korea. And now, Heimdahl '61 is joining the Litchfield High School Hall of Fame. Read more.

Larry Perino '90 Discusses Life Lessons

Larry Perino '90It was perhaps the scariest 15 hours of his life, but Larry Perino '90 took away valuable life lessons from the hours he spent guarding and protecting a downed helicopter. Perino '90 deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993 as a rifle platoon leader with Bravo Company Third Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment as part of Task Force Ranger. During Operation Gothic Serpent, Somali forces attacked two Black Hawk helicopters, and Perino’s '90 unit became involved in a 15-hour firefight. “I was as scared as I’ve ever been in my life,” says Perino '90, assistant vice president business program development at $144.5 billion asset Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna, Va. “You had a mission to do, and we had to stay focused because you realized, no matter how scared you were, we were all scared.” Read more.

Lee Rivas '96 Named Chief Executive Officer of R1 RCM Inc.

Lee Rivas '96R1 RCM Inc. (NASDAQ: RCM) (“R1” or the “Company”), a leading provider of technology-driven solutions that transform the patient experience and financial performance of healthcare providers, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Lee Rivas '96 to succeed Joseph Flanagan as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2023, at which time Mr. Rivas '96 will also join the Company’s Board. Mr. Flanagan will step down effective January 1, 2023, following a distinguished nearly 10-year career with R1, and will continue to serve as a member of the Company’s Board. As part of a planned succession process, Mr. Flanagan will transition to serve as Executive Advisor to the CEO. Read More.

Bernard Kotwica '97 Nominated for the Annual Salute to Service Award Presented by USAA

Kotwica '97The NFL and USAA, announced the 2022 nominees for the annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. The Salute to Service Award recognizes NFL players, coaches, staff and alumni with demonstrable commitment to honoring and supporting military and veteran communities, as nominated by NFL clubs. Bernard Kotwica '97 the Assistant Special Teams Coordinator for The Minnesota Vikings and was announced as a nominee. The finalists will be announced in January, and the recipient will be recognized at NFL Honors, a primetime awards special to air nationally in February during the week of Super Bowl LVII. Fans can vote, from now until Nov 30. One vote per day, per fan is permitted. Vote for Kotwica '97 here. Read More.

Brower '89 Director of the Bass Military Scholars Program Aiding Clark Lea in Developing Leadership

Scott Brower '89Coach Clark Lea reached out to Brower '89 to start talking about how there could be a collaboration between the retired U.S. Army brigadier general—who also is director of Vanderbilt University’s Bass Military Scholars Program—and the former Vandy fullback who was embarking on his second season in charge of the Commodores. Brower '89 knew some of his graduate students who needed community service activities could speak to Lea’s team about their experiences. And Lea could rely on Brower’s '89 wealth of knowledge about developing culture and leadership. Read more.

COL(R) Robert D. Meyer '74 releases Encouraging Missions: Transforming Lives. Especially Yours!

Encouraging Missions: Transforming Lives. Especially Yours!COL(R) Robert D. Meyer '74 released "Encouraging Missions: Transforming Lives. Especially Yours!". Capture the zeal for altruistic endeavors through lively, inspiring, true accounts and sound bites from over 60 highly-experienced, short-term, trip volunteers interviewed for an encouraging, doctoral study. Discover the documented outpouring of benefits and the overcoming of detractors obtained from humanitarian travel. Fascinating anecdotes illustrate the holistic outcomes gained as illustrated by the hand. This publication is compiled by devoted spouses--Dr. Diane, a nurturing nurse and motivational educator, and Dr. Bob, a veteran commander and dynamic dentist. It includes a summary of their adventures, "how-to" knowledge, recruitment recommendations, and volunteer opportunities. They provide a wealth of ideas gleaned from leading 60 dental teams in 45 countries over 25 years. Available on Amazon and Kindle. All proceeds from the book go to the Christian Dental Society.

COL(R) DeAtkine '59 Named a Distinguished and Honorary Member of The Special Forces, Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs Community

DeAtkine '59The Special Forces, Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs community named eight new soldiers and veterans and one Army unit as distinguished and honorary members during induction ceremonies. COL(R) Norvell B. DeAtkine '59 was one of the eight. He commissioned into the Army as a field artillery officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is credited with helping modernize the Jordanian army. He culminated his military career with an assignment as the chief of the Land Forces Section, Office of Military Program, which was responsible for modernizing Egyptian ground forces from Soviet to U.S. armament. DeAtkine has also served as director of Middle East Studies and a regional studies academic coordinator for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and helped develop a regional studies course for psychological operations and civil affairs officers. Read More.

MAJ Dugger '11 Conducts Study on Emotional Intelligence and Aviation

MAJ Dugger '11Despite a wealth of research on emotional intelligence overall, few studies have looked at its role in aviation, according to a team of researchers led by MAJ Zachary Dugger '11 , an instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at United States Military Academy West Point. In hopes of shedding light on the issue, MAJ Dugger '11 and his colleagues contacted pilots from "numerous aviation organizations" around the US, ultimately recruiting 44 volunteers to take a questionnaire designed to assess emotional intelligence. Read more.

WAR Opens Exhibit at West Point Museum

WAR ExhibitThe Women's Army Rugby Alumni Council opened the exhibit titled "WAR: The Legacy of Army West Point 's Women's Rugby" at the West Point Museum during their 20th Anniversary Celebration on November 4, 2022. Many WAR alumni were in attendance including players and coaches. The current Army Women's Rugby Team also attended.

DOD Announces LTC Andrew Lee '03 as STEM Advocate of the Quarter

LTC Andrew Lee '03The Department of Defense named LTC Andrew Lee '03 of the U.S. Military Academy as the Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics Advocate of the Quarter. Lee was chosen by Barbara McQuiston, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Science and Technology DCTO(S&T). As a winner he will have an opportunity to present his work at an upcoming DoD Innovators Spotlight Series virtual webinar. These open-to-the-public webinars provide a web-based platform for attendees to meet these recognized awardees while learning about their cutting-edge work and best practices. To learn more about the DoD Innovators Spotlight Series and to register, visit: https://dodstem.us/meet/innovators/. Read more.

New Netflix Documentary The Redeem Team Features Krzyzewski '69

Krzyzewski '69The Redeem Team, is the thrilling new Netflix documentary about the United States’s recovery of its rightful gold medal in men’s basketball in Beijing. The Redeem Team becomes an unexpectedly intimate dual portrait of maybe the two leading basketball titans of the 21st century. One of them, Mike Krzyzewski '69, coached his last game earlier this year. The other, Kobe Bryant, died alongside his young daughter in a helicopter crash in January of 2020. The film depicts the height of an era. At no moment does Duke University skipper Krzyzewski '69, a middle-aged West Point graduate and then-winner of three national championships, seem the slightest bit overmatched by Dwyane, LeBron, Kobe, or the other one-name multimillionaires under his charge. In team meetings, Coach K is unfailingly calm, even slightly monotone — he’s “a coach from the Army,” as the sportswriter Bill Plaschke describes him. In the name of ultimate victory, Krzyzewski '69 persuades a collection of showboats with athletic shoes named after them to adopt the high pick-and-roll style of the international game. Read more.

Listen to BG Shane Reeves ’96 on the WPAOG Podcast

BG Shane Reeves '96In this episode, BG Shane Reeves ’96, 15th Dean of the Academic Board, sits down and talks about his path to becoming the Dean and running the academic program at West Point. He discusses the importance of providing a challenging intellectual foundation for future leaders so young officers are able to successfully navigate the complexities, uncertainties and ambiguities of the modern and future battle space. BG Reeves also explains why the West Point Press and other Margin of Excellence initiatives hold essential roles at West Point allowing cadets valuable experiences beyond the classroom. Listen.

WPAOG Annual Meeting Election Results

At the WPAOG Annual Meeting, November 15, 2022, the following members were elected to positions on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council.

For three-year term as Director beginning January 1, 2023:

Keirn C. Brown Jr. '69
Guy C. Swan III '76
James A. Gates '81
Leopoldo A. Quintas Jr. '86
Peter Carey '92

For three-year term as Advisor-at-Large beginning January 1, 2023:

Richard J. Wolff '76
James B. Hill '81
Degas Wright '85
Joseph A. Simonelli Jr. '87
Stephen B. Rubright '97
Samantha Turner '09

General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards Ceremony Hosted by and Awarded to USMA Graduates

General Douglas MacArthur Leadership AwardThe General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards Ceremony was held in late October and recognizes company grade officers who demonstrate the ideals for which General MacArthur stood - duty, honor, country. The award promotes and sustains effective junior officer leadership in the Army. This years awards were hosted by VCSA GEN Randy A. George '88. Multiple graduates were also recipients of the award. These recipients include, CPT Winston E. Boldt '15, CPT Sarah N. Epperson '14, CPT Erin A. Mauldin '14, CPT Christian L. Wardynski '14, CPT Brett R. Krueger '13, CPT David J. Rodriguez '13 and CPT Olivia L. Schretzman '15. Watch here.

Breslin '61 to be Honored for Their Service by County Executive McCoy

County of Albany SealMichael G. Breslin '61 was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. His service included three years in the 82nd Airborne Division as a Platoon Leader and Infantry Company Commander, and a year in Vietnam in the 4th Infantry Division as an Infantry Company Commander. After returning home, Breslin '61 was an attorney for more than thirty years and he later served as Albany County Executive from 1995 to 2011. Breslin '61 is an active member of the veteran community, which includes his current membership of the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post #1520. Read More.

