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2LT Shields Graduates Ranger School 35 Years From Father

2LT Shields Graduates Ranger School 35 Years From Father It’s been 35 years since Chaplain (Maj.) Charlie Shields earned his Ranger tab as a young private. In the time since, he’s served in some of the Army’s top units.

His achievements include service as a noncommissioned officer in the 75th Ranger Regiment, becoming a long-range surveillance team leader, and returning to the Army as a chaplain in units like the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 7th Special Forces Group, and currently 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

But Charlie Shields' proudest achievement isn’t his own.

“I’ve served in the best units in the Army, I’ve done the best jobs in the Army, and I’ve graduated from great schools,” Charlie Shields told Military Times. “But I told my wife, I think I’m prouder of the fact that my son is a second-generation Ranger than of anything I did.”

Second Lt. Seth Shields graduated Ranger School exactly three-and-a-half decades, to the day, after his father. Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1947 | 1948 | 1959 | 1962 | 1973 | 1989 | 1993 | 1996 | 1998 | 2007 | 2020. Class Notes

Shull ’73 Receives Multiple Awards for Service & Support

Shull ’73 Receives Multiple Awards for Service & SupportArmy & Air Force Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull ’73 has received the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award from the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and the Spirt of Oklahoma Outstanding Veteran Supporter of the Year award from the state of Oklahoma, Military Order of the Purple Heart and Oklahoma Veterans Support Team.

Shull was recognized for “transforming the Exchange into a thriving benefit supporting military readiness, recruiting, retention and resiliency” and “exceptional service and commitment to the goals and objectives of the NDTA.”

“Your entire staff at [the Exchange] follows your example of kindness, service, honor and integrity,” Van Schuyver (Military Order of the Purple Heart representative and chairman of the Oklahoma Veterans Commission) said to Shull. “We are so blessed to be part of the Exchange. I count you as a mentor, and I thank you.”

“It is truly a privilege to serve with amazing teammates like Larry, who are all in to honor our Nation’s Warfighters past, present and future,” Shull said. “The Exchange is humbled by this tremendous recognition, which would not have been possible without the efforts of Dan and his Tinker Exchange teammates to serve those who serve.”

The Exchange is committed to hiring 50,000 Veterans and military spouses—more than 47,000 have been hired so far. About 10.4% of Exchange employees are Veterans, and the Exchange has hired more than 1,640 Wounded Warriors since 2010.

COL Raymon Renola '40 Celebrates 104th Birthday

Colonel (Retired) Raymond Renola, Class of 1940 —West Point’s oldest living graduate— celebrated his 104th birthday this week. He was deeply touched by all of the many cards he received from the West Point Society of Washington, DC.

Last year, his family, along with the West Point Society of Washington, D.C., presented COL Renola with a replacement Class of 1940 West Point class ring for his birthday. Ray had lost his ring years ago while swimming, and his family knew how much the ring meant to him. So, they tracked down the jeweler in Pennsylvania that had the mold for the class ring and had a replacement ring made for him as a surprise. As an added surprise, the West Point Alumni Glee Club attended and sang "Happy Birthday," "On Brave Old Army Team," and the "Alma Mater."

The West Point Association of Graduates wishes COL Renola a happy 104th birthday! Go Army! Beat Navy!

LTC(R) Tellier ’89 Establishes “For the Vets” Nonprofit

LTC(R) Tellier ’89 Establishes “For the Vets” NonprofitLieutenant Colonel (retired) Jon Tellier, President at JetCo Solutions, has established the nonprofit “For the Vets” to expand their annual donation drive to focus on year-round support of veterans. The nonprofit's mission is clear. For the Vets aims to demonstrate gratitude for retired veterans through community acts of kindness and generosity. This year’s donation drive will aim to provide funds and wish list items to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. Both of these organizations host holiday parties for each unit in their building. “COVID-19 has been especially hard on our veterans,” said Sarah Johnson, who is the Volunteer Coordinator at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. “The members really look forward to events like these. Celebrations help boost the veterans’ moods, especially during a particularly tough year like 2020.” Read more.

West Pointers Make an Impact on the Olympics

Every living graduate is familiar with General Douglas MacArthur’s famous dictum: “Every cadet an athlete.” MacArthur, Class of 1903, introduced this philosophy when he became West Point Superintendent in 1919, realizing the importance of physical fitness and intramural athletic programs in the wake of the modern warfare he witnessed in World War I. The battlefields of France during the Great War also led MacArthur to devise his well known “Upon the fields of friendly strife” inscription for the old West Point gymnasium. In a 1939 letter, he explained the origin of this inscription by saying, “The training of the athletic field which produces in a superlative degree the attributes of fortitude, self-control, resolution, courage, mental agility, and, of course, physical development, is one completely fundamental to efficient soldiery.” In simpler terms, good athletes make good soldiers. Employing the symmetric property of mathematics, good soldiers then should make good athletes. West Pointers’ participation in Olympic games—approximately 100 West Pointers (89 athletes and numerous supporting players) over the course of 25 Olympiads—proves this logic. Full Story.

