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First Call - April 24, 2019
 
               
 
 


GEN(R) Ann Dunwoody to Receive 2019 Sylvanus Thayer Award

  GEN(R) Ann Dunwoody to Receive 2019 Sylvanus Thayer Award
   

The first woman in U.S. history to achieve the rank of four-star general will receive WPAOG’s 2019 Sylvanus Thayer Award. The award will be presented on October 10, 2019 during ceremonies hosted by USMA Superintendent LTG Darryl A. Williams ’83. “I thank the West Point Association of Graduates for this high honor,” said GEN Dunwoody. “With four generations of West Point graduates in my family; my brother, my dad, my grandfather and my great-grandfather, I am especially proud that I will have the privilege of trooping the line, and the opportunity to salute the men and women of the Corps of Cadets who will lead and inspire our future Army.” Full story.

USMA Black Wins Sandhurst 2019

  USMA Black Wins Sandhurst 2019
   

Score updates throughout the 51st Sandhurst Military Skills Competition kept USMA Black on edge as they bounced in an out of first place. Sometimes, they'd hear they were atop the leaderboard. Other times, family and friends who had gathered to cheer them on would spur them ahead with the news they had fallen into second or even third place. But following two days of competition, more than 27-miles of rigorous rucking and 13 obstacles - including physical fitness, marksmanship and land navigation challenges - USMA Black stood above the competition. Overall, four USMA teams placed in the top five. Full story.

Army Men’s Lacrosse Claims Star in Iconic 100th Meeting

  Army Men’s Lacrosse Claims Star in Iconic 100th Meeting
   

In the historic 100th meeting between the Army West Point and Navy men's lacrosse teams, the Black Knights left Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with a thrilling 9-8 overtime victory to secure a star in the Army-Navy Star Series. With the win, Army clinched a berth in the Patriot League playoffs. Full story.

GEN(R) Abizaid ’73 Named U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

  GEN(R) Abizaid ’73 Named U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
   

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm GEN(R) John Abizaid as the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling a vital position vacant since President Trump took office more than two years ago. The Senate voted 92-7 for the retired four-star Army general, who led U.S. Central Command during the Iraq war. Read more.

Projects Day: Your Margin of Excellence Dollars at Work

  Projects Day: Your Margin of Excellence Dollars at Work
   

Members of the Superintendent’s Circle take a leading role in strengthening the Margin of Excellence for cadets, and have the exclusive opportunity to see firsthand the results of their support at WPAOG’s annual Donor Tribute Day on May 2, held in conjunction with West Point Projects Day. This event showcases cadets’ capstone academic work and demonstrates the ways in which private funding enriches the West Point experience. Learn more about Margin of Excellence opportunities made possible by your support! Go Army!

Check Out “On This Day” WPAOG History Facts

  Check Out “On This Day”
   

To celebrate WPAOG’s 150th Anniversary in 2019, we are sharing fun “On This Day” historical trivia every day on our social media feeds and website. For more than a year, LTC(R) Jenn Voigtschild Minus ’93 combed through USMA & WPAOG history to collect more than 365 facts, one for each day of the year. See them all on our website or check out #WPAOG150 on social media. From the website, you can even share daily facts with family and friends!

Exclusive WPAOG Networking Opportunity in Maryland

  Exclusive WPAOG Networking Opportunity in Maryland
   
If you’re planning to attend the Service Academies Global Summit June 11-13 in Annapolis, MD, sign up now for an exclusive gathering for West Point alumni and their guests. Join us Wednesday, June 12 from 6:15-8:15pm at Fado’s Irish Pub. Light food will be provided, as well as two complimentary drink tickets. If you’re not attending the Global Summit, you can still register to attend. This is a great opportunity to network with fellow alumni in the MD area. Space is limited – so register today! We hope to see you there!

Army Names McCarthy ’90 Interim Athletic Director

  Army Names McCarthy ’90 Interim Athletic Director
   

The Army West Point Athletic Association has appointed Dan McCarthy ’90 Interim Director of Athletics as the department conducts a nationwide search for the Athletic Director position. McCarthy assumes his duties effective immediately. He transitions into this new role after the departure of Boo Corrigan, who was named the Director of Athletics at North Carolina State University earlier this spring. McCarthy has been with the department since the start of the 2017-18 season and was added to Corrigan’s executive staff prior to the 2018-19 academic year. He joined the staff as the Associate Athletic Director for Administration after spending a season as the Director of Football Operations. Full story.