LTC(R) Babcock-Lumish '02 Moderated a Discussion with GSP Cadets

Dr. Babcock-Lumish '02The Graduate Scholarship Program was thrilled to welcome former Executive Secretary LTC(R) Brian Babcock-Lumish '02 back to XH407 during his 20th Class Reunion Weekend. A Marshall and Truman Scholar, Dr. Babcock-Lumish '02 currently works as the director of the General David H. Petraeus Center for Emerging Leaders at the Institute for the Study of War, educating civilian leaders on national security. Together, with current Executive Secretary MAJ Katie Hedgecock, Dr. Babcock-Lumish '02 moderated a discussion on military professionalism and civil-military relations. The discussion focused on his 2013 article, “The Apolitical Myth” and current events.

LTC(R) Jeanne Hull Godfroy '00 Releases Midgard

Godfroy '00LTC(R) Jeanne Hull Godfroy '00 released "Midgard". It is the mid-22nd century, a time in which humankind has reached a point of no return with respect to the destruction of its habitat on Earth. The only ray of hope is the Human Resiliency Program-a conglomeration of government sponsored efforts to preserve human life until such time as the Earth is able to recover. Unfortunately, the program's projects are only capable of saving small, select members of the population, and the competition to assess into and remain in those programs is fierce. Sam Richmond is one of the lucky few who has made it into one of these programs. However, his elation is short-lived as people close to him disappear, his headquarters is attacked, and he learns of a plot to selectively destroy nearly all remaining human life on the planet. Sam must unravel complex misinformation and find clues that will lead him to the source of the disappearances and the one person capable of salvaging civilization. Available from Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.

West Point Grads Who Became CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies

Military.comMilitary.com posted an article featuring 11 Veterans Who Became CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies. Many of whom are West Point graduates. Included in the list are Mark Clouse '90, Alex Gorsky '82, the Honorable Robert McDonald '75 and Ken Hicks '74. Every year, Fortune publishes the Fortune 500, its list of the top 500 industrial companies. These grads lead their companies as powerhouses of the business world, who oversee billions in investments, strategies and growth. They hold the trust of the American economy and millions of civilian employees. Read More.

Veterans Day

Veteran Salutes FlagThis Veterans Day and every day, WPAOG salutes our veterans and says “thank you” to the members of the Long Gray Line, and to all the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation.

LTC(R) Albrecht '80 Receives the Chester Sorenson South Dakota Veteran of the Year Award

Albrecht '80On 1 September 2022 LTC(R) Rick Albrecht '80 received the Chester Sorenson South Dakota Veteran of the Year Award. The award was presented at the South Dakota state fair in Huron, South Dakota. In 2021, Rick passionately volunteered over 1,500 hours of community service. During his 13 years with the VA Health Care System, Rick has devoted nearly 5,000 hours to our honored patients. Despite the curtailment of volunteer services because of the pandemic, Rick still steadfastly managed to give over 800 hours to the veteran community in 2021. Governor Kristi Noem and Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden are pictures with Albrecht '80.

Army Strategist Bryan Groves '98 wins the 2022 Andrew F. Krepinevich Award for Book

Groves '98Army Strategist Bryan Groves '98 won an award for his book manuscript, "Presidents Fighting the Last War." It won the 2022 Andrew F. Krepinevich Award for the best book authored by an Army Strategist.

Clark '97 Wins the 2022 Order of Saint Gabriel GOLD

Clark '97Army Strategist COL J.P. Clark '97 won the Order of Saint Gabriel GOLD for 2022. The highest award for an Army Strategist. MG Charles Miller presented the award to COL Clark '97 at the ASA Awards Breakfast during AUSA Annual Meeting.

Canarie '22 and Chase '22 Win The Army Strategist Association Cadet Essay Contest

Army Strategist AssociationThe Army Strategist Association first and second place winners of the cadet essay contest were both recent USMA grads. 2LT Cole Canarie '22 took first with his essay "Decolonization and the Cold War." 2LT Tucker Chase '22 won second with his essay "Like and Subscribe If You Stand With Ukraine."

Hodne '91 Gives Lecture to WPLC Cadets

Hodne '91The West Point Leadership Center was delighted to host MG David Hodne '91 and CSM Adam Nash as Class of '83 Distinguished Lecture Series speakers. MG Hodne '91 and CSM Nash currently lead the 4th Infantry Division and exposed WPLC cadets to their command philosophy, thoughts on combat leadership, and leader development. "Nothing is harder than the final yards of ground combat".

Barsuhn '12 Leads Discussion at Civil-Military Relations Faculty Series

Barsuhn '12The SOSH Department kicked off its inaugural Civil-Military Relations Faculty Series with a discussion led by MAJ Adam Barsuhn '12 titled “Reflections from the Stewarding the Profession Leader Symposium.” MAJ Barsuhn '12 discussed the key takeaways from a leader’s panel earlier in the year where retired general officers, senior civilian leaders, academics, and Academy leadership discussed current civil-military relations trends. This was a lively discussion among faculty members in the Department and nests with the Dean’s theme for academic year 2023, “Called to Serve: Military Leadership in a Democratic Republic.”

Casares '09 Presents LPD on Leadership

Casares '09PL300 Instructors from the BS&L Department presented an LPD on leadership during organizational change at the request of the KACH command team. Civilians and Active Duty Army personnel attended the LPD (~80 personnel). KACH supports multiple lines of effort to include USMA, DHA, and MRC-East. The LPD reinforced a people-first approach and fundamental leadership skills helpful during organizational change. The theoretical overview consisted of topics on leading change, effective followership, motivational theories, conflict management, and counseling tactics. The engagement was conducted by LTC Shari Bowen, MAJ Stephen Casares '09, and MAJ Nicholas Rich.

Kidd '86 Lectures Cadets and Faculty

Kidd '86GENE recently hosted Mr. Richard Kidd '86, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, who spoke to Cadets and Faculty from across the Academy about climate change as a national security issue, the Defense Climate Adaptation Plan, and the Defense Climate Assessment Tool. Mr. Kidd '86 serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience.

Hildreth '83 Invited to the First Corbin Forum Lean In Lunch of the Semester

Hildreth '83Corbin Forum’s Lean In Lunches started in late september. The Corbin Woman's Leadership Forum conducts discussions and lectures on various topics to share experiences and knowledge relating to leadership, mentorship events, and outreach engagements. Their first guest of the semester was Mrs. Kathy Hildreth '83. After five years of military service, Mrs. Hildreth '83 transitioned into a successful business career. In 2003, she founded M1 Support Services and has successfully grown the company from two employees to over 7,000. She was the first US veteran to be named one of America’s most successful businesswomen on Forbe’s List of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. In 2022, she is ranked #49 on that list.

GEN(R) Wesley Clark '66 Speaks at Hiram College

Clark '66GEN(R) Wesley Clark '66, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe from 1997-2000, will be speaking Nov. 3 at Hiram College. Clark '66, hosted by Hiram’s Garfield Center for Public Leadership, will talk about how the ongoing war in Ukraine may affect the size and role of NATO, Russia's standing as a world power, and the future of European security. Clark '66 retired from the U.S. Army after 38 years of service, ultimately achieving the rank of four-star general. He graduated first in his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned three degrees from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Read More.

Smith '95 Releases Rank Absurdity: An Irreverent Military Memoir

Sean M. Smith '95 E-BookSean M. Smith '95 released "Rank Absurdity: An Irreverent Military Memoir". A lighthearted memoir of the unlikeliest sort – the tale of one man’s long, strange trip through West Point and the decidedly unglamorous world of military intelligence. Sean was a skinny teenager with one good eye and marginal athletic ability who hated camping. It never occurred to anyone who knew him that he’d pursue a career in the Army. Nevertheless, he was accepted to West Point, and almost flunked out immediately for being bad at gymnastics and analyzing poetry. Eventually he got a pretty good handle on being a cadet and graduated, only to embark on a military intelligence career that was a lot like a James Bond movie – if James Bond slept in tents, ate bad food, and chugged black coffee and antihistamines to get through the day. In short, Rank Absurdity is a military memoir of a completely different stripe – frank and irreverent, told by someone with an inability to take themselves too seriously. Available from Amazon.

MedTechVets Appoints Sutherland '90 as New Board Chairperson

Sutherland '90Patrice Sutherland '90, enterprise executive director at Integra Life Sciences, has been appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors for MedTechVets, a nonprofit organization that helps military Veterans transition and gain employment at Medical Technology and Life Science companies. A U.S. Army combat Veteran, Sutherland succeeds Derek Herrera and will assume the role on January 1, 2023. "I am humbled and honored to have been asked to take on this very special role,” said Sutherland '90. “Our transitioning Veterans are a treasure and our goal at MedTechVets is to help them be well prepared and supported as they move to their next phase of life and continue to be bold and brave in the corporate world of Medical Technologies."

COL (R) Mintz '91 Ends Walk Across America in San Diego

COL(R) Mintz '91COL (R) Kenny Mintz '91, a veteran, started his walk across America in Washington D.C in April and finished in Encinitas this weekend. His walk across the U.S was to raise funds for pancreatic cancer and several veteran organizations. COL (R) Mintz '91 finished his journey at Swamis Beach, which is a special location to him as it’s rooted from memories of his mother who passed away from pancreatic cancer. “When I was 4-years-old, she went from Washington D.C. and drove with me and nothing but me and a suitcase,” said COL (R) Mintz '91. “And a dream and came out to San Diego to start a new life.” COL (R) Mintz '91 seven-month jorney ended with family, friends and veterans, which he served along with. “To honor the guys that I lost in combat and honor the guys I served with,” COL (R) Mintz '91 said. His journey raised funds for The Independence Fund, an organization helping wounded veterans. Read More.