WPAOG Annual Meeting Election Results

At the WPAOG Annual Meeting today, November 17, 2020, the following members were elected to positions on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council.

To serve their terms from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023:
Robert A. McDonald ’75
Ronald L. Johnson ’76
Curtis A. Harris ’78
Deirdre P. Dixon ’84
Felisa (Sally) Lewis ’90

To serve their terms from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023:
Michael W. Yap ’67
Dale W. Hansen ’68
Donna S. Alesch White ’80
Holly E. West ’91
Brandi B. Peasley ’94
Erica Jeffries Purdo ’98

USMA ’93 - Lynch, Hamilton & Ruchti All Elected to Public Office

USMA ’93 - Lynch, Hamilton & Ruchti All Elected to Public OfficeOn November 3, 2020 three West Point Class of 1993, Defenders of the Free, were successful in running for public office. Mike Lynch, the President of Western Heritage Company, won his bid for Colorado House District 49. Warren Hamilton, a pilot and rancher, won his bid for Oklahoma Senate District 7 and James Ruchti, a lawyer, was also elected to the Idaho House of Representatives District 29B, serving previously in that role from 2006-2010.

Daughters Follow Mother’s Footsteps and Attend West Point

Daughters Follow Mother’s Footsteps and Attend West PointWhen Lieutenant Colonel June Copeland ’98 made the decision to attend the United States Military Academy, little did she know the long gray line would include her three daughters, June ’20, Jeilyn ’22, and Jasmyn ’22. “I’m amazed that I inspired in them the need to, the desire to serve as well. But I’m proud of it as well,” said June. While each daughter’s decision to follow in their mother’s footsteps to join the Army and attend West Point was made at different times in their lives and for different reasons, their mother’s commitment to service and to them had an impact.

West Point Cadet Jasmyn Haynes says her mother “is really the strongest woman that I know, and that's what I wanted to emulate so it was just an easy choice to me when, you know, I did the research and did the visits, and it was just what I wanted to do. I wanted to serve, just like she does.” While all four women share the same pride in their legacy, their history with the academy goes deeper, as the eldest daughter was a member of the largest group of African American female cadets to graduate from the prestigious school.

“It is surreal to think that me, me doing what I did all of all of the accomplishments, but also all of the, the hardships that I went through. Regardless, it just that it means so much to other people, it's just, it's pretty surreal,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant June Copeland. For the women, their legacy with the Army and at West Point is about passing on the lessons and values they have learned and contributing to the betterment of the American public.

“I hope that young women across this country, when they see our family and they see our legacy, they remind themselves that no matter the hardships that they're going through, no matter the struggles that they have to overcome, they can do it ... you can do and you can rise. ... Even if it feels impossible, you can do it,” said West Point Cadet Jeilyn Haynes. And interesting enough, the family’s path into military service started with Lt. Col. Copeland’s twin brother, who asked her to join the Army with him because they struggled with the idea of being separated after graduating high school. Story.

McNichol ’07 Develops VetTriage Wellness App

McNichol ’07 Develops VetTriage Wellness AppBrendan McNichol ’07 understands the unique employment, financial and health challenges military members experience. He also recognizes the importance of building resiliency. That is why he started the Hoplite Resilience Center, a nonprofit benefiting veterans, and developed VetTriage, a new wellness app designed to strengthen their health through resiliency.

The app enables users to triage their moods, stressors, activities, and their severity of impact through four stages of self-tracking: preparation, collection, reflection, and action. It can be downloaded for free on Google and Apple devices. “The app differs from other wellness apps because it prepares the user to get the most from its data collection and reflection process,” McNichol said. It also provides veterans with actions they can take to improve their overall well-being over time.

He refers to the app as the “Yelp” of veteran resources. It not only breaks down the different types of resources a veteran might need, but it also categorizes them by location within a city. He added, “We are not trying to replace resources. Instead we are working to pull in vetted resources for veterans to use, and introducing them in a unique way – through triage.” Read more.

COL(R) Barondes ’48 Delivers Opening Remarks at KMA Honoring Classmates

On September 18, Colonel (retired) Arthur Barondes ’48, class president, delivered welcoming remarks at the Korea Military Academy (KMA), in a ceremony unveiling a plaque honoring his 17 classmates–12 Army and 5 Air Force–who died in the Korean War. One of those pilots was Jim Van Fleet, son of General Van Fleet (USMA 1915), then Commanding General, U.S. 8th Army in Korea, and later influential in creating the Korea Military Academy.

Colonel Barondes had coordinated the ceremony with General Chung, Superintendent of the KMA. It was attended by U.S. and Korean dignitaries and the entire corps of KMA cadets The Korea Defense Veterans Association, its Korea Chapter, and American members Monika and Tim Stoy (USMA '81) were instrumental in arranging the ceremony.

