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First Call - August 23, 2018
 
               
 
 


Grad March Back 2018

  Grad March Back 2018
   

On August 13, 257 Old Grads, representing 46 West Point classes, marched with new cadets of the Class of 2022 in the 12-mile March Back from Cadet Basic Training at Camp Buckner. Sixty-six members of the Class of 1972, their 50-Year Affiliation Class, proudly represented the Proud and True. “It was a neat experience to support the new cadets in their March Back,” said LTC (R) Duston Saunders ’72. “It’s something we never thought about when we were new cadets marching back from Beast, and suddenly we are 50 years out and looking forward to shadowing and supporting the Class of 2022 for the next four years.” One of the Old Grads who never fails to inspire is LTC (R) Wallace Ward ’58, who has marched in every March Back since grads were allowed to do so 19 years ago. At 86 years old, Ward runs 4-6 miles every day and has completed 10 marathons, leading him to say that this year’s March Back was “pretty easy.” Photos. Full story.

Bindon ’19 Named First Captain

  Bindon ’19 Named First Captain
   

CDT David Bindon of Canton, MI, has been selected as First Captain of the Corps of Cadets for the 2018-2019 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. He assumed his duties on August 13. Bindon, a Mechanical Engineering major, recently led 1,408 cadets as the Commander of Cadet Field Training II. Full story. March Back video interview.

Engage to Impact: The 2018 WPAOG Leaders Conference

  Engage to Impact: The 2018 WPAOG Leaders Conference
   

More than 250 West Point community leaders—including class, society, and parents club leaders, as well as regional admissions officers (MALOs)—visited West Point Aug. 15-18 for the 23rd Annual WPAOG Leaders Conference, sponsored by the Class of 1967. The theme of this year’s conference was “Engage to Impact,” which was discussed across three areas: “time,” “talent,” and “treasure.” Attendees heard from Academy leaders on the state of the Corps, talent-based branching, admissions and academics. In addition, 61 West Point Societies were recognized with Distinguished Society Awards for their significant support of West Point and its graduates over the past year. WPAOG thanks all 268 leaders, as well as the USMA leader team, faculty, coaches, staff and cadets who participated in making the Conference a success! Full story. Photos.

Acceptance Day for Class of 2022

  Acceptance Day for Class of 2022
   

After successful completion of Cadet Basic Training, the Class of 2022 was officially accepted into the Corps of Cadets during a review on August 18. After a busy Re-Organization week, the class enjoyed some time with family and friends over the weekend before beginning the academic year. On the eve of the March Back from Camp Buckner, the Class of 2022 motto was revealed: For Many Stand the Few. The class crest will be unveiled in March 2019 during Plebe Parent Weekend. Photos.

Class of 2020 Affirms Commitment to Profession of Arms

  Class of 2020 Affirms Commitment to Profession of Arms
   

Members of the Class of 2020 took the Oath of Affirmation on Sunday, August 19, binding them to complete their next two years of study and a minimum of five years of active-duty military service thereafter. LTG(R) James J. Lovelace Jr. ’70 spoke to the new cadet sergeants about this significant milestone. 34 members of the Class of 1970, the cows’ 50-Year Affiliation class, were on hand to present members of the Class of 2020 with a joint class coin symbolizing their new professional bond. Photos.

Acceptance Day Cookout Hosted by ODIEO

  Acceptance Day Cookout Hosted by ODIEO
   

After the A Day Parade, the Diversity and Inclusion Office hosted an Acceptance Day Cookout to welcome USMA Class of 2022 plebes and their families, and to highlight diversity and inclusion as an institutional priority. Mr. Terry Allbritton, USMA’s Chief Diversity Officer, welcomed attendees and introduced the new First Captain, David Bindon, who congratulated the new plebes and introduced members of the USMA Leader Team. The Superintendent, Dean, Commandant, and Director of Admissions congratulated the Class of 2022 and addressed the importance of fostering inclusiveness throughout the Academy and the importance of having a diverse Corps, because embracing our differences creates a more creative and innovative environment. After the comments, guests enjoyed hamburgers, hotdogs, cookies and music while the Leader Team and members of the Admissions Team mingled with families. Full story.

