First Call - Aug 24, 2017

USMA ’71 Supports Class of 2021 in March Back 2017

  Class of 2021 March Back

Two hundred seventy-four graduates, representing 44 classes from ’58 through ’16 marched the 12.2-mile route from Camp Buckner to Washington Hall with members of the Class of 2021 during the annual March Back event, which took place on August 14. The largest group of graduates (67) were from the Class of 1971, the now plebes’ 50-Year Affiliation Class. “It meant the world for my classmates and me to march back with the members of the Class of 2021,” said Tom Mannle Jr. ’71, Class President. “We had a really good time talking to the cadets and cadre, and it was great to see classmates that we otherwise don’t get to see.” View photos.

Historic 2017-18 First Captain Appointment

  CDT Simone Askew '18

CDT Simone Askew ’18 of Fairfax, VA has been named the brigade commander, also known as First Captain, for the 2017-18 academic year. Her appointment to this role is historic, as she is the first African-American woman to be named First Captain in the history of West Point. “It’s humbling, but also exciting as I step into this new opportunity to lead the Corps to greatness with my teammates with me,” Askew told a group of reporters at the conclusion of Cadet Basic Training. As First Captain, Askew, an international history major, is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. Video interview.

Daly Field Rededicated

  Daly Field Rededicated

During Re-Orgy Week, USMA and WPAOG leadership joined relatives of Charles Daly, Class of 1905, to rededicate Daly Field, a project funded with unrestricted gift money from the Superintendent’s Endowment. It is named in honor of the former quarterback, team captain, and two-time coach of the Army Football Team (1913-16; 1919-22). The legacy of the Daly family, which has produced over a dozen members of the Long Gray Line, was also recognized. In addition to company athletics, Daly Field will be used to support cadet physical fitness training, DPE classes, cadet Brigade Open competitions, USMA fitness outreach events, MWR youth league sports, and more.

West Point Opens New Davis Barracks

  USMA Opens New Davis Barracks

On August 18, West Point dedicated its newest barracks, named for GEN Benjamin O. Davis Jr., USMA Class of 1936. Davis was the fourth African-American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy, and persevered through adversity as both a cadet and an officer. His life and legacy was honored with an official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. Academy leaders and family and friends, along with members of the Tuskegee Airmen, were in attendance to celebrate this historic event. Davis Barracks overlooks the central area of the USMA campus standing 110 feet tall, occupying 287,000 square feet and incorporating 167,901 pieces of granite. View photos.

“A-Day” to Remember for USMA 2021

  A-Day Class of 2021

Every graduate is likely to remember what it was like to lose the “new cadet” rank and be officially welcomed into the United States Corps of Cadets. After completing six weeks of Cadet Basic Training, the 12-mile March Back, and the rigors of Re-Orgy week, the Class of 2021 found out what that welcoming experience was like when it took part in the A-Day ceremony and parade on the Plain. The Corps opened its ranks to receive 1,217 new members on Saturday, August 12, ninety-seven percent of the number who entered West Point on R-Day, including a record number of women and African-American cadets.

GEN (R) Wallace ’69 Addresses USMA 2019 Cow Affirmation Ceremony

  Class of 2019 Affirmation Ceremony

Members of the Class of 2019 took the Oath of Affirmation on Sunday, August 20, binding them to complete their next two years of study and a minimum of five years of active-duty military service thereafter. GEN (R) William S. Wallace ’69, who served in the Army for 39.5 years, from a military advisor in Bac Lieu Province of Vietnam to V Corps Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom, addressed the new cadet sergeants about the significance of their commitment to the Profession of Arms. Forty-two members of the Class of 1969, the cows’ 50-Year Affiliation class, were on hand to present members of the Class of 2019 with a joint class coin symbolizing their new professional bond. Photos.

Forbes & Princeton Review Give High Rankings to West Point

Forbes magazine has ranked the U.S. Military Academy at West Point 2nd on its annual list of Top 25 Public Colleges. Speaking at an alumni luncheon, Superintendent LTG Robert Caslen ’75 said, “For a number of years we had been 1st on this list, but this year Forbes added a new variable to its ranking matrix—the ‘party school’—and if we’ve dropped because we are not a party school, that’s a good thing.” West Point is ranked 1st by the Princeton Review for “Best Classroom Experience” and 2nd for “Most Accessible Professors.”