The ceremony led to a tribute to the Class of 1948 in the English-language Korea JoongAng Daily.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1953 | 1974 | 1987 | 1989 | 1990 | 1996 | 1997 | 2001. Class Notes

11 Grads Launch “diversitypop” Learning Technology

11 Grads, Albert Alba ’89, Roy E. Alston ’89, Drew Bartkiewicz ’89, Steven B. Choi ’89, Everton Cranston ’89, Colonel Gregory D. Gadson ’89, Adolphus Gwynn ’89, Carlos Perez ’89, Patrice Sutherland ’90, John Tien ’87, and Jim Ziegler ’89, from exceptionally diverse backgrounds came together to launch a new, effective, unbiased learning technology and mobile app, diversitypop. Built to deliver diversity training to people on the go.

The diversitypop mobile app and underlying technology apply algorithms and personalization, leveraging information sciences, “clean” artificial intelligence, and cognitive learning methods that are increasingly the epicenter of modern learning. The diversitypop goal is to train the brain for diversity and inclusion without the friction and slowness of traditional methods.

The technology will be available to all high schools for free and a 30-day free trial for businesses. The diversitypop program lets members discover topics, surveys, and tests to grow their inclusive skills and uncover potential areas of their own implicit biases. Without the need for any personally identifiable information, and in contrast with the personal data needs of social media and enterprise software, diversitypop builds and helps sustain personal diversity and inclusion skills. Read more.

Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our VeteransToday on Veterans Day, we salute all veterans and say “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.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1949 | 1953 | 1966 | 1974 | 1990 | 1993 | 1994. Class Notes

Football vs. Air Force Postponed

Football vs. Air Force PostponedLooks like were going to have to wait to BEAT AIR FORCE! No. 22 Army West Point Football vs. Air Force scheduled for Saturday, November 7, at 11:30 a.m. ET at Michie Stadium is postponed due to upward trends of COVID-19 cases within the United States Air Force Academy and its football program. The schools will work to reschedule if possible.

“West Point” Magazine Fall 2020

Check out the Fall 2020 issue of West Point magazine, the digital edition is available to read online! This issue highlights the agility and resiliency of the USCC, exploring how Cadet Summer Training moved forward in 2020 with changes to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. See how the Plebe Class of 2024 joined the Corps with new safeguards in place, from R-Day through Cadet Basic Training, March Back and A-Day. This issue also features the Legacy of Army West Point Athletics with an interview with Athletic Director Mike Buddie, profiles of West Point Olympians and memories of some of the greatest Army-Navy football games of all time. Plus, learn about the athletic achievements and legacies of the fallen graduates behind the names of Army West Point Athletic facilities, and get a preview of the new Anderson Athletic Center.

AOG Selected “Best of 2020” Non-Profit

AOG Selected “Best of 2020” Non-ProfitWPAOG is proud to announce that we have been selected as a “Best of 2020” non-profit by Greatnonprofits.org!

Every year Great Non-Profits, the leading platform for aggregating stakeholder/user reviews, or community sourced stories, about nonprofits publishes a list of the best nonprofit organizations. This year, WPAOG came out on top with an average of at least 4 out 5 star reviews.

In lieu of a physical awards ceremony, the company is featuring WPAOG on their website. They are also sharing our story and mission of how we serve West Point and the Long Gray Line with their followers. Read more.

Cruden ’68 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Cruden ’68 Receives Lifetime Achievement AwardJohn C. Cruden ’68 has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Environmental, Energy, or Resources Law and Policy from the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (ABA SEER).

The award recognizes an outstanding attorney who has “dedicated a lifetime to achievement in environmental, energy, or resources law and policy before courts, agencies, U.S. Congress, state legislatures, or other institutions.” John is only the third recipient of the distinguished award.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this significant award," said John Cruden. "It means a lot to me, but [any of] my accomplishments have been on the shoulders of so many mentors, colleagues, and friends who have inspired, encouraged, and supported me throughout my career. I am fortunate that environmental law has been both my work and my passion.”. Read more.

Join Linda Hervieux Via Zoom on Veterans Day

Join Linda Hervieux Via Zoom on Veterans DayJoin the Center Club via Zoom on Wednesday, November 11th at 9 AM as Linda Hervieux, a journalist, archivist, and researcher living in Paris talks about the untold story of the black battalion at D-Day.

Forgotten, The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, At Home and At War by Linda Hervieux The injustices of 1940s Jim Crow America are brought to life in this extraordinary blend of military and social history – a story that pays tribute to the valor of an all-black battalion whose crucial contributions at D-Day have gone unrecognized to this day. One member of the 320th, Cpl. Waverly B. Woodson Jr. would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive.

The Center Club are reserving a limited number of spaces for those who have served but are not Center Club members. If you are interested in “attending” on November 11, please contact Nancy Sloane at nsloane@centerclub.org.

Olds ’94 Appointed CASA by SECARM McCarthy

During an investiture ceremony on October 27, 2020, at the Pentagon, Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy appointed Shawn Olds ’94, from Falls Church, Virginia, as new Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

“These are unprecedented times, and the Army is fortunate to have you in the community interacting with civic leaders, educators and businesses,” Secretary of the Army McCarthy said at the ceremony. “We have found that there is a dramatic correlation with CASAs and an increase in recruitment. CASAs are a valuable asset in the community and help make a difference.”

CASAs, a vital part of the Army, promote good relations between the Army and the public and advise the secretary on regional issues.