WPS of Annapolis Hosts Exchange Cadets

On 25 October, the West Point Society of Annapolis (WPSOA) hosted a dinner for the seven Class of 2024 Exchange Cadets in Annapolis. The exchange cadets are at USNA for the fall semester.

Retired Rear Admiral, Mike Shelton, USMA Class of 1967, addressed the dinner guests and discussed his navy career and his book. In his book, entitled "West Point Admiral, Leadership Lessons from Four Decades of Military Service," the admiral shared his military career from West Point, through Vietnam and his postings across the globe. He also discussed the traits of good and bad leadership, while offering his candid perspective of how the military has evolved, as well as the differences between army and navy philosophies. His talk was well-received by the cadets, the WPSOA members and their guests. In a very generous gesture, the admiral presented signed copies of his book to the cadets. In thanking the admiral for his talk, Steve Heinecke '77, WPSOA President, presented the admiral with the WPSOA Challenge Coin. In all, 23 guests attended the event and had a wonderful time. 

COL Mindy Kimball '96 Retires

COL Mindy Kimball '96 RetirementThe GENE department celebrated the retirement of COL Mindy Kimball '96 and recognized her 26 plus years of service. As part of her farewell gift, a tree was planted along the banks of the Hudson River. The London Plane Sycamore is one of COL Kimball’s '96 favorite types of tree, and it will grow for many years to come in the same location where our Environmental Cadets access the river for outdoor lab activities.

Pawlowski '82 Appointed to Board of Directors at Edible Garden

Deborah K. Pawlowski '82Edible Garden AG Incorporated, a leader in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), locally grown, organic and sustainable produce, announced the appointment of Deborah K. Pawlowski '82 to the Edible Garden Board of Directors, effective October 14. Ms. Pawlowski '82 has been appointed to the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board and has been appointed as Chair of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Pawlowski '82 brings more than thirty years of experience in investor relations, capital markets, marketing, strategic planning, leadership coaching and management. Read More.

LTC (R) O'Sullivan Jr. '74 Releases Flying Under the Radar

LTC (R) Paul F. O'Sullivan, Jr. '74 released "Flying Under the Radar; the Men, the Mission, and the Aircraft of the Department of State Air Wing, 1983-2013". There exists in the State Department an obscure aviation program that has performed dangerous missions and has flown under the radar for over thirty-five years. Founded as an aviation counter narcotics program, it quickly grew to include counter terrorism, border security, and air transportation in war zones. It’s a story of dangerous missions, dangerous countries, and extraordinary people. Available from Hellgate Press or Amazon.

Brian Bergen '01 Selected as a TEDxMorristown Speaker

Brian Bergen '01TEDxMorristown will take place on Oct 25 from 9:30am to 1:00pm. at the Madison Community Arts Center which is located at 10 Kings Road in Madison. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local speakers under the theme of “Drawing on your own Creativity.” Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. The speakers at TEDxMorristown includes Brian Bergen '01 a West Point graduate and Apache helicopter pilot who was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. With an MBA from Rutgers, he has been a successful entrepreneur. “Programs like TEDxMorristown are invaluable educational and networking opportunities,” explained Craig Schlosser, President for MCEDA, “we are excited to support programs such as this, which highlight our innovative and entrepreneurial community.”

Saenz '87 Chats with Cadets in Commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

James Saenz '87The U.S. Military Academyʼs Equal Opportunity Office hosted a National Hispanic Heritage Month Observance on Oct 12 at the West Point Club. The eventʼs guest speaker was James Saenz, 1987 USMA graduate and currently the deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Stabilization Policy. Saenz spoke to a packed West Point Club about his work experiences, his life at West Point and professionally as a Hispanic American. Each year, the Department of Defense, along with the rest of the Nation, recognizes the important contributions and rich culture of Hispanic Americans. This yearʼs theme is, “Unidos — Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.ˮ Read More.

Molaro '10 Founder of NeuroFlow Raises $25M for Mental Health Services

Christopher Molaro '10NeuroFlow, which was founded in 2017 by West Point graduate Christopher Molaro '10 after he served in the army for five years and then found that his fellow veterans, as well as civilians, lacked access to much needed mental health services, announced a $25 million round of funding on Thursday led by strategic investor SEMCAP Health. This is the company's first fundraising since a $20 million round in January 2020. NeuroFlow is a digital health platform provider for enabling behavioral health access and engagement. It helps organizations find the best treatments for their patients, allowing them to get treated on an on-going basis, even between visits. Read More.

Tour de force: 1LT Madeline Miller '20 - Field Artillery to Mounted Color Guard Rider

1LT Madeline Miller '20Being named the team’s most valuable player, a lacrosse All-American, Geico Scholar-Athlete, AP Scholar and the American Chemical Society Chemistry Achievement Award are just a few of 1LT Madeline Miller’s '20 recognitions, but they do not compare to the Bronze Star Medal she earned for her meritorious leadership while deployed. “My greatest accomplishment was when I earned the Bronze Star, it’s just so humbling,” said 1LT Miller '20. “So many important and successful leaders in history have earned the same award, it’s just an honor.” She was just a sophomore in high school when she was sought out by the United States Military Academy at West Point for her athleticism in lacrosse. “I really didn’t know much about West Point or the military, but wanted to do something different with my life, my career and I 100% wanted to play lacrosse in college.” Read More.

Football Locker Dedicated to CPT Jordan Crockett '14

CPT Jordan Crockett '14  Locker DedicationSeveral Class of 2014 Army West Point football players recently returned to West Point to dedicate a football locker to their deceased classmate CPT Jordan Crockett '14. When the teammates gathered after Jordan’s funeral in 2019, they made a plan to honor him and celebrate his passion for life and Army Football. Jordan was a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course and Sapper Leader Course. He was a member of the Army Football Team as a defensive back (2010-2014) and is remembered as a true servant leader whose positive attitude was contagious. The dedication took place as a part of a small ceremony where Jordan’s brother, Julian Crockett ’14, and his parents Ray and Donna were present and honored.  To leave a Testimonial. Read more.

Former GEN(R) Scott Miller '83 Joins Sig Sauer

GEN(R) Scott Miller '83The former commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and all U.S. forces in Afghanistan will join Sig Sauer as a defense adviser, according to a statement from the company on Tuesday. GEN(R) Scott Miller '83, who has also served as commander of Joint Special Operations Command, is a veteran of numerous conflicts, including the Battle of Mogadishu and counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “GEN(R) Miller '83 is an exceptional addition to our team and comes at one of the most exciting times for our company as we begin the historic process of fielding the Next Generation Squad Weapons with the U.S. Army,” Ron Cohen, president and CEO of Sig Sauer, said in a statement. “His experience in close-quarters combat combined with his proven leadership ability will be invaluable to us.” Miller '83 joins Sig Sauer at a time when the company is tasked with building the Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon. Read More.

2002 Presents Gift of $500K to Endow Research Symposium

Class of 2002 Gift to West PointDuring the Homecoming Army vs. Colgate game on October 15th, the Class of 2002 presented a 20th Reunion Gift of $500,000 to endow the Class of 2002 Research Symposium (D/MATH). Class President Joe DaSilva and Fundraising Chairman Sam Linn represented the class on the field in presenting this generous gift. Joining them was Todd Browne ’85, and accepting on behalf of West Point was Superintendent  LTG Steven W. Gilland ’90. Since graduation, members of the Class of 2002 have given more than $1.6 million back to their alma mater.

WSU Dedicates COL (R) Gadson '89 Office of Military & Veterans Academic Excellence

COL Gregory Gadson '89U.S. Army COL (R) Gregory Gadson '89 served his country in every conflict from 1989 until May 2007, when a vehicle he was traveling in hit a roadside bomb. “I knew I was wounded seriously because I couldn’t move,” Gadson '89 said during an interview with VIP Alexandria magazine. “The last thing I said before I lost consciousness was, ‘God, I don’t want to die here,’ and I was out.” Gadson '89 spent the next week fighting for his life at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He lived, but Gadson '89 — a U.S. Military Academy graduate and football player who served in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Joint Forge, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom — had lost both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand. On Oct. 28, 2022, Wayne State University will unveil the COL (R) Gregory Gadson '89 Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence in his honor. Read More.

Rieger '95 to Swim Around Manhattan Island

Andrew Rieger '95Next summer, Andrew Rieger '95 plans to swim around Manhattan Island in preparation for attempting the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in a couple of more years. That would be the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, a 28.5-mile circumnavigation of Manhattan Island, N.Y.; the Catalina Channel, 20.1 miles between Catalina Island and the California mainland; and the English Channel, 20.5 miles between France and England. Read More.

