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Grad Insider Tours Now Available!

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Graduates can now book a Grad Insider Tour, a service offered exclusively through the new Rockbound Highland Home Program. Grad Insider Tours include select locations not available to the public, allowing graduates to share their unique experiences of West Point with their families and guests. Tours will be conducted Monday through Friday at 10am and 2pm. WPAOG will provide transportation for the tours, which will begin and conclude at Herbert Hall. To learn more and sign up, visit the Grad Insider Tour website.

USMA Black Team Wins Sandhurst Competition

  West Point Sandhurst Winners
   

Since 1967, competitors from around the world have vied for the highly acclaimed Reginald E. Johnson Memorial Saber in West Point’s annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition. This year, West Point’s Black Team won against a field of 62 teams representing 12 international military academies, 8 ROTC programs, and 4 U.S. service academies. The teams competed in 11 events throughout a 23-mile course at West Point April 7-8. In previous competitions, West Point has been represented by 36 teams, one for each cadet company. This year, USMA added two more teams: West Point's Black and Gold teams, which combined the most competitive cadets into two teams to represent the entire Academy. In addition to Black team's victory, USMA's Gold team placed third. Black Team squad leader CDT Daniel Gaynor ’17 received the Tom Surdyke Leadership Award, named for a cadet who died last summer while saving the life of a person who was drowning. Surdyke was a member of the Company B4 Sandhurst team, and his parents presented the award to Gaynor. Full Story. Photos.

McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character

  McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character
   

USMA hosted the 5th McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character, an annual event administered by the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, from Mar. 29-Apr. 2. The Conference brought together world leaders, domestic and international undergraduate students, and cadets to expand their perspectives on pressing worldwide issues. This year’s theme was Opposition and Innovation: Taking Risks to Lead Change. Panel topics included “Freedoms and Ethics,” “Expression” and “Structures.” The conference was founded and endowed by Robert A. McDonald ’75 and his wife, Diane, in order to support and nurture the next generation of global leaders. McDonald is former Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Procter & Gamble. Full Story.

Boroff ’14 Is Top Guns’ 1st Female Artillery Platoon Leader to Deploy

  Austen Boroff ’14 1st Female Artillery Platoon Leader to Deploy
   

The year Austen Boroff graduated from West Point, the U.S. Army opened up previously closed platoon leader and fire support officer positions to female artillery officers as part of its combat arms gender integration program. Boroff was inspired by the role model of her brother Alexander, a 2011 USMA graduate. When 1LT Boroff arrived in Iraq last October as part of Operation Inherent Resolve to take over 1st platoon, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), she was the only female Soldier in the battery. She was also the first female in 1-320th’s history to lead an artillery platoon in a combat environment. Full Story.

Projects Day: Margin of Excellence Dollars at Work

  West Point Projects Day
   

Members of the Superintendent’s Circle take a leading role in strengthening the Margin of Excellence for cadets. Superintendent’s Circle members will have the opportunity to see firsthand the results of their support at WPAOG’s annual Donor Tribute Day on May 4. Held in conjunction with the Academy’s Projects Day, a showcase of cadet work and a demonstration of the ways in which private funding enriches the West Point experience, guests will be able to view senior theses and research projects, and engage with the cadets and faculty who are so deserving of our support. We look forward to recognizing the generosity of Superintendent’s Circle members and updating them on the many programs that they help make possible.

Exclusive USMA Alumni Reception at Service Academies Summit

If you’re planning to attend the U.S. Service Academies Global Summit June 14-16 in Washington, DC, sign up now for an exclusive gathering for West Point alumni and their guests. Join us Thursday, June 15th from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the Chesapeake Room at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. Light snacks will be provided, as well as two complimentary drink tickets. If you’re not attending the Global Submit you can still register to attend. Space is limited – so register today! We hope to see you there!