Each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories have one or more CASAs to provide vital links between the Army and the communities they serve. CASAs are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and their communities.

“I am honored and excited that the Secretary selected me for this important position,” said Olds, a former U.S. Army Officer who currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of boodleAI and on the Board of the Code of Support Foundation, which help veterans in need. “This is an important opportunity and I look forward to working with the Secretary and other Civilian Aides to support and strengthen the bonds between the military and civilian communities in the northern Virginia region.”

CASAs serve a two-year term without compensation. Terms maybe extended to a total of 10 years of service. The secretary may recognize a civilian aide as a CASA Emeritus after 10 years of distinguished service. Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1956 | 1958 | 1959 | 1962 | 1966 | 1970 | 1974 | 1980 | 1986 | 1988 | 2000 | 2005 | 2010. Class Notes

Ruggero ’80 Upcoming Release of “Comes The War”

Ruggero ’80 Upcoming Release of “Comes The War”Ed Ruggero ’80 is set to release Comes The War, February 9, 2021. Ruggero, “A master of the World War II genre” said the Los Angeles Times.

Set against the heroism and heartbreak of World War II, Ruggero brilliantly captures, with grace and authenticity, the evocative and timeless stories of ordinary people swept up in extraordinary times. Comes The War returns to follow Lieutenant Eddie Harkins, first introduced in Blame the Dead (2020), as he serves as a military investigator in Europe. It is now April 1944, and the entire island of Britain fairly buzzes with the coiled energy of a million men poised to leap the Channel to France, the first, riskiest step in the Allies’ long slog to the heart of Germany and the end of the war. Harkins is tasked to investigate the murder of Helen Batcheller, an OSS analyst. Harkins is assigned a British driver, Private Pamela Lowell, to aid in his investigation. Lowell is smart, brave and resourceful; like Harkins, she is prone to speak her mind even when it doesn’t help her.

Soon a suspect is arrested and Harkins is ordered to stop digging. Suspicious, he continues his investigation only to find himself trapped in a web of Soviet secrets. As bombs fall, Harkins must solve the murder and reveal the spies before it is too late.

With Comes The War, Ed Ruggero uses his long-time research in World War II and military history to explore a fascinating what-if mystery, and portray some of the real life daily experiences of those that served their countries.

Comes The War is now available to read as an eGalley.

Registration Now Open for WPAOG’s Army-Navy Virtual Tailgate!

WPAOG’s Army-Navy Tailgate will take place on Saturday, December 12th starting at 1:30pm EST, and registration is now open. Don’t miss this opportunity to virtually share America’s Game with fellow Army fans! The first 1500 guests to register by November 19th will receive 2 Army-Navy Spirit Buttons per household. Registration closes December 6th. GO ARMY, BEAT NAVY! Click now to register.

Secretary of Defense Esper ’86 Visits West Point

The Secretary of Defense Honorable Mark Esper ’86, visited USMA to discuss current affairs with Russia, China and U.S.-allied partners, among other things, with the Class of 2021 Cadets at Eisenhower Hall Theatre October 9-10. Establishing a rapport with the cadets, Esper stood before the podium and said, “I have a 44-page speech right here to give you guys.” The Class of 2021 applauded with enthusiasm, ready to be engrossed in Esper’s message.

“You should’ve been booing me when I said that not clapping,” Esper responded as laughter filled the auditorium. “I’m going to set the speech aside.”

The cadets cheered as Esper walked away from the podium toward the edge of the stage to engage them in an impromptu discussion on what’s happening in the Department of Defense.

“Let’s make it a conversation if you will, more than me speaking to you,” Esper said. “I do too much (of delivering speeches) too often, and it’s good to come and talk to you all because you are the future of the United States Army. I know you heard that many times. However, I want to impress upon you how important this moment in time is and how critical it is to the future of the United States Army and, of course, the United States Military.” Full story.

USMA 1980, 2000, & 2010 Virtual Check Presentations

CPT Rebekah Jadrnak ’10, CPT Patrick Ryan ’10, LTG Darryl A. Williams ’83 and Mr. Todd A. Browne '85While the pandemic did not allow for large gatherings and reunions at West Point, the Classes of 1980, 2000, and 2010 virtually presented their class gifts to LTG Darryl A. Williams ’83 and Mr. Todd A. Browne '85, President and CEO of the West Point Association of Graduates.

Tom Kilgore '80, who served as Class Fundraising Chairman for the Class of 1980’s successful 40th Reunion Campaign, virtually presented a 40th Reunion Gift of $1,500,000 to support the Class of 1980 Cyber Research Center Endowment. The Cyber Research Center (CRC) is one of three research centers in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and focuses on opportunities and research that span the entire continuum of cyberspace operations. Full story.

Glover ’05 Named “Rising Star” at Super Lawyers

Thomas R. Glover ’05Joel R. Glover ’05 has been named to the Thomson Reuters’ 2020 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list. Thomas is an Associate at Jackson Walker in Texas.

