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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