Hetrick ’21, Zimmerman ’21, Park ’21 Start Business Venture

Ryan Hetrick '21 Team Mercsin is made up of a group that includes Ryan Hetrick ‘21, who is now a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; John Zimmerman ‘21, who is a former Army hockey captain from Austin, Texas; and Joshua Park ‘21, from Seattle, Washington. Mercsin is their new business venture where they help college athletes generate revenue by "connecting college athletes with high school athletes with mentorships. We build our athletes’ websites, conduct funnel building plans, and help them with outreach.” The business venture has been so successful that Hetrick '21 said, Mercsin had to start turning new athletes away. The plan moving forward, according to Hetrick '21, is to “scale” Mercsin’s group of athletes to 50 with a goal of them making $20,000 per month. Read More.

McKelvie '09 Inducted into Atlantic Hockey Hall of Fame

Zach McKelvie '09Army West Point Hockey Associate Head Coach Zach McKelvie ’09 has been inducted into the Atlantic Hockey Association Hall of Fame, announced today by the conference. Now entering his ninth season on the coaching staff, McKelvie ‘09 enjoyed one of the most successful playing careers in Army Hockey and Atlantic Hockey history from 2005-09. The Atlantic Hockey Association is celebrating its 20th season of competition in 2022-23 with the recognition of the top 20 players from the conference's first two decades. This distinguished group will also comprise the first class of inductees into the Atlantic Hockey Hall of Honor. The honorees will be revealed weekly during the 2022-23 regular season, as McKelvie ‘09 becomes the third inductee in the inaugural class. Read More.

COL(R) Weddle '79 Wins the Gilder Lehrman Military History Prize

The Compleat Victory COL Weddle '79The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History announced that COL (R) Kevin J. Weddle has been awarded the ninth annual Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History for The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution (Oxford University Press). The $50,000 prize is bestowed in recognition of the best book in the field of military history published in English during the previous calendar year.

COL (R) Weddle is professor of military theory and strategy and Elihu Root Chair of Military Studies at the US Army War College. After graduation served over 28 years on active duty before retiring as a colonel. He holds master’s degrees in history and civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. During his career he served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States and overseas to include command of a combat engineer battalion, and he is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. Read more.

Steve Townes '75 Receives Order of the Palmetto Award

Steve Townes '75Steve Townes '75, CEO & founder of Ranger Aerospace and President & CEO of ACL Airshop, has been granted the “Order of the Palmetto” Award by the Governor of South Carolina. This award is the highest civilian honor granted by the State. It was presented by the Governor’s representative, State Rep. B. Cox, on Sept. 23, during the 25th anniversary celebration reception of Ranger Aerospace. Townes has been instrumental in advocating for “Aviation High Schools” in the state, in order to grow more aerospace/aviation jobs in that burgeoning statewide sector.  Upon receiving the Award, Townes said: “I am honored and humbled to accept this – it’s truly on behalf of all of our dedicated employees. People are the priceless soul of any successful enterprise, and we are proving that every day.

Townes is the “mule donor in perpetuity” for West Point, providing Army Mules whenever the Academy retires one of its mascots. His only stipulation with that unique charitable gift is that one of the Army Mules would forever be named “Ranger” in honor of all Army Rangers throughout history.

Mr. Kenneth Fisher Receives 2022 Thayer Award

Mr. Kenneth Fisher Thayer Award 2022The West Point Association of Graduates presented the 2022 Sylvanus Thayer Award to Mr. Kenneth “Ken” Fisher, the Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation and a co-managing partner of Fisher Brothers Realty Corp on October 6 in Washington Hall where he addressed the Corps at dinner. As a business leader and philanthropist, Ken has worked tirelessly for decades as an advocate for those who made tremendous sacrifices while serving this country.
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1992 Supports the Modern War Institute with $1M Gift

1992 Supports the Modern War Institute with $1M giftAt halftime during the Army vs. Georgia State football game, the Class of 1992 presented a 30th Reunion Gift of $1,000,000 in support of the Modern War Institute to endow the Class of 1992 War Council Panel Series. Class President Cindy Boyd and Fundraising Chairman Andy Bang represented the class on the field in presenting this generous gift. Joining them was Todd Browne ’85, President & CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates, and accepting on behalf of West Point was the 61st Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, LTG Steven W. Gilland ’90. Since graduation, members of the Class of 1992 have given more than $6.1 million back to their alma mater. Thank you to the Class of 1992 for its outstanding support of West Point—The Brave and the Few!

Dr. Cindy R. Jebb '82 to be President of Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ramapo College of New Jersey will hold the formal inauguration ceremony for its fifth college president, Dr. Cindy R. Jebb ‘82, on October 14. Dr. Jebb joined the state college in 2021, after retiring from the U.S. Army and her post as the first woman Dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The inauguration ceremony begins in the Arena of the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center. Read more.

GEN(R) Votel ’80 Combating Terrorism Center’s New Distinguished Chair

GEN (R) Joseph Votel - HSToday photoThe Margin of Excellence-funded Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point has announced that GEN(R) Joseph L. Votel ’80 will serve as its next Distinguished Chair. Votel, who served in the U.S. Army for 39 years, is the former Commander of U.S. Central Command, former Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, and former Commander of Joint Special Operations Command. His career included combat in Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Votel previously served as the CTC’s Class of 1987 Senior Fellow. Read more.

Kenneth Fisher to Receive 2022 Sylvanus Thayer Award Oct 6

Kenneth Fisher Thayer Award RecipientOn October 6, philanthropist Kenneth Fisher will receive the 2022 Sylvanus Thayer Award during ceremonies hosted by Superintendent LTG Steve Gilland '90, at West Point. The Corps of Cadets will conduct a parade in his honor at 5pm, on the Plain, prior to the award presentation dinner.

As the Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, Ken oversees an international network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical treatment. Presently, 92 such “Fisher Houses” exist throughout the U.S., the U.K. and Germany. The Fisher House Foundation has provided assistance to more than 413,000 military families. On any given night, more than 1,300 military families are sleeping in a Fisher House. Read more.

For those unable to attend, the parade will be live streamed

Listen to LTG(R) David F. Melcher ’76 on the WPAOG Podcast

LTG(R) David Melcher '76 on WPAOG PodcastThis episode features an interview with LTG(R) David F. Melcher '76. Melcher spent 32 years serving in the Army and is recognized as a prominent figure in the aerospace and defense community. In this episode, David talks about how he had no doubt that West Point was where he could gain the best leadership skills. He discusses working in the White House and then transitioning into business. David also explains what he feels are the keys to success in life and the importance of continuing to be an active member of the West Point community.  Listen

MG Patrick Matlock '88 Selected for Appointment to LTG

MG Patrick Matlock '88MG (Promotable) Patrick E. Matlock '88 has been selected for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, United States Army, Washington, DC. He is currently serving as Special Assistant to the Director of the Army Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Washington, DC.

MG Telita Crosland '89 Selected for Appointment to LTG

MG Telita Crosland '89 has been
selected for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Director, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia. She is currently serving as Deputy Surgeon General, Office of The Surgeon General, United States Army, Washington, DC.

VanAntwerp '98 & D'Costa '89 Confirmed For Promotion

VanAntwerp '98 & D'Costa '89The following officers were confirmed by the Senate on September 2022:

COL Jeffrey A. VanAntwerp '98 for promotion to the rank of brigadier general. He is currently serving as Deputy Commander (Operations), 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

BG Joseph D’Costa '89 for promotion to the rank of major general. He is currently serving as Deputy Commanding General, Eighth Army, Republic of Korea.

2LT Bender ’21 & 2LT Walker’21 Rhodes Scholar Update

2LT Tyrese Bender ’21 and 2LT Evan Walker ’21 share their reflections after their first year at Oxford. Tyrese Bender: “I am beyond grateful for the privilege the Rhodes Scholarship has afforded me thus far and for all the help I received along the way. Studying at the University of Oxford has been an incredibly humbling and developmental experience.” The West Point Graduate Scholarship Program uses Margin of Excellence funds to offer intensive mentorship of cadet graduate scholarship candidates. Read more.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

While this month is dedicated to emphasizing the role each of us can play, it is our responsibility as leaders to check on our Battle Buddies, family members, friends, and teammates all year. One of the most important things we, as a community, can do is normalize talking about suicide, reduce the stigma, and create a connected community that brings us together. Let's do this! For 24/7 support, dial 988, or text 838255. Read more.

BG(R) Boettner ’81, Ph.D. P.E. Receives Kate Gleason Award

BG(R) Daisie D. Boettner ’81, Ph.D. P.E. Receives Kate Gleason AwardBG(R) Daisie D. Boettner ’81, Ph.D. P.E. has received the Kate Gleason Award. The Kate Gleason Award established in 2011, recognizes outstanding achievements by a female engineer. Dr. Boettner is honored for outstanding contributions as a mechanical engineer, military officer, role model, and mentor, and for the educational development of students pursuing military and mechanical engineering careers.

COL(R) Leady ’87 Named VP at Bonneville Power

COL(R) Leady ’87 Named VP at Bonneville PowerThe Bonneville Power Administration has named COL(R) Bill Leady ’87 as the agency’s new vice president of Power Services Generation Asset Management, overseeing the BPA’s power marketing and sales operations and helping the BPA plan its future business development. Leady joined the BPA in 2015 as an asset policy advisor overseeing the administration’s joint effort with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation to develop a long-term strategic plan for U.S. government operations on the entire Columbia River system. Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1966 | 1968 | 1970 | 1981 | 1982 | 1986 | 1987 | 1996 | 1997. Class Notes

Street Renamed Honoring COL John McHugh ’86

Street Renamed Honoring COL John McHugh ’86COL John McHugh ’86 a 24-year veteran serving in the Army had attended West Point and earned two master’s degrees. At the time of his death, he left behind his wife Connie, five children, Michael, Kelley, Kristen, Maggie, David, and a granddaughter Abigail Lynne. Mayor Joseph Tempesta who presided over the ceremony thanked the hosts of the event, Dr. Al Josephsen and his family who had been friends and neighbors for many years with the McHugh family for graciously welcoming all to the ceremony. Read more.