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes only 2.5% of Texas attorneys who either are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less as “Rising Stars.” To be selected for inclusion, candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including experience, results for their clients, representative clients, honors and awards, special licenses and certifications, their position with the law firm, bar and professional activity, pro bono and community service, scholarly lectures and writings, and their education and employment background. After the patented selection process is complete, results are validated by a third-party organization, resulting in a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys.

The full list of “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” will be published in the April 2020 issue of Texas Monthly.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1960 | 1965 | 1968 | 1978 | 1986 | 1988 | 1990 | 1996 | 2000. Class Notes

MG Holland ’90 Appointed to Mississippi River Commission

President Donald J. Trump recently appointed Major General Diana M. Holland as a member and as the 41st President of the Mississippi River Commission (MRC).

MG Holland assumed command of the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), on June 30, 2020. MG Holland serves as the senior military officer in the division, headquartered in Vicksburg, Miss., responsible for water resources engineering solutions in a 370,000-square-mile area, extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and encompassing portions of 12 states. The mission of the division is to serve the Mississippi Valley region by providing vital public engineering services and stewardship of water resource infrastructure, partnering in peace and war, to strengthen our nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. District offices located in St. Paul, Minn.; Rock Island, Ill; St. Louis, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and New Orleans, La., carry out the division’s work.

The Commission, created by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1879, plans and provides for the general improvement of the Mississippi River. This includes improving navigation, preventing destructive floods and facilitating commerce. The presidential appointees consist of three officers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a representative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and three civilians, two of whom must be civil engineers.

The general duties of the commission include recommending policy and work programs, studying and reporting on modifications or changes to the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, commenting on matters authorized by law, making inspection trips, and holding public hearings that facilitate exchanges of viewpoints and ideas between the public and the MRC. Since 1879, the commission has been “listening, inspecting and partnering” with water resource interests in a watershed that is influenced by the drainage of more than 41 percent of the United States and two provinces of Canada. Read more.

BG(R) Ferguson ’60 & COL(R) Kouns ’60 Inducted into Hall of Fame

BG(R) Ferguson ’60 & COL(R) Kouns ’60 Inducted into Hall of FameGovernor Ron DeSantis and the Cabinet voted unanimously to induct the late, Brigadier General (R) Michael Ferguson ’60 and Colonel (R)  Darryle Kouns ’60 along with 18 other veterans into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The names for the Class of 2020 were presented for a formal vote during the September 22 Cabinet Meeting by FDVA Deputy Executive Director James S. “Hammer” Hartsell.

The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made a significant contribution to the State of Florida through civic, business, public service or other pursuits. It is not a traditional military hall of fame, as it focuses on post-military contributions to the State of Florida.

“I was honored to forward the names of these great Americans to the Governor and Cabinet,” said Hartsell, a retired Marine Corps Major General. “These former service members represent the best of the best of our veteran community.”

LCDR Jager ’00 Frontline on the Navajo Reservation

LCDR Jager ’00LCDR Sara Jager ’00 is a commander (O-5) in the United States Public Health Service serving as the chief medical officer (CMO) at one of the largest hospitals on the Navajo reservation in Tuba City, Arizona east of the Grand Canyon. Currently bracing themselves for a possible fall surge. The leadership qualities that she has learned at West Point and in the army have allowed her to keep staff members and patients safe from the coronavirus.

After graduation she was commissioned as a military police officer and deployed to Iraq. Returning from deployment Sara entered into a new service agreement and attended uniformed services University medical school with a public health service commitment. She knew that she wanted to serve the native people of America. Sara became a pediatrician and was a resident at the University of Utah and has been at Tuba City since graduating residency in 2013. She was named the female physician of the year for United States Public Health Service, junior officer category, in 2018.

As a leader of the medical staff during this coronavirus outbreak she has coordinated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and training, created a COVID ER, ICU and RCU. Sara is responsible for running the triage and testing tent, testing blitzes, telehealth implementation, convalescent plasma drives, PR to the community, rearrangement of dental services and dental care delivery, decentralizing specialty services like orthopedics to less hard-hit areas to get patients the care that they still need, gown sewing (with shipments held up overseas, they had to sew their own), and atypical PPE (homemade masks, bonnets and gowns). This has been some of the hardest work she has ever done in her entire career. Thank you!

Bulls ’78 Honored by Executive Leadership Council

Bulls ’78 Honored by Executive Leadership CouncilHerman Bulls, JLL Vice Chairman, Americas, has been honored with The Executive Leadership Council’s (ELC) 2020 Achievement Award. The accolade recognizes an African American leader whose career achievements highlight personal and professional excellence with noteworthy business success.

“Herman is one of the most genuine, sincere and well-respected members of the ELC,” said Crystal E. Ashby, Interim President and CEO, The Executive Leadership Council. “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him in my various capacities in the organization. His prioritization of the ELC, coupled with his vast accomplishments are continually applauded by his fellow members. His longstanding commitment to the ELC should be a model for all.”

“It’s an honor to receive the ELC’s Achievement Award and truly a lifetime personal achievement, made even more meaningful to have been selected by my peers,” said Bulls. “The list of past honorees is an outstanding group of highly respected leaders who have set a precedent and paved the way for the next generation of leaders. I’m incredibly humbled to join such an esteemed group.” Herman Bull's Speech.

