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Class of 1982Class of 1982

Motto:  The Select Few

President - COL(Ret) Ken Juergens
Vice President - COL(Ret) Patty LaPlaca O'Keefe
Secretary - Raymond Millen
Treasurer - Mr. Dave Palamar
Scribe/Historian - COL(Ret) Paul A. Merritt
ISO/Web Master - Ms. Lori (Sakauye) Vertin


CLASS WEBSITE: https://selectfew82.com


(updated 5.10.2017)

Our new slate of class officers have assumed their duties since our 35th Reunion Class Luncheon on May 5th, 2017. The 35th Reunion was a great time for all who attended and we encourage everyone to make plans to attend the 40th Reunion. 




Class Gift News:

The Class of 1982 will endeavor to raise a record class gift of $4,082,000 in support of the Modern War Institute, which we will present to the Academy on the occasion of our 40th Class Reunion in 2022.

The Modern War Institute (MWI) at West Point is a national resource within the Department of Military Instruction that studies recent and on-going conflicts to prepare present and future leaders to win in a complex world. Leveraging the intellectual capital unique to West Point, the MWI faculty use a research, educate, and integrate model to remain academically grounded, operationally connected to the force, and fully engaged with cadets and the military program curriculum. As such, the MWI directly enhances the quality of cadet military education and training through scholarship, multidisciplinary contemporary battlefield assessments, symposia, curriculum update and relevancy, academy outreach, and strategic communications. It will also greatly contribute to the body of knowledge for the study of war and warfare in the Army profession.

Our class’ $4,082,000 endowment will provide, in perpetuity, annual funding for the Modern War Institute and name three programs: the Class of 1982 Research Associate, the Class of 1982 Contemporary Battlefield Assessment, and the Class of 1982 Speaker Series.

Pledge your support today at www.westpointaog.org/giveto82

For specific questions about MWI, contact Mike White at  mike.white@wpaog.org. For any questions about a gift or pledge, contact WPAOG Class Giving at classgiving@wpaog.org or 845.446.1656




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Keep up with class happenings on our WPAOG page, our class Facebook page and our class LinkedIn page. If you have any questions about getting connected, please email Lori (Sakauye) Vertin at lorivertin@gmail.com