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Superintendent’s Founders Day Message

 
   

If you were unable to attend a West Point Founders Day event in your area this season, USMA Superintendent LTG Robert L. Caslen Jr. '75 would like to share his personal message with you. Watch his informative video for a comprehensive update on West Point.

Secretary of Defense Carter Speaks to Corps of Cadets

 
   

On March 23, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited West Point and spoke to cadets about the complex challenges facing tomorrow’s army officers.  He also visited a quantum physics classroom in Bartlett Hall where he discussed projects with cadets in PH 366.  Read more.

Harvard President Gives Inaugural Zengerle Lecture at USMA

 
   

The first Zengerle Family Lecture in the Arts and Humanities was given by Harvard University president Drew Gilpin Faust on March 24. The series, endowed by the Honorable Joseph (USMA Class of 1964) and Lynda Zengerle will bring leading figures in the arts or humanities to West Point each year to enhance cadet and faculty intellectual development, foster interdisciplinary scholarship and bridge the civilian-military divide. Read more.

Camaraderie Flourishes at Sandhurst Military Competition

 
   

The 49th annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition was April 8-9. In a two-day event, 61 teams, including 12 international teams and 37 teams from West Point, maneuvered a course of over 30 miles, challenging themselves in 14 events. Teams from across the world grew to learn about and respect one another as they prepared for and executed this intense competition.  Read More.

Army West Point Welcomes Newest Mascot, Paladin

 
   

On March 31, Army West Point’s newest live mule reported for duty. He even had his own R-Day, to include reporting to the “mule in the red sash” and a trip to the barber shop. Let us introduce you to Paladin who will experience his own A-Day on September 10.

2nd Annual Calabro Night of the Arts Showcases Cadet Talent

On April 8, the Department of English and Philosophy and Cadet Fine Arts Forum hosted the 2nd Annual John Calabro Night of the Arts, named in honor of professor emeritus COL (R) John A. Calabro ’68. The event showcased cadets’ artistic talents in the categories of poetry, prose, studio art, photography, film, and music, and Cadet Dean Feinman ’16 received the John Calabro Award for Excellence in Creativity in Leadership.

 

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West Point Cadets win Cyber Defense Competition

 

Congratulations to the USMA Cyber Defense Team for winning the 16th Annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX). CDX is a cyber security competition in which students from the U.S. service academies design and build computer networks and defend them against intrusions by the National Security Agency/Central Security Services (NSA/CSS) Red Team (Red Cell). Read more.

Nominations for WPAOG Director and Advisor-at-Large Positions

 
   

Nominations for USMA graduates to serve on the WPAOG Board of Directors and the WPAOG Advisory Council must be submitted to the Secretary of the 2016 Nominating Committee no later than July 1, 2016. All graduates are encouraged to consider serving as a Director or Advisor-at-Large. Requirements for these positions, as well as details on the nominating packets and process, are posted here.

Order Your West Point Register of Graduates Today!

 
   

After a five year hiatus, the 75th Edition of the Register of Graduates & Former Cadets is here! The book that started it all has been comprehensively updated in a new, limited edition. More history, more tradition, more Long Gray Line than ever before! Inside is a wealth of information on service to the nation by all 72,413 West Point Graduates since 1802, including 218 graduating classes, genealogical relationships, USMA leadership, Medal of Honor Graduates and more! Order yours today at the WPAOG Gift Shop!

Alumni Golf Outing Registration is Open

 
   

Registration is now open for the 23rd Annual Alumni Golf Outing. It will be at West Point, June 9-11, 2016. Reconnect with alumni, former classmates, and your alma mater. Registration fee includes two rounds of golf, all meals, a boat cruise, and some great prizes! (View Agenda) All graduates and guests are invited​​​​​​. Registration closes June 1.

Academy Scholars Program Provides Advanced Research Opportunities

 

Cadet Curtis Valencia ’16 conducted research for his thesis at the U.S. Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute, where he gained a greater understanding of the Army’s role in advising foreign countries that have experienced mass atrocity. Advanced research opportunities like these are offered through the Academy Scholars Program, which the Superintendent considers a strategic priority for the Academy. As is true for all Margin of Excellence opportunities, the Academy Scholars Program is strengthened by donations from graduates, family, and friends and cannot be sustained on appropriated funding alone. Hear more about Cadet Valencia’s experience.

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