As an active ELC member for 26 years, he has supported the organization in several capacities, including as former Chair of The Executive Leadership Foundation. During his tenure, he helped build an inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowered global black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and global communities where they serve. “It’s an honor to receive the ELC’s Achievement Award and truly a lifetime personal achievement, made even more meaningful to have been selected by my peers,” said Bulls. “The list of past honorees is an outstanding group of highly respected leaders who have set a precedent and paved the way for the next generation of leaders. I’m incredibly humbled to join such an esteemed group.” Read more.

Dr. Esper ’86 to Receive the Goodpaster Award

Dr. Mark Esper ’86The Honorable Mark T. Esper, Secretary of Defense, will receive the Andrew J. Goodpaster Award from the George C. Marshall Foundation at a dinner at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Secretary Esper will be recognized for his distinguished career and his many contributions to our nation. He has overseen a rebuilding of our national defense capabilities and been a strong advocate for both military preparedness and our brave men and women in uniform.

In 2008, the Goodpaster Award was established to honor the life and service of General Andrew J. Goodpaster, a longtime trustee and chairman of the Foundation, a champion of the Marshall legacy, an American hero, and an extraordinary public servant. The Goodpaster Award is presented to American heroes in a variety of fields who, like General Goodpaster, have exhibited great courage, selfless service, patriotism and leadership in their lives and careers.

A native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, upon completion of Ranger and Pathfinder training, he served in the 101st Airborne Division and participated in the 1990–91 Gulf War with the “Screaming Eagles.” He later commanded a Rifle Company in the 3-325 Airborne Battalion Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2007 after spending 10 years on active duty and 11 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve.

Join in Live for the Nininger Award Oct. 22

Join in Live for the Nininger Award Oct. 22Major John Meyer USMA 2005 will receive the Nininger Award this Thursday, October 22. Join in live. Limited Participation  - This event will be lived streamed at 7pm: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbGB699dyhU&feature=youtu.be

The Nininger Award is named in recognition of the heroic actions of Second Lieutenant Alexander R. Nininger, USMA Class of 1941. After commissioning, Lieutenant Nininger was sent to the Philippines attached to the 57th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts. During the first month of the Japanese invasion, Nininger voluntarily joined another company because his unit was not yet engaged in combat. He was posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honor in World War II for actions near Abucay, Bataan on January 12, 1942. The Award is given to an exemplar of heroic action in battle. In addition to recognizing the recipient for his or her bravery as an individual, the Association regards the recipient as a given year´s representative of all West Point-commissioned officers who have heroically led Soldiers in combat.

Coaxum ’00 “The Leadership Playbook”

Coaxum ’00 “The Leadership Playbook”Tony Coaxum ’00 has released The Leadership Playbook: Leadership guide from a former Army officer and Super Bowl Champion Coach. Leadership is a commodity that is always rising in value. INVEST HEAVILY IN IT! As an Army football player, West Point graduate, Army officer, and Super Bowl champion, Tony Coaxum has been surrounded by great leadership and culture his entire adult life. He has a passion for leading and team building with tried and true practices that can be used in all organizations from coaching youth to small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. This book ties all of his experiences together in a concise and very practical manner that benefits individuals in leadership roles for the first time and those who are leadership veterans. Great leadership and culture is the driving force behind every successful organization. This playbook is a MUST HAVE for all that strive to improve their organization's leadership and culture! Available on Amazon.

Powers ’88 Selected as 2020 Super Lawyer

Powers ’88 Selected as 2020 Super LawyerJohn G. Powers ’88 has been selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2020. Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice at Hancock Estabrook. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement and is limited to 5% of the lawyers in the State. To learn more about this ranking, visit SuperLawyers.com.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1949 | 1962 | 1974 | 1985 | 1990 | 1992 | 1996 | 2006 | 2010. Class Notes

CPT Stith ’06 Releases “Self-Reflect to Self-Correct”

CPT Stith ’06 Releases “Self-Reflect to Self-Correct”Captain Ray Stith III ’06 has released his first book Self-Reflect to Self-Correct. Although society may make you feel differently, it’s the world today that is crazy, not you. As we consume so much information from the various inputs around us, we often lose sight of the most important thing for success…ourselves. That’s where this book comes into play. Self-Reflect to Self-Correct compiles actual circumstances and true feelings, to show you are not alone. This book will guide you through situations you can relate to, to teach a lesson on attitude, decision making, execution, and perseverance. Reading this book and truly taking a look in the mirror will help you confront many things. It will show you that your life is not only similar to those around you, but also similar to those that you admire. You have the same tools as everyone else. And in the end, that is the most important part. Read this book, take a self-assessment, and commit to doing what it takes to change your course. Ultimately, that will change your life! Available on Amazon.

