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“None Shall Surpass” Rings for ’17 Class

 

More than a dozen graduates and family members from the Class of 1967 were present at the 16th Annual West Point Class Ring Memorial Melt to show their support for their 50-Year Affiliation Class, the Class of 2017. Ten rings from ’67 graduates were donated, including four from living graduates. Their rings, plus 44 others, were melted, and the gold will be added to make the rings for the Class of 2017. “This event and other events of the 50-Year Affiliation Program have been very important to our class, and they have brought our class members much closer,” said Dr. Tom Parr ’67, who placed the ring of his classmate MAJ (R) Thomas J. Waraksa ’67 into the crucible.

“Proud to Be” at a Party

 
   

The Class of 1983 showed its Army West Point football pride with a number of parties held in conjunction with games this past season. Jane (O’Connor) Jollota and Sharon (Reardon) Shiflet hosted a tailgate for the Rutgers game, Chris Holden (and his wife, Aimee) and Chuck Parker threw a great tailgate at the Air Force game in Colorado Springs, CO (and Jerry Schmidt and his wife, Robin, hosted a post-game party at their home), and Bill Selman (and his wife, Renee) organized one heck of a class party at the Continental Mid-town restaurant in Philadelphia, complete with rooftop access and hot quesadilla station, for the Army-Navy Game.

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“The Select Few” Still Not Through

 
   

Thirty-four years and counting, the Class of 1982 has 23 members still serving in uniform, including 18 general officers, the highest-ranking being GEN Abe Abrams, commander of Forces Command at Fort Bragg, NC. Two of those still serving are on the faculty at West Point: COL Cindy Jebb, Head of the Department of Social Sciences, and COL Steve Horton, Deputy Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Lastly, LTG Nadja West made history as the first African-American to serve as the Army Surgeon General, and is the highest-ranking woman of any race to graduate from West Point.

“Professionally Done” Seeking Hole in One

 
   

The Class of 1971 loves playing golf. They play it on the East Coast (the New England All Academy tournament in Massachusetts). They play it on the West Coast (the Class Shoot Out in California). But as evidence of ’71’s passion for the links, they have christened their class guidon “Pro” (following the class motto, but also bringing to mind a golf pro) and drove it last summer from Grad Week ceremonies at West Point to the 2015 Class Shoot Out in California. No word on whether or not “Pro” will be renamed “Ace” if it helps a ’71 grad shoot a hole in one.

“Quality” Frivolity

 
   

The Class of 1963 has been reuniting recently. A group gathered at the Army Navy Country Club to hear CPT Galen Mades ’12 speak about his recent combat tour in the Middle East, and former B-2 company mates gathered at Mike Boyle’s house on Lake Anna, VA and reminisced about cadet life. “I haven’t laughed that hard in 10 years,” Mike Vopatek ’63 reports one classmate as saying. If laughter is the best medicine, the Class of 1963 has been receiving a big dose lately.

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

 
   

All graduates and special guests are invited to participate in 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 and author Gayle Lemmon. Space is limited, so REGISTER ONLINE today!

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