First Call - Nov 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Rockbound Highland Home!

West Point in the Fall

WPAOG sends warm wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving! During this season of gratitude, we wish to express our sincere thanks for all that you do for West Point.

Simone Askew ’18 Selected as Rhodes Scholar

  CDT Simone Askew '18

USMA First Captain Simone Askew '18 was one of 32 U.S. students named as Rhodes Scholars on November 18, selected from 866 candidates nominated by their universities. Askew will read for an M.Sc. in Evidence-Based Social Intervention at Oxford University starting in fall 2018. Rhodes Scholarships are among the oldest and most prestigious international fellowship awards in the world. Read more.

Branch Night for USMA 2018

  West Point Branch Night class of 2018

Congratulations to the members of USMA 2018 on receiving their branch assignments on November 15. Branch Night is the culmination of the Department of Military Instruction’s Branch Education and Mentorship Program (E&M). For the last 41 months, since they entered West Point as plebes, the members of the class have been learning about the duties and equipment associated with each of the Army’s 17 branches. West Point graduates from the 50-year Affiliation Class of 1968 were on hand to present the cadets with their “first brass” branch insignia pins. Full Story. View Photos.

Esper ’86 Confirmed as New Secretary of the Army

  Esper '86

Dr. Mark T. Esper '86 was confirmed by a vote in the Senate, 89-6, to become the 23rd Secretary of the Army on November 15. President Donald Trump nominated Esper in July. In testimony before the Senate on November 2, Esper laid out for lawmakers his priorities if confirmed as secretary. “If confirmed, my first priority will be readiness -- ensuring the total Army is prepared to fight across the full spectrum of conflict,” Esper said. “With the Army engaged in over 140 countries around the world, to include combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, training rotations to Europe to deter Russia, and forward deployed units in the Pacific defending against a bellicose North Korea, readiness must be our top priority.” Full story.

Monken Named Semifinalist for Munger Award

  Coach Monken

Army West Point Football head coach Jeff Monken was announced as a 2017 semifinalist for the George Munger Award by the Maxwell Football Club for national coach of the year. Monken has led the Black Knights to an 8-3 record so far this season, including the longest winning streak (six games) since the 1996 season. Voting is ongoing and will close on December 26. The Munger recipient will be announced on December 27. Full story.

Ready All, Row—WPAOG Announces Campaign to Support Army Crew

  West Point Crew team

WPAOG and the Army Rowing Association are excited to announce a campaign to endow two full-time coaching positions for Army Crew. With volunteer coaches and a home in the privately-funded Caufield Crew and Sailing Center, the team has consistently improved since its founding in 1985. However, to achieve the next level of success and consistently win national championships and beat Navy Crew, the team needs professional guidance and training from full-time head coaches. To help achieve this goal, an anonymous donor has made a 1:1 matching gift challenge of $66,000 to kick-start the campaign. This means when friends, parents, and alumni of Army Crew give a combined total of $66,000 to the endowment, another $66,000 will be added, doubling the impact of every donor’s gift! Please give by December 31 so we can take full advantage of this generous matching gift offer.

Two Stories of Living Organ Donors

WPAOG recently shared two different stories of graduates who have saved others by living organ donation – specifically kidney donation. In one instance, the story demonstrated the “Bond of Brothers” between classmates Chris Connelly and Dave Ashley (1997). In the other, Ron Hudnell ’69 saved the life of a stranger, and converted him from a Navy fan to an Army fan!


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Register Now for the ‘Beat Navy’ Tailgate!

  West Point Cadets Yelling at Army Navy Game

Calling all Army fans! The Commander in Chief’s Trophy is on the line! All grads headed to Philly for the big showdown on December 9 are invited to rock the black and gold and party like a Black Knight at WPAOG’s exclusive pre-Army-Navy game event. With special appearances by the Cadet Spirit Band, Rabble Rousers and Blackjack the Mascot, this party will be sure to get you fired up for the biggest game of the year! The ‘Beat Navy’ Tailgate will take place on December 9 from 11:30am-2pm. View details or register now. Registration closes November 30. A special thank you to our corporate sponsors: USAA, NextEra, Mercedes Benz, and Leidos!

Giving Tuesday at West Point

  Giving Tuesday

On November 28, 2017, the West Point Association of Graduates is pleased to be taking part in Giving Tuesday—a global day of celebrating and encouraging philanthropy. During this season we are reminded that every generous act is significant, and each gift in support of West Point truly matters for our cadets, alumni, the Academy, and the nation. Please consider joining us in celebrating this day of giving through a gift to West Point. Donations are essential to support Margin of Excellence programs for our cadets and keep the Long Gray Line strong. Make sure to follow our updates on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram that day, and tell us how you support West Point! #GivingTuesdayUSMA

Iconic West Point History Poster Receives Updates

  West Point Poster

At West Point, “Much of the history we teach was made by the people we taught” has been the slogan of the Department of History for years. It acknowledges the important role Academy graduates have played in the history of the U.S, and the world, since 1802. This year begins a multi-year campaign to update the classic poster by releasing several new conflict-themed versions. This year focuses on WWII; future posters will be released covering World War I, Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts and events. Read more.

DPE presents Hal Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award

  Hal Moor Warrior Athlete

USMA 2018 Cadets Raaqim Rispress and Sydney Dewees were honored for their dedication to mental toughness, perseverance, winning spirit and humility, the tenets of the warrior ethos in the Department of Physical Education boxing and combatives programs and the LTG(R) Hal Moore ’45 exemplified throughout his life during the sixth annual LTG Harold “Hal” G. Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award November 8. Full story.

Get Your Armed Forces Bowl Tickets -- On Sale Now!

  Army West Point Football

Army West Point Football is headed to the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on December 23 in Fort Worth, TX. Tickets are on sale now, and are available at different price levels and locations. Fans who cannot attend may show their support by participating in the “Donate to a Cadet” program to donate tickets for cadets to attend the game. Fans may purchase tickets online or at the Army West Point Ticket Office near Gate 3 of Michie Stadium. Purchasing your tickets directly from Army Athletics (versus other avenues like the bowl game or secondary ticket market) has the most direct positive impact on our athletic department and cadets.

Book Your Winter and Spring Grad Insider Tours Now!

  West Point AOG Van

West Point is beautiful to visit any time of year, so make plans to visit your Rockbound Highland Home this winter and spring. There are many activities available, including sporting events and shows at Eisenhower Hall, but not to be missed is the Grad Insider Tour, which includes stops not available to the public and allows graduates to share unique experiences of West Point with families and guests. Locations can include: Washington Hall, Jefferson Library, Thayer Award Room, Army Sports Hall of Fame in Kenna Hall/Kimsey Center, Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center, or the Cadet Uniform Factory. Grad Insider Tours are conducted Monday - Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and can be reserved now through June 2018!  Learn more and book online.

West Point Register of Graduates & Former Cadets Now On Sale!


The holiday gift-giving season is approaching, and for those seeking the perfect West Point gift, the time to buy is now. Priced now at only $52.50 – the West Point Register of Graduates, WPAOG’s most historic publication, and the ultimate West Point reference book, is still available. More than 1200 pages of entries detail the military careers of every graduate from 1802-2015, along with class crests, mottos, and USMA facts and history. This handsome gold-embossed clothbound vintage design edition includes custom-designed map endpapers. Visit WPAOG’s Gift Shop online or call 800.426.4725 to order your copy before the holiday rush.

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