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Class Notes Updates This Week
2/28/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1953 | 1959| 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1965 | 1966 | 1968 | 1974 | 1981. Class Notes

Class Notes Updates This Week
2/21/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1948 | 1956 | 1965 | 1966 | 1973 | 1985 | 1996 | 2015. Class Notes

HON Ryan D. McCarthy SECARM Named Honorary Member of ’96
2/20/2020

The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy, 24th Secretary of the Army, has been made an honorary member of the West Point Class of 1996, "For Freedom We Risk".

“I am honored beyond words and grateful for our friendship and shared sacrifice. Tonight was an incredible moment in my life and I remain committed to our Nation, our Army, and the U.S. Military Academy" said McCarthy.

Photo: L-R, Superintendent, LTG Darryl Williams ’83, Sec. Ryan McCarthy, Kevin Offel, Pres. Class of’96

Ambassador Crocker To Receive 2020 Sylvanus Thayer Award
2/18/2020

Ambassador Crocker To Receive 2020 Sylvanus Thayer AwardThe West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to announce that six-time U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker will receive the 2020 Sylvanus Thayer Award. The award will be presented on October 1, 2020 during ceremonies hosted by Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, Class of 1983, 60th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

West Point Association of Graduates Board Chairman Lt. Gen. (USA, Ret.) Joseph E. DeFrancisco, Class of 1965, said, “The West Point Association of Graduates is honored to present the Thayer Award to Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Ambassador Crocker’s distinguished service to our country spans more than 40 years, starting in 1971 as a Foreign Service Officer. During his service, he excelled many significant assignments, including reestablishing an American diplomatic presence in Afghanistan during the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom, and assisting in the formation of the Iraq Governing Council, the first Iraqi governing structure after the defeat of Saddam Hussein. Without question, Ambassador Crocker’s career stands as an exemplar of Duty, Honor, Country, making him a most worthy selection of our highest award.” Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week
2/7/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1945 | 1947 | 1949 | 1954 | 1961 | 1966 | 1968 | 1971 | 2012. Class Notes

Honoring African American Graduates
2/6/2020

Honoring African American GraduatesIn honor of Black History Month, the Department of History would like to highlight interviews with Joe Anderson, Jim Conley, and Art Hester - three of the four African American graduates from the West Point Class of 1965. To find their interviews, visit www.westpointcoh.org and scroll down to "Staff Picks."

COL(R) Jamison '49 & MG(R) Charles '54 to Root for Gymnastics
2/5/2020

COL(R) Jamison '49 & MG(R) Charles '54 to Root for GymnasticsTwo West Point cadets, in their respective senior years, earned the position of Captain of the Men’s Gymnastics Team: ‘Punch’ Jamison ’49 and ‘Jack’ Charles ’54.

Both were commissioned as Air Force officers, became pilots, and served with distinction. Punch retired as a Colonel, Jack as a Major General.

Both continued in aviation in their following business careers. They will be cheering the All-Academy (Army, Navy, Air Force) Championship: A Triangular Men’s Gymnastics Competition held on Saturday February 8 at Mission Concepcion Sports Complex.

Ambassador Crocker to Receive the 2020 Thayer Award
2/4/2020

Ambassador Crocker to Receive the 2020 Thayer AwardWPAOG is pleased to announce that Ambassador Ryan Crocker will receive the 2020 Sylvanus Thayer Award. The award will be presented on October 1, 2020 during ceremonies hosted by LTG Darryl A. Williams ’83, 60th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Class Notes Updates This Week
1/31/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1943Jan | 1952 | 1953 | 1955 | 1956 | 1959 | 1962 | 1966 | 1970 | 1978 | 1988 | 1994 | 2010. Class Notes

Salome '94 Promoted to VP at Solutions 21
1/31/2020

Salome '94 Promoted to VP at Solutions 21Rob Salome has been promoted from Director to Vice President of Consulting Services at Solutions 21. Salome has been with the firm for three years and brings a long history of leadership to the firm and its clients.

Solutions 21 President and Founder Buddy Hobart said, “Rob’s promotion was well deserved because of the impact he’s had on our business as well as on our clients’ businesses. He’s received some of the best leadership training in the world through his senior-level military experience and academic training. His leadership experience has been an asset for our firm and for our clients. His and other promotions reflect the positioning of our team for the future to better take advantage of the needs and our competitive position in the marketplace.”

Salome served as Military Aide to the Vice President of the United States, a Battalion Commander in the elite 82nd Airborne Division, the Director of the Commander’s Initiatives Group in the Army’s Forces Command and as the City Manager of over 60,000 people at Fort Campbell, KY.

