First Call - June 21, 2017

Rubio ’98 Selected for NASA Astronaut Candidate Training

  Dr. (MAJ) Francisco Rubio '98

Dr. (MAJ) Francisco Rubio '98 recently took his place as one of only 12 Americans selected to begin NASA astronaut candidate training this August. The dozen were selected from a pool of more than 18,000 applications from all over the country, an unprecedented amount. The program is expected to last two years, during which Rubio will take part in an academically-rigorous training focusing on spacewalks, robotics, international space stations, rocket systems, flying jet aircrafts, and Russian language courses. Read Full Story.

Scholarships Awarded to 27 Members of Class of 2017

  Class of 2017 Crest

“I am thrilled that 27 cadets from the Class of 2017 will continue their academic studies following graduation,” said USMA Dean of the Academic Board BG Cindy Jebb ’82. “This is a great gain for the Army as completing graduate work will enable these cadets to make significant contributions as the Army's future leaders.” Rhodes: Christian Nattiel. Marshall: Samuel Ruppert. Fulbright: Nathanael Thomas, John Hadley. Schwarzman: Mark McGinnis, Timothy McLaughlin, Collin Parker, Don Stanley Dalisay, Bethany Russell. Yenching: Patrick Dancer, Jacob Bishop. Rotary Global Grant: David Farr, Natalie Herbert, Nathanael Thomas, Alexandra Bell. GEM Fellowship: Christopher Monroe, Matthew Rodriguez. National Science Foundation Scholarship: Travis Chewning-Kulick, Gabriela Barrera Gutierrez. Draper Lab Fellowship: Sam Mahle, Adam Kratch, Adam Reynolds, Bryce Wilkins, Leonard Kosta. Lincoln Laboratory Military Fellowship: Gabriella Barrera Gutierrez, Ezra Engel, Jessica Zhu, Jarrett Guyer, Liam Comidy.

Summer AIAD Season is Underway

  Summer AIAD 2017

Each summer, many West Point cadets, like their peers at other top colleges around the country, embark on summer internships, research, and service trips and bring back newly-earned knowledge and experience. Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) opportunities, many supported by Margin of Excellence funding, provide cadets with out-of-classroom experiential learning and hands-on practical work experience. This summer over 500 cadets are participating in domestic and international AIADs at locations such as Goldman Sachs, Harvard University, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, ESPN, Facebook, Cargill, General Electric, McKinsey & Co., NASA, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Operations Crossroads Africa, Beijing Institute, U.S. Congress, The MITRE Corporation, Hospital for Special Surgery, and many, many more.

USMA Economics Faculty Explain New Blended Retirement System

  MAJ Patrick Bell ’05 and MAJ Evan Davies ’05

MAJ Patrick Bell ’05 and MAJ Evan Davies ’05 are writing a series of articles for Military Times to educate service members on the new Blended Retirement System, which they say is a “dramatic departure from the military’s current retirement system.” The first article described five key points about the new program and the second article addressed the most common question they’ve encountered, “Will the blended system provide me with less retirement money than the current plan?”

High Schoolers Immerse in Cadet Life

  Summer Leaders Experience

A total of 1,042 rising high school seniors took on the challenges of West Point during the week-long Summer Leaders Experience. West Point Admissions hosts the cadet-led SLE program to familiarize attendees with the challenging aspects of cadet life, from academics to physical training to military training. SLE is highly selective, primarily accepting rising seniors who are in the top 20 percent of their class, a National Honor Society member or have an SAT score of 1,200-1,300 and an ACT score of 26-30. West Point generally receives 6,000 applications and, in most cases, 1,000 are accepted. Read Full Story.

Air Assault Training at West Point

  Cadet Air Assault

One hundred and sixty-one cadets and Soldiers graduated from Air Assault Class 701-17, June 9 at West Point. The 10-day intensive course was taught by instructors from the Sabalauski Air Assault School from the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. During the three phases of Air Assault training, participants learn how to conduct military transport operations for personnel and equipment via helicopters. Read Full Story.

Distinguished Graduate McNair ’55 Receives Honor

MG(R) Carl McNair ’55 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Shippensburg University, where he received a Master of Science in Public Administration degree in 1971. Shippensburg presents their Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of life-long career achievement and personal commitment in a field of endeavor for the benefit of the community and society. Read Full Story.


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Grabher ’17 Named USILA Scholar All-American

  Dan Grabher ’17

Faceoff specialist, now 2LT, Dan Grabher ’17 continued to be honored for his work off the field as he was named a U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-American. Grabher had a great senior season both on the field and in the classroom. He was named the Patriot League’s Faceoff Specialist of the Year and an All-Patriot League First Team selection. In addition, he earned a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League squad. He earned a Systems Engineering degree on May 27 with a 3.364 grade point average. Read Full Story.

Last Call for Nominations for the 2017 WPAOG Elections

  West Point Association of Graduates Logo

In 2017, the WPAOG Nominating Committee will nominate a graduate for Board Chair, a graduate for Board Vice Chair, five graduates for five Director positions, and six graduates for six for Advisor-at-Large positions. To apply for a nomination, please see the instructions posted on the WPAOG website. The deadline for graduates to submit their completed applications (to include a nomination letter from another graduate) is July 1. The 2017 election process will conclude on Nov. 21 at 5pm EST, at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Graduates at Herbert Alumni Center. Interested graduates may email or call 845.446.1523 for more information.

Pre-Order 2017 TAPS; 2016 Edition Still Available

  2017 TAPS

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 will be our largest ever, with over 250 Memorial Articles! To guarantee your copy at the best price, order online now through May 31. We will print a very limited number of extra copies for sale at an increased price. Order online or call 845.446.1645 to order now.

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  West Point Register of Graduates

The 2015 Register of Graduates & Former Cadets, WPAOG’s most historic publication, is the ultimate West Point reference book. It contains a wealth of information on the careers of 72,413 West Point Graduates from 1802-2015, including 218 class mottos and crests, West Point generational family ancestry, USMA leadership, Medal of Honor Graduates and more! Deluxe clothbound edition with custom-designed West Point map endpapers. Visit our Gift Shop online or call 800.426.4725 to order your copy! 

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