Chaney ’01 Named 2016 Nininger Award Recipient


MAJ Matthew A. Chaney '01 will receive WPAOG’s 2016 Alexander Nininger Award for Valor at Arms, awarded annually to a recent graduate who is representative of all West Point-commissioned officers who have heroically led Soldiers in combat. MAJ Chaney received the Silver Star award for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy on 10 September 2007, while serving at Samarra, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The award will be presented at a dinner at Washington Hall on September 22, where MAJ Chaney will address the Corps of Cadets. 

Grip Hands: Old Grads March Back from Camp Buckner with New Cadets


The 17th annual Grad March Back took place August 7-8.  A record-breaking 316 graduates, representing 68 years of USMA classes (from 1948 to 2015) marched back to West Point at the end of Cadet Basic Training with the Class of 2020.  This year’s March Back included 118 members of the Class of 1970, the 50-Year Affiliation Class of USMA 2020, and 101 marchers were family members of the New Cadets. The 2017 event will take place August 13-14. View photos. Read more.

Krzyzewski ’69; Smiley ’03 Motivate Team USA Men’s Basketball

  Coach K '69

Join us in wishing Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski and the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball team success as they press toward a third Olympic Gold Medal. The games in Rio mark Coach K’s 12th and final year at the helm of Team USA. Under his leadership, the team has won two Olympic Gold Medals (2008 and 2012) and has an impressive 52-1 record in major FIBA (International Basketball Federation) events, collecting four of a possible five gold medals. In July, MAJ(R) Scott Smiley gave an inspirational talk on teamwork to the players as they prepared for their third Olympic medal.

Anderson ’61 Gift Will Transform Facility, & Endow Two Head Coaches

  Lee and Penny Anderson '61

WPAOG is honored to receive another extraordinary commitment for Army West Point Athletics from Lee and Penny Anderson that will enhance the cadet-athlete experience in multiple sports and further advance the mission of the Academy. The Andersons' contribution will catapult a transformation of the Building 673 (known as Arvin Annex) that will house a new state-of-the-art weight room and locker room facilities for multiple athletic and club programs. In addition to this facility upgrade, the Andersons will endow the head men's basketball and women's rugby coaching positions.

Alumni Leaders Conference Unites Class, Society & Parent Leaders


The 2016 West Point Alumni Leaders Conference, generously sponsored by the Class of 1967, was held August 10-13. Over the course of three days, more than 250 participants, including 46 Class leaders, 54 Society leaders, and 28 West Point Parents Club leaders met at West Point to receive Academy updates and discuss best practices. This year, 62 Military Academy Liaison Officers also participated. The keynote address by Surgeon General of the Army LTG Nadja West ’82 described how West Point prepares graduates for success, as the Army is called upon to serve on increasingly diverse and complex missions. View conference photos.

Attention Former Taekwondo/ Karate Team Members

A group of team alumni, parents and friends is forming to support our national collegiate champion Taekwondo/Karate Team. If interested, please contact Paul O'Connell ’69 with your contact information. He will forward a competition schedule, as well as team news and information, invitations to team reunions and social event news. Come out and be proud of the skill and fighting spirit of our group of warriors. Go Army!


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Diversity Leadership Conference Date Changed to March 2017

  West Point Diveristy Conference

The West Point Diversity Leadership Conference, previously scheduled for September 12-14, 2016, has been rescheduled to March 21-23, 2017. The new date was selected to coincide with the 140th anniversary of the graduation of Henry O. Flipper, Class of 1877, the first African-American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. West Point is also scheduled to open the GEN Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. '36 Barracks in 2017, named in honor of the fourth African-American graduate of the Academy. With these two momentous occasions taking place during the same week, we hope you will join us at the conference to celebrate these milestones. Save the Date! More information about the Diversity Leadership Conference will be posted in late Fall 2016.

“With Vision We Lead”: 2020 Motto Links to Hallowed Tradition


At the conclusion of the Cadet Basic Training awards ceremony, the Class of 2020 unveiled its class motto, continuing a West Point tradition dating back to the Class of 1835. The 2020 class crest will be designed over the course of the plebe year and will be unveiled during Plebe-Parent Weekend in March 2017. The mottos of the four current cadet classes and their 50-Year Affiliation Classes are:

2017  So Others May Dream           1967  None Will Surpass ’67 Class
2018  With Strength We Lead          1968  No Task Too Great for ’68
2019  So Freedom Will Reign          1969  Best of the Line ’69
2020  With Vision We Lead             1970  Serve With Integrity ‘70 

WPAOG Staff Experiences a Taste of Cadet Basic Training

  West Point Cadet Training

Members of the WPAOG staff joined MAJ Patrick Flynn '02 from the Department of Military Instruction for an exclusive tour of Cadet Basic Training. This unique trip to Camp Buckner allowed us to experience first-hand the intense programs cadets must complete during summer training, including land navigation training, NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) training, and range operations. Special thanks to MAJ Flynn for being such a great tour guide!

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