Congratulations to the Newest Old Grads

  Congratulations to the Newest Old Grads
   

On Friday, August 10th, 12 cadets became second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. After they received their diplomas, the new graduates were presented with 2LT bars by Mr. Dale Hansen ’68, COL (R) Patrick A. Toffler Sr. '68 and Mr. John A. Dodson '68, members of their 50 Year affiliate class. Hats off to the August graduates of the Class of 2018! Well done! Full story.

Grad Link Network Continues to Grow

  Grad Link Network Continues to Grow
   

Since the launch of our newest initiative, Grad Link, we have received tremendously positive feedback on this personal networking tool, and now have over 5,000 users! Check out our FAQs, and access this secure platform today through the Google Play StoreApple App Store or with your web browser. Grad Link is your gateway to networking with fellow graduates!

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There’s so much great news about West Point and the Long Gray Line that we often can’t include it all in First Call. But you can make sure you never miss a story: a digest of all the news posted on WPAOG’s website can be delivered directly to your email inbox. Just visit the news page you are interested in and subscribe. The link is right at the top of each page. Grad News is all about the Long Gray Line, and USMA & Cadet News highlights the Corps and the Academy. Grads can also access Class Notes online, and follow WPAOG on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Class of 2021 Receives Class Colors from USMA 1971

  Class of 2021 Receives Class Colors from USMA 1971
   

On July 28, the Class of 2021 were presented with their class colors during the Cadet Field Training (CFT) graduation ceremony at Camp Buckner. The class flag, mounted on a brass-tipped staff, is a gift from their 50-Year Affiliate Class, the Class of 1971, as part of the WPAOG 50-Year Affiliation Program. Story.

Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations Welcomes Hunzeker as Chair

  Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations Welcomes Hunzeker as Chair
   

Earlier this year, the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) welcomed LTG(R) Ken Hunzeker ’75 as the Distinguished Chair. Hunzeker served with distinction for 35 years in the U.S. Army ultimately commanding the 1st Infantry Division, US Army V Corps, and serving as the Deputy Commander of forces in Iraq at the time of his retirement. The Distinguished Chair position will have a significant impact on the future of officer education, and is also bolstered by the Class of 1978’s Margin of Excellence gift to endow CSCMO’s annual Class of 1978 Student Workshop on Civil-Military Operations. The Center aims to serve as a tangible link between the graduate and cadet communities.

Beat the Pre-Game Rush with WPAOG’s Fall Gift Shop Catalog

  Beat the Pre-Game Rush with WPAOG’s Fall Gift Shop Catalog
   

The Fall 2018 WPAOG Gift Shop Catalog is loaded with all the apparel, accessories, gifts and household items you need to rock the Black and Gold this season. It features your favorite Gift Shop basics and best sellers, plus many new brands and items, including new ladies’ apparel, t-shirts, wovens, outerwear, and more! Our complete product line is available online at WPAOGGiftShop.com or give us a call and place an order over the phone at 800.426.4725. Go Army, Beat Everyone!

Achieving Excellence through Diversity & Inclusion

  Achieving Excellence through Diversity & Inclusion
   

USMA invites all graduates back to West Point September 5-7 for the West Point Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference. This conference brings together West Point Alumni, members of the Army, USMA Faculty, cadets and distinguished guests for discussions on best practices for moving beyond racial biases, improving retention, building trust, and leading diverse organizations through outreach, partnership, and development. Participants can look forward to an informative and enjoyable few days of learning and networking, plus the exclusive opportunity to hear from influential keynote speakers. Register now.

Promote Your Company to Army Fans!

  Promote Your Company to Army Fans!
   

Becoming a sponsor of the WPAOG Army-Navy Tailgate, our largest event of the year, gives your business great promotional opportunities! Use this forum to showcase your product or services to more than 1,000 Army fans. As an added bonus, your sponsorship is viewed as a charitable (tax-deductible) gift. Individual, non-corporate sponsorships are also available! If you are interested in one of our sponsorship packages, please contact us now.

Calling All West Point Authors!

  Calling All West Point Authors!
   

Reserve your space in the Winter 2019 West Point Authors Bookshelf, a special advertising section in West Point magazine showcasing books by West Point affiliated authors. Check out the West Point Bookshelf in the Summer 2018 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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