Spieth’s ’85 “Fall Out” Earns Two New Distinctions

Susan I. Spieth’s ’85 “Fall Out” Earns Two New DistinctionsSusan I. Spieth’s ’85 Fall Out – Courage Always Stands its Ground, the fourth book in the Gray Girl series, made the 2020 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize short list. Only the top 5% of 2300 entries made this list. This book also earned First Runner-up in the e-book fiction category. In addition, Fall Out is a 2020 American Fiction Awards Finalist in the military category.

The Gray Girl Series depicts authentic experiences of the early years when the United States Military Academy first admitted women cadets. Jan Wishart is both heroine and troublemaker. She and her friends sometimes create their own dilemmas but mostly solve the larger issues they face while at West Point in the early 1980's. The Gray Girl series has won many awards. More information can be found at: www.SusanISpieth.com

COL(R) Bigelow ’90 Named VP at Pro2Serve

COL(R) Bigelow ’90Colonel (Retired) Benjamin Bigelow ’90 has been named VP and DoD/Army/USACE (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Program Manager at Professional Project Services, Inc. (Pro2Serve). He brings over 30 years of military experience and leadership and will lead Pro2Serve’s support to the Army, the Army Corps of Engineers and other Department of Defense clients. COL Bigelow is a proven strategic leader who builds agile, responsive and cohesive teams, and he develops timely effective solutions that get results for clients and their stakeholders.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve at Pro2Serve in my new capacity,” said COL Bigelow. “I have spent my entire adult life laser-focused on supporting our Federal government from inside and out, including work for DoD and many of the other federal agencies. The team of engineering professionals at Pro2Serve is fully committed to accomplishing the same mission.”

COL Bigelow’s 30+ year military career has included leadership posts as the Executive Director for Civil Works at USACE Headquarters; the Army North Engineer Director/Army Facility Engineer for Fort Sam Houston, TX; Deputy Commander and Acting Commander for the USACE Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) in Cincinnati, OH; Battalion Commander for the 9th Engineer Battalion in Germany; and Division Chief for the Systems Engineering Division in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

Molaro ’10 Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

Chris Molaro ’10 has been named one of Philadelphia’s Entrepreneurs Of The Year by Ernst & Young LLP (EY). Now in its 34th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors successful business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain groundbreaking companies that transform our world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year title.

Voelz ’92 Releases “Operation Hermes”

Voelz ’92 Releases “Operation Hermes”Glenn Voelz ’92 has released Operation Hermes. Operation Hermes is the dramatic sequel to the satirical novel War Under the Mango Tree. An economic crisis and rioting in the streets threaten to topple the government of the longtime American ally. Amid the turmoil, the country's aging autocrat looks to Beijing for support, raising fears in Washington of a new superpower rivalry emerging in Africa. A mysterious assassination attempt sends rivals scrambling for advantage, each hoping to occupy the executive mansion. With the country's future hanging in the balance, American spies, diplomats, and soldiers race against time and each other to get their candidate into power. Available on Amazon.

“The espionage tradecraft and geopolitical setup are spot on, leaving the reader to ponder where fact and fiction diverge...Operation Hermes is a must-read!” - Dave Edlund, USA Today bestselling author of Valiant Savage.

The final book of the Gisawi Chronicles, The Third Force, will be released in 2021.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1958 | 1962 | 1988 | 1993 | 1996 | 2005 | 2014. Class Notes

’93 Defenders Gripping Hands to Fight MS

Dean Wegner ’93, Founder and CEO of Authentically American, and Captain (Retired) Kevin Byrne ’93, Founder of Never Stop Never Quit, have joined forces to launch the Never Stop… Never Quit… apparel line of clothing. Through Kevin’s foundation, a portion of all sales will go to the National MS Society, in support of the ongoing fight against multiple sclerosis.

Kowalski ’14 Named Bass Military Scholar at Vanderbilt

Evan Kowalski ’14The Bass Military Scholars Program at Vanderbilt University welcomed nine scholars to its second cohort of student-veterans pursuing graduate and professional studies programs in Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Business. Evan Kowalski ’14 joins U.S. Military Academy West Point graduate and current Bass Military Scholar, CPT Devin T. Adams ’13, as the second West Point alum to join the program. Kowalski is pursuing a J.D. with plans to become involved in international law.

In addition to a $25,000 per year scholarship, the program encourages scholars to engage the student community and foster military-civilian exchanges. Kowalski is excited to work with students at Vanderbilt and hopes to impart values he has gained through his experiences at West Point and in the Army. He believes there are many lessons to share regardless of one’s career ambitions, such as the importance of integrity and personal courage.

The scholars are extending their service beyond their uniform in the vibrant city of Nashville as part of a distinguished institution in a program unlike any other in graduate and professional studies. The program offers talented veterans like Adams and Kowalski the opportunity to achieve education goals and support the talented Vanderbilt community of students, faculty, and staff. To learn more about the Bass Military Scholars Program visit vu.edu/bass-scholars.

CPT Jefferson III ’88 Exonerated by Inspector General

CPT Raymond Jefferson III ’88 Twice, Raymond Jefferson’s service to his country left him in pain, agony and facing years of recovery.

The first time was in 1995. As an officer in Okinawa for Special Forces training. When he realized a defective hand grenade was about to blow, he cupped it in his hand and held it against his leg so the shrapnel would not hit his comrades.