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Congratulations to the Newest Old Grads

  Newest Old Grads

On Friday August 11, COL (R) John James ’67, a member of the 50-Year Affiliation class for the Class of 2017, presented 2LT bars to the newest members of the Long Gray Line after they received their diplomas from BG Cindy Jebb ’82, Dean of the Academic Board, at a ceremony in Eisenhower Hall. Our congratulations to Joshua M. Ciarlante, Colby W. Enegren, Corbett A. Hylton, Grant S. Icenhour, Gun W. Kim, Nicholas Oblak, and Nathan C. Townsend. View photos.

Book Your Grad Insider Tour Now!

  Rockbound Highland Home Tour

Graduates can now book a Grad Insider Tour, a service offered exclusively through the new Rockbound Highland Home Program. Grad Insider Tours include access to 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 provides transportation for the tours, which begin and conclude at Herbert Hall. To learn more and sign up, visit the Grad Insider Tour webpage.

Class of 1967 WPAOG Leaders Conference

  Class of 1967 WPAOG Leaders Conference 2017

More than 200 class, society, regional admissions officers, and parents club leaders visited West Point last week for the 2017 WPAOG Leaders Conference, generously sponsored by the Class of 1967. For three days, representatives took part in numerous networking opportunities, breakout sessions, and briefings by Academy leadership. “In our effort to be the best-connected alumni body in the world, the 2017 Leaders Conference was a tremendous success,” said Kim Campbell ’76, Chair of the Alumni Leaders Conference Subcommittee. Highlighting the event was a dinner with guest speaker BG Jennifer Grzbek Buckner ’90, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force-ARES at U.S. Cyber Command. View conference photos.

Rowley ’13, 1st West Pointer in MLB, Gets 1st “W” in 1st Start

  Chris Rowley ’13

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Chris Rowley ’13, the first graduate of the United States Military Academy to reach the major leagues, pitched one-run ball over 5 1/3 innings to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in his debut on August 12. Despite holding a number of Army West Point Baseball records (“Most Wins in a Season,” “Most Shutouts in a Season,” “Highest Winning Percentage,” and more), he was not selected in the 2013 amateur draft. Click here to read about Rowley’s long road to the majors, including how he maintained his throwing arm while serving in Bulgaria and Romania as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

LTC (R) Dan Gade ’97, President’s Pick for EEOC

  Daniel Gade '97

President Trump has selected Daniel M. Gade, Class of 1997, for the last open commissioner’s spot on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Gade led units in Colorado, Korea, and Iraq, where he was wounded in action twice and decorated for valor. After receiving a doctorate from the University of Georgia in public policy and administration, he returned to West Point as an assistant professor of American politics and later became deputy director of the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic and course director of USMA’s capstone leader development course, MX400. Gade has published multiple articles and book chapters on various issues affecting veterans and previously served in the George W. Bush Administration.

Beat Navy! And Beat the Pre-Game Rush with the Fall Gift Shop Catalog

  Fall Gift Shop Catalog CoverFall Gift Shop Catalog Cover

Photographed using recent grads from the Class of 2017 and featuring Constitution Island as a backdrop, the fall WPAOG Gift Shop catalog is ready for your shopping convenience and loaded with all the apparel, accessories, and household items needed to rock the Black and Gold at a football game or reunion this season. The catalog has some of the Gift Shop’s basics and best sellers, as well as many new items: new jewelry pieces, new ladies’ apparel, new t-shirts, new wovens, new outerwear, and more. The complete product line is available at WestPointGiftShop.com or any of WPAOG’s friendly Gift Shop associates can assist shoppers over the phone at 800.426.4725.

2017 TAPS Magazine is Here!

  2017 TAPS Magazine Cover

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 is our largest ever, with over 275 memorial articles. Those who pre-ordered the 2017 edition of TAPS should watch their mailboxes, as the issue has shipped. If you haven’t ordered your copy, a limited number are still available by calling 845.446.1645.

WPAOG is Here to Support You This Fall: Reunions, Tailgates, Careers and Post Visits

  WPAOG is here to Support You: Reunions, Tailgates, Careers and Post Visits

WPAOG’s Alumni Support staff is ready to support members of the Long Gray Line at numerous events this fall. Planning to attend one of the eight class reunions at West Point this fall? Alumni Support will be there. Want to support the Army Football Team at an away game tailgate? Alumni Support will be there. Heading to Texas in November to attend the San Antonio Service Academy Career Conference (SACC)? Alumni Support will be there. And don’t forget about the benefits of the Rockbound Highland Home Program! Alumni Support is there too, helping WPAOG to become the most connected alumni body in the world.

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