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WPAOG’s Top 10 Facebook Stories of 2016

 
   

“Class Dismissed!”, Combined Army-Navy Glee Clubs Sing the National Anthem, Happy Birthday to our Oldest Grad, West Point Astronauts and more! Check out our Top Ten 2016 stories on Facebook, even if you don’t have a Facebook account! WPAOG thanks our loyal Facebook fans for your comments, reactions, and sharing in celebration of some of the most incredible graduate and cadet accomplishments of the year.

West Point Glee Club Honors Tuskegee Airmen

 
   

On Jan. 12, the West Point Glee Club ​performed during an ABC Television Network​ special celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture called “Taking the Stage – Changing America.” During the show, filmed live at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Glee Club delivered a powerful performance during a segment honoring the original Tuskegee Airmen which was narrated by Tom Hanks. Video.

Medal of Honor Recipient Discusses “Leadership on your Worst Day”

 
   

For the Modern War Institute’s first Speaker Series event of 2017, SSG(R) Salvatore Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War era, addressed a packed Ike Hall and delivered a moving lecture about the importance of leadership and trusting one’s team. Receiving a standing ovation from over 800 cadets, Giunta recapped his life trajectory from Subway clerk to member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He joined the US Army after 9/11, he admitted, “for naïve reasons…as a way to leave Iowa and to jump out of planes.” Full Story.

Parachute Team Brings Home the Gold at Nationals

  West Point Parachute Team
   

The West Point Parachute Team returned from winter leave with four Gold medals earned at the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships in Arizona. Competing against Air Force and other colleges, the Black Knights also won 8 Silver and 10 Bronze medals. A fifth gold was scored by a cadet (not on the team) in an individual competition. Prior to the championships, the team spent 15 hours training in Vertical Wind Tunnel at Yuma Proving Grounds, giving the cadets the chance to don military rigs and combat equipment and to get some feeling for the military freefall experience. The team made the most of this Margin of Excellence opportunity, completing a total of 868 jumps throughout its time in Arizona.

Kimbrough ’89 Performs 2 Spacewalks in January

  West Point Graduate Kimbrough in Space
   

It was a busy week for Shane Kimbrough ’89 on the International Space Station. Kimbrough performed spacewalks with fellow astronauts on Jan. 6 and 13, doubling his career total of extravehicular activities (EVAs) to four. Kimbrough is the third USMA grad to command the ISS in the last year (with Tim Kopra ’85 and Jeff Williams ’80). Read more about the achievements of West Point astronauts in our Fall 2016 issue of West Point magazine.

Stay Connected in 2017 with the WPAOG online Calendar

Click here to find out what’s happening in your region or check the schedule of your favorite Army West Point Athletic Team. The online calendar offers a large variety of filters so you can specify event types and event location. There is also a feature which offers you several ways to subscribe to the calendar so you are kept current on new events, and can save them to your own calendar! Email us for assistance or questions about the calendar.

 

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Leverage WPAOG’s Career Services in 2017

  WPAOG SACCentral
   

Planning a career transition in the New Year? We can help! Service Academy Career Conferences (SACCs) are a great opportunity to leverage the joint Academy Alumni network at the ONLY military career fairs exclusively for Federal Service Academy graduates. The next SACC is Feb. 23-24 in Savannah, GA.  You should also log into your SACCentral account to search and apply for job opportunities, as well as network with fellow Service Academy alumni. If you are looking to hire service academy graduates, contact careers@wpaog.org for information about employer opportunities.

West Point Diversity Leadership Conference: Save the Date

  Diversity Leadership Conference
   

This year’s conference (Mar. 21-23) will bring West Point Alumni, the Army, and guests together for discussions on achieving the ultimate outcome of diversity and inclusion: a high performance organization made up of people from diverse backgrounds who are empowered, accountable and inspired by inclusive leaders to work to their full potential. The conference will begin with the dedication of Davis Barracks. Conference registration will open at the end of January. Sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact us if you are interested or have questions.

Black Knights Welcome Gio to the Family

 
   

The Army West Point men's lacrosse family welcomed its newest member Jan. 16 as Giovanni Toribio signed on to be adopted by the Black Knights. Gio is an energetic four-year old from Ossining, NY, who was recently diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and was connected with the Black Knights through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Full StoryVideo.

Order Your Register of Graduates Today!

 
   

The 75th Edition of the Register of Graduates & Former Cadetsthe most historic publication of the West Point Association of Graduates, has been comprehensively updated in a new, limited edition. This ultimate West Point reference book is a wealth of information on all 72,413 West Point Graduates from 1802-2015, including 218 graduating class mottos and crests, West Point ancestry, USMA leadership, Medal of Honor Graduates and more! Deluxe clothbound edition with exclusive map endpapers. Makes a great gift. Order yours today at the WPAOG Gift Shop!

Pre-Order 2017 TAPS; 2016 Edition Still Available

 
   

TAPS, the official memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line, contains the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates. Advance orders for the 2017 edition may now be placed online.

A limited number of copies of the 2016 edition are still available for purchase. Please call 845.446.1545 to order now.

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