LTC(R) Thome ’68 Receives National Career Service Award

LTC(R) Thome ’68 Receives National Career Service AwardThe American Handball Associates presented its 2022 National Career Service Award to LTC(R) James Thome Sr. ’68. Thome has been actively involved in team handball (the Olympic sport, which since 1972, has been called internationally just handball) for over 50 years. He has been a player, coach, administrator, vice-president, board member, etc. He was selected to staff positions in both the 1984 & 1996 Olympic Games and participated in three Pan American Games. Most notably, when assigned to West Point, Thome founded the Men’s Team Handball Team in 1975. He coached the team for 6 years (2 tours) which has gone on to become the most successful and dominant college men’s team. Also, in 1976 he founded the Women’s Team, which has also been very successful.

USMA ’97 Check Presentation

USMA ’97 Check PresentationThe Class of 1997 presented a record 25th Reunion Gift of $2,001,997 in support of the Cyber & Engineering Academic Center. Incoming Class President Amanda Coussoule and outgoing Class President Hise Gibson represented the Class on the field in presenting this historic 25th Reunion Gift. Joining them was the President and CEO of WPAOG, Todd Browne. Accepting on behalf of West Point was Superintendent, LTG Steven W. Gilland ’90. The Class of 1997’s generous gift will name the Class of 1997 Quad at the CEAC, a construction project for the first new academic building in over a decade. In their campaign, the class set a record 25th reunion gift participation rate of 86.6%! Since graduation, members of the Class of 1997 have given more than $2.8 million dollars back to their alma mater. We thank the class for its outstanding generosity since graduating 25 years ago.

Photo: Dani Fobar

Army West Point Welcomes 18th Hall of Fame Class

The 18th class of the Army Sports Hall of Fame was inducted on September 16. A special plaque unveiling ceremony was held in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside Kimsey Athletic Center, followed by the formal black-tie Hall of Fame Induction Banquet at Eisenhower Hall. The Class of 2022 features longtime head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams Ron Bazil. Read more.

Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Awards

Army Scholarship Foundation Announces AwardsThe Army Scholarship Foundation has announced the award of 291 scholarships to U.S. Army family members. The nonprofit Foundation was established in 2000 by several members of the Class of 1992 in the spirit of the USMA mission of a lifetime of service to the nation. The Foundation exists to provide college scholarships to the sons and daughters of those who have served our Army honorably as well as to the spouses of active-duty enlisted Soldiers. Since its founding, the Army Scholarship Foundation has awarded over fifteen hundred scholarships to military family members. Five West Point graduates serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

USMA ’82 Check Presentation

The Class of 1982’s generous gift will endow four MWI programs in perpetuity: the Class of 1982 Research Associate, the Class of 1982 Speaker Series, the Class of 1982 Contemporary Battlefield Assessment, and the Class of 1982 Journal of War Studies. Since graduation, the Class of 1982 has given more than $15.5 million dollars back to their alma mater. We thank the class for its outstanding generosity since graduating 40 years ago.

Photo: Chris Pestel ’03

David Hunt on the WPAOG Podcast

This episode features an interview with David Hunt, Founder and CEO at Crossrope, a fun, new way to get fit anywhere with a weighted jump rope experience. Dave, a 2004 graduate of USNA and a MIT Entrepreneurial Masters graduate talks about his life as a former Naval Aviator, overcoming serious life-changing injuries through passionate entrepreneurship, and the importance of taking calculated risks while also embracing uncertainty. Listen.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

National POW/MIA Recognition DayToday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, a day to honor those service members who were held captive and returned from war, as well as those who remain missing. We are eternally grateful for their courage and sacrifice.

Coming Soon: Grads Helping Grads

Coming Soon: Grads Helping GradsIn the spirit of fulfilling WPAOG’s vision to be the most highly connected alumni body in the world, the Grads Helping Grads program offers members of the Long Gray Line a way to stay connected during catastrophic emergencies. Non-financial in nature, it also offers helpful information and resources to graduates when they are transitioning. For more information, check out the Grads Helping Grads group on Sallyport.

Entrepreneur Summit Registration Closing Soon

Entrepreneur Summit Registration Closing SoonRegistration closes soon! Don't miss out on the 2022 West Point Entrepreneur Summit in National Harbor, MD on October 6-7. Alumni entrepreneurs will get a chance to hear from an array of speakers and all registrants can submit their pitch to be featured in the Startup Showcase live on stage! Register now.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1957 | 1958 | 1959 | 1961 | 1964 | 1968 | 1970 | 1974 | 1981 | 1987 | 1996 | 2002 | 2005. Class Notes

Tom Lough ’64 “Ever Faithful to the Call” Army Hymn

For more than a century, the Navy Hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” has had no Army counterpart. Tom Lough ’64, decided to do something about that. As a ten-year Army veteran and a published church music composer, he has developed a hymn for the Army that is available in time for use in Veterans Day services, ceremonies, and observances. “Ever Faithful to the Call” honors the service of our soldiers as they keep us free. The hymn has acquired an informal nickname, “The Soldiers’ Hymn,” and can be downloaded at no cost for nonprofit use at www.everfaithfultothecall.com. The Soldiers’ Hymn was sung recently at the West Point Cadet Chapel as part of a public organ recital. Craig Williams, chapel organist, said, “I feel this hymn has the potential for widespread use in military and civilian settings for Veterans Day and other occasions as well.”

Tedeschi ’57 & Peterson ’05 Receive Bronze Medals

Tedeschi ’57 & Peterson ’05 Receive Bronze MedalsJoe Tedeschi’s ’57 book, “A Rock in the Clouds: A Life Revisited” and Galen Peterson’s ’05 book, “Strike Hard and Expect No Mercy” were awarded Bronze Medals at the annual convention of the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) in New Orleans. Seventy five books were entered in 12 categories, and 68% of submissions moved to finalists and received their medals at the MWSA Awards banquet this year. Their books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and IndieBooks.org.

Army West Point Women’s Soccer Colorado Ring Banquet

Army West Point Women’s Soccer Colorado Ring BanquetThe West Point Society of the Pikes Peak Region was pleased and proud to host Army West Point Women’s Soccer when they played two games in Colorado Springs. The society hosted a “Ring Banquet” for seven Firsties on the team while they were away from West Point during Ring Weekend. First Captain, Lauren Drysdale, and Elise Urkov, Master of the Sword Award recipient were among the seven to receive their rings. Read more.

Kelso ’87 Joins the Institute for Defense Analyses

Kelso ’87 Joins the Institute for Defense AnalysesThomas Kelso ’87 joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) as a research staff member in the Information Technology and Systems Division of IDA’s Systems and Analyses Center. IDA is a nonprofit corporation that operates three federally funded research and development centers in the public interest. IDA answers the most challenging U.S. security and science policy questions with objective analysis leveraging extraordinary scientific, technical and analytic expertise.

Miach Orthopaedics Appoints McBrayer ’74 President & CEO

Patrick McBrayer ’74 has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Miach Orthopaedics, Inc. McBrayer has led companies in orthopaedics and regenerative medicine for more than 35 years and has also been an advisor to medical device companies in spine, orthopaedics and biotechnology. At Miach, McBrayer will lead the early-stage company that recently launched the BEAR Implant commercially in the U.S. through a direct sales force. Read more.

LTC Beale ’02 Selected to Receive the 2022 Nininger Award

LTC Beale ’02 Selected to Receive the 2022 Nininger AwardThe West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce that LTC Robert K. Beale ’02, has been selected to receive the 2022 Alexander R. Nininger Award for Valor at Arms, which will be presented on October 20 at West Point. Beale, who has been deployed more than a dozen times during his career, is currently serving at U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command at Fort Bragg, NC. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and completed a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University.

Annual Superintendent’s Circle Weekend

Annual Superintendent’s Circle WeekendWPAOG was honored to host members of the Superintendent’s Circle September 9-10 at the annual Superintendent’s Circle Weekend. The weekend included a Friday evening dinner at Eisenhower Hall with members of the USMA and WPAOG Leader Teams, and the Army-UTSA football game on Saturday. Superintendent’s Circle Weekend recognized all donors who made gifts of $2,500 or more to the Superintendent’s Annual Fund or the West Point Parents Fund in 2021. This exclusive invitation comes with our thanks for strengthening the Margin of Excellence and supporting the Corps of Cadets!

USMA Ranked No. 2 in Top Public Schools

USMA Ranked No. 2 in Top Public SchoolsThe U.S. Military Academy is again rated as one of the nation’s best undergraduate educational institutions! The 2022-2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings released today places the U.S. Military Academy No. 2 in Top Public Schools - Liberal Arts Colleges and No. 9 in Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.

WPAOG New Career Navigator Program

WPAOG New Career Navigator ProgramCareer Services is seeking graduates interested in assisting other graduates with career transitions and those interested in being industry advisors. To volunteer with the program, please update your Sallyport profile in the app or online by clicking on “My Profile,” about, then edit. Mark yourself as being “Open” to “Being an Industry Advisor.” Join our Career Navigator LinkedIn Group.