WPAOG Wins 5 CASE Accolade Awards
1/30/2020

WPAOG Wins 5 CASE Accolades AwardsWPAOG won five 2020 CASE District II Accolades Awards: two golds, a silver, a bronze and an honorable mention. CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is the premier global non-profit association dedicated to educational advancement. The Accolades Awards celebrate institutional accomplishments in alumni relations, development, communications, events, and program development.

SPECIAL EVENTS: INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
GOLD: Ring Melt – Tangible Connection Between Cadets and West Point Graduates
VIDEO FEATURES: GENERAL INFORMATION VIDEOS
GOLD: Celebrating 150 Years of West Point AOG in Three Minutes
HONORABLE MENTION: Telling the Story of the West Point Ring Melt
SPECIAL EVENTS: EVENT SERIES
SILVER: 150 Years of Serving West Point and the Long Gray Line
ALUMNI RELATIONS EVENTS AND AFFINITY PROGRAMS

BRONZE: West Point Entrepreneur Summit: Exploring Professional Service after Selfless Service

Announcing the 2020 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipients
1/29/2020

Distinguished Graduate Award MedalPlease join us in congratulating WPAOG’s 2020 Distinguished Graduate Award recipients. The Award is given to graduates of the United States Military Academy whose character, distinguished service and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities that West Point strives for, in keeping with its motto “Duty, Honor, Country.” The DGA award ceremony will take place on May 19 at West Point.

Mr. Richard A. Nowak ’64
Mr. William H. Roedy Jr. ’70
LTC (R) Andrew F. Krepinevich ’72
LTG (R) Kenneth W. Hunzeker ’75
GEN (R) Curtis M. Scaparrotti ’78

 

Class of 2021 Ring Melt
1/27/2020

Hobey Hewett, the grandson of MG Hobart Hewett, Class of 1919, and the first presenter at the 20th Annual West Point Class Ring Memorial Melt, captured the significance and sublimity of the ceremony perfectly when he told the amazing story of how his grandfather's ring became part of the Ring Melt for the Class of 2021.

General Hewett died in 1967, and his class ring passed on to his daughter, Hobey Hewett's mother. The ring was missing for decades, but, about two weeks ago, Hewett and his brother were cleaning out his mother's house and found the ring. He then learned about WPAOG's Ring Memorial Program and worked feverishly with WPAOG's Class Services to get the ring into this year's program on short notice. View photos.

"It was the spirit of the ring that got it here," Hewett said, offering an explanation as to why the ring was serendipitously found. "It wanted to be here, it wanted to come home, and it wants to be worn on the fingers of the cadets in the Class of 2021." The Class of 1919, as it turns out, entered as the Class of 1921, but they were graduated early due to the need for officers during World War I. Video.

Despite this, his class maintained their 1921 crest; so, General Hewett's ring could be considered a centennial gift to the Class of 2021. The power and magnitude of this story caught CDT Katarina Christianson, President of the Class of 2021, a bit off guard, and she had to wipe away a tear from her eye before announcing the name of the next ring presenter. Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week
1/24/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1978 | 1983 | 1989. Class Notes

COL Blackburn '89 Joins the Institute for Defense Analyses
1/24/2020

Colonel R. Taft Blackburn has joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) as a Research Staff Member in IDA’s Intelligence Analyses Division. Blackburn is a member of the Foreign Area Officer Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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.

Anderson '78 Selected as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
1/22/2020

Anderson '78 Selected as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the ArmyDarcy Anderson has been appointed as a new Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army during an investiture ceremony in the Perot Building January 8. The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy, Secretary of the Army, selected Darcy Anderson to represent Texas (North).

"Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army are an integral part of sharing the U.S. Army story," Anderson said. "I am proud to be appointed as it will allow me to continue serving my country and assist both the secretary and key Army leaders. I look forward to using my network and platform as a business and community leader to build bridges of understanding between the U.S. Army and the public."

"I am thrilled Darcy agreed to serve in our program," McCarthy said. "I can't think of a better person to represent the Army in Dallas. He is a true icon in this area. Our Army is an all-volunteer force. Now, more than ever, we rely on our volunteers, such as CASAs, to help build networks, foster relationships and tell the Army story to your communities. They are my first phone call into the city and the last handshake as I head back to D.C. I am confident Darcy will have an immediate positive impact."

Anderson served in the Army five years in various capacities with Corps of Engineers combat units. He has served as a board member for both West Point Association of Graduates and West Point Society of North Texas and as a member of Congressmen Marc Veasey and Van Taylor's service academy selection boards.

Class Notes Updates This Week
1/17/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1954 | 1962 | 1966 | 1967 | 1974 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 2019. Class Notes

Johnson '19 Receives Foley Award
1/16/2020

In a letter that recommended now-2LT Camm Johnson as a candidate for the LTG Robert Foley Scholarship of Honor Award, he was described as universally loved and respected by his peers for having an infectiously positive personality by Company C-2 Tactical Officer MAJ Jonathan Leggett. Johnson was someone who went through major obstacles yet emerged from the West Point journey successfully and was recognized as excelling within the four pillars of the academy: academically, militarily, physically and as a leader of character. Johnson received the award December 19, one day before graduating. Full story.