Jefferson lost all five fingers on his left hand.

Another explosion 16 years later was even more unexpected. Two subordinates at the Labor Department, where he was the assistant secretary for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), accused him of procurement improprieties. An inspector general’s report substantiated the allegations, including that he directed government business to associates.

Jefferson, then a rising star with master’s degrees from Harvard’s Business School and Kennedy School of Government, was forced to resign. Not only did that end his prestigious career as a Senate-confirmed Obama administration political appointee, but the damage to his reputation has followed him since. Read more.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1948 | 1960 | 1970 | 1980 | 1982 | 1985 | 1987 | 2001 | 2005 | 2012. Class Notes

Ambassador Crocker Receives the Thayer Award

Ambassador Crocker Receives the Thayer AwardSix-time U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker received the prestigious West Point Association of Graduates Thayer Award in a closed ceremony hosted by the United States Military Academy yesterday. The Corps of Cadets conducted a review in his honor on the Plain prior to the award presentation dinner.

Crocker served a total of 14 years as a U.S. Ambassador in six countries for four presidential administrations. In September 2004, President George W. Bush conferred on him the diplomatic rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the Foreign Service, equivalent to a four-star officer in the military. Read more.

Korean Army Commemorates USMA ’48 Grads

Korean Army Commemorates USMA ’48 GradsThe Army unveiled a monument to commemorate U.S. Military Academy graduates who were killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, officials said.

The monument, erected at the Korea Military Academy in Seoul, bears the names of 17 fallen officers from the West Point Class of 1948, Army officials said.

That is in addition to two monuments already set up at the Korea Military Academy campus to honor U.S. service members from the Classes of 1949 and 1950 killed in the war, officials said.

The Army plans to build four more for those from the Classes of 1945, 1946, 1947 and 1951 by 2023, and turn the area into a zone to remember the fallen U.S. soldiers.

“The freedom and peace on this land that the young heroes wanted to protect 70 years ago have become the foundation of South Korea's economic prosperity and vibrant democracy today,” the Korean academy's superintendent Lt. Gen. Chung Jin-kyung said.

In a video message, former U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp paid respect to the soldiers, saying their sacrifice became the basis for the alliance between South Korea and the United States.

Reedy ’05 Named Director of Business Development at Adams Keegan

Tye Reedy ’05Tye Reedy ’05 has been named Director of Business Development at Adams Keegan, human resources, payroll and benefits provider, in their Nashville office. Reedy will be responsible for generating new business, managing existing accounts and expanding the overall awareness and network of Adams Keegan, both in Nashville and nationally.

Reedy has experience working in business operations and government relations roles for both publicly traded and family owned businesses. Reedy spent 11 years as an Infantry Officer, with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Reedy was awarded four Bronze Stars, including a Bronze Star for Valor while serving in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne in 2010 - 2011.

“I knew Adams Keegan was right for me the first time I walked in the door and met everyone,” Reedy said. “The commitment to teamwork, high ethical standards, and relentless focus on client-oriented solutions is evident in everything they do. They were searching for someone truly committed to the goals at hand, with a willingness to grow with the company, which was exactly what I was looking for.”

Dr. Peterson ’82 Wins 2020 Doolittle Award

Dr. Peterson ’82The Society of Experimental Test Pilots announced Dr. Allen L. (AL) Peterson as the recipient of the 2020 Doolittle Award for his work as President and CEO of the National Test Pilot School (NTPS). The James H. Doolittle award was established in 1966 to honor outstanding accomplishment in technical management or engineering achievement in aerospace technology by a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. AL is a Master Army Aviator and Experimental Test Pilot with more than 5000 hours in 80+ aircraft, a test pilot on over 80 flight test programs, a FAA RW/FW/NVG CFI, an EASA Flight Test Instructor, and a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Kelly ’12 Named USMA Women's Rugby Assistant Coach

Kelly ’12 Named USMA Women's Rugby Assistant CoachKaitlyn Kelly ’12 has been named an Assistant Coach for the Army West Point Women’s Rugby team for the 2020-2021 school year.

Prior to returning to West Point, Kelly spent 2019 as the head coach of the All Army Women's Rugby team where she led the team to the inaugural Women's Rugby Armed Forces Championship, finished 3rd overall in the Women's Elite Division at Cape Fear (7s) and posted a 5-1 record and a 152-19 point differential. She had three athletes named to the All Tournament team and had Co-Captain SSG Erica Meyers selected as the All Army Athlete of the Year. In 2019, she became the first female recipient of the All Army Coach of the Year award.

From 2013-2016, Kelly was the head coach of the Southern Pines Women's rugby team and the Ft. Bragg Women's Rugby team. She founded the first ever women's rugby team in Southern Pines, NC and raised over $25,000 in donations within the first 3 months in addition to successfully merging the team into the Carolina Geographic Rugby Union as a Division II Women' Club. At Ft. Bragg, she led the team to the playoffs for the first time in club history with a winning record two years in a row and assisted in the planning and development of the annual Airborne 7s Tournament. Read more.