WPS of DC Annual Fall Luncheon

WPS of DC Annual Fall Luncheon87 graduates ranging from the Class of 1958 to 2014 (and a widow from the Class of 1949!) gathered to hear the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Jenn Easterly ’90, talk about the agency and how they work with other government and civilian agencies. Society president, Dave Halverson ’79 and Jen discussed a wide variety of topics and answered many questions during their fireside chat.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1961 | 1964 | 1966 | 1971 | 1986 | 1988 | 1996. Class Notes

WPS of Annapolis Affirmation Dinner and Ceremony

WPS of Annapolis Affirmation Dinner and CeremonyMore than 30 members and guests of the West Point Society of Annapolis (WPSOA) and the Class of 1974 (50-year Affiliation Class) conducted an Affirmation Dinner and Ceremony for the seven USMA 2024 exchange cadets at USNA for the fall semester. WPSOA President Steve Heinecke ’77 began the ceremony by explaining the significance of the Affirmation Ceremony and the role the WPSOA has had in administering the oath to the exchange cadets over the years. Steve then introduced COL(R) John R. Martin ’74 who addressed the cadets on how their West Point education and training will help them face the personal and military challenges that lie ahead and administered the Oath of Affirmation.

CDR Braddock ’96 Selected as National Security Affairs Fellow

CDR Braddock ’96 Selected as National Security Affairs FellowCommander Corey Braddock ’96 is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. military—18 with the Coast Guard (CG) and eight with the Army. He has served both Services leading troops, piloting aircraft, and as a staff officer across myriad of organizational constructs. The National Security Affairs (NASF) Fellow program offers representatives from the military and State Department the opportunity to conduct independent research on topics relevant to their respective branches of government and to the practice of diplomacy. Admission to this program is extremely selective and requires direct nominations from each branch of government. Read more.

Powers ’88 Selected for “The Best Lawyers in America”

Powers ’88 Selected for “The Best Lawyers in America”John G. Powers, Hancock Estabrook, LLP, has been selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2023. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. “The Best Lawyers in America” is a ranking publication that compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

September Declared Suicide Prevention Month at West Point

September Declared Suicide Prevention Month at West PointSuperintendent LTG Steve Gilland ’90 declared September Suicide Prevention Month at West Point and signed a proclamation along with CSM Michael J. Coffey, U.S. Army Garrison Commander COL Anthony J. Bianchi ’97, and CSM Michel Fraser. September is observed as National Suicide Prevention Month, a time when individuals and organizations across the nation come together to raise awareness and promote resources to prevent suicide. Call 9-8-8 or text 838255 any time of day, seven days a week to receive support for suicidal, mental health, and substance abuse crises. The line will connect callers to trained crisis counselors.

Army West Point Football Season is Here

Army West Point FootballThe Army West Point football season is upon us. September 3, Army Football will represent the 3rd Infantry Division during the Army vs. Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. Gametime is at 7:00pm EST, you can watch on ESPN+ or listen on Varsity Network App. Football schedule.

Wanda Costen ’86 Dean of Smith School of Business

Women of Influence speaker Wanda Costen ’86 discusses her journey as The Dean of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, and how crucial it is to help prepare students to be leaders who understand their role in society. Wanda also recalls her experience at West Point and how it taught her a lot about the evolution of a historic, traditional institution, how people’s experiences can differ, and what it means to be welcomed, invited in, and treated equally.

After graduation from West Point, Wanda served as a platoon leader and military police officer. Following that, she moved into business, working at PacTel Paging, Xerox, Pepsi, Greyhound and Aramark. She developed a background in sales, moved into operations and then human resources. Read more.

Exchange Cadets Visit WPS of Annapolis

WPSOA Exchange CadetsOn August 28, the West Point Society of Annapolis (WPSOA) hosted its annual welcome picnic at the Fairwinds Community Pavilion, Severna Park, MD, for the fall exchange cadets. The seven cadets from the Class of 2024 will spend their fall semester at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. More than 40 WPSOA members and guests welcomed the cadets who enjoyed a picnic catered by Mission BBQ. WPSOA President Steve Heinecke '77 briefly addressed the assemblage regarding the society's 36-year history and then explained the annual welcome picnic tradition. A great time was enjoyed by all attendees.

Pictured from left to right, Cadets Gunnar Daniels, Calvin Lu, Andrew Medrano, Eric Liu, Martayn Van de Wall, Aiden Hopping and Cooper Klein. Find local society

Star Hy '01 Receives Women in Federal Law Enforcement Award

West Point Grad Star Hy '01Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent Star Hy ’01 received the 2022 Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Julie Y. Cross Award for her role in the August 2021 drawdown of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and for assisting with subsequent humanitarian operations in the country. Hy is the third DSS special agent to receive this honor. Read more.

Greg Holder '75, Florida Veteran's Hall of Fame Inductee

Greg Holder '75Retired Judge Greg Holder ’75 was inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame recognizes veterans for their civic, business and communityacc accomplishments. The Hall of Fame Wall is on the Plaza Level of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. The legislature created the Hall of Fame in 2012 as a way to honor the accomplishments of the 1.5 million veterans who live there. Read More

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1962 | 1965 | 1976 | 1996. Class Notes

“Roberts Rules of Order”

“Roberts Rules of Order”Henry M. Robert, USMA 1857, retired in 1901 after spending most of his time in uniform as an engineer of harbors and waterways and was the last surviving member of his class; however, he is probably best remembered for writing “Roberts Rules of Order” still in print and regularly updated today. This guide consists of procedural rules that governing bodies or agencies can follow to keep meetings systematic. The first manual was published in 1876 making the guide more than a century old.

WPS of Panama Annual Brunch

WPS of Panama Annual BrunchThe West Point Society of Panama held its annual brunch event at Panama’s unique historical site and one of UNESCO World Heritage’s areas, “Casco Antiguo.” During the event, West Point Society of Panama leadership reaffirmed its mission of helping connect West Point grads in Panama and Latin America. Also, the Society had the opportunity to connect grads from the Class of 1972 all the way to the Class of 2013. They all enjoyed a great time sharing great West Point stories in great company.

Williams ’09 Wins U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Award

Doug Williams ’09North Carolina entrepreneur Doug Williams ’09 will receive a $25,000 grant and a year-long mentorship as part of third-annual Cleantech Inclusion Award. As a combat engineer and civil affairs specialist Doug Williams developed solutions for serious situations. Now, he’s looking to solve a new problem: the high turnover of what he calls fast furniture. In 2020, Williams founded his North Carolina-based company focused on providing furniture as a service to help environmentally conscious businesses achieve LEED V4.1 certifications. Read more.

The 27th Annual WPAOG Leaders Conference

The 27th Annual WPAOG Leaders Conference

Thank you to our Class, Society, and Parent Club leaders for attending the 27th annual WPAOG Leaders Conference, sponsored by the Class of 1967. We were delighted to have over 200 volunteer leaders, USMA staff & faculty, and WPAOG staff join us to share best practices with one another as we collectively worked together to Unlock the Power of the Long Gray Line. Thank you to the Class of 1967 who makes this annual conference possible each year. Photos.

Dr. Webb ’76 Releases “Innovators Who Changed the World”

Webb ’76 Releases “Innovators Who Changed the World”Dr. James R. Webb ’76 has released “Innovators Who Changed the World: Timeless Leadership Lessons from West Point, Green Berets, Sherlock Holmes, and Wall Street.” In a compilation of fascinating stories, Dr. Jim Webb shares a view of visionary leaders who defied the odds to create extraordinary, lasting results in diverse environments. While guiding readers on a journey through some of the world’s finest institutions and the influencers who produced and directed radical improvements, he shines a light on a variety of these exceptional leaders. Available on Amazon.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1960 | 1962 | 1964 | 1965 | 1968 | 1971 | 1978 | 1982 | 1996 | 2009. Class Notes

USMA #1 on Stacker Best Public Colleges

USMA #1 on Stacker Best Public CollegesTo compile this list, Stacker scoured data from Niche, a site that reviews and ranks schools according to factors like acceptance rates, the average student loan amount, diversity, quality of professors, and more. In 2022, the weight of ACT/SAT scores was reduced, as colleges put less emphasis on test scores as part of the admissions process. Read more.

Bulls ’78 to be Honored at 2nd Annual Golf4TheV

Bulls ’78 to be Honored at 2nd Annual Golf4TheVOn August 29, 2022, Anglebrook Golf Club will be the site of the 2nd Annual Golf4TheV Golf Classic with dinner immediately following, benefitting the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund of the V Foundation for Cancer Research. This year’s event will honor highly respected businessman and public and non-profit board member Herman Bulls ’78. Read more.

USMA 2022 August Graduation

USMA 2022 August GraduationCongratulations to the newest members of the Long Gray Line! On August 5, five cadets graduated and were welcomed to the Long Gray Line. LTC(R) Jack Buttine of the 50-Year affiliate Class of 1972 handed each graduate a set of commemorative second lieutenant bars engraved with “72-22.” Hats off to the August graduates of the Class of 2022!

2022 WPAOG Leaders Conference

2022 WPAOG Leaders ConferenceThe WPAOG Leaders Conference, sponsored by the Class of 1967, is underway. Over 200 volunteer leaders are at West Point to collectively learn about the services and initiatives WPAOG provides to the Long Gray Line. This year’s theme is, It Starts with Us! Leaders received updates from WPAOG leadership and staff, as well as heard from the 61st Superintendent LTG Steven W. Gilland ’90.