Gov. John Bel Edwards '88 Sworn in for a Second Term
1/15/2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards '88 Sworn in for a Second TermGovernor John Bel Edwards has been sworn in for his second term. There was the traditional 19 gun salute, and the West Point Glee Club performed the national anthem.

In his inaugural address, Edwards' recapped his first term. He praised Democrats and Republicans for coming together to solve a budget crisis, better fund education and infrastructure projects and to enact landmark criminal justice reforms.

He also outlined his top priorities for his second term, namely, workforce development, raising the state minimum wage and early childhood education. Read more.

Bray '89 Appointed Executive Director at PASTrust
1/14/2020

Bray '89 Appointed Executive Director at PASTrustSteven L. Bray has been appointed Executive Director at the Western Asbestos, J.T. Thorpe, Thorpe Insulation, and Plant Asbestos Settlement Trusts.

“We’re truly fortunate that Steve is joining the Trusts as he brings the right mix of professional experience and skills to the position and is deeply committed to the Trusts’ goal of treating all claimants equitably,” said Managing Trustee Jack Luikart. “The Trustees believe he will provide effective and efficient management of the Trusts.”

Mr. Bray most recently served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Johnson Matthey Inc. where he was the chief legal officer overseeing all functions of the Americas legal department for the international, publicly traded manufacturer of specialty chemicals and lithium ion battery materials. Prior to that, he served in positions of increasing managerial and legal responsibility with Albemarle Corporation, BP and The Hartford.

“I look forward to contributing to the Trusts’ efforts as we continue to tirelessly serve our claimants with transparency, efficiency, fairness and respect,” Bray said. “I am delighted to be joining the Trusts and am privileged to be working with such a dedicated and talented team of professionals.”

Mr. Bray graduated in 1989 as a distinguished cadet from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following military service as a field artillery officer in the United States Army, he received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Master of Business Administration degree (Risk Management and Decision Processes) from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Class Notes Updates This Week
1/10/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1945 | 1956 | 1959 | 1962 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1969 | 1970 | 1978 | 1982 | 1985 | 1992 | 1998 | 2003. Class Notes

LTC Rubio '98 Among the First to Graduate NASA's Artemis Program
1/10/2020

LTC Frank Rubio is among the first 11 astronaut candidates to graduate under NASA's Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024, these graduates will be qualified to fly to the International Space Station and, soon enough, take Artemis missions to the moon, the Lunar Orbiting Platform-Gateway and Mars. 

"After completing more than two years of basic training, these candidates will become eligible for spaceflight, including assignments to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to the Moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars," NASA officials said in a statement. Read more.

Ackerman '85 Named VP of Operations and Transformation at MITRE
1/8/2020

Ackerman '85 Named VP of Operations and Transformation at MITRECraig Ackerman has been named to the new role of vice president for operations and transformation at MITRE, a new organization comprised of the business transformation program, corporate real estate, contracts and acquisition management, and a newly formed operational risk management function.

"As we continue to grow our team and build strong internal capabilities at MITRE, Craig's track record of leading strategic transformation with agility and developing the talent to facilitate adoption across the enterprise will be a real asset," said Usha Chaudhary, senior vice president for corporate operations and chief transformation officer.

Ackerman most recently served as a principal in the federal practice at Chazey Partners, a global advisory firm, working with federal and local government clients to develop more efficient service delivery operations. He also served as the firm's global head of robotic process automation, helping clients harness the evolution of process automation tools to improve efficiency, productivity, control, and compliance. His previous roles include senior leadership positions at Day & Zimmerman, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and SAIC.

Bulls '78 JLL Named One of the World's Most Ethical Companies
1/7/2020

Herman Bulls Company JLL has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies. For the 12th consecutive year, JLL has been honored for its commitment to improve communities, build capable and empowered workforces and foster a corporate culture focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose. The Ethisphere Institute is a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

"he values of teamwork, ethics and excellence are an integral part of JLL," said JLL Global Chief Legal Officer Alan Tse. "We are committed to building a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities, and we are honored to be included in the Ethisphere Institute's list of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies for the 12th consecutive year."

"Today, employees, investors and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues. Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform but last," said Ethisphere's Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "I congratulate everyone at JLL for earning this recognition."

Clients and third-party organizations continue to recognize JLL globally for its ethics, corporate citizenship and commitment to being an employer of choice. Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week
1/3/2020

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1949 | 1953 | 1956 | 1959 | 1962 | 1966 | 1974 | 1984 | 1988. Class Notes