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Leon Panetta Named 2018 Thayer Award Recipient

  
Leon Panetta Named 2018 Thayer Award Recipient
   

WPAOG is pleased to announce that Leon E. Panetta—23rd U.S. Secretary of Defense, 3rd Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 18th White House Chief of Staff, and Chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy—will receive the 2018 Sylvanus Thayer Award. The award will be presented on October 4 during ceremonies hosted by the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Full Story.

Pompeo ’86 New U.S. Secretary of State

  Pompeo ’86 New U.S. Secretary of State
   

Mike Pompeo ’86 was sworn in as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State on April 26 after the Senate voted to confirm him, installing the former CIA Director as the nation’s top diplomat. In a statement, President Trump welcomed the Senate’s vote. “Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history,” said Trump. “He will always put the interests of America first.” Full Story.

All Academy Challenge Starts May 31

  All Academy Challenge Starts May 31
   

5 Teams. 5 Days. 1 Mission. On May 31, the fifth annual All Academy Challenge will begin! Help USMA beat Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine by making a gift between May 31 and June 4. The school with the highest alumni giving participation rate during these 5 days wins, so no matter the size of your gift, or where you choose to designate it, your participation counts toward victory! By giving, you will not only help us win, you’ll also support Margin of Excellence programs at West Point that are critical to the education and development of the Corps of Cadets. Stay tuned for emails and bookmark this page to track our successGO ARMY! BEAT ’em ALL!.

Celebrating Margin of Excellence at West Point

  Celebrating Margin of Excellence at West Point
   

At West Point Projects Day on May 3, more than 400 posters, presentations, performances and briefings across West Point showcased capstone projects that cadets develop through their work in Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) opportunities, research projects, and other academic pursuits, made possible by private funding. WPAOG’s annual Donor Tribute Day, held in conjunction with Projects Day, demonstrated how the generosity of donors and their commitment to the Margin of Excellence makes a significant difference for the Corps of Cadets. WPAOG was pleased to express our appreciation to our donors and give them an opportunity to see firsthand the impact they have on capstone projects that represent the best of cadet intellect, creativity, and commitment. Thank you to all who support West Point! Full story. Projects Day Photos.

Football Celebrates CIC Trophy Title

  Football Celebrates CIC Trophy Title
   

On May 1, the Army West Point football team celebrated its Commander in Chief's Trophy victory by visiting President Trump at The White House followed by a trip to the Pentagon. The Black Knights were guests of the President in the Rose Garden at The White House for a short ceremony that congratulated Army on a great season. Full Story. Video.

USMA Cyber Policy Team Wins Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge

  USMA Cyber Policy Team Wins Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge
   

They won again! The West Point Cyber Policy Team triumphed in the Atlantic Council Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Geneva on April 6. The cadets are the first American team to win the prestigious competition and finished first out of 20 teams from 10 countries and 11 universities, including teams from the U.S. Air Force’s graduate education schools. This is the team’s second consecutive international victory after winning the 2017 Indo-Pacific Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Sydney. These future leaders will enable U.S. Army to integrate Cyber into all operations. Full story.

Exclusive WPAOG Networking Opportunity in DC

  Exclusive WPAOG Networking Opportunity in DC
   

If you’re planning to attend the U.S. Service Academies Global Summit June 13-15 in Arlington, VA, sign up now for an exclusive gathering for West Point alumni and their guests. Join us Thursday, June 14 from 6-8pm at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. Light food will be provided, as well as two complimentary drink tickets. If you’re not attending the Global Summit, you can still register to attend. This is a great opportunity to network with fellow alumni in the DC area. Space is limited – so register today! We hope to see you there!

Call for Nominations for 2018 WPAOG Elections

Serving on the WPAOG Board of Directors or Advisory Council is a great way to stay involved with West Point! In 2018, the WPAOG Nominating Committee will nominate 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 2018 election process will conclude on Nov. 20 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.

 

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Thank You ’58 and ’78 for Your Commitment

  Thank You ’58 and ’78 for Your Commitment
   

On April 27, 160 graduates of the Class of 1958 returned to West Point to celebrate their 60th reunion. During the Academy Leader Team briefing at Eisenhower Hall Theatre, the Class of 1958 presented a check for $405,000 (to support the First Class Club renovations) to LTG Robert Caslen Jr. ’75, 59th Superintendent of USMA, and Todd Browne ’85, WPAOG President & CEO. On May 4, 311 graduates of the Class of 1978 returned to West Point to celebrate their 40th reunion and presented a check for $3,000,000 (to support the West Point Visitors Center, the Center for the Study of Civil Military Operations, and the three Marksmanship Teams) to LTG Robert Caslen Jr. ’75 and Todd Browne ’85 at Eisenhower Hall Theatre. Thank you to both classes for their efforts to support the Margin of Excellence at West Point.

 

USMA Wins MIT Soldier Design Competition

  USMA Wins MIT Soldier Design Competition
   

Congratulations to Class of 2018 cadets Jacqueline Orr and Austen Deppe, first-place winners of the 15th Annual MIT Soldier Design Competition. The competition was tough: four of the five MIT teams consisted of master’s level students and higher. Taking first, second and fourth place overall, USMA cadets proved again they can win in any environment, and brought the SDC Trophy back to West Point by winning first place. Learn more.

Back by Popular Demand!

  Back by Popular Demand!
   

You asked, we listened. Available for the last time in 2018, the Old School PT Shirt is back! During checkout, enter your desired name to be printed above the crest. Pre-order your shirt now. Orders close on May 18. Expected delivery date is in July.

2018 TAPS

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TAPS, the official memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line, contains the fascinating and inspiring life stories of West Point graduates. Pre-order a copy of the 2018 edition online. We are now accepting articles for the 2019 edition. Guidance on submitting articles may be found online or by calling 845.446.1647.

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