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Watch West Point Graduation Streaming LIVE on May 21

Join the celebration as members of the Class of 2016 take their oath, receive their diplomas and toss their hats high at Michie Stadium beginning at 9:25 am EDT Saturday, May 21. Vice President Joe Biden will be the guest speaker. Link to watch: www.dvidshub.net/webcast/8563 

Jebb ’82 Nominated as Next USMA Dean

 
   

President Obama has nominated Colonel Cindy Jebb ’82 to be the next USMA Dean of the Academic Board, the first woman to hold this position in West Point history. Jebb holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Duke University, and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. She has authored or coauthored three books, conducted human security research in Africa, and completed study projects in Iraq, Djibouti and Afghanistan. She has been head of the Department of Social Sciences since 2013.

Record-Setting Conference Marks 40 years of Women at West Point

 

More than 500 Graduates, faculty members, cadets and guests gathered at West Point April 28-30 for Athena’s Arena, a conference commemorating 40 years of women’s achievements at the U.S. Military Academy. Highlights included keynote speeches by GEN(R) Ann Dunwoody, America’s first female 4-star general, Gayle Lemmon, author of Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield, and the first three female graduates of U.S. Army Ranger School: MAJ Lisa Jaster ’00, CPT Kristen Griest ’11, and 1LT Shaye Haver ’12.  View Conference Photos.

With HONORS They Lead! USMA 2016 Sets Scholarship Record

 
   

This year, cadets have earned more than 25 prestigious scholarships for graduate study, including Churchill, Marshall, Mitchell, Schwarzman, Fulbright, and East West Fellowships. Read more details and join us in congratulating the Class of 2016 on their achievements.  Truly they embody their motto: With Honor We Lead.

WPAOG’s McClure ’76 Gives West Point TEDx Talk

 
   

The first TEDxWestPoint, a cadet-organized TED event, debuted at USMA on April 22.  Inspired by the popularTED Talks (a convergence of “Technology, Entertainment and Design,” with online viewership of more than 1 billion to date), TEDx events are independently organized in local communities, sharing TED’s purpose of spreading new ideas through short, powerful talks. WPAOG President & CEO COL(R) Bob McClure ’76 was one of nine cadet, faculty and guest speakers. McClure’s talk focused on the connection that West Point graduates have with each another. “It’s no secret that deep bonds take hold when we face tough challenges together,” McClure said. “Here, those same bonds also connect the living ranks of the Long Gray Line with the ghostly assemblage of past generations.” Full story

Dempsey ’74 Speaks at Class of ’52 Lecture Series

 
   

GEN(R) Martin Dempsey ’74, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and 37th Chief of Staff of the Army, spoke with Cadets on leadership and defense topics on April 26 at the Class of 1952 Distinguished Lecture Series. Knowing Dempsey’s love of literature, cadets presented him with a check made out to Edgar Allan Poe (ex-1834) from his USMA classmates toward funding publication of Poe’s first volume of poetry.

Class in Space: Plebe Math Classes Talk Live with Old Grad Astronauts aboard ISS

 
   

The plebes of MA104 and MA255 had unique guest lecturers on May 2 who took “distance learning” to a whole new level. COL(R) Jeff Williams ’80 and COL(R) Tim Kopra ’85, Expedition 47 astronauts aboard the International Space Station, spoke with cadets in Robinson Auditorium via a video teleconference. Full story.  Watch a video of Cadets and Astronauts doing “The Rocket

Projects Day Showcases Academic Excellence at West Point

On April 28, 13 academic departments, the Department of Physical Education and the Department of Military Instruction took part in Projects Day 2016. From the ballroom of the West Point Club to the labs of Bartlett Hall, and in various venues all over the Academy, nearly 400 cadet projects were on display. Speaking at a luncheon for donors, whose contributions to the Margin of Excellence help fund many of the projects presented, BG Timothy Trainor ’83, Dean of the Academic Board, said, “It’s simply an amazing day at West Point.”  Full Story.   View Photos.

 

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Find that Perfect West Point Father’s Day Gift at our Gift Shop

 
   

Be sure to check out the new design of the WPAOG Gift Shop website where you will find a great selection of Father’s Day gift ideas. No need to buy another necktie when you can find men’s clothing, golf accessories, beer glasses, coffee mugs and moreā€”all displaying Dad’s West Point pride! And if he likes neckties, we’ve got those too!

USMA 2019 Participates in Historic Weapons Shoot

 
   

On April 23, the History Department presented its annual Cadet Historic Weapons Shoot with support from the West Point Museum. In this event, a perennial favorite, Cadets meet reenactors from various wartime eras, and are introduced to historic tactics and weapons, including Civil War muskets, an 1863 Napoleon cannon, the M1919 .30 Browning Machine Gun, and AK-47s.  Photos.  View videos on West Point Department of History’s Facebook page.

Order Your Register of Graduates and 2016 TAPS Today!

 
   

The 75th Edition of the Register of Graduates & Former Cadets has been comprehensively updated in a new, limited edition. Order your Register online today at the WPAOG Gift Shop! The 2016 edition of TAPS, the official memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line, contains over 180 Memorial Articles-- order by June 30 to guarantee your copy as there will be a very limited number of extra issues printed.

Mark Your Calendars! All Academy Challenge Runs June 1-7

 
   

Our 7-day challenge begins June 1st and we need YOU in order to claim victory over USAFA, USCGA, USMMA, and USNA. The service academy with the highest alumni participation during the Challenge wins, so make sure to make a gift! You can donate online or by calling 845.446.1650/1657, any time between June 1 and June 7. If you would like to donate via check, please ensure it will ARRIVE before June 7 to be counted. Whether your gift is $5 or $500, it counts, so let’s join together and show the other service academies the strength of the Long Gray Line! GO ARMY!

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