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THANK YOU for Your Record-Breaking Support of West Point!

 

WPAOG has just finished the most successful fundraising campaign in West Point’s history. We want to thank the more than 47,000 graduates, families, and friends of West Point who helped raise more than $420 million in cash and pledges through For Us All: The Campaign for West Point, our seven-year comprehensive fundraising campaign. Through the campaign, your support has touched all aspects of life at West Point: academics, co-curricular activities, athletics and the physical plant. Because of you, we far exceeded our goal of $350 million! This unprecedented level of private support provided the foundation for future growth by strengthening endowments for the Academy and Long Gray Line and ensuring greater long-term funding stability for West Point. “We have fundamentally changed and helped West Point get better for future generations,” WPAOG President and CEO Robert L. McClure ’76 said in his ‘thank you’ message to fellow graduates. “You’ve been part of a fantastic effort across generations of the Long Gray Line to help our alma mater--this national treasure called West Point.” It took us all to achieve this success, and we look forward to sharing highlights from the campaign as well as its impact in the weeks to come. Watch this video to hear a personal message of thanks from West Point leadership and cadets.

BG Diana Holland ’90 Becomes 1st Woman Commandant of Cadets

 
   

The January 5, 2016 change of command ceremony for the 76th Commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets (USCC) was typical in nearly every respect. There was the ceremonial passing of the colors. There was recognition of the general officers and distinguished guests in attendance. There was the playing of the Army Song. Yet, this was no ordinary change of command ceremony. This one was historic. For the first time in history, a woman, BG Diana M. Holland ’90, was assuming the position of Commandant at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “Time magazine got it wrong,” said LTG Robert L. Caslen ’75, USMA Superintendent, recognizing the accomplishments of the three female West Point grads who graduated from Ranger School in 2015, the selection of MG Nadja West ’82 as the Army’s surgeon general, and now Holland’s promotion. “It should have recognized the women of the U.S. Army as its ‘Persons of the Year.’”  Read more.

Join Us 4/28-30 for Athena’s Arena: Women Strong

 
   

All graduates are invited to participate in Athena's Arena, a conference commemorating 40 years of women at the United States Military Academy. Join us at West Point April 28-30 for thought-provoking programs exploring current women's topics at West Point, in the Army, and across the nation. Keynote speakers include GEN Ann Dunwoody and author Gayle Lemmon. More details.

2016 New Year’s Resolution: Keep in Touch with West Point!

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Glee Club Sings at LA Gubernatorial Inauguration of Edwards ’88

 
   

The West Point Glee Club performed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on January 11 at the inauguration of Governor John Bel Edwards ’88. In his address, Edwards highlighted how his years at the Academy shaped his worldview: “My experience at West Point and my service as an Army officer have molded the way I look at the world. Ever since Athens defeated Sparta over 2,500 years ago, and the history of that war was written, military officers have been trained to look at every challenging task in a three step process. The first step is gathering all the information you can about the job at hand. The second step is to ask yourself—and knowledgeable people around you—what are our options to successfully address the challenge and which ones best fit our mission and values. That's the choice of a strategy. And finally, step three is a decision on tactics. How are we going to get it done?”

Visiting West Point—Security Update

 
   

Due to increased security, if you do not possess a valid Department of Defense identification card and your driver's license is issued by Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico or Washington, you’ll have to use another approved form of identification in order to enter West Point (and all other military installations). Visit the Homeland Security website to learn more about the new requirement.

BEAT NAVY! 1/23 Army-Navy Basketball Doubleheader at MSG

 
   

Follow the action Jan. 23 as the Army West Point basketball teams take on Navy at Madison Square Garden. Tickets are still available, but if you can’t make it to New York City, check your local listings for CBS Sports Network. The women tip off at 11:30am and the men begin at 2:00pm.