Class Notes

Class Notes are online for you to read as often as you’d like, at your convenience. This gives you the opportunity to catch up with what your classmates and fellow graduates are doing, no subscription required! If it’s been a while, perhaps you should send an update to your Class Scribe/Historian. (There is an email link on each class page to make it easy to send a submission.) We post an item in Grad News each Friday to list which classes have new additions.

 

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SACC is Coming to Washington, DC

  SACC is Coming to Washington, DC
   

If you are considering a career transition, a new job field, or just exploring your options, don’t miss the Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) on June 13-14 in Washington, DC.

* 60% of SACC candidates have on-site interviews during conference
* 75% of SACC candidates have follow up interviews
* Pre-register by June 3rd to have your one-page resume included in the SACC Candidate Resume Book
* If you register between June 3rd and June 7th, your resume will NOT be in the printed SACC Candidate Resume Book, but the recruiters WILL have electronic access
* Register online 24/7

Contact your WPAOG Career Services team for assistance in preparing for this or any SACC.

Share Flat Cullum’s Adventures

  Share Flat Cullum’s Adventures
   

It looks like some of you have already started including Flat Cullum in your adventures after receiving your Spring issue of West Point. (He’s located on page 13). He got to see Army Baseball beat Navy in Annapolis on April 21! Be sure to share your photos on social media using #FlatCullum and #WPAOG150. If you don’t use social media, please email us your photo with a caption and we’ll post in our online photo album.

2019 Historic Weapons Shoot

  2019 Historic Weapons Shoot
   

The West Point Museum supported the Department of History’s annual Historic Weapons Shoot on April 20. These are no ordinary museum curators who happily spend their Saturday in the wind and rain to inspire cadets in the study of history. The West Point Department of History is incredibly grateful for the outstanding team at the West Point Museum and their commitment to their shared mission, saying, “History is too important to be boring, and our museum partners find ways to engage cadets with material culture inside and outside the classroom.” Photos.

Grad Link Feature Tutorial Video

  Grad Link Feature Tutorial Video
   

Did You Know that Grad Link has quick links to WPAOG news and social media channels, making it easy for you to stay connected to WPAOG while connecting with fellow grads? You'll find links to our Facebook, LinkedIn Discussion Group, Society News and more! Simply click on the “News & Social” link on your web browser or app. Haven’t joined Grad Link yet? You can find it on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or web.

Grant Returns!

  Grant Returns!
   

Celebrate the Year of Grant, as West Point unveils its newest monument to President and Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant, Class of 1843, on April 25. Honor this occasion with a piece from our Grant Collectible Line! Each piece was inspired by artist Patricia Slater’s design and brought to life by the WPAOG Gift Shop! These limited-edition pieces are available beginning Thursday, April 25, online at WPAOGGiftShop.com or by phone at 800.426.4725.

Alumni Golfers – It’s That Time of Year Again!

  Alumni Golfers – It’s That Time of Year Again!
   

If you love golf, you won’t want to miss this event. Reconnect with alumni, former classmates, and your alma mater at the 2019 Alumni Golf Outing. The event will be held at West Point from June 6-8 and the schedule includes two rounds of golf, all meals, a boat cruise, and some great prizes! All graduates and guests are invited. Register now!

Calling All West Point Authors!

  Calling All West Point Authors!
   

Reserve your space in the Summer 2019 West Point Authors Bookshelf, a specially-priced advertising section in West Point magazine showcasing books by West Point affiliated authors. Check out the West Point Bookshelf in the Winter 2019 issue to discover & support these books. Learn more about this and other WPAOG advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

Come Enjoy the “Suite Life” at Army-Navy

  Come Enjoy the “Suite Life” at Army-Navy
   

We are proud to announce new and exclusive sponsor perks for our Army-Navy Tailgate! For the first time, for select packages, we are providing access to a private suite at Lincoln Financial Field. Sponsors can enjoy the game from the comfort of our suite, featuring complimentary food and beverages with the added option to attend the Army- Gala the night before the game. We will also continue to bring you broad reach through related promotional opportunities for months prior to the event, as well as during the Tailgate on gameday. Act now, as suite packages are limited. Learn more.

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