Check out the Latest Podcast

Check out the Latest PodcastIn this week’s episode, Brian Elliott ’14 and Andrew Wolgemuth ’15, Co-Founders of Wove, a 21st century jeweler bringing the jewelry designer directly to couples for custom engagement ring creation. Brian and Andrew discuss how years of military experience are applicable to entrepreneurship and help drive their work and  how they’re disrupting the engagement ring industry by changing the way people buy engagement rings. Listen now.

Coach K on the WPAOG Podcast

Coach K on the WPAOG Podcast Last week we had Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski ’69 in a sit down with former player, and long-time friend, GEN(R) Robert B. Brown ’81, President and CEO of Association of the United States Army - AUSA National. In this episode, Coach K talks about how he ensures that failure is not a destination, and how accountability helps people become the best version of themselves. He explains how his time at West Point and in the military informed and affected his approach to teaching and coaching. Listen now.

Walker ’85 & Sundy ’97 2022 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America

Kevin Walker ’85 and Rob Sundy ’97 have been named to the Savoy 2022 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America. This listing showcases an elite representation of African American men and women who have been recognized for their executive and business leadership in national and global-leading corporations. Read more.

MAJ Liggett ’12 Teamwork & Compassion TEDx Talk

MAJ Liggett ’12 Teamwork & Compassion TEDx TalkOne of the Department of English and Philosophy’s newest instructors, MAJ Chris Liggett ’12, recently gave a TEDx talk highlighting the importance of teamwork and compassion. He sees this work as “a public-facing form of scholarship that promotes the value of the humanities as we build bright futures full of possibility.” Read more.

COL(R) Van Arsdale ’74 Returns to Combat Zone

COL(R) Lee Van Arsdale ’74 received WPAOG’s Distinguished Graduate Award in May 2022. Less than two months later, he returned to a combat zone at the invitation of Dan Rice ’88, the Special Advisor to the Ukraine Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, General Valeriy Zaluzhny. The two served as unarmed dismounted observers with a Ukrainian unit in Dombas, Ukraine. This was Rice’s second trip to the Ukraine as an unpaid volunteer and his observations were published in the Small Wars Journal in May 2022.

COL (R) Carver ’83 Named National CIO of the Year

COL (R) Carver ’83 Named National CIO of the YearCurtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D., vice president and chief information officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named the national CIO of the year in the nonprofit/public sector category at the InspireCIO ORBIE awards. In accepting the award, Carver highlighted his fellow nominees, his technology team and business partners at UAB, who work daily to alter the trajectory of lives through education. Read more.

Selected for Promotion to Major General

Brigadier General Robert L. Barrie, Jr. ’90 currently serving as Program Executive Officer, Program Executive Office, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
Brigadier General Christopher G. Beck ’93 currently serving as Deputy Commanding General, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas.
Brigadier General Peter N. Benchoff ’93 currently serving as Chief of Staff, United States Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
Brigadier General Trevor J. Bredenkamp ’92 currently serving as Chief, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, DC.
Brigadier General David S. Doyle ’93 currently serving as Chief of Staff, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
Brigadier General Patrick L. Gaydon ’94 currently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Experiments, G-3/5/7, United States Army Futures Command, Austin, Texas.
Brigadier General James P. Isenhower III ’92 currently serving as Commanding General, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Fort Bliss, Texas.
Brigadier General Ryan M. Janovic ’93 currently serving as Director of Operations, J-3, United States Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.
Brigadier General Gavin A. Lawrence ’95 currently serving as Commanding General, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
Brigadier General Scott M. Naumann ’96 currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Brigadier General Paul T. Stanton ’95 currently serving as Commanding General, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1974 | 1982 | 1988 | 1996. Class Notes

LTC (R) Rabb ’88 Named Associate Dean at Penn State

LTC (R) Rabb ’88LTC (R) Rob Rabb ’88 was named the new associate dean of education for the Penn State College of Engineering, effective August 1. With professional experiences ranging from teaching engineering at West Point to establishing the mechanical engineering program at The Citadel, Rob Rabb has developed a guiding belief to underpin his approach to education. He summed up this belief in one sentence: “Engineers can do a lot for a society, whether in industry or academia, but first they need a strong foundation — not just with technical knowledge but with skills like teamwork, communication, and leadership.” Read more.

“West Point” Magazine Summer 2022

“West Point” Magazine Summer 2022The Summer 2022 issue of West Point Magazine is here! Read how West Point graduates honor the legacy of those who gave their lives and how current cadets learn about this legacy through programs like the “Inspiration to Serve” West Point Cemetery Tour and through the many monuments and plaques facilitated by West Point’s Museum, Historical and Memorialization Committee. Also, check out coverage of the Class of 2022’s graduation day and this year’s Distinguished Graduate Awards

Coach K ’69 on the WPAOG Podcast

Coach K ’69 on the WPAOG PodcastThis episode features an interview with Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski ’69: West Point Men’s Basketball Head Coach (1975 to 1980), Naismith Hall of Fame coach, five-time national champion at Duke, and six-time gold medalist as head Coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Coach K was initially reluctant to attend West Point, but eventually realized how much he loved the Academy, the Army, and the importance of being exposed to so many different ways of leading. In his senior year, he was captain of West Point’s basketball team. Following graduation, he served in the Army for five years before beginning his college coaching career. Coach K believes that the education, training, and environment of West Point benefits people well beyond their time attending the Academy. Listen.

Dr. O’Farrell ’82 “West Point Warlord”

Dr. O’Farrell ’82 “West Point Warlord”Dr. Patrick D. O’Farrell ’82, West Point Warlord. West Point Warlord is a gritty war novel that illustrates camaraderie, love, and a sense of humor throughout its 65,000+ words. It is a story of a West Point graduate pitched against his arch enemy, Qand Agha, an evil and murderous Afghan warlord. It culminates in an exciting finale along the rugged mountainside of Northern Afghanistan. The story begins at the parade field of West Point, to the attacks of September 11 at the Pentagon, to Colonel Rick Farrells immediate deployment to the Afghanistan war front. Available on Amazon.

Sterner Releases USMA Heroes Book Collection

C. Douglas Sterner has released the USMA Heroes Book Collection. This is a comprehensive compilation of West Point recipients of the three highest military decorations. It contains the citations for ALL Medal of Honor, most Distinguished Service Cross, and all Navy and Air Force Cross awards to graduates of USMA. There is also a comprehensive table, estimated at 95% complete, for awards of the Distinguished Service Medal. Valor award citations include brief biographical information on recipients including date and place of birth, date of death and burial location, and there are photos of more than 90% of the award recipients. Available on Amazon or for a limited time access the free PDF download here: http://www.herobooks.org/usma/.

COL (R) Kimbrough ’89 Set to Retire from NASA

COL (R) Shane Kimbrough ’89 is retiring from NASA after 22 years, including 18 years as an astronaut. Kimbrough spent 388 days in space, landing him fifth on the list of record holders for cumulative time in space for all NASA astronauts. He was the fourth person to fly on three different spacecraft – the space shuttle, Soyuz, and SpaceX Crew Dragon – and he performed nine spacewalks during his three spaceflights. Read more.

Listen to the WPAOG Podcast

Listen to the WPAOG PodcastIn this episode of the WPAOG Podcast, Bridget Altenburg ’95, President and CEO of the National Able Network, is joined by Kimberly Jung ’08, CEO of Blanchard, and Emily Miller ’08, Senior Impact Fund Manager at Twilio. In 2014, they founded Rumi Spice, an award-winning enterprise that provides high-quality, sustainably farmed saffron to at home and world class chefs and Michelin-rated restaurants. By sourcing directly from Afghan farmers, Rumi Spice has had a positive impact on the spice trade in Afghanistan and has created thousands of jobs for Afghan women. Kimberly and Emily talk about how their time at West Point and in the military prepared them for becoming entrepreneurs and recount stories of their experiences serving abroad in the Middle East. Listen.

COL (R) Ligon ’66 Receives the Freedom Award

COL (R) Ligon ’66 Receives the Freedom AwardThe Hoover Chamber of Commerce presents the Freedom Award annually to a “role model who promotes the ideals of freedom and supports the government and the U.S. Military.” Congratulations to this year’s recipient, Ryan Winslow Post 911 Veteran Service Officer, COL (R) Peyton Ligon III ’66. Peyton was honored at the Chamber luncheon by Toni Herrera-Bast, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, and Paul Pocopanni, of the Hoover Veterans Committee.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1960 | 1966 | 1970 | 1989 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1999 | 2008. Class Notes

Cloutier ’60 Releases “A Lap Around America”

Cloutier ’60 Releases “A Lap Around America”America is a large, multifaceted, beautiful country. What better way to absorb and appreciate it than in a 40-foot motorhome? A Lap Around America is the repackaging of the 200-image blog created by Frank Cloutier, chronicling his 11,000-mile, 5-month trip around the United States in a 40-foot motorhome in 2008. As the RV community becomes larger, more diverse, and multigenerational, this entertaining and informational book will appeal to and serve those who plan long trips. Available at Amazon.

BG Foley ’94 Named Deputy Commanding General of Education at Army University

BG Foley ’94 Named Deputy Commanding General of Education at Army UniversityArmy University welcomed BG David Foley ’94 as the deputy commanding general of education for the Combined Arms Center, the provost for Army University and the deputy commandant of the Command and General Staff College in a ceremony on July 15. His previous command positions include roles at Schofield Barracks, HI; Fort Myer, VA; Fort Hood, TX; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; Fort Polk, LA; Fort Campbell, KY; Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, DC; Kabul, Afghanistan; and MacDill Air Force Base, FL. Read more.

