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Today is West Point Founders Day!

 
   

On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed the document that founded the United States Military Academy. It read, “that the said corps, when so organized, shall be stationed at West Point in the state of New York and shall constitute a military academy.” This spring, West Point Societies around the world are celebrating USMA’s 214th anniversary at traditional Founders Day events. Happy Founders Day!

Robert S. Mueller III to Receive 2016 Thayer Award

 
   

Mueller’s career of service to the nation spans nearly five decades, beginning with military service as a Marine officer in Vietnam.  He was the sixth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sworn in on September 4, 2001, just one week before the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Since 1958, WPAOG has presented the Sylvanus Thayer Award to an outstanding citizen of the United States whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.” The award will be presented at West Point on October 6. Read press release.

Women’s Basketball Team to Play Syracuse in NCAA Tournament

 
   

Watch the team’s reaction as Army West Point learned that it will travel to Syracuse, NY as a No. 13 seed to face No. 4 Syracuse on Friday, March 18 in the NCAA Tournament's Sioux Falls Region. Army's first-round contest will air live on ESPN2 at 2:30pm. This NCAA tournament bid follows an exciting 69-51 win over Loyola on March 12 to secure the team’s third Patriot League Championship.

New Video Shows Impact of WPAOG Class Ring Memorial Program

 

Each year since 2001, gold from donated rings worn by past West Point graduates has been melted and mixed into the gold for the rings of the Academy’s next graduating class. LTC (R) Ron Turner ’58 developed the idea for the “Ring Melt” in 1999, believing such an endeavor would provide a tangible link between members of the Long Gray Line. The 16th Annual West Point Class Ring Memorial Melt took place February 22. To date, 410 West Point class rings have been donated to the program. WPAOG’s 2017 USMA Ring Melt video shows how much this program means, both to the families donating rings and to the cadets who attend. View Photos.

4/28-30: Athena’s Arena Salutes 40 Years of Women at West Point

 
   

Connect with more than 220 graduates who have already registered for Athena’s Arena, a conference celebrating 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, author Gayle Lemmon, and the first female Army Ranger School graduates. Space is limited, so Register Online today to guarantee your place. Check the WPAOG website for the latest conference agenda updates.

WPAOG Welcomes Rachel Coleman, Director of Career Services

 
   

Rachel joins WPAOG as Director of Career Services after over four years as the Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program Counselor at West Point. She holds a B.S. degree in Education from Millersville University and a combined M.S./Specialist in Education degree from Florida State University. Rachel is also a member of the National Career Development Association. She is looking forward to supporting graduates in career planning and transitions. Please contact Rachel if you would like information on the upcoming Service Academy Career Conference (SACC), the only job fair exclusively for service academy alumni, which will take place May 5-6 in Washington, DC.

Nominations for WPAOG Director and Advisor-at-Large Positions

Nominations for USMA graduates to serve on the WPAOG Board of Directors and the WPAOG Advisory Council must be submitted to the Secretary of the 2016 Nominating Committee no later than July 1, 2016. All graduates are encouraged to consider serving as a Director or Advisor-at-Large.  Requirements for these positions, as well as details on the nominating packets and process, are posted here.

 

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USMA Cyber Team Beats Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force Academies in CyberStakes 2016

 

The West Point Cadet Competitive Cyber Team won 35 medals -- 15 gold, 12 silver and eight bronze—finishing first among service academies in the third annual CyberStakes Hacking Competition, hosted by the Department of Defense.  Participants competed in a range of events that included reverse engineering, cyber forensics, cryptography, discovering and exploiting vulnerabilities in executable programs, and lock picking -- a physical counterpart to cyber vulnerability analysis that is traditional at cyber competitions. Launched as a pilot program by DARPA in 2014, the competition transitioned this year to sponsorship by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Read more.

Because of You: More than 100 Cadet Activities Enrich West Point Experience

 
   

The Corps of Cadets is offered more than 100 extracurricular clubs that contribute to their military, physical, academic, ethical, spiritual and social development. Like all Margin of Excellence programs, Cadet Activities are strengthened by donations from graduates, families, and friends, and although the For Us All Campaign has concluded, Cadet Activities remain a priority funding need for the Academy. Hear Cadet Aspen Doran ’16 explain the important role that these activities have played in her cadet experience.

So Freedom Will Reign: Class of 2019 Crest Unveiled

 
   

The Class of 2019 reunited with families for Plebe Parent weekend, where activities included tours of the Academy, presentations by USMA leadership and the West Point Band, a review, and the Plebe Parent banquet, where the class Crest was unveiled. View Photos.  Video: Cadet Review.

Order Your West Point Register of Graduates Today!

 
   

After a five year hiatus, the 75th Edition of the Register of Graduates & Former Cadets is here! The book that started it all has been comprehensively updated in a new, limited edition. More history, more tradition, more Long Gray Line than ever before! Inside is a wealth of information on service to the nation by all 72,413 West Point Graduates since 1802, including 218 graduating classes, genealogical relationships, USMA leadership, Medal of Honor Graduates and more! Order yours today at the WPAOG Gift Shop!

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