 

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Zengerle Lecture Features Ta-Nehisi Coates

  Zengerle Lecture Features Ta-Nehisi Coates
   

The Department of English and Philosophy hosted the second annual Zengerle Lecture in the Arts and Humanities with speaker/author Ta-Nehisi Coates on Apr. 12. Coates is a 2015 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recipient, and his latest book, Between the World and Me, won the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. The lecture, endowed by Joseph (’64) and Lynda Zengerle, demonstrates USMA’s enduring commitment to humanities education at West Point. The goal of the lecture is to “counter insularity” and forward equality while bridging the civilian-military divide. Coates addressed an audience of over 800 USMA cadets, staff and faculty members. “I had to come here because I can’t think of a more important place to be for the things that I discuss, the things I’ve spent basically since my childhood perusing,” Coates said, recalling when he accepted the invitation to speak at West Point. “It was my feeling that those who are charged with defending the country have to know the country.” Full Story.

Civil-Military Workshop: Negotiation Training for Future Leaders

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West Point’s Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) hosted civilian students and ROTC cadets from Tufts University, Wellesley College, and Rochester University for its annual Student Workshop on Civil-Military Operations (SWCMO) from Mar. 30-Apr. 1. (The Class of 1978 is currently fundraising to endow this important program.) Cadets from the West Point Negotiation Project provided assistance and expertise for C3MO during the event. The civilian students and cadets attended classes on conflict de-escalation and negotiation, then used their new skills with a Key Leader Engagement (KLE) exercise on Constitution Island. Teams devised a course of action for delivering medical supplies to a nearby hospital, and the exercise culminated with a simulated react to contact and casualty evacuation drill. Overall SWCMO succeeded in its goal of exposing civilian students to military life, and providing negotiation training for the participating future leaders. The Civ-Mil Center is one of the Superintendent’s Margin of Excellence priorities.

USMA Debate Team Earns “Commander-In-Speech” Trophy

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Members of the USMA Debate team received the 2016 Commander-In-Speech trophy from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in Washington, DC, Mar. 29. The USMA team won the inaugural Commander-In-Speech Debate Competition in the fall debating the topic, “The Department of Defense should substantially increase its offensive cyber capabilities” against both the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Cadets Host Foreign Academy Cadets

  Cadets Host Foreign Academy Cadets
   

During spring break March 11-19, 20 West Point Cadets visited foreign military academies in Chile, Colombia, Georgia, Indonesia, Latvia, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, Poland and South Korea. From March 25-April 2, the West Point Cadets hosted 18 cadets from the same countries under a reciprocal agreement. The Foreign Academy Exchange Program is an annual program designed to promote good will and foster partnerships between USMA and the service academies of other nations. Read More

Special Founders Day Pricing for 2015 Register of Graduates

  West Point AOG Register of Graduates
   

All around the world, West Pointers are celebrating the 215th anniversary of the founding of USMA! So, from Mar. 16 through Graduation on May 27, you can get the 2015 Register of Graduates & Former Cadets at a special discounted price. Printed every five years, the Register is West Point Association of Graduates’ most historic publication, and is the ultimate West Point reference book. It contains a wealth of information on the careers of 72,413 West Point Graduates from 1802-2015, including 218 class mottos and crests, West Point generational family ancestry, USMA leadership, Medal of Honor Graduates and more! 2015 deluxe clothbound edition has custom-designed West Point map endpapers. Visit our Gift Shop online to order your copy!

Pre-Order 2017 TAPS; 2016 Edition Still Available 

 
   

TAPS is the official and unique annual memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line. In it, you will find the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates. The 2017 edition will be our largest ever, with over 250 Memorial Articles! To guarantee your copy, place your advance order online now through May 31. After preorders close, a limited number of extra copies will be available for sale at an increased price. Please call 845.446.1645 to order now.

Calling All West Point Authors!

  West Point Magazine Bookshelf
   

There’s still time to reserve your space in the summer West Point Authors Bookshelf, a special advertising section in West Point magazine showcasing books by West Point affiliated authors. Check out the first West Point Bookshelf in the Winter 2017 issue to discover & support books written by fellow members of the Long Gray Line. Learn more about this and other WPAOG advertising and sponsorship opportunities.


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