Chaney ’01 Receives 2016 Nininger Award


On September 22, WPAOG presented the 2016 Nininger Award for Valor at Arms to MAJ Matthew A. Chaney ’01.  A recipient of the Silver Star for “bravery in the face of the enemy, skill at arms, and aggressive assault of prepared enemy defenses” while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom on September 10, 2007, Chaney told the Corps of Cadets assembled in the Mess Hall how his experience in Iraq related to what they were learning at West Point. Read more.

USMA Superintendent Speaks in Prestigious Landon Lecture Series


Superintendent LTG Robert Caslen Jr. ’75 was a recent guest speaker at the Kansas State University Landon Lecture Series. Caslen, who received a master’s degree from KSU in 1989, was a panelist with two other KSU alumni university presidents discussing challenges in higher education. The Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series is one of the most prestigious lecture series in U.S. colleges and universities. Speakers have included six U.S. Presidents, other world-renowned politicians, journalists, cabinet members and other prominent leaders. While there, Caslen visited KSU’s ROTC program.

Long-Lost West Point Ring of BG Perry ’31 Is Found


John Wallace III “struck gold,” quite literally at his new home in Michigan. While raking in the yard, Wallace unearthed the West Point class ring of BG (R) Miller Osborne Perry ’31. Wallace contacted Perry’s daughter, Susie, who explained how her father had lost his treasured ring nearly 40 years ago, and had eventually purchased a replacement ring. After Perry’s death in 2010 at age 102, Susie had donated the replacement ring to WPAOG’s Ring Memorial Program. Now Perry’s newly-discovered original ring will also be donated to the “Ring Melt” so that “her father’s memory will live on — for the second time.” Full Story.

Air Force Tailgate


If you’ll be at West Point for the Air Force game on November 5, you’ll want to sign up for the pre-game tailgate at Herbert Alumni Center! Just steps from Michie Stadium, enjoy a great brunch menu and special appearances by the Rabble Rousers and the Cadet Spirit Band! Register now! GO ARMY – BEAT AIR FORCE!

Jarrow ‘04 and Kympton ’94 Receive Public Service Awards


Secret Service Special Agent Tate Jarrow '04 received the 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in the Call to Service category for federal employees who are 35-years old or younger. The award was for “the critical role he played in two major international cybercrime investigations.” Spencer Kympton '94, President of The Mission Continues, received the Outstanding Civilian Service Award for his outstanding service in support of the U.S. Army. The award is the third-highest public service honor the Army can bestow upon a civilian.

West Point Cadets Take Part in 2016 Tunnel to Towers Run


Over 2,000 West Point cadets joined 30,000 runners in the 2016 Tunnel to Towers Run on September 25 in New York City. The run is held in honor of New York firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11 when the towers collapsed after he had made his way from his Brooklyn firehouse through the Hugh Carey Tunnel (formerly the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel), to the World Trade Center. Full story/video

Advertise Your Book in West Point Magazine!

Introducing the West Point Bookshelf, a special advertising section in West Point magazine exclusively for West Point authors. Launching in early 2017, the West Point Bookshelf will showcase books written by USMA graduates and faculty. Email Jess Scheuler, Advertising & Sponsorship Sales Representative, or call 845.446.1577 to learn more. Download the West Point Bookshelf flyer.


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Nov. 17-18 Service Academy Career Conference (SACC): San Antonio, TX

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SACCs are a great opportunity to leverage the joint Academy Alumni network at the ONLY military career fair exclusively for Federal Service Academy graduates. Don’t miss the next SACC in San Antonio, TX, November 17-18, 2016. Register now through 5pm EST November 10, 2016 to take advantage of pre-registration pricing. No matter where you are in your career, attending a SACC can help! If you can’t attend this event, log into your SACCentral account to search and apply for job opportunities as well as network with fellow Service Academy alumni.

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