LTC (R) Lowrey ’67 Releases “GOAT POOP: Reflections from the Last Section”

LTC (R) Lowrey ’67 Releases “GOAT POOP: Reflections from the Last Section”Recovered from the defunct pages of ASSEMBLY magazine, “GOAT POOP: Reflections from the Last Section” includes a collection of essays from career soldier and West Point graduate LTC (R) Freed Lowrey ’67. More than just subtle observations from an old soldier, “GOAT POOP” provides hilarious, often “tongue-in-cheek,” essays on military life (and the human condition) that readers from all backgrounds will appreciate. Lowrey opines on a range of common-place topics—from fishing and yard sales to marriage to bachelorhood—with tales of military life and his beloved West Point sprinkled in for good measure, along with a touching tribute to our heroes in uniform. Abundant in humor, with a plethora of big words, “GOAT POOP” is a wonderful addition to every library, admonishing all to keep in step and Beat Navy! Author-signed copies are available at: heavydroppubs.com.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1966 | 1968 | 1972 | 1973 | 1977 | 1981 | 1988 | 1996 | 1997 | 2007 | 2018. Class Notes

Dr. Cavise ’72 Releases “HaveYouHeard”

Dr. Cavise ’72 Releases “HaveYouHeard”Dr. Paul Cavise ’72 has released HaveYouHeard: Humorous One Liners and Short Stories. This book crosses the line between humor (or love) and anger (or hate). It will never be part of any curriculum. But the book will keep you and your friends roaring with socially disarming jokes and humorous stories great for adult parties or group interactions. The parents that raised you, the neighborhood you grew up in, your education, and a million other root causes will determine the humor you see in life. Laughter is the antidote to sadness and depression, crisis and pandemonium, and sickness and death. Available on Amazon.

The Latest WPAOG Podcast with Brad Genser ’07

The Latest WPAOG Podcast with Brad Genser ’07This episode features a conversation with Brad Genser ’07, Founder and CTO at Farther, the first digital family office that pairs expert advisors with intelligent technology to manage your entire financial life in one place. Brad discusses the importance of fostering relationships as a leader, managing over a billion dollars in assets, and how he received two bronze stars while serving in the Iraq War. Brad also talks about the valuable lessons learned during his time in the military, which aided his efforts in founding the next great financial institution. Listen.

Grads and Spouses Invited to Virtual SACC

Grads and Spouses Invited to Virtual SACCGrads and their spouses are invited to join us on July 21 from 12-4 EST to meet with employers at our upcoming Virtual SACC. Register here.

COL Bianchi ’97 Takes Command of West Point Garrison

COL Bianchi ’97 Takes Command of West Point GarrisonCOL Anthony “Tony” J. Bianchi took command of the U.S. Army Garrison at West Point. Bianchi assumed command from COL Evangeline “Vangie” Rosel ’97. Mr. Vincent Grewatz, Director of Installation Management Command - Training, presided over the ceremony, which was held at Buffalo Soldier Field on July 15, West Point, New York.

BG (R) Petty ’87 Releases “12 Battles Every American Should Know”

BG (R) Petty ’87 Releases “12 Battles Every American Should Know”BG (R) Chris Petty ’87 has released his first book, “12 Battles Every American Should Know”. General Petty retired after 31 years of service, both Active and National Guard. He commanded a battalion that earned combat distinction during the Iraq “Surge” and went on to command NATO Headquarters in Bosnia. His goal with this book was to create a simple and concise summary of American history through 12 battles. According to Petty, “In our current age of division, this book is an easy rallying point on some of the most unifying moments in our cultural history. Because these great conflicts bind us as a nation, every American should be familiar with them. And to do that, I needed to make them easy but enjoyable reads.” And in a special nod to the military professional, each battle demonstrates timeless lessons of war that are still relevant today. Available on Amazon.

BG (R) Michael Meese ’81 on the Latest WPAOG Podcast

BG (R) Michael Meese ’81 on the Latest WPAOG PodcastBG (R) Michael Meese ’81, President of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA), talks about his time as a student, teacher, and Department Head of Social Sciences at West Point. He explains the importance of empowering people, educating them, and then allowing them the ability to run with what they've learned. Meese also gives insight into being a part of the presidential transition team and how AAFMAA is working to provide needed support to veterans, survivors, and caregivers. Listen.

ETS Sponsorship Program

The ETS Sponsorship Program, established in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), exists to sponsor service members through the transition process from military to civilian life. Sponsors are trained and certified to build relationships and resiliency. Sign up to become a sponsor here, and select the ‘become a sponsor’ option.

Dr. Pelosi ’73 Releases “Korea: From the Hermit Kingdom to the Armistice”

Dr. Pelosi ’73 Releases “Korea: From the Hermit Kingdom to the Armistice” Dr. Joseph Pelosi ’73 has released Korea: From the Hermit Kingdom to the Armistice, a brief history of Korea from the time it was referred to as “The Hermit Kingdom,” continuing through the major military, social and political events which occurred before, during and after World War II, and ending with the North Korean invasion of South Korea on 25 June 1950, the negotiations for a cease fire, and the Armistice on 27 July 1953. Included are seventeen appendices which supplement the information with in the text. Two of the appendices are the reflections of two men who served with the United States Army in Korea, one during the war and one after the war, and who provided their stories to the author. Available on Amazon.

West Point Societies Host West Point Day at Camden Yards

West Point Societies Host West Point Day at Camden YardsOn July 9 the West Point of Societies of Annapolis, Baltimore, Northern Chesapeake, Delmarva, and DC and the National Capital Region, as well as the Parent Club of Maryland, DC and Virginia teamed up to host a West Point Day at Baltimore’s Camden Yards to watch the Baltimore Orioles take on the Los Angeles Angels. In all, more than 200 society members and guests attended the function bringing donations for deployed soldiers. It was so successful that it will likely become an annual joint-society event. 11 Cadets training in DC attended the game and CDT Aiden Reinhardt ’23 threw out the ceremonial “first pitch” of the game.

WPAOG Wins Four Stevie Awards

Todd Browne ’85 Holding Four Stevie Awards WPAOG WonRecognized along with top companies such as IBM, AT&T, Fidelity  Financial, and Lockheed Martin, WPAOG was honored to be awarded the Organization of the Year Award – Non-Profit or Government – Small by The American Business Awards, also known as The Stevie Awards. In addition, our work on the 2021 Entrepreneur Summit and 2021 Founders Day events won gold and silver, respectively, and 2021 TAPS magazine took bronze. The four Stevie Awards, and 14 awards over the last four years, reflect the dedication of our staff in supporting the Long Gray Line. Read more.

Kent ’99 Women’s Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the Year

Kent ’99 Women’s Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the YearKent ’99 Women’s Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the YearBarbara Jozwik Kent ’99 was the recipient of the Women’s Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the Year presented by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). Kent immigrated to the United States from Poland as a child in 1988. Watching her mother perform strenuous physical work to put food on the table, she learned that education and determination equaled success. Kent and her sister Joanna Serra started Birdy Boutique, a certified women-and-disabled-veteran-owned online children’s boutique, in 2013. Kent was Birdy Boutique’s first designer and maker of the car seat poncho, a blanket-type covering that a child can wear over their seat belts and exceed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration guidelines. Read more.

COL King ’96 Named 45th ADA Commandant

COL King ’96 Named 45th ADA CommandantCOL Curtis King '96 assumed duties as the 45th Commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School (ADA) during a ceremony on July 7 at Fort Sill. MG Kenneth Kamper '89, commanding general, Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, welcomed King into his new role. "He's a leader that helps us drive culture around this place," said Kamper. Read more.

McMahan ’01 on the Latest WPAOG Podcast

McMahan ’01 on the Latest WPAOG PodcastThis episode features a conversation with Emily McMahan '01, Co-founder and General Partner of Academy Investor Network; a seed-stage focused venture fund which invests in dual-use technology and military veteran-led startups. She is passionate about working with startups and connecting people, technologies, and companies to solve tough national security, civic, and social challenges for good. Listen.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1962 | 1966 | 1968 | 1973 | 1994 | 1996 | 1999 | 2001. Class Notes

COL Behn ’94 Named Chief of Transportation

COL Behn '94COL Beth A. Behn ’94 assumed command of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps at a June 24 ceremony in Wylie Hall’s “Doc” Washburn Auditorium. MG Mark T. Simerly, commanding general of the Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, hosted the ceremony and passed the corps colors to Behn. The Chief of Transportation also serves as the commandant of the branch’s training school, which conducts courses at forts Lee, Eustis and Leonard Wood. Read more.

WPAOG & USMA ’76 Welcome USMA ’26 & Families

WPAOG & USMA ’76 Welcome USMA ’26 & Families

WPAOG staff and the 50-Year Affiliate Class of 1976 were on hand during R-Day on June 27 to help welcome parents and families of the new cadets into the West Point family. WPAOG provided information, resources, swag, and postcards that family members could fill out to be sent to encourage their cadet during basic training. WPAOG also hosted a BBQ lunch for families with all the fixings.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1959 | 1961 | 1963 | 1966 | 1987 | 1988 | 1990 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1996 | 2022. Class Notes